After a near fatal accident leaves her severely scarred, 21-year-old Lamb Mannerheim begins to realize that the world is a much bigger and diverse place than her highly conservative christian hometown in Montana. Armed with a large insurance payout, Lamb decides to venture out to Sin City to explore what else life has to offer. Wide-eyes and naive, Lamb ventures into the bright lights of Sin City befriending a bartender and lounge singer who eventually help her learn what it's like to really live. Diablo Cody's Paradise is a one-note, lazy screenplay that is a blundering, obvious and easy critique of the conservative christian subculture. The film continues Cody's tired trend of flamboyant banter that unfortunately never has anything refreshing or at least interesting to say. Though quite different, this films is somewhat like a mentally-challenged version of Electrick Children, except unlike that film Paradise doesn't spend the time to establish the protagonist's sheltered environment. Lamb's actions are somewhat understandable but lack almost all subtlety and nuance, something that Electrick Children had plenty of. Overall, Paradise is a film that feels very bland and vanilla, which is very unfortunate, considering Diablo Cody's strides with Young Adult, especially given Cody's ability to at least show bite
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