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The Paperboy (2012)

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A reporter returns to his Florida hometown to investigate a case involving a death row inmate.

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Lee Daniels

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Peter Dexter (screenplay by), Lee Daniels (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Zac Efron ... Jack Jansen
Matthew McConaughey ... Ward Jansen
Nicole Kidman ... Charlotte Bless
John Cusack ... Hillary Van Wetter
David Oyelowo ... Yardley Acheman
Scott Glenn ... W.W. Jansen
Ned Bellamy ... Tyree Van Wetter
Nealla Gordon ... Ellen Guthrie
Macy Gray ... Anita Chester
Edrick Browne Edrick Browne ... Hustler #1
Kevin Waterman ... Victim
Danny Hanemann Danny Hanemann ... Sheriff Thurmond Call
Peter Murnik ... Death Row Guard
John P. Fertitta ... Sam Ellison (as John Fertitta)
Jay Oliver Jay Oliver ... Mr. Guthrie / Wedding Guest (as James Oliver)
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Storyline

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

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Trivia

Pedro Almodóvar was approached several times to helm this project and seriously considered to make it his first English-speaking feature. He finally declined but, allegedly, he participated in early versions of the script. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Interviewer: [off-screen] Just tell me when you're rolling.
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Connections

References Song of the South (1946) See more »

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Wedding March
Written by Felix Mendelssohn (as Felix Mendessohn)
Arranged by Mario Grigorov
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What's the Point When Depravity Is the Point?
15 April 2013 | by evanston_dadSee all my reviews

The infamous reputation of "The Paperboy" preceded my viewing of it, and I have to say after seeing it myself that it's......not that bad.

It's not good, exactly, but I've seen much worse. You certainly can't criticize it for being boring, and I always say that if a movie is going to be bad, much better to be entertainingly bad than just merely dull. The film's biggest problem is a lack of focus. There are a lot of characters in it, all of them ugly, trashy people and played by the likes of Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron, Matthew McConaughey and John Cusack, but I never knew whose story this was or through whose point of view this story was being told. It's a sleazy, tawdry story set in the swamps of Florida about a crazy woman (Kidman) who's obsessed with a convict (Cusack) and two brothers (Efron and McConaughey), one who is himself obsessed with her and the other who is obsessed with clearing the convict's name. All of them are asked to do degrading things on camera, and the film has a hateful tone about humanity and the depraved things depraved people will do.

But did I mention that it's never boring?

Grade: B-


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 2012 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$102,706, 7 October 2012

Gross USA:

$693,286

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,783,865
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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