Director Ron Howard attempts the Great American Newspaper Picture and mostly pulls it off. The film's greatest weakness is that he and screenwriters David and Stephen Koepp (the latter a journalist himself) love those scrappy newshounds too much; THE PAPER doesn't even try for the
appropriately acid bite of, say, any version of THE FRONT PAGE.
"In 24 hours your world can change," goes the slogan of The New York Sun, a Big Apple tabloid; the maxim applies to reporters as well as readers. City Editor Henry Hackett (Michael Keaton) loves street-level news business, but he's got a tempting job offer from a stuffy, "quality" rival daily; a
pregnant wife to ...