The Paperboy is a 2012 American drama film directed by Lee Daniels and starring Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, John Cusack, Nicole Kidman and David Oyelowo. It is based on the 1995 novel of the same name by American author Pete Dexter.
The film competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. It received mixed to negative reviews and was a box office bomb, grossing just $3.78 million against its $12.5 million budget. Despite this Kidman received nominations for the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award.