The Paperboy

The Paperboy
A sexually and racially charged film noir from Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels, this takes audiences deep into the backwaters of steamy 1960s South Florida, as an investigative reporter and his partner chase a sensational, career-making story. With the help of a younger brother and a sultry death-row groupie, the pair tries to prove that a violent swamp-dweller was framed for the murder of a corrupt local sheriff.

107 minutes.
No persons under 16 (Language, Sex, Nudity, Violence, Prejudice).
Thriller, On the art circuit
Hey, son ...
Hey, son ...


Zac Effron, Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman, John Cusack, David Oyelowo, Scott Glenn, Ned Bellamy, Nealla Gordon
Lee Daniels
ScreenplayPeter Dexter, Lee Daniels, from the novel by Peter Dexter
MusicMario Grigorov
CinematographyRoberto Schaefer
EditingJoe Klotz
Sound formatsDolby Digital
Made in2012
Produced byMillenium Films, Nu Image Films, Lee Daniels Entertainment, Benaroya Pictures

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreDrama, thriller
LanguageStrong and frequent, sexual
NudityLow impact, sexual and non-sexual
SexStrongly implied sexual activity
ViolenceStrong, bloody and realistic
PrejudiceModerate impact, historical context, African-Americans
Drug abuseMild impact, tobacco, alcohol
CommentsThemes are mature, complex and dark. They relate to murder, racism, revenge and sexual relationships, children under 16 would be confused or disturbed by such themes.
These details are supplied by the FPB. If you have a problem with any of the above, please take it up directly with the FPB. Read the Classification Guidelines.


Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Munya Vumo quote iconGray delivers something special.
Die Burger
Paul Boekkooi quote iconGlibberige riller laat min plek vir karakters.
Cape Times
Todd McCarthy quote iconA low-down, dirty tale of murder, sex and the legal system.
Rolling Stone
Peter Travers quote iconDirector Lee Daniels, Oscar-nominated for Precious, follows his instincts, no matter how pervy, leaving plot, character and logic to catch up.
38 critics
Rottentomatoes critics
138 critics
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconTrashy and melodramatic, The Paperboy is enlivened by a strong cast and a steamy, sordid plot, but it's uneven and often veers into camp.
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What the People say

15941 Netizens quote iconThe Paperboy really delivers

Average .. 57%



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