, Paul Franklin Dano cememented himself as a young actor willing to play controversial roles.Tackling the charachter of Howie Blitzer, a 15 year-old boy beginning to confront his sexuality, he secured the Best Debut Performance award at the 2002 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards and Best Male Actor at the 2001 Stockholm Film Festival. Picked up by Fox's movie distribution arm the film poking fun at modern-day America reached audiences worldwide and helped catapult Paul Dano to an even greater level of celebrity.Paul Dano's first breakthrough performance as 15 year-old Howie Blitzer. A very hard-to-find telemovie, Too Young to Be a Dad (2002), sees Paul play a role as an unexpected father - an honor role student who has to reconsider his life after his girlfriend is pregnant.
He came to greater attention in 2006, when he played as Dwayne, a voluntarily mute teenager as part of an ensemble in the comedic drama Little Miss Sunshine, which received critical acclaim and collective awards for its cast.
Thirty minutes in, it’s using its inexplicable erection as a GPS (“Manny, I think your penis is guiding us home! Later still, Hank and Manny are recreating so frequently presents you with things you genuinely haven’t seen before that it almost becomes a bit dizzying.
Unless you see a farting corpse cutting trees with its arms every day, in which case good luck to you.
But it’s not just about the images that first-time directors Scheinert and Kwan — known as The Daniels — deliver here.
This is a gloriously inventive fable about humanity, faith, guilt and much more that is by turns hilarious, moving, juvenile and deeply profound.