Paper Towns

Theatrical Release: July 24, 2015
Paper Towns


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.

Dove Review

“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.

Content Description

Sex: Teen sex and teens talking about sex throughout the film, including a couple who have sex for the first time and in the woods; one young man runs out of the house after being caught having sex and covers just his crotch; passionate kissing; sexual slang and sexual comments and innuendos are a frequent part of the film.
Language: GD-1; J/JC-2; G/OMG-8; S-6; "What the F...?" (Not finished)-2; Slang for having sex-8; Slang for male genitalia-1; A-6; D-4; H-2; Bi*ch-1
Violence: A dad, in anger, shoots off his shotgun out the front door of his home to scare intruders away; two young kids find the body of a man who committed suicide, dead man is seen with a gun and blood on his head and on his shirt; kid tries to miss hitting a cow in the road and swerves off the road and blows a few tires; a high school athlete slams kid against a locker.
Drugs: Teen drinking, and a character is obviously drunk; boys talk about stealing cigars.
Nudity: Cleavage in several scenes; girl seen in bra; bare midriffs; shirtless guys; young man is naked except for covering his crotch.
Other: A lot of the movie is about a hedonistic lifestyle; vomiting; tension between characters; a young man is urinating in a scene but it is not graphic; a young man takes his mom's van without permission, skips school with friends, and drives it a long distance.


Company: 20th Century Fox
Director: Jake Schreier
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 109 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter