The Paperboy

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R (for strong sexual content, violence and language)
Running time:
101 minutes

Lured by imploring letters from the beautiful siren Charlotte, handsome, hard-nosed reporter Ward James and his partner, Yardley Acheman, return to Ward's hometown of Lately, Florida, to investigate the seemingly unjust imprisonment of Charlotte's lover, alligator hunter Hillary Van Wetter. Hardened backwoods criminal Van Wetter has been stewing in a cell for four years, convicted - without conclusive evidence or even a fair trial - of killing the town's sheriff. The investigative trio is made a quartet with the addition of Ward's younger brother, Jack, who quickly confuses Charlotte's maternal nature with love, and vows to protect her from Van Wetter.

Release date:
October 5, 2012
Quick review:
Over-the-top every which way, Lee Daniels’ lurid adaptation of the Pete Dexter novel follows a Miami journalist (Matthew McConaughey), his younger jockey shorts-wearing-brother (Zac Efron) and a sexpot femme fatale (Nicole Kidman) as they investigate the murder of a racist sheriff in the 1960s South.