‘Paint’ (2023) Movie Review: A Strange Comedy about a Strange Guy


Paint is a film written and directed by Brit McAdams starring Owen Wilson.

It is a comedy that boasts the flag of quirkiness, and, in its 60s hippy vibes, it is attractive… for a while.

One of those comedies that, unfortunately, runs out of fuel in its initial approach without having a clear idea to develop.


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There’s some charm to it as a nostalgic product and as a chance to recall for a while the times in which Forrest Gump found love… to the rhythm of Dolly Parton. It has some style regarding the recreation more than in the interpretation or the story, which don’t want to be memorable at any time.

This film has the dubious merit of being told as it renders the life of this painter, something that ends apparently without leaving any trace, transitioning between light comedy and an acid sense hidden under an apparent veil of innocence. It’s not harsh in its criticism, but it does underlie boring jokes coming from a not-so-funny character.

Regarding sense of humor, there’s something for every taste, because as in haute (or low) cuisine, each one likes certain flavors.

Paint has an entire initial aesthetic proposal, which gradually fades and which, in the absence of a more solid development, ends up being consciously lost.

If in the end life is a flow of nonsense and coincidences in a landscape painted in a “crappy” television program… you will decide for yourselves.

Owen Wilson is in his role, doing his job, in an interpretative formula that, based on repetition, he has ended up mastering.


Our Opinion

It leaves you somewhat indifferent. A film that has a contained acidity and that, without wanting to hide it, does not end up letting it explode.

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The Cast


Owen Wilson / Carl Nargle


Wendi McLendon-Covey / Wendy


Michaela Watkins / Katherine

Ciara Renée / Ambrosia

Lusia Strus
Stephen Root
Lucy Freyer
Denny Dillon
Evander Duck Jr.
Elisabeth Henry-Macari


Movie title: Paint

Movie description: Carl Nargle, Vermont’s #1 public television painter, is convinced he has it all: a signature perm, custom van, and fans hanging on his every stroke… until a younger, better artist steals everything (and everyone) Carl loves.

Date published: May 13, 2023

Country: United States

Duration: 96 mins

Director(s): Brit McAdams

Writer(s): Brit McAdams

Cinematography: Patrick Cady

Music: Lyle Workman

Actor(s): Owen Wilson, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Stephen Root, Michaela Watkins, Ciara Renée, Lusia Strus

Genre: Comedy

Companies: Balcony 9 Productions, Blue Creek Pictures, Silver Lining Entertainment, Distribuidora: IFC Films

Our Opinion

It leaves you somewhat indifferent. A film that has a contained acidity and that, without wanting to hide it, does not end up letting it explode.


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