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Paper Towns (2015) | Film Review

Paper Towns | ★★☆☆☆

Directed by: Jake Schreier

Starring: Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, Austin Abrams, Justin Smith

This review may contain spoilers.


Paper Towns, without any dying protagonists (see: TFIOS) or any real edge-of-your-seat moments, makes for a very safe movie.

Bask in the vanilla glory that is the story of Quentin/Q (Wolff) and his get-the-girl adventures. 

Q's boundaries are tested by neighbor and long-time crush Margo Roth Spiegelman (Delevingne) who disappears, as she has been doing for years, leaving him to make sense of the clues she's left.

With the help of his dorky buddies Ben (Abrams) and Radar (Smith), Q begins to track Margo down so he can confess his love for her and they can live happily ever after, probably. 

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Our motley crew run into a bunch of events that are standard in every coming-of-age story, including but not limited to attending their first ever party, going on a roadtrip, and losing their virginities. There is no real danger or trouble our characters get into which makes for a very subdued film.

The story itself isn't all that special and the characters are pretty one-dimensional, including the resident "mystery" that is Margo Roth Spiegelman. Like, we get it-- She's supposed to be this untouchable, eloquent young woman. The idea just seems a bit forced, is all. 

Like a chocolate egg with a hollow center, Paper Towns gives you enough to be entertained for a while before leaving you disappointed and asking for more.