Adapted from the bestselling novel by author John Green, “Paper Towns” is a coming-of-age story that centers on Quentin and his enigmatic neighbor Margo, who loves a good mystery so much she becomes one. After taking Quentin on an all-night adventure through their hometown, Margo suddenly disappears, leaving behind cryptic clues for Quentin to decipher. The search leads Quentin and his quick-witted friends on an exhilarating adventure that is equal parts hilarious and moving. Ultimately, to track down Margo, Quentin must find a deeper understanding of true friendship — and true love.
“Paper Towns” features a good philosophy from Quentin, known as “Q” in the film: With all of the unlikely things that happen in the world, “everyone gets a miracle.” Unfortunately, that is about as good as it gets in this movie. The movie is, for the most part, about teens who live a hedonistic lifestyle. They talk about sex and try to practice it when given opportunities, and the film includes a scene in which a couple experience it together for the first time in the woods. In one scene, a young man who was caught with a girl (this part isn’t shown) runs out of the house, covering just his crotch but is otherwise in the buff.
In another scene a young man is obviously drunk, and many characters live for partying in this movie. The film features a story about Quentin and Margo, a girl he has known since they were young. They once even discover a dead man’s body together, a man who had committed suicide, and this scene is shown. Quentin and Margo drift apart, but one night she drops in unexpectedly to his bedroom at night, for reasons explained in the movie, and he is intrigued to see her again. However, she suddenly goes missing, and Quentin is left with various clues and attempts to pick up her trail.
Regrettably, due to the high amount of sexual content and harsh use of language, we are prevented from awarding “Paper Towns” our Dove Family-Approved Seal.