The Paperboy

Rated R 107 minutes 2012

Wow … this is a mess. Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, Nicole Kidman and John Cusack all participate in this strange, plodding 1960s period piece about a reporter looking into the case of a convicted killer in the Deep South. While there are some good performances (especially Cusack as a creepy, sickening person on all levels), director Lee Daniels made a bad choice by trying to make much of the movie look like the Zapruder film. It looks OK for about five minutes, but quickly becomes hard on the eyes. Kidman works hard as a strange woman who falls in love with Cusack and agrees to marry him through letters. Sadly, her hard work is mostly a waste. The two share a prison sex scene where they aren’t touching each other. I’m kind of unhappy that I saw that scene. Actually, I’m kind of unhappy that I saw the whole movie. It’s a total waste of good talent.

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Director: Lee Daniels

Producer: Hilary Shor, Lee Daniels, Avi Lerner, Ed Cathell III, Cassian Elwes, Danny Dimbort, Trevor Short, John Thompson and Boaz Davidson

Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, David Oyelowo, Macy Gray, John Cusack, Nicole Kidman, Scott Glenn, Ned Bellamy, Nealla Gordon, Adam Sibley, Camille Balsamo, Ava Bogle, John Fertitta, Nikolette Noel and Katarzyna Wolejnio

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