Mel’s 5 Second Review: Paradise

(2013) Julianne Hough, Russell Brand, Octavia Spencer, Nick Offerman and Holly Hunter


I wanted to like this, but in the end it was just too talky and preachy for me. It had a few really good scenes, and one or two really bad scenes, which just turn it into a really average movie. And as someone with a chronic illness who has to take a lot of medication in a day, the way they treated her need for the meds and the way they had her “just decide” that she didn’t need them any more was dumb and offensive. Just because you’ve had a life epiphany does not mean that all of a sudden you won’t need your meds any more. And giving that impression is stupid and dangerous. But anyways… I did love Russell Brand, though, as usual. 6/10, just for him.

The film is currently streaming on Netflix.