From the desk of The Movie Snob.
The Paperboy (D). I swear, if Nicole Kidman (Days of Thunder) appears in 10 or 20 more terrible movies, she may stop being my favorite actress of all time. In this overcooked slab of Southern Gothic, we are in some tiny Florida backwater in the early 1970s, and Kidman plays Charlotte Bless, who’s one of those strange women whose hobby is writing to all these violent prison inmates. She falls in love with a swamp rat named Hillary Van Wetter (John Cusack, Identity), who’s on death row for killing a sheriff. Matthew McConaughey (Sahara) plays Ward Jansen, an investigative journalist who returns to his hometown to see if Van Wetter was unjustly convicted. Zac Efron (17 Again) is Ward’s little brother Jack, who’s emotionally crippled from being abandoned by his mother at a young age and who quickly falls in love with the trampy Charlotte. There are several embarrassing scenes, such as Charlotte and Hillary’s first meeting at the prison, and the scene in which Jack gets badly stung by a bunch of jellyfish and Charlotte helps him out by urinating on his wounds. I strongly advise you to skip this movie, which shouldn’t be too hard since it seems to have gotten a very short, limited release.