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The Paperboy (2012)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  17 October 2012 (Belgium)
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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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Box Office


$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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Did You Know?


Nicole Kidman had to create the "thrashy" look of Charlotte herself, as the budget lacked money for a make-up assistant. This was the first time Kidman did her own make-up on a film. See more »


When Jack meets Charlotte, he walks across the yard barefoot. In the next scene, when sitting on the couch, he's wearing black flip flops. See more »


[first lines]
Interviewer: [off-screen] Just tell me when you're rolling.
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References The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (1967) See more »


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The Paperboy really delivers
8 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After watching the movie I was asking myself what the heck did I just watch, but whatever it was I liked it....Now first off this movies is not for everyone, it's extremely sexual, violent, and at times confusing, but it is never dull or plotting. The story is captivating and the actor/actresses pull you in right from the start and never let go until the ending credits roll. The storyline is unique and original with it's crazy cast of characters. Don't try and out think this one, go with the flow and let this backwoods swamp tale take you on an mesmerizing journey into a world you'll be glad you were able to glimpse.

I'm going to say a few things about some of the actors/actresses as they truly do make this a must see movie. First Matthew McConaughey, if he's starting to get type-cast so what, he is absolutely wonderful in this role...bravo. Nicole Kidman is sensational, once again proving no matter what the role she excels and is without a doubt one of the very finest actresses of our time. John Cusack takes on a very different type of character than what you've seen of him the past and really shines and delivers a riveting memorable performance. The entire cast of this movie deserves credit for bring life to this Lee Daniels film.

I've noticed that some reviewers are giving this a less than glowing review, but in my humble but accurate opinion, this is an excellent piece of film making and should be given it's rightful praise for what it is....OUTSTANDING!!

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