Henry Hackett is the editor of a New York City tabloid. He is a workaholic who loves his job, but the long hours and low pay are leading to discontent. Also, publisher Bernie White faces ... See full summary »
A down-on-his-luck businessman desperately takes the only job offered - a teacher in the U.S. Army. His mission: keep a ragtag bunch of underachieving misfits from flunking out of basic ... See full summary »
Henry Hackett is the editor of a New York City tabloid. He is a workaholic who loves his job, but the long hours and low pay are leading to discontent. Also, publisher Bernie White faces financial straits, and has hatchetman Alicia Clark, Henry's nemesis, impose unpopular cutbacks. Henry's wife Martha, a hugely pregnant former reporter of his, is fed up because he has so little time for his family. He is therefore considering an offer from Paul Bladden to edit a paper like the New York Times, which would mean more money, shorter hours, more respectability...but might also be a bit boring for his tastes. But a hot story soon confronts Henry with tough decisions. Written by
"The Paper" begins with an excellent script, a superb ensemble of actors, and a story-line that will seem incredible to anyone who's never been in journalism. However, with a little exaggeration removed -- not a lot -- it portrays, more-or-less accurately, an era of relentless competition among the sensation-mongering tabloids that pretty much ended when more and more papers folded as television news began to dominate. This may be the best work Ron Howard has done in his career as a director. Michael Keaton, Glenn Close, Robert Duvall, Marisa Tomei and Randy Quaid are pitch perfect in their respective roles and others in the cast are also excellent. As an ex-journalist (with a newspaper far more serious than the Sun), I thought it did a much better job of capturing what it's like in the newsroom than the much ballyhooed movie about Watergate. Sure, "The Paper" isn't a "serious" film but journalism needn't be treated reverently: it's often a comedy -- though not always a lot of laughs as this one is.
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