the paperboy is campy, violent, raunchy, saturated in hot pink and draped in polyester-with just the right amount of racism and liquid eyeliner. you people need to get your head out of your butts. complaining about the direction of a story like this is equivalent to bitching about pink flamingos.
Lee Daniels is relentless in his transmission of sensory excess. He guides his talented ensemble through sexual mania, mud and humidity. Nicole Kidman's performance is the stand-out; a masterfully volatile balancing act between eroticism, pathos, and tragic vulnerability. This is a messy and peerless film noir whose pulp only adds to its effectiveness.
Girls, we've been sitting on this for far too long. Every scene drips with sex and sweat. And ensemble acting doesn't get much better than this. If this failed to click with critics when it arrived, it's because people didn't vibe with camp being delivered side by side with the grotesque. Welcome to the Southern Gothic, baby.