Let’s dive right in with the official description of this one:
“After a nearly fatal accident, 21-year-old Lamb Mannerheim (Hough) is beginning to realize that the world is much bigger than her small, God-fearing Montana town. Armed with a big, fat insurance payout and a checklist of untried sins, there’s only one place for her first taste of temptation…Las Vegas! And, with the help of a few new friends (Brand and Spencer), Lamb embarks on an oddball odyssey of lost souls, broken faith and cheap cocktails…a true journey of the heart.”
Ok, so that’s out of the way let’s dig in. First, Nick Offerman without facial hair is hard to get used to. So strange. Second, this is written by Diablo Cody who is pretty darn good. I really liked ‘Juno’. This is also her directorial debut. It is always good to try new things. Third, Russell Brand. He is a very polarizing figure, there is no middle ground in regards to him; either you like him or you don’t. I am in the like him camp. I think he is a talented actor. As a person he is a bit wobbly in the head at times, but he can be brilliantly funny.
Where are we? Oh yeah, fourth, Octavia Spencer is a true talent. Yes she won an Oscar for ‘The Help’ but her role as Madame Nora in ‘Dinner for Schmucks’ was hilarious. If you’ve never seen that, you should. If you don’t watch the whole movie at least watch the dinner scene.
Now we move to the final point, fifth, Julianne Hough. There is no denying she is a spectacular dancer, has a really good singing voice and is stunningly beautiful. Her acting has been improving but this movie will be the real test. Can she carry the headline lead of this film? I will be pulling for her.
Look for ‘Paradise’ in theaters October 18th, but if you want to check it out now and you are lucky enough to have DirecTV you have the option to watch it now On Demand.