Director : Brit McAdams
Writer : Brit McAdams
Stars : Owen WilsonElisabeth HenryPaul Kosopod
Who ever thought a 1970s show about a soft-spoken perm-wearing man painting landscapes while his audience watches along would become such a pop culture phenomenon? Bob Ross has become the unlikely inspiration for anyone with even a minimal interest in art. His positivity and calm nature made him an unlikely but formidable star of public television and later on streaming, which has allowed younger generations to become even bigger fans of the artist.
It’s this level of popularity that has spawned a movie loosely based on and satirizing the image of this PBS legend. Paint follows Carl Nargle (played by the iconic Owen Wilson), a fictionalized version of Ross who is contending with new competition. With a star-studded cast and an interesting premise, the movie promises to be one of the films to watch out for in 2023.
And if you’re looking for all the details revealed so far about Paint, including plot details, cast announcements, release dates, trailers, and more, then you’ve come to the right place.
Paint will be released on April 7, 2023. The movie was originally set to be released by IFC Films in theaters on April 28, 2023, but those plans changed, and the date was moved up to the current one. Now the film will still be getting a theatrical release, but we will get to see it earlier than expected. Paint will also be released on the streaming platform AMC+ at a later date in 2023.
A trailer for Paint was released on February 8, 2023. Upon the trailer’s opening, you might assume this to be a prestige film about the nature of art and the life of a selfless man. We hear Carl’s calm narration as he paints and meditates on how mistakes can lead to a beautiful portrait. We see how his small act of creativity and philosophy has brought joy to nearly every person he knows and many, many more. In all, he is a soft-spoken rock star.
But that changes pretty soon when we realize this rockstar is no saint. A tortured artist himself, he doesn’t always practice what he preaches and often takes advantage of the devotion that the people, especially women have for him. The film peels away the layers of this Buddha-like figure to reveal a man just as ridiculous as the next.