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Paper Towns and Mistress America movies review: girls’ stories are their own (and not yours, boys)

by MaryAnn Johanson

Paper Towns red light Mistress America green light

Want to debunk the myth and the mystery of the manic pixie dream girl? There’s a wrong way to do that… and an oh-so marvelously right way.
I’m “biast” (pro): love Greta Gerwig

I’m “biast” (con): really tired of manic pixie dream girls

I have not read the source material for Paper Towns

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)


See also my #WhereAreTheWomen rating of Paper Towns for its representation of girls and women.

See also my #WhereAreTheWomen rating of Mistress America for its representation of girls and women.


Paper Towns (2015)
red light 2 stars

Mistress America (2015)
green light 5 stars

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Paper Towns (2015)
US/Canada release date: Jul 24 2015 | UK release date: Aug 17 2015

MPAA: rated PG-13 for some language, drinking, sexuality and partial nudity - all involving teens
BBFC: rated 12A (moderate sex references, moderate bad language)

viewed at a private screening with an audience of critics

official site | IMDb
more reviews: Movie Review Query Engine | Rotten Tomatoes
Mistress America (2015)
US/Canada release date: Aug 14 2015 | UK release date: Aug 14 2015

MPAA: rated R for language including some sexual references
BBFC: rated 15 (very strong language, strong sex references)

viewed at a public multiplex screening

official site | IMDb
more reviews: Movie Review Query Engine | Rotten Tomatoes

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