He launches an investigation with his younger brother, Jack (Zac Efron), who has a lot of spare time and takes a job delivering for the local paper. They soon bump into flirty blonde Charlotte Bless (Nicole Kidman, who earned Golden Globe and SAG nominations), who has a pen pal romance with Hillary and wants him set free.
Thatís when The Paperboy starts to reveal itself for what it really is. The movie has the elements of both the journalistic drama and the murder mystery that its synopsis suggests to help guide it to its finish, but The Paperboy is also very proud and completely comfortable being, overall, a sweaty, sleazy production.
The Paperboy, based on Pete Dexterís 1995 novel, will make some viewers uncomfortable. With that, it might earn Lee Daniels a level of respect that people (like myself) didnít give his previous effort, the Oscar-winning Precious (2009). Whatís best about the movie is that it shows a number of established, pretty faces doing despicable things and/or playing against type, reputation and paychecks be damned.
Thereís Cusack getting himself off in a prison. Thereís McConaughey with a shirt on. And there, of course, is Nicole Kidman urinating on the boy from High School Musical.
Director Interview (4:07): Daniels shares his thoughts on the novel, the characters and the cast.
Cast & Crew Interviews (17:49): In footage edited from the featurette, producer Hilary Shor, John Cusack, Nicole Kidman, McConaughey, Zac Efron, and Macy Gray discuss a variety of topics.
Behind the Scenes (7:03) includes footage from the set of The Paperboy.