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Rated R · 107 minutes · 2013

Drama
What a curious tale Lee Daniels — maker of the powerful 2009 character study Precious — has wrought. One one level it’s an appropriately lurid parody of drive-in exploitation flicks, set in South Florida and featuring John Cusack as the accused killer of the local sheriff; Matthew McConaughey and David Oyelowo as Miami newspaper reporters investigating the case; Zac Efron as the McConaughey character’s slightly unhinged younger brother; and Nicole Kidman as a flamboyantly slutty trial groupie. On the other hand, it may well be a real, honest, doggone Southern — a hunk of flaming funk dripping with sweat and lowdown lust and populated by exotic cuckoos — from unpredictable writer-director Daniels, via Pete Dexter’s novel. Then again, it may be a none-too-subtle allegory on race relations in the 1960s. Whichever it is, Daniels’ swampy landscape is ripe with style: playful camera, hammy acting (Kidman must have watched a lot of Ann Margret DVDs), countless needle-drop music cues, etc. What does it all mean? How much time have you got? Also with Scott Glenn, Nealla Gordon, and the wonderful Macy Gray as Anita the housekeeper – aka the black conscience in a story of decadent white folks. (106 min.)
Official Site: www.thepaperboy-movie.com
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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