The Paperboy

The Paperboy

Set in the 1960s in the swamplands of South Florida, “The Paperboy” is a crime thriller that explores everything from prejudice and family dysfunction to desire and ambition. W.W. James (Scott Glenn) is a small town Florida newspaper publisher. His son Jack James (Zac Efron), recently kicked out of college, just returned home to take a job as a lowly paper boy. Jack’s older brother Ward (Matthew McConaughey) makes his living as a journalist in Miami.

Zac Efron and Matthew McConaughey in The Paperboy

Shortly after Jack returns home, Ward and his colleague Yardley (David Oyelowo) come into town, too. Their goal: to write a big story about an apparant miscarriage of justice. They want to prove that an innocent man, Hillary Van Wetter (John Cusack), was hastily convicted of murdering the local sheriff. Ward also brought in tow the alluring and very unstable Charlotte Bless (Nicole Kidman), a woman who has been corresponding with Hillary and is now engaged to marry him.

Nicole Kidman in The Paperboy

With Jack coming along as their driver, Ward and Yardley are allowed to accompany Charlotte as she visits Hillary on death row. Although he may be innocent of this particular crime, Hillary, a seedy alligator hunter, proves to be a very sleazy character anyway.

Matthew McConaughey and John Cusack in The Paperboy

Inevitably, Jack falls for Charlotte, and amidst a tangled web of sexual tension, mixed motives and shadowy facts they all end up in strange and sometimes dangerous journey to prove Hillary’s innocence.

Inevitably, Jack falls for Charlotte, and amidst a tangled web of sexual tension, mixed motives and shadowy facts they all end up in strange and sometimes dangerous journey to prove Hillary’s innocence.

 

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