‘Paradise’ Trailer: Diablo Cody Corrupts a Good Christian Julianne Hough

By  · Published on August 5th, 2013

Diablo Cody already has an Oscar for screenwriting. Now she’s transitioning to directing with Paradise, and you’ve got to hand it to someone whose name means “Devil” for focusing on religion’s labor’s lost.

In the movie, Julianne Hough plays a young believer who feels the bedrock of her faith falter after a horrific plane crash. Naturally, she heads to Las Vegas for a sinning spree with Russell Brand and Octavia Spencer as her guides, but as the trailer shows, she eases into it pretty slowly.

Check it out for yourself:

Plus ten cool points for shaving Nick Offerman like Friar Tuck. Minus ten cool points for naming the main character “Lamb.”

The ad is cut together with a fair bit of formula, but after seeing Young Adult and Juno, it seems safe to assume that Paradise won’t be all that standard. For now, it looks sweet and harmless, but that doesn’t seem quite like Cody’s style either. Not like you can put the gut punches in the trailer, though.

Paradise hits theaters October 18th. I’m already thinking of getting the same tattoo from the trailer. If anyone asks about it, I’ll say I’m really into punctuation marks.

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