Paper Man

April 23rd 2010
  • Comedy/Drama,
  • R,
  • 110 min,
  • Other
  • Cast: Jeff Daniels, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Lisa Kudrow, Kieran Culkin, Hunter Parrish, Arabella Field
  • Directors: Kieran Mulroney, Michele Mulroney
  • Writers: Kieran Mulroney, Michele Mulroney
  • Producers: Guymon Casady, Richard N. Gladstein, Ara Katz, Art Spigel
  • Executive Producers: Dan Fireman, Darin Friedman, Lila Yacoub
  • Casting: Laray Mayfield
  • Costume Design: Juliet Polcsa
  • D.O.P.: Eigil Bryld
  • Editor: Sam Seig
  • Makeup: Leo Won
  • Production Design: Bill Groom


"Paper Man" is an inspirational comedic drama about an unlikely friendship between Richard (Jeff Daniels), a failed middle-aged novelist who has never quite grown up and Abby (Emma Stone), a 17-year-old girl whose role in a family tragedy years earlier has stolen away her youth. Both are unsure, both are afraid to take firm steps forward, and both are looking for that special friend—that connection—to help guide them into the future. Since his childhood, Richard has mostly relied on the imaginary one that resides in his head—a costumed superhero known as Captain Excellent (Ryan Reynolds).

At the urging of his wife Claire (Lisa Kudrow), Richard has moved to a Long Island beach community for the winter season in order to overcome his writer's block. There, Richard meets Abby and hires her as a weekly babysitter, even though he has no children. Their tenuous, new friendship is sparked by Richard's awe over Abby's homemade soup and Abby's enjoyment of Richard's writing and his attempts at Origami. As the season progresses and the warm, quirky friendship between Richard and Abby grows, the two begin to share with each other their dreams and life hardships. With the coming of spring, Richard and Abby discover there comes a time to let go of the imaginary friends of the past and to embrace the future as a new beginning—just as one would embrace a new and unique friendship.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: Long Island, USA; New Jersey, USA; New York City, USA; Toronto, Canada; Vancouver, Canada
  • MPAA Warning: Language and a scene of sexuality
  • Production Schedule: 5 February 2006 - April 2006

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