Jeff Daniels gives a powerful and emotional performance in Paper Man, a coming-of-middle-age story about one man’s search for inspiration. Daniels plays Richard Dunn, and novelist with a severe case of writer’s block. With the help of his wife, played by Lisa Kudrow, he holes-up in a small cottage in a sleepy little town in order to focus and get the Muse flowing once again.
But Richard’s time away from things is filled with a whole host of other distractions that include a young girl (Emma Stone) who becomes his rock throughout his time in seeming isolation, and his childhood imaginary friend, Captain Excellent (an awesomely blonde Ryan Reynolds), who tags along to the annoyance of Richard.
Paper Man is a superb and quirky independent film that speaks to the emotional and psychological turmoil that can plague those who seek creative fulfillment. The cast delivers top-notch performances that make these characters come alive with dimension, feeling, and heart. While the issues and themes dealt with throughout the film can be pretty heavy, the film contains a healthy amount of humor.
I loved Jeff Daniels in this movie. I can honestly say that this is one of his finest performances. He really makes the story come alive and makes it real. There’s a scene toward the end of the film between Daniels and Kudrow that really got to me on a visceral level.
This is a great film. I highly recommend it!
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