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The Paperboy 2012

3.5 out of 5 stars (74) IMDb 5.8/10

Ward is a reporter for the esteemed daily newspaper, The Miami Times, and his brother Jack is a recent college dropout. When Ward shows up with his writing partner, Yardley, to investigate a story, Ward asks Jack to accompany them as their driver.

Starring:
Zac Efron, Matthew McConaughey
Runtime:
1 hour, 46 minutes

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Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Director Lee Daniels
Starring Zac Efron, Matthew McConaughey
Supporting actors Nicole Kidman, John Cusack, David Oyelowo, Scott Glenn, Ned Bellamy, Nealla Gordon, Macy Gray, Edrick Browne, Kevin Waterman, Danny Hanemann, Peter Murnik, John P. Fertitta, Jay Oliver, Gary Clarke, Ava Bogle, Adam Sibley, J.D. Evermore, René J.F. Piazza
Studio Lionsgate
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 April 2015
Format: DVD
A rambling tale long on the unpleasant details about a campaign to free a murderer and its sequel. Despite being set in the same general milieu as True Detective, and based on a powerful novel, it failed to come together as a single piece compared to McConaughey's more successful series. Instead of that sense of American Gothic we got American Sordid; True Detective with a screenplay by Jeremy Kyle. It fits well within the Killer Joe style for fans of that film.
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Format: DVD
Utterly dreadful. A plot that jumps around for little apparent reason and in an incoherent manner, alongside possibly the poorest and flimsiest characterisation I've seen in a film for a long time, all topped off with some shockingly bad and often obtuse dialogue makes for a film to avoid. There is literally nothing good about it, don't waste your valuable time.
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Format: DVD
After ten minutes of watching this film I thought it was going to be rubbish. After twenty I got a bit more interested and after thirty I started to quite like it, though as other reviewers have said that had more to do with certain aspects of the characters and certain scenes rather than the coherence of the whole film. A very hard film to rate.
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Format: DVD
This is an odd ball story which is more about the quirky characters and fitting names than the plot. The story is in part narrated by Anita Chester(Macy Gray), the maid who breaks "The Help" stereotype. A mean sheriff of a small southern town was killed. Swamp man Hillary Van Wetter (John Cusack) was convicted of the crime on sketchy evidence and poor representation. Ward Jansen (Matthew McConaughey) is a former resident of the town and now works for the Miami Herald. He has returned to town, along with an African-American side kick Yardley Acheman (David Oyelowo) to conduct an investigative story. His dad W.W, Jansen (Scott Glenn) owns the town's newspaper and is concerned that such an article might damage his paper.

Ward's young buck brother Jack (Zac Efron) comes along to help. The three of them are aided by Charlotte "We all got our dark side" Bless (Nicole Kidman) who is a rather nasty woman who is in love with Hillary Van Wetter through their correspondence, although up to now they have never met. Hillary is not very likeable, and would rather look up Charlotte's dress than contribute to his own defense to get off of death row. Jack is sweet on Charlotte who unmercifully teases him.

The film is quirky and the raw sexuality of Kidman draws you into the film. The film builds up for a big twist, but then ends rather abruptly, almost as if it was a true story. I found 3/4 of the film to be interesting. I think Nicolas Cage would have been better than Cusack for a swamp man. As a classy Aussie, you can't help but be in awe at Kidman's southern trash performance. This is a film clearly not for everyone. It is a soft grindhouse.

Parental Guide: F-bomb, N-word, sex, nudity (NOT Kidman), Homosexuality, urination.

It is believed urination helps jelly fish bites. It is not true. Wash with salt water and seek medical attention.
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Format: Blu-ray
Ward Jansen is a reporter for a newspaper and has returned home with close friend Yardley to investigate a murder case.

Younger brother Jack has returned home after a failed stint at university as a swimmer. Ward gives Jack a job on their investigation as their driver.

But the fiancée of the imprisoned convict, stirs up confusing feelings of love and lust for the young Jack.

Ward and Yardley's investigation stirs up deep-rooted issues of race and acceptance which could cause serious consequences for everyone involved....

Having now seen this movie, I really think the makers were not. Trying to make some PC important movie with a message, like Precious, but they have made this movie to shock, and I think that the three main stars were in on the plan too.

Kidman seems like she is trying to prove something his year with Stoker and now this, but she is good, McConaughy is again proving that he is a force to be reckoned with now, rather than being in comedies. Here, he channels Killer Joe.

Efron is as good as always, and will be a huge star, but for now, this is too over the top to shock. The scene where we first meet Cusack, is just plain odd, and the Jellyfish scene is laugh out loud funny, rather than shocking.

Granted, there is one death at the end which did shock me, and the final image is rather haunting, but as I've said, they've really gone into overkill with the imagery, leaving he rather good story sidelined.

The story really only comes to life when Macy Gray is on screen, and weirdly, she is the best thing in this movie.

A curioso movie, but not getting the message across
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Saw the trailer for this film and thought "Wow, this looks fantastic", then read the reviews here on Amazon and was left feeling deflated so never ordered a copy. A few months passed and I again saw the trailer so this time ordered the DVD. So glad I did as this is a great film. Nicole Kidman is just amazing in it, it is without doubt the best piece of acting she has ever done. Don't be put off by the bad reviews.
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Format: Blu-ray
I'm finding it a little difficult to understand the opposing passions this film seems to generate. Ironically the two camps of 'classic' and 'bilge' have resulted in an overall rating that is just about perfect. This is an okay film nothing more and nothing less. It tries hard to be outrageous and with most films that try it really isn't. Yes there are some jaw dropping moments but every one belongs to Kidman who the films truly shining start.

I normally like John Cusack but his colour by numbers psycho bad guy is just over acted, it's okay, make that quite good, but nothing compared to De Niro or Mitchum in Cape Fear, it's okay but nothing more. Zac Efron is equally okay but his part is at best insipid, and despite pretence at depths, he just seems all surface and not that interesting. McConaughey is also okay, but it's nothing special. In fact all the acting is ok, only Kidman really shines out. Oh and there's a decent bit of acting from Macy Gray managing to portray the only character that seems to have any depth.

Now this film just isn't bad, the atmosphere is excellent, all suitably sweaty and southern, Kidman is stand out worth watching, and it trots along well enough. But the plot is all pretend depth with a feeling of surface, and the stroyline wonders badly at times. But it's very watchable somehow just not anything like a 5 star movie.
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