Quick-Thoughts: Peter Bogdanovich’s Paper Moon (1973)

The delightful quarreling between the two possibly blood-related cheapskates (Moses and Addie) boils down to sharp banter like we’ve never seen it before. Ryan O’Neal mutates into another recognizable and quirky personality, while daughter Tatum O’Neal gives one of the greatest child performances I’ve ever seen. Paper Moon segregates our material desires we seek to gain and the people we travel with to find them, allowing us to contemplate which ones we learn to gravitate towards as the days transpire.

All in all though, what a consistently hilarious motion picture that managed to also pump my heart full of warmth. I was so devastated that this beautiful movie had to end. It’s definitely Bogdanovich’s best so far!

Verdict: A-

“Paper Moon” is now available to stream on Amazon Prime, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, iTunes, and The Criterion Channel.

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