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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Tyree Van Wetter
Ellen Guthrie
Edrick Browne ...
Hustler #1
Danny Hanemann ...
Death Row Guard
Sam Ellison (as John Fertitta)
Mr. Guthrie / Wedding Guest (as James Oliver)


Eldest son Ward Jansen is a star reporter for a Miami newspaper and has returned home with close friend Yardley to investigate a racial murder case. Younger brother Jack Jansen has returned home after a failed stint at university as a star swimmer. To help give his life some direction, Ward gives Jack a job on their investigation as their driver. But into the mix comes the fiancée of the imprisoned convict who stirs up confusing feelings of love and lust for the young Jack. Meanwhile, Ward and Yardley's investigation stirs up deep-rooted issues of race and acceptance which could cause serious consequences for everyone involved. Written by napierslogs

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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 USA:

$102,706, 7 October 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$692,640, 18 November 2012
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Nicole Kidman created the "trashy" 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 »


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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Referenced in 70th Golden Globe Awards (2013) See more »


Crumbs off the Table
Written by Ron Dunbar (as Ronald Dunbar), Scherrie Payne, and Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland, Eddie Holland (collectively attributed as Edith Wayne)
Performed by Laura Lee
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Really a waste of almost two hours
4 October 2014 | by See all my reviews

I found this to be virtually pornographic (and gratuitously so) and the gore factor was over the top. It's shocking that so many stars like Kiddman and McConauaghay and Daniels were involved in this project. Truly disgusting, and incredibly disturbing as well. I watched this after watching "The Butler" and was shocked that Daniels could have put his efforts in to this awful project. The film had no socially redeeming qualities in that it didn't reflect anything about a historical event (for which sex and violence can play a dramatic role). It was simply "Shock Schlock".

The graphic and gratuitous nature of all of the sexual scenes was incredibly disturbing, as was the bloody violence throughout the film. It should not have received a rating of R. I question whether it should have even received a rating of NC17.

I would encourage everyone NOT to watch this film.

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