- 1h 47min
- Directed by: Lee Daniels
- Written by: Pete Dexter (novel)
- Cast: Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, John Cusack, David Oyelowo, Scott Glenn, Nick Nolte, Macy Gray (narrator)
- UK release: 15 March 2013
Florida, 1969: journalist Ward (McConaughey) investigates the story of a man (Cusack) who's been sentenced to death for killing a cop. Based on a Pete Dexter novel, it's haphazard and continues some bizarre moments, such as a soon-to-be-notorious peeing scene, but surprisingly involving and with solid performances; Kidman is remarkable.
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Reviews & features
Cannes 2012: The Paperboy25 May 2012
Lee Daniels’ plot hole-ridden latest film is still a compelling, if occasionally ludicrous, ride
Lee Daniels follows up his sleeper hit Precious with an enjoyably trashy, if often misguided, story based on the book by Pete Dexter. It’s 1969 and journalist Ward (Matthew McConaughey) returns to his hometown of Lately, Florida to investigate what he…
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