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Everything feels off-kilter in The Paperboy written and directed by Lee Daniels, from the ugly 16mm cinematography to the crazy editing to the performances that all seem like they're in their own movie. This follow-up to Daniels' film Precious (2009) is a head-scratching chore. Like Daniels' first movie Shadowboxer (2005), The Paperboy does have some hilariously weird scenes. Nicole Kidman literally peeing on Zac Efron to cure his jellyfish stings is a highlight. Between these weird scenes is a dull crime investigation. In the summer of '69, reporters Ward Jansen (Matthew McConaughey) and Yardley Acheman (David Oyelowo) pull into a small Florida town to try to get Hillary Van Wetter (John Cusack) off of death row. Part of the problem is that Cusack's character is completely unlikable and slimy, so you don't really want him to escape death row. Paperboy Zac Efron and Nicole Kidman get involved, but the motives are very confusing. Macy Gray plays the maid witnessing all the events, and she narrates the movie. The plot is meandering, and you can tell it is based on a novel. Pete Dexter's 1995 novel was the basis, and he apparently hated the movie. Anyone seeing this movie probably won't be coming within a mile of the book.
The Paperboy is a 2012 crime drama directed by Lee Daniels, based on the 1995 novel by Pete Dexter. Set in the 1960s, the film follows two brothers, Ward and Jack Jansen, as they investigate the case of a death row inmate, Hillary Van Wetter, with the help of Ward's colleague and Jack's romantic interest, Charlotte Bless. As they dig deeper, the trio is drawn into a sultry, dangerous world. The film boasts a star-studded cast, including Zac Efron, Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, and John Cusack. It was a box office bomb and got mixed reviews.
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