g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
News & Politics
Religion & Spirituality
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

Bored? Games!
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

European Travel
Action Movies
Bible Basics
Romance Movies
Family Travel

All times in EST

Low Carb: 8:00 PM

Full Schedule
g Comedy Movies Site

BellaOnline's Comedy Movies Editor


Paper Moon

Guest Author - Caitlin D Neely

Paper Moon, directed by Joe Bogdanovich and adapted from the novel Addie Pray by Joe Brown, is one of my favorite movies. It manages to be funny and serious at the same time. Iíve seen it four times and I donít think Iíll ever get bored with it. The humor and acting is timeless.

Addie Loggins (Tatum OíNeal) loses her mother during the Great Depression. When Moses Pray (Ryan OíNeal), an old friend of her motherís, arrives in town for the funeral he reluctantly receives the task of making sure Addie gets to her auntís house in Missouri. Addie tags along with Moses while he swindles widows and others out of their money and shows him that she can be just as deceptive as he can. Along the way Moses picks up a lady friend named Trixie Delight (Madeline Kahn) and her maid Imogene (P.J. Johnson).

Tatum is absolutely marvelous as Addie. This is the best performance Iíve seen from a child actor. She is funny, intelligent and headstrong. She refuses to leave Mosesí side until she gets her two hundred dollars back from him. I still canít believe that Tatum was only ten when she took on the role. Her facial expressions through out the movie are hilarious. Itís remarkable how well she acted at such a young age. She certainly gives her more experienced father a run for his money. Her performance is by far the best in the entire film.

Kahn and Ryan also give stellar performances. Kahn is spectacular as an exotic dancer who tries to appear as innocent as possible. Her best scene takes place on the hill when Addie refuses to get back in the car. She is funny and heartbreaking. Itís no wonder sheís one of the funniest comedic actresses of all time (in my opinion). Ryan shows the audience that Moses may be a con man but he still cares about Addie, a girl he hardly knows. He brings out the human side of his character.

The cinematography is great. The decision to make the film black and white really allows me to suspend belief. I can truly imagine that the movie was shot in the 1930s. The scenic shots of the countryside are also beautiful.

There are many scenes in the movie that audiences wonít forget. The money exchanging scene done by Moses and the hill scene with Madeline Kahn and Tatum OíNeal are two that come to mind. There are also plenty of one liners that are hilarious; every character has terrific lines.

Paper Moon is a film that, once you watch, you wonít forget. Itís a film that you can watch over and over and always find something new to laugh at. I highly recommend this movie.

Add Paper+Moon to Twitter Add Paper+Moon to Facebook Add Paper+Moon to MySpace Add Paper+Moon to Del.icio.us Digg Paper+Moon Add Paper+Moon to Yahoo My Web Add Paper+Moon to Google Bookmarks Add Paper+Moon to Stumbleupon Add Paper+Moon to Reddit

RSS | Related Articles | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Previous Features | Site Map

For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Comedy Movies Newsletter

Past Issues

Printer Friendly
tell friend
Tell a Friend
Email Editor

Content copyright © 2014 by Caitlin D Neely. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Caitlin D Neely. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Ricardo Castano IV for details.


g features
Vegas Vacation Movie Review

Mallrats Movie Review

Dumb and Dumber To Movie Review

Archives | Site Map


Past Issues

Less than Monthly

BellaOnline on Facebook

| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2015 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.

BellaOnline Editor