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Last Stop For Paul (DVD Review)

14 Dec, 2008 By: David Greenberg


Prebook 12/16/08; Street 1/13/09
Victory Multimedia
Box Office $0.01 million
$29.98 DVD, $39.98 Blu-ray
Rated ‘PG-13’ for some drug use, sexual content and a disturbing image.

An odd mix of faux-non-fiction narrative, revisionist road trip movie and travelogue, Last Stop for Paul is enormously entertaining, consistently engaging and wildly original.

Writer-director Neil Mandt and cinematographer Marc Carter pull double duty, serving as both cast and crew, playing, respectively Cliff and Charlie, two L.A. bathroom-supply salesmen. Cliff has been trying unsuccessfully to get his more reserved cubicle-mate, Charlie, to join him on one of his “famous” international jaunts. Charlie finally agrees after his best friend, Paul, passes away suddenly. The ultimate destination is Thailand’s famous Full Moon party. But Charlie has more than sight-seeing on his mind: He plans to sprinkle Paul’s ashes around the world.

After hearing about Charlie’s plan, veteran traveler Cliff puts his foot down, refuses to be burdened with trying to haul Paul’s cumbersome, ornate urn around the globe, pours the ashes into a considerably more carry-on friendly thermos and they are soon off on a journey of hilarious misadventure and dazzling scenery.

Mandt and Carter are comic gold, genuinely funny, with a winning rapport that serves them well as they play off amateur actors recruited on location.

Last Stop for Paul is a refreshing reminder of just how much power the cinema can have when in the hands of passionate, inspired filmmakers.

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