Paper Towns | Chicago Reader

Paper Towns

This ambitious teenpic begins in the vein of Ferris Bueller's Day Off, as a rebellious high school senior (Cara Delevingne) recruits the shy boy next door (Nat Wolff) to join her in a night of mischief around suburban Orlando. Later she runs away from home and the film becomes a mystery, the boy tracking down clues to her destination. Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber adapted a young adult novel by John Green, and like their previous adaptations, The Spectacular Now and The Fault in Our Stars, this is sensitive and often winning in its depiction of adolescent behavior; the characters speak openly about their vulnerabilities, which makes them sympathetic. Director Jake Schreier (Robot & Frank) sets a dreamy tone, shooting much of the action at night or in dim spaces to capture the allure of the unknown.

Credits

Director:

  • Jake Schreier

Cast:

  • Nat Wolff
  • Cara Delevingne
  • Halston Sage
  • Austin Abrams
  • Justice Smith
  • Jaz Sinclair
  • Cara Buono
  • Griffin Freeman

Producers:

  • Wyck Godfrey
  • Marty Bowen
  • John Green
  • Isaac Klausner
  • Nan Morales
  • Scott Neustadter
  • Michael Weber

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