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Paradise (2013)

Opened: 10/18/2013 Limited

AMC Empire 2510/18/2013 - 10/24/20137 days

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Genre: Comedy/Drama

Rated: PG-13 for sexual material, substance abuse, some language and thematic elements.

From the Academy Award®-winning writer of Juno.

The comedy follows a sheltered young woman (Julianne Hough) who loses her faith after a plane crash and decides to go to Las Vegas to experience the wild side of life. On her journey, she meets unlikely companions (Russell Brand and Octavia Spencer) who inadvertently help her find her true self.


Lamb Mannerheim was as close to perfect as a young girl could be, at least in the eyes of her fellow churchgoers in the small town of Blakesley, Montana. Home-schooled, talented and unusually beautiful, Lamb had a great relationship with life -- until a freak accident left her scarred and questioning the very tenets of the religious upbringing she had so completely trusted.

Despite the protests of her straight-laced parents, Lamb decides a bold move is in order. She will test the boundaries of her faith and seek the truth, no matter where that takes her. Packing her suitcase and boarding an airplane for the very first time, she sets out to experience the real world with all of its reputed sin, hardship and degradation.Her destination: Las Vegas, Nevada.

Academy Award®-winner Diablo Cody (Juno, Young Adult) makes her feature directorial debut from her original screenplay in PARADISE, a Mandate Pictures and Red Band Film production. The film stars Julianne Hough (Rock of Ages, Footloose), Russell Brand (Get Him to the Greek), Octavia Spencer (Academy Award®-winner for The Help), Nick Offerman (NBC's "Parks and Recreation") and Holly Hunter (Academy Award®-winner for The Piano). Mason Novick ((500) Days of Summer) produced the film. Nathan Kahane (Hope Springs) and Nicole Brown (50/50) executive produced alongside Diablo Cody. Matt Leonetti, Jr. and Unit Production Manager Dave Koplan co-produced.

Top craftspeople making contributions to the film include Director of Photography Tim Suhrstedt (Office Space), Production Designer Laura Fox ((500) Days of Summer), Costumer Designer Mary Claire Hannan (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas), Make-up Department Head Vivian Baker (Footloose) and Editor Myron Kerstein (Little Fockers).

About the Story

Diablo Cody's original screenplay follows the plight of 21-year-old Lamb Mannerheim (JULIANNE HOUGH) whose life changed drastically when a tragic accident left her burned, disfigured and doubting her once unshakeable faith in God. Once the golden girl of her small-town Montana church, she was the symbol of purity for its congregation and a source of pride for her parents, Melanie (HOLLY HUNTER) and Doug (NICK OFFERMAN).

However, over the grueling months of rehabilitation, skin grafts and numbing pain, Lamb had an epiphany. What if her doctors accomplished what her God did not? Was there a God, and if so, what was his world like outside the protective enclave of Blakesley, Montana? Suddenly filled with doubts about her faith, her church and herself, Lamb decides to attempt the unthinkable: leave Blakesley to see first-hand what her conservative upbringing has railed against so loudly all through her childhood. What better place to start than the epicenter of sin, Las Vegas?

Although her parents strongly object, Lamb is determined to take the brave step towards emancipation and boards her first-ever airplane flight to Nevada. Buoyed by a sizable insurance payout from her accident, Lamb is an innocent new arrival in a city known for its blinding lights and predatory nature.

Luckily for her, Lamb meets nightclub singer Loray (OCTAVIA SPENCER) and bartender William (RUSSELL BRAND) during her first night out on the town. Although both are initially skeptical about Lamb's story, there is no denying the compression garments on her arms and winding scars on her neck. Soon, Loray embraces Lamb as her new best friend while William finds himself quite smitten and fighting his baser instincts.

Loray and William take Lamb into the Las Vegas only the denizens know: the after-hours clubs where employees of all the casinos gather, the garish spectacle of Fremont Street and many other stops along the way. Together they form a bond that will lead to a most unusual relationship through which each person will find redemption, salvation and a renewal of hope missing in different ways for all three lost souls.