Stranger Than Paradise Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 1395

Average Rating: 3/4

# of Ratings: 58

Theatrical Release Date: 10/05/1984

Language: English

Genre: Comedy, Drama

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Jim Jarmusch

Actors: John Lurie, Eszter Balint, Richard Edson, Cecillia Stark, Danny Rosen

Plot: A New Yorker is dismayed when his 16-year-old Hungarian cousin shows up unexpectedly and invades his life. Although initially hostile, the two form a mutual affection and. out of complete boredom, visit their aunt in Cleveland. Onward to sunny Florida where they lose, and gain, a forture and a final twist has them ending up right where they started. -- Chris Kavan

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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 06/24/2019

Taking a concept that seems so mundane, then making it so engaging, Jim Jarmusch's "Stranger Than Paradise" proves you can make anything into a great and interesting movie.

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Frankie - wrote on 05/02/2009

Its Jim Jarmush first movie and I have to say it was kind of boring. There was no plot at all, the only reason why I give it two stars is because of the performance of the actors.

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Fade Out - wrote on 06/04/2016

Our Daily Free Stream: Jim Jarmusch - Stranger Than Paradiese. Und Jim Jarmusch so? Hat 2016 Paterson, einen Komödie über eine Busfahrer und Poeten, fertig gestellt. Mit Adam Driver und der tollen Golshifteh Farahani! Deshalb gibts heute sein Debüt. - Stranger Than Paradise ist eine Folge kontinierlicher Szenen, die aber nicht zwangsläufig aufeinander aufbauen. Wir sehen uns eine Sequenz an, dann wird die Leinwand schwarz. Dann kommt die nächste Szene. Fade In, Fade Out. Das alles ist aber viel mehr als blosse Spielerei: Es entspricht den ausdrucklosen Charakteren des Films, die allesamt ungeheuer schwer zu einer emotionalen Regung zu bewegen sind. Im Mittelpunkt steht Willie (John Lurie), der vor zehn Jahren aus Ungarn kam und seitdem versucht, seinen New York Akkzent zu …

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Stranger Than Fiction review

Daniel Corleone - wrote on 07/26/2013

“Where are we goin?...I dunno.” The plot involves Willie (John Lurie), his Hungarian cousin Eva (Eszter Balint) and Eddie (Richard Edson). One day Eva brings home some stolen goods and his cousin flatters her saying “you’re alright.” After a year has passed Eddie and Willie hustle a group from playing poker and have saved enough money to go to Cleveland where Eva is staying. The pair waits in the house with Aunt Lotte. Eddie decides to go to Florida with Eva and Eddie.

Soundtrack was fair and lacks that certain impact. Pace was albeit dragging and could have used more story/background. The positives of the film were the realistic performances and the screenplay with lines: Eddie – “You know it's funny. You come to someplace new, and everything looks just the …


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Among the First True "Indie" Films

Jeremy - wrote on 07/20/2011

Stranger Than Paradise is a film that attempts to present the people of America at a particular time in history. Like other indie directors to follow, Jarmusch does not focus so on plot so much as intense characterization of a group of lazy, underachieving slackers. He allows us to follow them on their aimless journey across America as they continue to be thwarted by their own flaws from finding paradise. Many critics of this film cite that it is "boring" and "has no plot". There is a bit of validity to both of those statements as the first half hour of the film is quite poorly paced. However, what must be recognized is that the plot is rather unnecessary for the film, as this is not a movie about the events that happen, but rather who the events happen to. On the whole, Stranger …

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