Quirk wasn't always a four-letter word. Back when Jim Jarmusch and Wes Anderson dominated the indie scene, quirk was fun, unexpected, even a little sweet. But now, quirk is a commodity, born both of endless creativity and a limited imagination, and never quite as handy as it used to be. The feature debut of husband-and-wife writer/directors Michele and Kieran Mulroney, Paper Man is dripping with quirk -- the lead has an imaginary friend who takes the form of a peroxide-blond superhero; he also has a fascination with an extinct breed of hen and has made himself a couch with his unsold novels -- to the point that any real connection to the characters drowns in all the eccentricities that surround them.
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