The buzz surrounding Lee Daniels’ adaptation of Pete Dexter’s novel The Paperboy
was all about how Nicole Kidman was playing a horny Southern femme fatale, and if that’s the reason why you’re going to see it, you won’t be disappointed. As the sexually voracious Charlotte Bless, who has fallen in love with a convicted killer through letters they’ve exchanged, Kidman does her best to torch up the screen. In addition, Daniels is a director who has never met an emotion he didn’t want to turn up to 11, so he lets Kidman smolder and burn in every single frame. However, if you’re looking for a good movie, there’s not much here to recommend.
Set in the early ’6...