The Paper (1994)
Howard's The Paper is probably the most detailed and passionate
portrait of life in the newspaper business ever to be captured on film.
This makes the film valuable and interesting, and it also keeps the at
times stereotypical characters vibrant and believable. The acting here
is a mixture of down to earth and quirky, but with such fine cast, they
largely pull it off without stretching too much. Howard directs at a
lightning pace, which borders on being exhausting but is mostly
engaging. There are a handful of delightful, level-headed scenes that
give the film a wonderful, everyday-feel. Unfortunately, the ending is
a bit too convenient and slick. A few scenes (such as the ones involving
Jason Alexander and the Keaton/Close "chick fight") seem out of
place and scripted, but they don't rob the film of its
entertainment value. Duvall, Keaton and Quaid all deliver fine
performances, while Glenn Close overacts her part into semi-ridicule.