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Ray Romano and Mark Duplass Take a Road Trip in “Paddleton” Trailer

You'll have to excuse me. I have something in my eye.

Ray Romano has had a very interesting career after his sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond ended in 2005. He's co-starred in several TV shows, and popped up as himself in everything from Maron to Funny People. But he's in a new indie-focused phase of his career, delivering a great performance in The Big Sick and will appear in Martin Scorsese's The Irishman (if it ever finishes filming).

Here, he plays the neighbor of Michael (Mark Duplass), who's recently been diagnosed with a terminal disease. Michael decides to end his life on his own terms, and the two grow closer as they play games, eat meals and goof off together. They also take a road trip to a pharmacy that will provide Michael with the life-ending drugs he needs. As with almost all of Mark Duplass's films, expect a healthy mix of laughter and pain.

Paddleton premieres at the Sundance Film Festinva later this mornig before arriving on Netflix on February 22. Wherever you're seeing it, pack the tissues.


About Kip Mooney

Kip Mooney
Like many film critics born during and after the 1980s, my hero is Roger Ebert. The man was already the best critic in the nation when he won the Pulitzer in 1975, but his indomitable spirit during and after his recent battle with cancer keeps me coming back to read not only his reviews but his insightful commentary on the everyday. But enough about a guy you know a lot about. I knew I was going to be a film critic—some would say a snob—in middle school, when I had to voraciously defend my position that The Royal Tenenbaums was only a million times better than Adam Sandler’s remake of Mr. Deeds. From then on, I would seek out Wes Anderson’s films and avoid Sandler’s like the plague. Still, I like to think of myself as a populist, and I’ll be just as likely to see the next superhero movie as the next Sundance sensation. The thing I most deplore in a movie is laziness. I’d much rather see movies with big ambitions try and fail than movies with no ambitions succeed at simply existing. I’m also a big advocate of fun-bad movies like The Room and most of Nicolas Cage’s work. In the past, I’ve written for The Dallas Morning News and the North Texas Daily, which I edited for a semester. I also contributed to Dallas-based Pegasus News, which in the circle of life, is now part of The Dallas Morning News, where I got my big break in 2007. Eventually, I’d love to write and talk about film full-time, but until that’s a viable career option, I work as an auditor for Wells Fargo. I hope to one day meet my hero, go to the Toronto International Film Festival, and compete on Jeopardy. Until then, I’m excited to share my love of film with you.