Based on Pete Dexter's novel, Lee Daniels's film is set in the 1960s and it's a sexually and racially-charged noir of desire, ambition, prejudice and crime.
In it investigative journalist Ward Jansen returns to his home town in Florida to tell a story that could make his career.
He plans to prove that an innocent man has been railroaded toward the electric chair. Bringing together his paperboy young brother, his writing partner and the alluring death-row groupie Charlotte, he arranges to meet a dodgy alligator hunter (Hillary Van Weyer) who's been convicted of killing the local sheriff.
But what erupts between them is a tangled web of sexual tension, mixed motives and half-truths which set off a chain reaction of passion and violence.
Faithful to the trashiness of the book, The Paperboy benefits from a star cast, including Matthew McConoughey, Zac Efron, John Cusack and a terrific and unprecedentedly funny Nicole Kidman.