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The Paperboy (DVD + Digital Copy) (2012)

Nicole Kidman , Matthew McConaughey , Lee Daniels  |  R |  DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (344 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, John Cusack, Macy Gray
  • Directors: Lee Daniels
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen, Multiple Formats
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Millennium
  • DVD Release Date: January 22, 2013
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (344 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009R8Q8Y8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,002 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

A man (John Cusack) convicted of killing a seedy sheriff is given a new life when a female pen pal (Nicole Kidman) enlists the aid of two journalists to try and get him off death row. PRECIOUS' Lee Daniels adapts Pete Dexter's novel.

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89 of 105 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding film about the human condition December 9, 2012
By Ripley
I came to this film not knowing what to expect. I hadn't seen "Precious" so I was unfamiliar with Lee Daniel's work. Plus, I had read some of the negative reviews about the film, so I came to the film with some trepdidation. But from the opening sequence in which Macy Gray barges in on Zac Efron to clean up his room, and the hilarious dialogue between these two actors, I was hooked. Nothing about what I had heard about the film had anything to do with the actual film. It was at times sad, funny, bizaare, chilling, grotesque, romantic, menacing, and at times all of the above. It was like nothing I have ever seen, except perhaps for the films of Tod Soldendz.

This film, like so many great films, doesn't have a genre, so if the fact that it doesn't fit into some preconceived notion of a specific type of film upsets you, you are not going to understand this film. It is mostly a character study of all the motives, predjudices, obsessions, and secrets that each character in the film carries around with them. Each of the actors is outstanding, and it is a tribute to Lee Daniels that he was able to get such great performances from these actors in roles that had to be extremely challenging for them.

I predict that in time, this film will come to be viewed as the masterpiece that it is.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars SOUTHERN FILM NOIR January 25, 2013
Lee Daniels' PRECIOUS catapulted the director into the Hollywood spotlight. THE PAPERBOY is an equally disturbing, often brutal tale of racism, homosexuality and graphic loveless sex. Set in 1969 Florida, the story focuses on the murder of the town sheriff and the allegedly innocent man facing the electric chair. Add to the mix a young boy who falls for the somewhat slutty girlfriend of the supposed killer.
THE PAPERBOY is not a pleasant film to watch and kind of leaves you wondering what purpose the movie serves.
Nicole Kidman, nominated for a Golden Globe, dominates the film in a searing performance unlike anything she's done before. I was surprised by teen heartthrob Zac Efron's mature performance. Macy Gray is enjoyable as the film's most likeable character, the sensitive maid Anita. Matthew McConnaughey had a busy 2012, and plays against type as Efron's gay brother working to prove John Cusack's innocence,. Cusack is very effective, also in a non-characteristic role. David (I can't spell his last name!!) does well as the smarmy and deceitful boyfriend of Matthew.
THE PAPERBOY is a Southern "Gothic"---often plodding and occasionally repulsive. It's not a movie I'd watch again.
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56 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Underrated Film of 2012 December 19, 2012
By Jordan
With The Paperboy, we have the arrival of a major new cinematic talent - Lee Daniels. Though his first two films (the bizarre Shadowboxer and the extremely well-acted Precious) had their merits, only with The Paperboy do we finally see the maturation of his craft, the arrival of a distinct new voice. It is a hypnotically bold, daringly original, and utterly fearless film that seemingly effortlessly dances between drama and comedy, tenderness and tension, completely unafraid to go to shocking, dangerous places. It feels totally unpredictable, and nothing about it feels safe, which is something far too many movies are these days. The Paperboy hearkens back to the audacious spirit of American cinema in the 1970s, when filmmakers weren't afraid to make outrageous works like Deliverance and Prime Cut. In this film's world, nothing is sacred, and because Daniels is so assured with this approach, so completely in control of every moment, watching it is an enthralling, absorbing, exhilarating experience.

Rarely am I so entertained and captivated by a film, and even more rarely am I so blown away by a film's originality and daring. With The Paperboy, Lee Daniels created a world I didn't want to leave and a film I didn't want to end. I can't wait to see where he goes from here.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Combo Platter of Twisted Characters February 8, 2013
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The Paperboy was kind of all over the place in the beginning with people talking over people so you really had to listen carefully or put the captions on.
Once it settled down in the over lapping talk department it was a very entertaining movie with lot's of strange and interesting characters,Trust me when I say no subject matter were off limits and I'm surprised it only got an R rating.

Nicole Kidman was good as the Ditzy, prisoner obsessed,over sexed 'Charlotte Bless' and so were the rest of the characters.Matthew McConaughey was bold in his portrayal of 'Ward Jansen' The oldest son of the southern Jansen family.
Ward's Little brother'Jack Jansen' is played by the very grown up looking and handsome Zac Efron who falls in love with Charlotte even though he sees her do some very over the top unladylike things especially for 1969 as this is the time period the film is set.

The surprise for me was 'Macy Gray' as the Jansen's housekeeper Anita who narrates the film and also has a special bond with Jack.She was great and overlooked in the award nominations. John Cusack is barley recognizable as the sweaty greasy 'Hillary Van Wetter' whom Charlotte is in love with,there's a lot of swamp action and other uncomfortable situations that will have your jaw dropping.I enjoyed it and applaud it's boldness even though it could leave you somewhat depressed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Gritty but fabulous!
Nicole Kidman can play anything, even a classic hooker with a heart of gold. Zac Efron....well, let's just say this movie isn't another High School Musical!
Published 7 days ago by Ginger B. Collins
1.0 out of 5 stars Filth and Violence
I thought Zac Efron as well as Nicolle Kidman did an excellent job using their talent to promote a film reflecting the moral decay of American Society; I would suspect that there... Read more
Published 14 days ago by mike
1.0 out of 5 stars beyond awful
if you are unfortunate enough to see this garbage movie don't say you weren't warned. probably among THE worst movies ever made.
Published 16 days ago by patricia miller
2.0 out of 5 stars Five For The Performances, Zero For The Story
While almost each and every actor seemed to take each role and run with it, I couldn't really see where they were going. Read more
Published 26 days ago by JoyC
3.0 out of 5 stars Overshadowed by sexy pop stars
This could have been a more serious film with a stronger message. But it is overshadowed and sugar coated with sexy pop doll stars, teen beat type characters/actors, pop singers,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Trezonator
1.0 out of 5 stars The Paperboy
It was the worst movie I have ever watched. Beyond stupid, and the plot was nothing. I watched the complete movie and I still don't know what it was about.
Published 1 month ago by lboone001
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Movie.
This was another great movie, the acting was great, Nicole played a starring role. Once again it was superb acting and
a great story line.
Published 1 month ago by Brian Fitzgibbon
2.0 out of 5 stars Efron is pretty to look at but this is a horrible movie
Perhaps an attempt to be too artistic with racial and sexual overtones that spill into the absurdly overt, this isn't the greatest movie I've seen.
Published 1 month ago by Governor
5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty goodness.
Great cast makes this a new classic. Very believable characters. Well directed. One feels like you too are there. Engaging story with good twists.
Published 2 months ago by Boy of Wonder
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I bought the book and then decided to get the movie. Really enjoyed. Great actors and actress in this movie.
Published 2 months ago by Linda Stewart
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