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Paper Towns (2015)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Mystery | 24 July 2015 (USA)
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After an all-night adventure, Quentin's lifelong crush, Margo, disappears, leaving behind clues that Quentin and his friends follow on the journey of a lifetime.

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Jake Schreier

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Scott Neustadter (screenplay by), Michael H. Weber (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nat Wolff ... Quentin
Cara Delevingne ... Margo
Austin Abrams ... Ben
Justice Smith ... Radar
Halston Sage ... Lacey
Jaz Sinclair ... Angela
Cara Buono ... Mrs. Jacobsen
Meg Crosbie ... Ruthie Spiegelman
Josiah Cerio ... Young Quentin
Hannah Alligood ... Young Margo
Griffin Freeman ... Jase
Caitlin Carver ... Becca
RJ Shearer ... Chuck
Susan Macke Miller ... Mrs. Spiegelman
Tom Hillmann ... Mr. Spiegelman
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Storyline

Adapted from the bestselling novel by author John Green, PAPER TOWNS is a coming-of-age story centering on Quentin and his enigmatic neighbor Margo, who loved mysteries so much she became one. After taking him on an all-night adventure through their hometown, Margo suddenly disappears - leaving behind cryptic clues for Quentin to decipher. The search leads Quentin and his quick-witted friends on an exhilarating adventure that is equal parts hilarious and moving. Ultimately, to track down Margo, Quentin must find a deeper understanding of true friendship - and true love. Written by 20th Century Fox

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Get Lost. Get Found. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some language, drinking, sexuality and partial nudity - all involving teens | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ciudades de papel See more »

Filming Locations:

North Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,650,140, 26 July 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$32,000,304

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$85,512,300
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Q, Ben and Radar sing the Pokemon theme song while in the strip mall. On November 2017, it was announced that Justice (who played Radar in this film) will be part of the first live action Pokemon film, Detective Pikachu. See more »

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When Quentin enters the washroom at the party, the shower curtains are already open, but then later on you see Lacey opening the shower curtains. See more »

Quotes

Quentin Jacobsen: Margo always loved mysteries. And in everything that came afterward, I could never stop thinking that maybe she loved mysteries so much that she became one.
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Referenced in PWN: Best of 2016: PWN #12 (2017) See more »

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MOMENTS
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A No Heavy Tearjerker, But Still Searingly Relatable and Sentimental

Coming on the heels of its commercially-successful predecessor, 'The Fault in Our Stars', PAPER TOWNS is no heavy tearjerker, but it echoes more affectionate and piercing sentiments, with its lighter, minimalist take of its recognizable subjects.

The film follows Quentin (Nat Wolff) , or "Q" as he is more popularly called, a highschool boy who has been nursing an unrequited love for the girl living next door, Margo (Cara Delevigne) since childhood. Even after when they turn 12, when Margo suddenly becomes distant, "Q" never loses the affection, and it only becomes even stronger when one day she climbs again to his window, the way she did when they were still kids. The next events follow an eager "Q" savoring the moment as he escorts Margo in her series of "small revenge" against those she thinks have betrayed her, including her ex-boyfriend. But the levitating moment would only last overnight, because the next day, the ever mystifying Margo, disappears.

Mining on the same overly familiar material that dwells on both coming-of-age and teenage romance territories, PAPER TOWNS pulls off two easily-recognizable efforts: maintaining 'The Fault's charm, while toning down its tragic notions. The latter of which, yields a more tangible and heartwarming result, capable of conjuring a lasting tug at the heartstrings. The credit for this goes to its equally-charming yet capable actors, both of whom teeming with fresh and enigmatic likability. It will also sound unforgivable to never pay regard to the film's brilliant screenwriters who manage to cleverly highlight this extremely familiar highschool tale's stronger and more relatable sentiments, genuinely and sincerely enough, to bend fragile emotions with crippling capacity.

"Q"'s road trip in finding Margo represents a bigger journey with far wider scope and meaning, and it comes across as a process of personal exploration that unknowingly liberates one self, toward finding the deeper sense of their existence. Hardly that the questions thrown get resolved, but the charming and sincere take of its proceedings, will ultimately make the narrative arrive to a satisfying conclusion. This doesn't mean it's able to satisfy its own queries, but the resolution delivered are nonetheless, reliable and honest.

PAPER TOWNS will come across as a witty, yet touching case of a 'lost and found'. Much of it is spent in searching for the 'lost', a liberating process that frees its seekers from every question that unfolds in the wake of a previous other, but the 'found', though never really answers any of the previous questions, will deliver a surprisingly satisfying, and never less of a rewarding, answer.


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