Paperback Hero 1998

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Australian truck driver Jack Willis (Hugh Jackman) has found huge success as a romantic novelist, but in order to avoid embarrassment he has assumed the name of his best friend Ruby Vale (Claudia Karvan) as a pen-name. When a big-city publisher arrives to sign 'Ruby' up in a megabucks deal, Jack and Ruby are forced to keep secret the true identity of the author, but as time passes, their deception grows more and more difficult to maintain.

Starring:
Hugh Jackman, Jeanie Drynan
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Product Details

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 33 minutes
Starring Hugh Jackman, Jeanie Drynan, Andrew S. Gilbert, Angie Milliken, Claudia Karvan
Director Anthony J. Bowman
Genres Comedy, Romance
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK
Rental release 22 August 2005
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ashley on 15 Sept. 2002
Format: VHS Tape
I admit that I bought this movie because I am a huge Hugh Jackman fan; it appealed to me because I've always enjoyed romantic comedies more than action films (which is primarily what you will see him in in the States). I am happy to say that this film surpassed my expectations, which were already pretty high to begin with. Jackman was amazing as always; this film completely corroborated my belief that he is an unbelievably talented and versatile actor. I also enjoyed hearing him talk with his native accent. The rest of the cast was also great, and the story was entertaining and believable. I would recommend this film to any rom-com viewer and all Jackman fans.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Reader on 20 Sept. 2006
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This is one of Hugh Jackman's first movies ( the other one is the highly dramatic ERSKINEVILLE KINGS) and it already shows the promise of one who will eventually capture worldwide movie audiences' imagination in a variety of roles. This is a romantic comedy and proves to be a charming and highly entertaining piece. There is excellent chemistry between Hugh and Claudia Karvan in a story which happens in the Australian outback and partly in modern Sydney. I have watched it a number of times and I find myself chuckling and enjoying it everytime.

You will love Jack and Ruby!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sara on 11 Oct. 2000
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I absolutely loved all about this movie, especially the chemistry between the main characters, lovely portrayed by Hugh Jackman and Claudia Karvan. I loved the music, the locations...It simply is a must have. Bye it and you wont regret it. And to other Hugh Jackman fans around the world: a big hug and I hope to see you some time...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ms. R. Ramos on 1 Feb. 2009
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Great romantic story of a very macho guy (Hugh Jackman) who writes a romantic novel. When it's chosen to be published, he doesn't want his identity to be revealed and asks his female best friend to pretend to be the writer. Great story telling and some funny moments. Too bad the film seems too short because you can so easily loose yourself in this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Oct. 2000
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I bought this video because hugh jackman was in it, because I saw him in x-men and thought this guys pretty cool and I could not really imagine him to be in a romantic comedy, so out of curiousity and after reading the reviews I bought the film and I was very pleased. The character he plays, he plays well. Ruby and jack are meant to be together and its true the ending is predictable but I could not contain my excitement as the end drew near. And to see him in this, then in x-men....well lets just say, what a incredibly talented actor. Great film, great actor.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By JamesW TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Aug. 2008
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Hugh Jackman in one of his earliest film roles! Well, being an exceptionally big Jackman fan I had to get this and I really had high hopes for it based on the synopsis, so I feel extremely guilty by saying I didn't love it.

Hugh is great, he's gruff and funny, sexy and vulnerable, but the story itself lets it down. This could have been an extremely funny comedy, and it certainly had the potential, but it tried to take itself a little bit too seriously which sadly let the film down.

It isn't bad, and Hugh fans like myself will certainly buy it to add to the collection, but I fear you may not be as impressed as you would like to be
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on 13 Feb. 2004
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Fans of Austrailian Movies or of Hugh Jackman will not be disappointed by this one. A rare chance to see him act in his native dialect is not to be missed. The story is great, with a greater intelligence than many romantic comedies. The contrast of Jack with Hamish is great since Hamish is not the typical stupid or nasty ex-boyfriend and Jack is not the typical player, but more the boy next door. Spectacular scenery and a great soundtrack. I would definitely reccommend this to anybody, male or female, since my teenage brother loves it. I don't know anybody who's seen it and disliked it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Sept. 2000
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I bought this video because Hugh Jackman was in it and I have to say he did'nt dissappoint me at all. If you've seen this summer blockbuster film X-Men you will realise what a brillant actor Jackman is. The characters he plays in the two movies are so different its almost as if it was two different actors.
Paperback Hero is a light romantic comedy with a predictable ending, but who cares, it was the ending we wanted. Our hero and heroine had real chemistry, first as feuding friends and then, something deeper as the film develops, check out the kareokee duet followed by the kiss!
I've only given this 3 stars because I have read the book and it is so much funnier than the film. I felt like there was a lot of editing going on. There were opportunities missed which is suprising because the director was the author.
However for a girls night in you won't do better than this.
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