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Following his persuasively thuggish role as KILLER JOE, Matthew McConaughey further expands his oeuvre as cynical reporter Ward Jansen, who returns to his steamy Florida hometown to argue that a convicted murderer should be spared the electric chair. The quest for the truth is not helped by either the prisoner himself or his prison groupie, a pair played so spectacularly against type by John Cusack and Nicole Kidman as to be almost unrecognisable.
Co-written with director Lee Daniels (PRECIOUS) by Pete Dexter from his own novel, THE PAPERBOY boasts cunning plot twists, frequently hilarious dialogue, and impressive performances from a cast that includes Scott Glenn as the Jansen boys’ gruff newspaperman father and singer Macy Gray as the family’s world-weary maid.
A dark, deeply gratifying gem of modern American cinema.