Heat Wave: THE PAPERBOY (2012)


Revue Cinema Wed, Aug 21 7:00 PM
Film Info
Release Year:2012
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Lee Daniels
Cast:Zac Efron
Matthew McConaughey
Nicole Kidman
David Oyelowo
Macy Gray


The films are hot, but the Revue’s AC will be cranked for the ten films in this summer’s Heat Wave lineup.


Heat Wave at the Revue Cinema, a lineup of the greatest summer movies ever made, concludes on August 21st with Lee Daniels' sweaty and trashy THE PAPERBOY with an introduction by Revue's Programming Director, SERENA WHITNEY!


With more and more filmgoers appreciating gaudy mass-produced erotic thrillers from the past, there is no better time to re-introduce audiences to Lee Daniels' criminally misunderstood THE PAPERBOY on the big screen. 


One of the most polarizing films of 2012, The Paperboy is director Lee Daniel's grim and dirty follow-up to Precious. The film may seem like a star-studded affair with its A-list cast, but there's certainly no glamour involved in this story.

The film is narrated by former maid Anita (a standout performance by Macy Gray) during an interview with a reporter, as she recalls the events that led up to the crime and tragedy bestowed upon the Jansen family years ago.

The film then jumps back to Florida in 1969 and viewers are introduced to Jack (Zac Efron), a young man who works as a paperboy for his father's newspaper company. Soon after, his older reporter brother, Ward (Matthew McConaughey), and his writing partner, Yardley (David Oyelowo), come back into town to investigate the story of death row inmate Hillary Van Wetter (a strikingly dark performance by John Cusack) after his white-trash, prison, groupie girlfriend, Charlotte (Nicole Kidman), claims she has evidence proving Hillary's innocence.

However, Hillary isn't a saint. In fact, he is a racist, sexist and unhinged man who belongs behind bars, but Ward and Yardley need a big story for their paper and Jack wants to impress Charlotte, so the four set off to help prove Hillary's innocence, despite the fact they will all soon regret it. 

The Paperboy may be a hot, sweaty and entertainingly trashy film, however it makes no concessions to its audience and its shocking finale may chill you to the bone. (SERENA WHITNEY) 



Content warning: This film contains scenes of racism, homophobia, domestic abuse, sexual assault and extreme violence that may offend and disturb some viewers. Viewer discretion is strongly advised.