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When I saw The Paperboy it lived up to it’s crowd dis-pleasing reputation. By which I mean there were walk outs. Several of them.


The Paperboy certainly is an unusual film, and it treads an uncomfortable line between train wreck and absurd brilliance. An air of schlock pervades as A-list actors like Nicole Kidman and John Cusack descend into white trash roles.

If there’s one thing to say about The Paperboy it’s that it is at least consistently insane. Whether it’s simulated oral sex, crocodile gutting, severe beatings, or Nicole Kidman peeing on Zac Efron’s face, the film never fails at going over the top.

Whether that makes it a good film is questionable. It is essentially a stupid film about unlikable characters. But it is at least a stupid film with some memorable moments.

Viewed at: Cineworld Enfield