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Article posted: 10/17/2013 6:00 AM

Diablo Cody's 'Paradise' is serviceable yet uninspired

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Lamb (Julianne Hough) befriends a surprisingly compassionate bartender (Russell Brand) in Diablo Cody's choppy directorial debut "Paradise."

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Dann reviews local writer Diablo Cody's directorial debut "Paradise," calling it an "engaging collision of heartfelt sentimental sap and cynical, sarcastic rebellion." This marks a serviceable yet uninspired start for the Oscar-winning writer of "Juno." He also congratulates Northwest suburban winners of the "Say It in Eight" student film contest sponsored by the After Hours Film Society.
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