“Paper Towns” is an earnest teen drama, but the film based on John Green’s best-selling novel is paper thin. The coming-of-age film presents itself as being deeper than what it is.
Though underwhelming compared to last year’s solid adaptation of another John Green novel, the emotionally wrought “The Fault in Our Stars,” “Paper Towns” features a talented cast whose youthful energy keeps the film afloat.
The big problem with “Paper Towns” is it waits to subvert teen movie tropes after going along with them willingly for most of the film.
The young millennials need a version of “Say Anything.” They nearly get it with “Paper Towns” the film adaptation of young adult author John Green’s popular book.
This summer has been the season of the geeks and “Paper Towns” is the mainstream entry for that genre. Unlike earlier movies “Dope” and “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” “Paper Towns” is the most straightforward. It’s clear that it is more of a coming-of-age story than a search for a girl.
The investigation into Margo’s disappearance has a Mystery Gang-vibe to it, and the movie slowly becomes a John Hughes movie, but with less excitement and mediocre humor.
For Tamara’s and Rebecca’s full reviews of “Paper Towns,” read our “Take 2” column from the July 30 issue of JumpStart!