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"Reel Paradise" Beverly Hills Screening and Q&A - August 25, 2005

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There are two kinds of documentaries: some have a fascinating subject that deserves a movie, and others aren't interesting enough to warrant ninety minutes of screen time. (I put "March of the Penguins" in the first group, "The Aristocrats" in the second.) Apparently, there's now a third category: the documentary about a subject that's contrived for the sake of the film. "Reel Paradise" marks the arrival of the reality TV aesthetic at the movies.

"Reel Paradise" Beverly Hills Screening and Q&A - August 25, 2005

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    Directed by Steve James ("Hoop Dreams"), "Reel Paradise" asks what happens when you take a wealthy American family and transplant them to a remote Fiji Island for one year to run a free movie theater. The answer is: just what you'd expect. Dad (producer John Pierson) deals with drunk projectionists, bullies the locals and gets dengue fever, Mom doesn't seem to care as long as she can get online, the teenage daughter collects love letters and hickeys from young Fijians, and the defiant son gets into trouble at school and relentlessly attacks his father's choice of movies.

    To be fair, there are interesting moments: John Pierson clearly thrives on hectoring the natives and lecturing about movies, and he reveals an uncomfortably aggressive side when his house is robbed. (Surely, it would have been easy for him to simply write off the laptop and order a new one instead of nearly starting a blood feud?) The best shots in "Reel Paradise," when the camera pans over the delighted faces of the capacity crowd at the 180 Meridian Cinema, bring to mind Preston Sturges' "Sullivan's Travels" with its immortal last lines: "There's a lot to be said for making people laugh. Did you know that's all some people have? It isn't much ... but it's better than nothing in this cockeyed caravan."