The Paperboy parents guide

The Paperboy Parent Guide

Release date October 5, 2012

When journalist Ward Jansen (Matthew McConaughey) decides to investigate the story behind a death-row inmate (John Cussack), he endangers himself, his innocent brother (Zac Efron) and the not-so-innocent woman (Nicole Kidman) who thinks she's in love with the convicted murderer.

Why is The Paperboy rated R? The MPA rated The Paperboy R for strong sexual content, violence and language.

Run Time: 107 minutes

The Paperboy
Rating & Content Info

Please Note: We have not viewed this movie. The information below is a summary based on data gathered from government and industry sponsored film classification agencies in various global regions.

Why is The Paperboy rated R? The Paperboy is rated R by the MPAA for strong sexual content, violence and language.


- Frequent non-graphic violence.

- Brief explicit violence, with realistic detail, blood and tissue damage.

- Graphic portrayals of sexual violence.

- Gory and grotesque images.

- Disturbing scenes.

- Depictions of fighting, beating, stabbing and throat-slitting.

- Portrayals of hand-to-hand and weapons violence, with blood and detail shown.

Sexual Content:

- Breast and buttock nudity in a non-sexual context.

- Nudity in a sexual situation.

- Portrayals of sexual activity in a coercive context (buttock nudity and some detail shown).

- Simulated sexual activity.

- Implied sexual activity.

- Infrequent detailed portrayals of crude bodily functions.

- Embracing and kissing.

- Fondling.

- Frequent and aggressive sexual references, slurs and innuendo.


- Frequent use of the sexual expletive and variations, sometimes in a sexual or aggressive context.

- Frequent use of scatological slang, vulgar expressions and profanity.

- Sexual and ethno-cultural slurs, sometimes in an aggressive context.

Drugs and Alcohol:

- Frequent smoking.

- Alcohol abuse.

- Substance abuse.

- Depiction of drug use involving marijuana.

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Cast and Crew

The Paperboy is directed by Lee Daniels and stars Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron, John Cusack..

Home Video

The most recent home video release of The Paperboy movie is January 14, 2013. Here are some details…

The Paperboy releases to home video on January 15, 2013.

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Fans of Zac Efron will find this dark film to be a big departure from the character he played in the High School Musical franchise. The other stars in this movie can also be seen in more family-friendly fare, such as Sahara (Matthew McConaughey), Bewitched (Nicole Kidman) and Martian Child (John Cusack).