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Paddleton

Michael (Mark Duplass) and Andy (Ray Romano) are two best friends who live next to each other. Michael is diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer, and he asks Andy to help him to end his life early before the worst of the illness sets in. The film follows their story after Michael’s decision. I really loved this film. It isn’t perfect – there is one part in particular that seemed not necessary to the overall story – but the film reminded me of Sean Baker films that focus more on character development than plot. Duplass and Romano are excellent and have great chemistry. The script feels improvised in places, and if it is, it works exceedingly well. The film takes some time to really get moving, but the slow pace is really necessary to really get you into the depth of the friendship between these two guys who really don’t seem to have anyone else except each other. The last half of the film is excellent and ends in a very touching and beautiful way. Big thumbs up from me for a little gem that seems to never have really gotten a wide release.  (2019; 4 Stars)

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