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The Paperboy (2012)

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A reporter returns to his Florida home-town to investigate a case involving a death row inmate.



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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 October 2012 (Belgium)  »

Also Known As:

Amores peligrosos  »

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$12,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$102,706 (USA) (5 October 2012)


$692,640 (USA) (16 November 2012)

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2.35 : 1
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Received a 15 minute standing ovation at the premiere Cannes Film Festival, which brought Lee Daniels and Zac Efron to tears. See more »


Jack tosses his beer as he's walking towards Charlotte. Then he takes the boxes but still has the beer in his left hand. When he turns around again, the beer is gone. See more »


[first lines]
Interviewer: [off-screen] Just tell me when you're rolling.
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Featured in 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2013) See more »


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User Reviews

Wasted 2 hours of my life
23 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Great actors, horrible movie. The story was rambling, confused, and seemed to be dark just to be dark.

The narration was horrible; Macy Gray is incoherent throughout. I'm sure there was a reason to have a narrator, but the fact that she was completely unable to be understood kind of eliminates the benefit.

Characters were poorly developed and there was never any build up to explain their behavior.

The director seemed to be searching for ways to degrade every character over and over and over. This movie was disturbing without any redeeming quality at all.

Don't waste your time or your money.

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