THE PAPERBOY with Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron, John Cusak and Matthew McConaughey screened today in Cannes with mostly negative reviews. Lee Daniels of PRECIOUS fame returns with a film about a reporter returns to his Florida hometown to investigate a case involving a death row inmate. Jeff Wells explains that Kidman has such great lines as “if anyone is going to pee on him it’s me”. Referring to Efron’s jellyfish sting.

Here are some twitter comments

Robbie Collin (@robbiereviews) of The Daily Telegraph called it “the first bona fide fiasco of the festival. So bad it has to be seen to be believed. Transcendentally shambolic.”

FirstShowing founder Alex Billington (@firstshowing) looked for silver lining. “Yea that was pretty bad. Trashy, forgettable. At least Lee Daniels got good perfs from Zac Efron, Nicole Kidman, John Cusack.”
“Best thing Kidman, McConaughey, Efron & Cusack have done in a while,” agreed Chris Knight of Canada’s National Post (@ChrisKnightfilm), while others enjoyed it even more.
HitFix’s Guy Lodge called it “a successfully calculated camp classic. Kinkily demented, yes. Inept, no. Kidman and Macy fab” (@GuyLodge).
“The Paperboy gets boos as well as applause at Cannes 2012 but I liked it. Haven’t seen Nicole Kidman having so much fun since To Die For,” wrote Emma Pritchard Jones (@EmmaPJones) of the BBC and The HuffingtonPost.

And for all the disagreement, does it have enough to win the judges’ hearts?
Perhaps not at Cannes, but AP’s Jill Lawless (@JillLawless) is on hand with her prediction: “Nicole Kidman adopts a southern accent and pees on Zac Efron. Oscar nomination in the bag.”

An official trailer has not been released, but here is a teaser clip. It looks a mess, but kinda intriguing.


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