“This is a movie that often seems to be missing important transitional scenes or specific inserts,” wrote Vulture’s Kyle Buchanan in a hilarious must-read review of the film, “but you had better believe that when Nicole Kidman pees on Zac Efron, that camera is there.”
The “golden shower” happens in a non-sexual context: Efron’s character gets stung by a jellyfish while in the ocean.
Based on Pete Dexter‘s 1995 novel, “The Paperboy” focuses on a reporter (Matthew McConaughey) who investigates the wrongful conviction of a sleazy inmate (John Cusack) on death row. Efron plays McConaughey’s onscreen brother, with Kidman starring as Charlotte, a woman hellbent on marrying Cusack’s dead man walking.
“Nicole Kidman really is terrifically good as Charlotte: funny, sexy, poignantly vulnerable,” wrote The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw, while comparing Kidman’s performance to her work in the severely underrated camp classic, “To Die For.” “In her own way, she is a romantic, though the romanticism resides very greatly in the sheer auto-erotic potency of that sweaty, dangerous criminal who is behind bars. Charlotte is like Blanche DuBois, but with no illusions.”