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Paradise (also known as Lamb of God)[1] is a 2013 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Diablo Cody, in her directorial debut. It stars Julianne Hough, Russell Brand, Octavia Spencer, Holly Hunter, Iliza Shlesinger and Kathleen Rose Perkins and was released October 18, 2013.[2][3]

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byDiablo Cody
Produced byDiablo Cody
Mason Novick
Written byDiablo Cody
StarringJulianne Hough
Russell Brand
Octavia Spencer
Nick Offerman
Iliza Shlesinger
Holly Hunter
Kathleen Rose Perkins
Music byRachel Portman
CinematographyTim Suhrstedt
Edited byMyron I. Kerstein
Distributed byImage Entertainment
Release date
  • October 18, 2013 (2013-10-18)
Running time
86 minutes
CountryUnited States

The title is a take on the fact that while many tourists visit the Las Vegas Strip they are actually spending most of their time in the town of Paradise rather than in the actual city of Las Vegas.

This was the last film by Mandate Pictures before it was shut down.



Lamb Mannerhelm (Julianne Hough) goes to speak at her family's church in Montana one year after surviving a plane crash, which has left her with severe burns all over her body. While everyone is expecting her to make some big announcement, she instead publicly denounces her belief in God, causing a major uproar in the church. Lamb later explains some of the strict rules she has to live by in her conservative town, like listening only to Christian music, and not being allowed to wear pants. Feeling both angry and inexperienced in life, Lamb heads to Las Vegas to indulge in the sinful pleasures that are objected in her community as she sees surviving the plane crash as a second chance at life and time for her to now live life on her own terms. Once there, she goes to a random bar in order to have her first drink, where she meets a bartender named William (Russell Brand), and a singer named Loray (Octavia Spencer).



The movie was filmed in New Orleans. Cast member Russell Brand was arrested during the shoot for grabbing a photographer's iPhone and throwing it through a window.[4]


Critical responseEdit

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 20% based on 40 reviews, with an average rating of 3.9/10.[5]Metacritic gives the film a weighted average score of 35 out of 100, based on 15 critics, indicating ”generally unfavorable reviews".[6]


  1. ^ The New York Times
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  3. ^ Calfas, Jennifer (August 7, 2013). "Diablo Cody Celebrates 'Paradise,' Her Directorial Debut, With Hollywood Premiere". The Hollywood Reporter.
  4. ^ "Russell Brand Arrested in New Orleans". The Mirror. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  5. ^ "Paradise (2013)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  6. ^ "Paradise Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved January 7, 2014.

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