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The Paper Boy (1994)

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A homicidal twelve-year-old paperboy becomes obsessed with a woman and her daughter next-door, and he'll do anything to make his fantasy of the "perfect family" come alive.

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A paper-boy murders an old lady only to lure her family from the city out to the country. As each day passes the paper-boy tries to make friends with the family. Once the family sees what a sicko he is, they banish him from their lives. Then the terror begins. Written by <chopp@gte.net>

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16 November 1994 (USA)  »

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When Johnny uncovers his dead father's head in the freezer, his neck can be seen pulsing. See more »

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Melissa Thorpe: Johnny might be disturbing, but... a murderer?
Mrs. Rosemont: She was afraid... and then she was dead. That's when I knew he had the mark.
Melissa Thorpe: Mrs. Rosemont, listen to me. The only marks on that boy are those put there by his mother! Johnny's mother abused him and his father's now neglecting him! Somebody's gotta intervene here! Will you help me?
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Okay if you watch it with LOW expectations.
25 August 2005 | by (Noctropolis) – See all my reviews

An average almost "okay" thriller about a depraved/perverted young boy (Johnny) that is obsessed with a hot single mother. In order to get her love, Johnny makes friends with her young daughter, kills her mother, kills his own father!, an old lady that knows about his past, and tries to kill's her boyfriend. What a disgusting guy but at least he can say he tried EVERYTHING to have a real family.

We learn that Johnny is an abused child and that he needs help desperately after being suspect of his mother's death. So we have character development unlike other movies like this. The dialogs aren't the most clever I must say but still work for this movie.

If you enjoy movies where the "villain" or killer is a boy, then "Paperboy" is a must see for you. The actor who plays Johnny is very good in his role and manages to make the audience hate him! He's annoying, a liar, pervert, and you end up hating him. Good job. In fact, it's the kind of movie that makes you feel good when things go wrong to the bad guy.

I'm disturbed by one scene in particular, i don't know if it was edited for t.v. but , does Johnny masturbates after hearing that Alexandra Paul's character is about to have sex with her boyfriend? I didn't understand the scene very well but one thing for sure is that Johnny is a very sick boy.

Oh give this movie a try if you're an avid lover of B-thrillers. "The Paperboy" delivers expectations but I would wait for it to air on t.v. or cable instead of wasting money on it's rental price.


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