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  • R
  • 1h 58m
  • 2016
Certified Fresh96%
Common Sense Media Iconage 16+
Paterson (Adam Driver) is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey - they share the name. Every day, Paterson adheres to a simple routine: he drives his daily route, observing the city as it drifts across his windshield and overhearing fragments of conversation swirling around him; he writes poetry into a notebook; he walks his dog; he stops in a bar and drinks exactly one beer. He goes home to his wife, Laura (Golshifteh Farahani). By contrast, Laura's world is ever changing. New dreams come to her almost daily, each a different and inspired project. Paterson loves Laura and she loves him. He supports her newfound ambitions; she champions his secret gift for poetry. The history and energy of the City of Paterson is a felt presence in the film and its simple structure unfolds over the course of a single week. The quiet triumphs and defeats of daily life are observed, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh96%
Critics Consensus: Paterson adds another refreshingly unvarnished entry to Jim Jarmusch's filmography -- and another outstanding performance to Adam Driver's career credits.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Beautiful, funny movie celebrates the flow of life; cursing.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Paterson is a comedy-drama by indie filmmaker Jim Jarmusch; it's slow and meditative and focused on the rhythms of life, but it's also funny and touching. It's a great movie, though probably a little out of the mainstream and not for every taste. It features some infrequent strong language, including uses of "f--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," "ass," and more. The main couple is intimate with one another with lots of kissing, on lips as well as back and shoulders. The woman appears to sleep naked, and her skin is visible under the sheets, but nothing sensitive is shown. The main character stops by a local bar every night and sips at a beer; other social drinking is shown. A secondary character brandishes a gun that turns out to be a toy. He points it at a woman, and at himself, and another man tackles him and takes it.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Drama
  • Release Date:December 28, 2016
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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