Spoilers for Netflix’s Paddleton lie ahead.
I ship Ray Romano and Mark Duplass. Exactly how I ship them is where things get complicated.
The marketing for Netflix’s new tragicomedy Paddleton paints the picture of an uninspired buddy comedy. View the trailer and you’ll recognize its narrative: Two friends, one with terminal cancer, embark on a road trip. Their advertised journey promises hijinks and tearful goodbyes, all likely forgettable. It’s seemingly an obvious pass.
What lies beneath the terrible promotion and equally terrible title is one of the most heartbreaking and nuanced on-screen relationships I have ever seen — the exact nature of which I struggled to pin down. Read more…