Paddleton

October 12, 20211784 min
Year
2019
Director
Alex Lehmann
Age
18+
Country
United States
Runtime
89.0
Overall Score
Rating Overview
Imdb
72%
Rotten tomatoes
84%
vod-news
78%
Rating Summary
Paddleton is a simple movie. The story is contained, the cinematography plain, and the premise unoriginal. This is all clearly by design. The two main characters, played by Mark Duplass and Ray Romano, are weird, awkward people and they are always presented as they are, ordinary. They live in small apartments one on top of the other. They are single and work simple jobs. They have terrible diets and watch terrible movies. And one of them happens to be very ill.

The movie opens with Michael (Mark Duplass) & Andy (Ray Romano) in a doctor’s office as she gives Michael the news that he has cancer & it has spread to several areas. She recommends he see a specialist to learn more about his prognosis and options. Andy interrupts and tries to get the doctor to give them more information about Michael’s prognosis but she avoids doing this. Michael absorbs the news from the doctor without much show of emotion. The scene jumps to an abandoned drive-in theater where Michael and Andy are pulling a barrel into place to play a game. They use tennis rackets to hit racquetballs off the backside of the screen, trying to get the ball to bounce into a 55-gallon barrel they’ve positioned nearby. We learn later in the film they made up this game themselves and call it Paddleton. When they finish and are walking home, Andy asks Michael what he learned from the specialist. Michael ignores the question, grabs Andy’s hat and runs away. Next we see them together in Andy’s apartment, making a pizza then watching a movie called “Death Punch”.

Karl

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