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The Paperboy: New York Film Festival 2012

By now you’ve undoubtedly heard about the scene in which Nicole Kidman’s Southern hussy urinates on Zac Efron—to be fair, he had been stung...

New York Film Festival 2012: The Paperboy

By now you’ve undoubtedly heard about the scene in which Nicole Kidman’s Southern hussy urinates on Zac Efron—to be fair, he had been stung by a jellyfish—and that Lee Daniels’s follow-up to Precious is already being touted as a nouveau camp classic. What you might not have heard is that this adaptation of Pete Dexter’s pulp novel is less a so-bad-it’s-great pleasure than the cinematic equivalent of the Hindenburg crash, and that no amount of Matthew McConaughey daringness, drag-queen-ready dialogue or shots of Efron in his tighty-whities can save this movie from its own incoherence. This is trash cinema pitched at a stratospheric level of kitsch, but before you misinterpret that, know that it’s still trash.—David Fear

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