What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Paperboy is a '60s-set thriller from Precious director Lee Daniels about several volatile relationships surrounding a convicted murderer. It's astoundingly violent, with lots of bloody murders and scenes of torture and blood. Nudity isn't prevalent (though viewers do see both naked tops and bottoms), but sex is: One main female character has sex with three other characters, and one scene is very violent (it's not clear whether she's experiencing pleasure, pain, or both). Language is likewise strong, with pointed uses of "f--k," "s--t," and the "N" word, as well as tons of sexual innuendo. There's also heavy drinking. There are no role models here, and not much to be learned. Teens (and younger) may be interested thanks to star Zac Efron (who joins Nicole Kidman and Matthew McConaughey), but this one is best saved for adults.
- Families can talk about The Paperboy's violence. Why is it so extreme? Do the filmmakers want to shock you? Is it necessary for the story?
- Is the sex in this movie based more on power or on partnership? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding sex and relationships.
- How does this movie deal with issues of racism in America in the 1960s? Is it insightful or upsetting?
- Are there any role models in this movie? Who's the most admirable character, and why?