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.
This film is ludicrous. It never manages to stay with one part of the plot for more than about 30 seconds. The editing is just as messy, so many experimental techniques are tried and fail, but it's all great fun. The performances are OTT but in the best way. Kidman especially, is excellent. I'm pretty sure Cusack's role was one Nic Cage was born to play, oh well. The peeing/the prison meet are hilariously disturbing.
1 1/2 out of 5 stars. I can give The Paperboy credit for some great (a mesmerizing Kidman) and even over-the-top (Cusack) performances but the storytelling was pure, disjointed shit. Macy Gray's lazy, deadbeat narration was as distracting as it was annoying and the movie tried to be disturbing and skeevy just for its own sake. While The Paperboy looked great its still nothing short of a fucking mess.
What it lacks in story-telling panache, it makes up for with visceral production design, lewd and wonderfully flawed characters and a nice final twist. Kidman and Cusack's first scene together is immediately arresting and fresh. Macy also puts in a fine performance yet the use of voice-over is distracting and unnecessary. 3 stars
Fresh and inspired. Macy Gray is ace, Kidman is generous, Cusack is nasty as heck, Efron is a feast for my eyes anyway. It's so well made it slips its bitter kernel down your throat like honey. The whites are perverse and doomed; the blacks are biding their time. Any move Daniels made after this was bound to be too safe, and The Butler has "safe" written all over it. Maybe his next one will be edgy again.
A butt-naked Matthew McConaughey. John Cusack's hairstyle and everything. Trashie-blondie-groupie Nicole Kidman and whatever happens to Zack Efron after being bitten by jellyfish. With the cult movies days now over, at least this should become a camp classic