Review in Brief: Paddleton (2019)

“An oncologist…that’s the cancer one?” Yes, PADDLETON is a “cancer movie”. It’s also an indie road movie involving two guys struggling to articulate their feelings. But I don’t think all that many of either look at both sides of terminal illness with such heart and intelligence. “I’m the dying guy!” / “I’m the other guy!”. Mark Duplass is an underrated and versatile actor; he can be tragic (SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED), terrifying (CREEP) or awkward (HUMPDAY) but he’s always compelling. Between this and THE BIG SICK, Ray Romano has had a good few years of nuanced supporting roles, and his chemistry with Duplass is at the core of why the film works. This is a great little film about men unable to say what they mean, what they must and not being able to admit that you’re not ready to say goodbye. Never before has intercut scenes of two guys microwaving pizza been more heartbreaking. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

Writer and film fanatic fond of black comedies, sci-fi, animation and films about dysfunctional families.
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