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The Paperboy is a 2012 drama film directed by Lee Daniels. The movie is based on the 1995 novel of the same name by Pete Dexter. Set in the 1960s in Florida, the film combines elements of crime, suspense, and drama with a touch of Southern Gothic.
The plot revolves around a journalist named Ward Jansen, played by Matthew McConaughey, who returns to his hometown with his colleague Yardley Acheman, played by David Oyelowo, to investigate a case involving a death row inmate named Hillary Van Wetter, portrayed by John Cusack. Charlotte Bless, played by Nicole Kidman, is a woman who has become infatuated with Van Wetter and becomes involved in the investigation.
Zac Efron plays Jack Jansen, the younger brother of Ward, who gets entangled in the events surrounding the case. As the investigation unfolds, the characters find themselves in a web of secrets, racial tensions, and sexual intrigue.
"The Paperboy" gained attention for its provocative and controversial content, including explicit scenes and a unique narrative style. The film explores themes of family dynamics, societal issues, and the consequences of obsession. The ensemble cast delivers intense and memorable performances, with Kidman receiving particular acclaim for her bold and fearless portrayal.