Paper Man

Synopsis: A coming-of-middle-age comedy that chronicles the unlikely friendship between failed author Richard Dunne and a Long Island teen who teaches him a thing or two about growing up, all under the disapproving eye of his long-suffering wife and his imaginary Superhero friend.
110 min

[building acoustic guitar music]

- l was feeling free

l had the ringing of the sea

in my ears

And who else could l be?

l had the ringing of the sea

in my ears

And the pavement

rushing under me

Just drowning out

the passing of the years

And l said who-ooo-ooo

Who else do l need?

And without you

What else could l be?

What else do l need?

Well, l guess l need

falling skies

And more apologizing

for the way I became

Windmills to fight with

stay up all night with

Just give me enough room

to hang

l was feeling free

l had the shining of the ocean

in my eyes

And who else could l be?

l had the shining of the ocean

in my eyes

See, l was blinded

by the very thing

On which my fragile

peace of mind relied

And without you

What else could l be?

- The pictures didn't

do it justice.

- Oh.

- l sense danger.

- It's fine.

l'm fine.

- Were you carsick?

- Of course not

Of course l wasn't carsick.


- Richard, l'm not sure

you fully understand

what you're walking into here.

There are countless unknowns.

- l can handle this, okay?

Please, just give me

some credit

- There's gonna be crying.


- l'm having trouble believing

how great this is.

You comin'?


Good Lord.


- Oh, poor thing.

Well, at least it was quick.

lt's a clean thoracic tear.

- We should give him

a proper buriaI.

l feel like l just lost

my bearings.


- Oh, thanks.

- Yeah.

[door creaking]

[door slams]

- [gasps]

Oh, this is charming.

Oh, the water works.


[stove clicking]

l don't know if the stove works.

Maybe they have take-out menus.

- Ah, listen!

Come here, come here, come here.

There she is, the mighty sea.

Still in there.

- Wow.

- Yeah?

- Yeah, yeah.

- [chuckles]

- That's sothat's

l'm gonna look around.

- [chuckles]

- Oh, they've got plenty

of toweIs.

We didn't need to bring any.

Oh, well.

The fuse box is in

the linen closet, Richard.

Oh, there's a skylight


- The couch

could be a problem.

- Don't fixate.

- You're right

Wonderful, everything.

- Good, that's right

You want to grab the luggage

out of the car?

l'll do it

- Phil Turley

is very concerned, Claire,

about the community's efforts

to protect the nesting grounds

of the native tern.

As he should be.

- Listen, l put all

my numbers

on the top sheet

of that memo pad by the phone,

so if you want to tear that off

and tape it up somewhere.

l'm in surgery from 9:00

tiII noon.

So l'll check in after that,


- Great, good.

- Are you sure you don't want

to rent a car?

- Didn't they say there was

a bike?

l'll dig it out of the garage.

lt's ten minutes to town.

This will be ideal.

- Okay, it's up to you.

- [laughs]

- So what does your schedule

Iook Iike for tomorrow?

- I'II start

at the very beginning.

That's a very good place

to start.

- Speaking of which...

Close your eyes.

Okay, you can open them.

- Oh.

- Mark just got one of these.

He said a five-year-old

couId use it

- Richard, use your words.

- ActuaIIy, I was thinking

of writing on the Corona.

- Oh.

- No, but this is good.

No, this is

you're right

This is better.

- Yeah.


- Richard.

These fabrics.


- [coughs tightly]

- Oh, l talked to Peter

and Lucy,

and they said they might come

out the weekend of the 2nd.

- Great, great


- Peter and Lucy?

- Oh, good, yeah.

They're always fun.

- Yeah, yeah.

You didn't bring

you didn't bring him out here,

did you?

- What?


No, of course not

- No. Okay.

All right

[door slams]

[engine turns over]

Have a productive week, okay?

- Save some lives!

[bird cawing]



[keys clacking]


[bicycle squeaking]

[bell chimes]

- Hot wheels.

- Let go of me.

- Do you remember the time

that you ran over the neighbor's

guinea pig, Little Fluff?

- No, l do not

Now will you let me go?

- Look, we both know that you're

not equipped to deal

with your current circumstances.

And untiI you prove otherwise,

l feel compelled to be on hand.

- Could you step aside?

l have things to do.

- l sense danger.

- Would you stop saying that?


- Be careful!

- Buh-buh-duh






- Why aren't you a cheerleader,


- 'Cause l'm not

- Later.


- You could so easily

be a cheerIeader.

- You could so easily drop dead.


[bell dinging]

[flames crackling]

- Ugh!


Oh, no!

No, it's not like that

Hand soap?

- No, it's for your wheels.

The squeaks drive me nuts.

lt's a nice bike, though.

l used to have one of these

when I was your age.

[bell dings]

So how come you're following me?

- l'm not

- Are too.

- l'm not

l'm not

- Are too.

How come?

- Well, l was just

l kind of

l just moved into town.

And l need a babysitter.


l just thoughtyou know,

l thought maybe you might know

somebody who

- Yeah, okay.

When do you need me for?

- Oh, um...

Friday night


- Address and phone number?

- 18 Sag Harbor Road.

I don't know

the phone number yet


- AII right,

l'll see you Friday.

- l'm Mister

l'm Richard.


[intense drumbeats]

Merton regarded his solitude

as something sacred.

Merton regarded his solitude

as something s

[gulls cawing]

- Face it

You can't live without me.

- Do you mind?

l'm communing with nature here.

Why are you so incapable

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Michele Mulroney

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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