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Paper Towns

MPAA Rating: PG-13-Rating (MPAA) for some language, drinking, sexuality and partial nudity - all involving teens.
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Primary Audience:
Teens Adults
Teen Romance Mystery Drama Adaptation
1 hr. 49 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
July 24, 2015 (wide—3,100+ theaters)
DVD: October 20, 2015
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Featuring: Cara Delevingne … Margo Roth Spiegelman
Nat Wolff … Quentin Jacobsen
Halston Sage … Lacey Pemberton
Cara Buono … Connie Jacobsen
Caitlin Carver … Becca Arrington
Austin Abrams … Ben Starling
Justice Smith … Radar
Griffin Freeman … Jase
Hannah Alligood … Young Margo
Jaz Sinclair … Angela
Meg Crosbie … Ruthie
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Director: Jake Schreier—“Robot and Frank” (2012)
Producer: Fox 2000 Pictures
Temple Hill Entertainment
Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

“Get lost. Get found.”

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “a young man and his friends embark upon the road trip of their lives to find the missing girl next door

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life-dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge-he follows. After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.

This movie is an adaption of a novel with the same name.”

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Comments from young people
Neutral—I really enjoyed watching “Paper Towns;” it had a really interesting pot, but the only missing pieces to this movie is the end, cause I am pretty sure I am not the only one who is wondering about what happens to Margo, or what is Q going to do now. So please Wyck Godfrey can you make a part II of “Paper Towns.”
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 3½
Adolphe Onusumba, age 16 (USA)
Movie Critics
…It’s smarter than it looks. …a surprisingly sweet, sensitively observed movie about recognizably real teens, filled with some natural performances and a script that tries to steer around (or at least speed through) the clichés. …[3]
Stephen Whitty, The Star-Ledger (New Jersey)
…“Paper Towns” unfolds into a solid high school movie… There's an old-fashioned chasteness to their banter — even about sex — that's charming in part because it's so rare in modern movies. It seems unlikely anybody's mom will get angry about “Paper Towns.” …
Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
…pulses with moving and melancholy moments…
Justin Chang, Variety
…the film occupies a safe and solid middle-class middle ground in teen storyland between crass gross-out comedies and mawkish romance on one side and edgy, exploratory indie fare on the other. The affable sincerity of the cast helps…
Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter
…pretty absorbing, with some terrific acting and some positive messages, but it has a strong Romantic worldview that sometimes indulges in rebellious teenage behavior, with plenty of foul language and some off-color humor. …
Ted Baehr, Movieguide
…this flick generally glorifies all the possible train-wreck stuff of high school floundering—from drunken house parties to sneaky sexcapades to secret road trips—as the basic building blocks of moving from adolescence to adulthood. …
Bob Hoose, Plugged In
…has something to do with the danger of mythologizing people …This one isn’t a tearjerker—and isn’t likely to be a hit, either. …
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
…Teen escape film fails to simulate novel’s dark, poetic mystery… Fans expecting more than a routine coming-of-age story had better prepare for a paper movie. [2½/4]
Manori Ravindran, The Globe and Mail
…free spirit in patchy drama… Cara Delevingne doesn’t quite nail the spontaneous, centre-of-gravity figure that the movie sells her as. … [3/5]
Jordan Hoffman, The Guardian (UK)
…Appealing cast but subpar story… Lukewarm as a romance, but the charming young cast helps compensate. …
Rafer Guzmán, Long Island Newsday
…pleasant if derivative entertainment… ‘Paper Towns’ is an unmoving, mediocre dramedy… [2/4]
Lou Lumenick, New York Post
…“Paper Towns” gets lost on a trail of clues… makes the parents almost invisible or bit players in their teens’ lives. … [2/4]
Barbara Vancheri, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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