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      Reel Paradise

      R Released Aug 17, 2005 1 hr. 53 min. Documentary List
      69% 48 Reviews Tomatometer 61% 500+ Ratings Audience Score New York film programmer John Pierson decides to pull up stakes and relocate his wife Janet, son Wyatt, and daughter Georgia to Fiji for a year. It's there that he purchases the 180 Meridian, ostensibly the most isolated movie theater on Earth. Despite a multitude of problems -- a drunk projectionist, bouts with dengue fever, local priests who disapprove -- the theater proves a success with locals, and documentary filmmaker Steve James chronicles the last month of their experiment. Read More Read Less
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      The travails of the Piersons as they try to adjust to a radically different culture while introducing American cinema to it makes for amusing viewing.

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      Audience Member If you enjoy both movies and traveling then I think you will really be engaged by this film. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/29/23 Full Review Audience Member Following dreams when things simply don't always work out to your advantage. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Audience Member Overlong but intermittently fascinating documentary about indie film producer John Pierson, who uprooted his family for one year to open and operate a movie theatre in remote Fiji. What sounds and begins as rather cutesy turns out to be a rather tense, layered exploration of culture clash. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Audience Member A documentry about a family who moves to fiji for a year and run a movie theater to show american free movies. It is actually more of a family drama than it appears. There are many parts that are interesting like the teenage daughter going through a rebelious stage and envious of the locals. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Fabulous little documentary about a man who ventured to Fiji to display free movies to the public over the course of a year and the troubles he encounters doing so. Really gripping and entertaining to say the least. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member documentary about a family who moves to Fiji to run a movie theater. He shows them free to the public and runs both mainstream and independent movies. They showed Jackass to them one night and the crowd loved it. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Desson Thomson Washington Post Highly watchable. Oct 25, 2005 Full Review Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch The director's visit wasn't long enough to fully humanize this culture clash, but some of the movie's conclusions seem universal. Rated: B Oct 25, 2005 Full Review Ty Burr Boston Globe An amusingly damning portrait of a man trying to impose his will on a world that, really, has better things to do. Rated: 2.5/4 Oct 21, 2005 Full Review Ethan Alter Film Journal International A fascinating study in cross-cultural communication, as well as a deeply personal examination of family dynamics. Mar 1, 2007 Full Review Boston Phoenix What is learned? Not so much how cultures impinge on each other as how cinema shapes our lives. Rated: 3/4 Oct 25, 2005 Full Review Scott Renshaw Salt Lake City Weekly Though these scenes may have energy, they're also mostly noise -- distractions from a collection of scenes without a driving force. Rated: 2.5/4 Oct 25, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis New York film programmer John Pierson decides to pull up stakes and relocate his wife Janet, son Wyatt, and daughter Georgia to Fiji for a year. It's there that he purchases the 180 Meridian, ostensibly the most isolated movie theater on Earth. Despite a multitude of problems -- a drunk projectionist, bouts with dengue fever, local priests who disapprove -- the theater proves a success with locals, and documentary filmmaker Steve James chronicles the last month of their experiment.
      Director
      Steve James
      Executive Producer
      Janet Pierson, John Pierson, Kevin Smith
      Distributor
      Wellspring Media
      Production Co
      View Askew Productions
      Rating
      R (Brief Crude Humor|Language|Including Sexual References)
      Genre
      Documentary
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Aug 17, 2005, Original
      Release Date (DVD)
      Feb 14, 2006
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $31.0K