THE PAPERBOY 2012The Paperboy is a 2012 film starring Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, John Cusack and Nicole Kidman. Directed by Lee Daniels, it is based on the 1995 novel The Paperboy by American author Pete Dexter. The film competed for the Palme d’Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.A reporter (McConaughey) and his younger brother (Efron) investigate the events surrounding a murder to exonerate a man on death row (Cusack).Early reactions to The Paperboy have been mixed with some critics comparing it to Lee Daniels’ directorial debut, Shadowboxer. Most praise has been for Nicole Kidman’s portrayal of Charlotte Bless: Peter Bradshaw said, “Nicole Kidman really is terrifically good as Charlotte: funny, sexy, poignantly vulnerable”. Chris Haydon of Filmoria stated, “Would I recommend you to see The Paperboy? Yes, probably, simply because Kidman needs to be witnessed and noticed for this work. Will it win at Cannes? Absolutely not.” And Mary Corliss wrote, “The revelation, however, is Kidman’s performance. Renouncing the goddess image she has so frequently assumed, her Charlotte is a ripe, feral creature, working all her sexual wiles just for exercise. With a risky mixture of precision and abandon, Kidman splendidly creates a vision of Southern womanhood at its most toxic… It won’t happen, but she deserves the Best Actress prize at this year’s Cannes”. As of 13 October 2012, Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a “rotten” rating of 37%, with 34 positive reviews out of 88; amongst top critics however it scores a more favourable 64% fresh. “The film premiered on the 65th Cannes Film Festival on May 28th to mixed reviews. However, it received the longest sustained standing ovation of the festival at 16 minutes, beating out last year’s Drive, which received a 15-minute standing ovation. The Paperboy also screened at the 39th edition of the Flanders International Film Festival Ghent, 2012 Ischia Film Festival, 2012 New Orleans Film Festival, 50th New York Film Festival, to which Kidman received a tribute gala, 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and the 2012 Stockholm International Film Festival.

Release Date October 5, 2012

Genre Drama, Crime, Thriller

Studio Millennium Entertainment

Plot Outline From Lee Daniels, the director of Precious. Zac Efron, Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman and John Cusack star in the crime drama based on the 1995 novel by Peter Dexter. a directionless young man helps his reporter brother investigate the possible wrongful conviction of a man on death row, and in the process, falls for the woman whom the convict has been romancing through prison correspondence.

Awards Nominated for Palme d’Or In Cannes Film Festival (2012)

Starring Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron, John Cusack, Scott Glenn, David Oyelowo,Macy Gray

Directed By Lee Daniels

Written By Pete Dexter

Screenplay By Pete Dexter, Lee Daniels

Contact Info

Website http://thepaperboy-movie.com/
Distributed by Millennium Films
Release date(s)
  • 24 May 2012 (Cannes)
  • 5 October 2012 (theatres)
Running time 101 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $12,500,000
Box office $1,211,582
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