Paper Towns

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2

Content: -3

Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, Austin Abrams. Mystery romance comedy/drama. Directed by Jake Schreier.

FILM SYNOPSIS: A young man and his friends embark upon the road trip of their lives to find the missing girl next door.

PREVIEW REVIEW: I think this was the kind of movie I would have liked when I was a teenager. Itís about teenagers trying to find themselves. Itís a good cast and a mostly involving script, though it has a bit too much filler in order to make it movie-length.

A coming-of-age dramedy, Paper Towns attempts life-lessons, but the script and direction fail to give the audience any real substance. My view is predicated on the fact that while the filmmakers stuffed lots of themes into the plot, ultimately it lacked a spiritual message. We can learn by viewing the mistakes of others and this film does promote finding your place by first finding yourself, but for me the message is incomplete if it lacks any religious significance.

Now, I realize itís not a film meant for church youth groups, but a film that demands we look beyond a paper (superficial) lifestyle, yet ignores the spiritual element of the makeup of man, ultimately comes across as shallow.

Though entertaining, this film indicts itself by its inclusion of the profane use of both Godís name and Christís. There's not much profanity, just enough to let us know these are people who search for meaning everywhere but at the feet of Jesus.

Rated PG-13 for some language, drinking, sexuality and partial nudity - all involving teens.

DVD Alternatives: Take this link for a list of films directed at teens that either teach or amuse. In most cases, both.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
20th Century Fox

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Crude Language: Several crude sexual remarks

Obscene Language: Eight or so obscenities, mostly the s-word.

Profanity: One profane use of Godís name and two misuses of Christís name.

Violence: A car accident.

Sex: One sexual situation, but the camera cuts away before becoming graphic.

Nudity: Trying to escape the angry father of a girl heís supposedly having sex with (we donít see the couple together) the boy climbs out the window naked, running off.

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Binge drinking is seen at a teen party and one of the main characters gets drunk, then vomits.

Other: The main female lead is selfish, vengeful and lost, though the film tries hard to give her dimension.

Running Time: 109 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens

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