There's a new movie with Julianne Hough that isn't Safe Haven 2? We had no idea either. The movie Paradise is the directorial debut from the writer of Juno, Diablo Cody. It's also equipped with a star studded cast of Oscar winner Octavia Spencer from The Help, the hilarious Nick Offerman from Parks and Recreation, and Russell Brand (enough said). But somehow this film hasn't managed to generate much buzz until this week, the same week of its television premiere.
Yes, that's right, Paradise will premiere exclusively on DirecTV this Thursday, Aug. 8, before its theater debut on October 18. It's an unconventional but also quite concerning marketing strategy. If the audience already has this indie flick at their fingertips months before it comes out in theaters, will anyone even bother to see it? More importantly, is this film going to be any good at all? We're not sold just yet.
Paradise tells the tale of an uber-Christian, evangelical girl (Hough) who wants to stray from her religious ways after she survives a plane crash with serious burn injuries. She books it to Las Vegas in order to embark on a lifestyle of sin where she meets a bartender (Brand) and a showgirl (Spencer), and her life-changing, eye-opening, journey ensues (forgive the cliches). While it's interesting to see Hough step out of her comfort zone, it remains to be seen whether she can pull off capturing Cody's vision, as well as the audience's attention. Check out the trailer for yourself, and gear up for a night in this Thursday. Why not? It's free and you don't even have to leave your couch.
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