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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Matthew McConaughey
Zac Efron
John Cusack
Nicole Kidman.
Directors
Lee Daniels.
Screenwriters
Lee Daniels.
Running Time
107 minutes

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The Paperboy
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Plot
1960s, small-town Florida. Fraying bombshell Charlotte Bless (Kidman) coaxes a Miami Times reporter (McConaughey) into helping her get death row convict Hillary Van Wetter (Cusack) off the hook. The uneasy, sexually-charged alliance draws them deep into Florida's sultry underbelly.


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The Paperboy

Lee Daniels' follow-up to Precious is a lurid melodrama set in ’60s Florida, where Death Row groupie Nicole Kidman persuades crusading journalist Matthew McConaughey to prove the innocence of her convicted murderer fiancé (a horrifically creepy John Cusack). Murder, nasty sex and betrayal are further explored through the reporter’s college-dropout brother’s (Zac Efron) obsession with the slutty older woman. Kidman is extraordinary as the loony ’60s chick and, if you dig spectacularly feverish trash, this could find a small but appreciative cult. Love or loathe it, this will be remembered for Kidman peeing on Efron’s face.


Verdict
A superb Kidman takes off the handbrake, and most everything else, in Daniels' southern-fried follow-up to Precious. Watch it with Killer Joe for the ultimate sweaty, twisted double-bill.


Reviewed by Angie Errigo


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SHOCK TACTICS.....

Zac Effron running around in his skimpies for half the running time didn’t do anything for me I’m afraid and the sight of Nicole Kidman’s “Niagara falls” impersonation would have been better left on the cutting room floor, but as a piece of trash entertainment – it works – up to a point. This isn’t a film to watch with your mum – unless she’s broad minded, not easily offended and doesn’t mind the sight of claret. The racist undert... More

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A cult classic in the making, but completely barmy

Read the full review over at my site http://killingfloorfilm.com/2013/03/22/review-the-paper boy/ ... More

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RE: The Paperboy

This film I believe is one you'll either love or hate As like most reviews I have seen eg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6PvRH5Epj8# The film is one that will divide audiences, you will either embrace the unusual and a little disturbing storyline or you will hate it ... More

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The Paperboy

While Matthew McConaughey is having a renaissance with William Friedkin’s Killer Joe and Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike where he is at his best since ever, Nicole Kidman is embracing a dark side with Park Chan-wook’s Stoker and now Precious director Lee Daniels’ controversial adaptation of Pete Dexter’s 1995 novel. Along with his older brother Ward (McConaughey) who is an idealistic journalist returning to his hometown, Jack Jensen (Zac Efron) investigates the events surrounding a murder i... More

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