Sunday, February 24, 2013

Now at Netflix Instant: The Paperboy (2012)

The Paperboy (2012) - Written and Directed by Lee Daniels; Starring Zac Efron, Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaghy, John Cusack, David Oyelowo and Macy Gray.

By Kenny Howell

Good lord what a train wreck.

Lee Daniels' previous movie Precious was incredibly well-acted, but in between those great scenes between two actors, there were these awkward scenes that didn't really make that much sense and just brought the movie to a stand still.

Now, he has made a whole movie of those scenes, and it is called The Paperboy.

It's hard to describe how incoherent and messy this movie is. It is shot like a 1970s porn film, except porn directors, more time than not, can put together a scene that makes sense. You know how those are going to end, although it is a bit predictable.

The Paperboy, you have no idea how a scene is going to end, because I don't think Daniels actually knew. Scenes go down these weird rabbit holes that don't make sense, like an early scene where they go visit a death row inmate in jail.

The movie follows the story of a journalist (McConaghy) investigating a case involving that inmate (Cusack). When they first visit him, he demands that Charlotte (Kidman), a woman who has sent him correspondence in jail saying she has fallen in love with him, reveal her crotch so he can pleasure himself. Of course she does, overacts it big time, and the other three men in the room sit their uncomfortably while they finish. Why they let this happen, who knows other than Daniels wanted to push the envelope. He even ends it with showing a close up of Cusack's semen stained pants, cause I guess Daniels thought that people didn't know what happened at the end of masturbation.

The whole movie is this brand of crazy, but not in a good way at all. There is a dramatic scene of Kidman peeing on Efron after he is attacked by jellyfish, and a sex scene between two characters intercut with dying animals because of ... art? Or something?

Watch this if you just want to see how terrible it can be, otherwise, watch anything else.

Rating: 1/2 a star

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