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The Paperboy (DVD + Digital Copy)

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A sexually and racially charged film noir from Oscar(R)-nominated director Lee Daniels (Precious), The Paperboy takes audiences deep into the backwaters of steamy 1960s South Florida, as investigative reporter Ward Jansen (Matthew McConaughey) and his partner Yardley Acheman (David Oyelowo) chase a sensational, career-making story. With the help of Ward's younger brother Jack (Zac Efron) and sultry death-row groupie Charlotte Bless (Nicole Kidman), the pair tries to prove violent swamp-dweller Hillary Van Wetter (John Cusack) was framed for the murder of a corrupt local sheriff. Based on the provocative bestselling novel by Pete Dexter (Mulholland Falls, Rush), The Paperboy peels back a sleepy small town's decades-old facade of Southern gentility to reveal a quagmire of evil as dark as a Florida bayou.

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  • Actors: Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, John Cusack, Macy Gray
  • Directors: Lee Daniels
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen, Digital_copy
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Millennium
  • DVD Release Date: January 22, 2013
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (440 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009R8Q8Y8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,963 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Michael Butts HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 25, 2013
Format: DVD
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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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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Lee Daniels has made two films prior to this; SHADOWBOXER with Stephen Dorff (which I have not seen) and the fine PRECIOUS. PRECIOUS garnered a number of awards for the cast and an Independent Spirit award for Daniels as director. With such a strong sophomore effort, he was able to assemble the likes of Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, John Cusack and David Oyelowo as well as the questionable acting talents of Zac Efron and Macy Gray (?) for the Southern Gothic-style mystery/drama THE PAPERBOY. The film had gained controversy early on in its reviews about a scene where Kidman's character has to urinate on Efron's character after being stung by jellyfish.

The reviews also failed to mention that the film also tends to relieve itself on the audience, resulting in a disgusting, smelly mess of narrative, hopelessly deficient storytelling and some of these actors' worst performances to date.

THE PAPERBOY takes place in the late 1960's in rural Florida. A racist sheriff is killed, and imprisoned and to be executed for the crime is Hillary Van Wetter (Cusack), a volatile backwater scumbag. Crusading reporters Wade (McConaughey) and Yardley (Oyelowo) visit Wade's hometown where his father (Scott Glenn), his younger brother Jack (Efron) and father's maid Anita (Gray) live to open their own investigation into the murderer to hopefully get Hillary acquitted for a crime he seems to be wrongly convicted of. Along for the ride is the seemingly professional and hyper-sexual prisoner pen-pal Charlotte (Kidman), who professes her love for Hillary in a series of letters.
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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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