Thoughts on Paper Moon

Monday, December 27, 2010 4:27 PM By Simon

-A conman (Ryan O'Neal) ends up taking the recently orphaned daughter of an old flame (Tatum O'Neal) with him on the road, to transport to her aunt's house. Great Depression-era shenanagins ensue when she blueballs him into returning 200 dollars he acquired through her.

-Tatum O'Neal, as far as I can tell (I've seen no other Oscar films of that year) deserved the Oscar. Petulant and stubborn without being annoying or precocious, she scowls down all patronizing eyes while still managing to turn it into feigning little girl innocence.

-Ryan O'Neal's fine too, but let's face it, all he has to do is look oily and let Tatum to the work.

-Shot is lovely black-and-white by Peter Bogdanovich and cinematographer László Kovács. Pleasant, thirties hit-heavy soundtrack.

-For the most part, engaging, tight, adorable episodic movie about, I don't know, overarching goodness or something.


Trulyfool said...


Surely you've seen The Exorcist? American Graffiti? Not that the nominees (Linda Blair or Candy Clark) did the substantial work that Tatum did. Really, she was a lead. Madeine Kahn was the support.


December 27, 2010 at 8:14 PM
Simon said...

Trulyfool: Those were the nominees that year? Of course I've seen those! And nobody said Madeline Kahn was lead, did they? She had, like, ten scenes.

December 27, 2010 at 8:29 PM
Robert said...

I really do love this movie. And she did deserve the Oscar even if this was mad category fraud. Haha

December 27, 2010 at 9:14 PM
moviesandsongs365 said...

You've got to love that poster, a classic, unforgettable image.

December 28, 2010 at 7:01 AM
Alexa said...

He is very good at looking oily.

December 29, 2010 at 8:46 AM
Anonymous said...

Very good film. Tatum was fantastic.

December 29, 2010 at 10:53 AM