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The Paperboy 2012

3.4 out of 5 stars (80) 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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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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John Cusack gives the only interesting performance in this hateful garbage. Cast against type as a sleazy, disgusting redneck, he's pretty scary. Otherwise, there's nothing to recommend apart from ejecting the disc and snapping it in half. Director Daniels tries to liven up the pathetic storyline by indulging in weird and pointless camera tricks- dodgy focusing, jump-cuts, dissolves, artless slo-mo etc, but none of it has any purpose and just looks embarrassingly self-conscious. Most of the characters are grossly unappealing and the film just ends up as a sweaty, dismal, pointless mess. The only person I feel sorry for is Lee Daniels' shrink- judging by the content here, he's up against it.
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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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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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Not really sure how to rate this one! I always find stories about the American south compelling and this one was no exception. I think Nicole Kidman is a superb actress and was good in this, although I don't think they'd discovered botox could succesfully paralyse all your facial muscles in those days! It is quite explicit, though this is in keeping with the lives of the characters. Life in that place in that era was very warped and this film depicts that perfectly. Worth a watch.
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I liked this underrated movie because it is in fact an utterly ambitious work of art trying to show, despite a shoe-string budget, what damage could be done to human relationships by the prevailing culture of sexism and racism in the 1970's. I liked the star-studded cast with outstanding actors playing very convincingly "against type" in a real world made up of self-delusion an -destruction, where the best feelings and the best intents only bring death and sorrow in the end.
I found particularly interesting the relationship between Jack (Zac Efron) and the black family maid. We all feel that the tender complicity between both could lead at least to a solid friendship. But Jack's underlying racism prevents it from becoming real.
The Paperboy shows us the dark sides of humanity and does not provide any answers. But the characters are solid and realistic.
Great performance of Nicole Kidman as a deeply neurotic sex-obsessed woman and of Joan Cusak as a hapless convicted non-felon who looks with apparent indifference on the mess his life has become.
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