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Watch: Trailer For Diablo Cody's Directorial Debut 'Paradise' Explores Worldly Pleasures

by Kevin Jagernauth
August 4, 2013 10:56 AM
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Diablo Cody has carved out a niche for exploring the crises of young women. Whether it's the sudden onset of pregnancy in "Juno," midlife travails in "Young Adult" or high school horror in "Jennifer's Body," Cody brings her own unique perspective to these situations. And for her directorial debut "Paradise," it's faith that's shaken and opens the eyes of its lead character.

Starring Julianne Hough, Octavia Spencer and Russell Brand, the first trailer for "Paradise" has arrived and if anything, it presents a movie that's noticeably sweeter in tone than Cody's previous efforts. It's an interesting change of pace especially considering the premise—in which a religious young woman heads to Las Vegas to experience "worldly pleasures" after surviving a horrific accident—lends itself at taking some easy shots at the faith-driven. Perhaps that's too obvious, but we're not quite sure this nicer approach works either, with the lesson that the heathen world ain't so bad after all being a fairly obvious conclusion. But perhaps it's all about the journey to get there.

Anyway, you'll get to see for yourself soon. "Paradise" premieres on DirecTV on August 8th, followed by a theatrical bow on October 18th. [Vlicious!]

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  • Nicole | August 5, 2013 10:55 AMReply

    Read the script. It say the least.

  • Steven Flores | August 4, 2013 9:39 PMReply

    Uh... no. I like Russell Brand. I like Octavia Spencer. This... NO. Plus, I think Julianne Hough is a horrible actress and an even worse singer.

  • Shavonne | August 4, 2013 2:45 PMReply

    I don't understand this casting. I mean Octavia Spencer and Russell Brand rock of course, but Julianne Hough is not necessarily that good of an actress (plus, let's face it her profile was raised and paid for by dating Ryan Seacrest for a few years). On one hand, it looks really funny, but on the other, it looks like utter drivel.

  • WTF | August 4, 2013 1:08 PMReply

    I'm not a big fan of Diablo Cody, but I really, really loved Young Adult... and this Paradise looks so full of shit and dumb, I can't believe it

  • Young Adult Fan | August 4, 2013 1:51 PM

    I loved Young Adult , and Charlize Theron deserved an Oscar nomination over Michelle Williams' mediocre impression of Marilyn Monroe.

  • Alan b | August 4, 2013 1:02 PMReply

    Diablo Cody is such a treasure.

  • WTF | August 4, 2013 2:16 PM

    Agree. It's like Tilda Swinton in We need to talk about Kevin : too dark, too weird, too smart.

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