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'The Paperboy': Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron and a wee jellyfish problem

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Zac Efron, The Paperboy
Director Lee Daniels won an awful lot of critical acclaim for his last movie Precious, but the early buzz from Cannes is that his next picture The Paperboy has not been so well-received.

As soon as they walked out of today's screening and got on their smartphones, the first audiences have just been talking about one scene between Nicole Kidman and Zac Efron.

Our own review will be coming shortly, but we've rounded up the initial reaction from the Croisette.

Robbie Collin (The Daily Telegraph)
"I tell you what, Carax has NOTHING on Lee Daniels. Cinema does not get much weirder than Nicole Kidman pissing on Zac Efron... THE PAPERBOY is the first bona fide fiasco of the festival. So bad it has to be seen to be believed. Transcendentally shambolic. #cannes For reals. He goes swimming in the sea and gets attacked by about ten jellyfish. Nicole squats over his face and does the needful."

Xan Brooks (The Guardian)
"THE PAPERBOY screens at Cannes. Calamitous Florida noir, buggers fine source novel with abandon. Kidman pisses on Zac Efron (literally)... will have to wait for the press conference. Is she known for 'going method'?"

Nick de Semlyen (Empire)
"Did not wake up today expecting to almost instantly see Nicole Kidman pissing on Zac Efron's face. Thanks for that, The Paperboy.#Cannes... I need to reboot my mind."

Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy
'Paperboy' movie poster


Sam Clements (Picturehouse Podcast)
"The jelly fish scene. THE JELLY FISH SCENE. #thepaperboy#Cannes... THE CLOSE UPS!"

Rob Dex (Press Association)
"Looks like ive missed some good stuff at #Cannes this year but not sorry to have avoided the nicole kidman zac efron scene #weegate"

Charles Gant (Heat)
"Fans of Zac Efron's body may care to know he is bare chested nine times in The Paperboy. And Nicole Kidman pees on his jellyfish sting... Want to see Matt McConaughey face down on carpet, butt naked in handcuffs after kinky sex session? The Paperboy is the film for you."


Anita Singh (The Daily Telegraph)
"The Paperboy is 50 per cent drama, 50 per cent shirtless Zac Efron showing us his underpants... The Paperboy also has a scene of Nicole Kidman weeing on Zac Efron to relieve a jellyfish sting. It's burned on my retinas #Cannes"

Jill Lawless (The AP)
"In The Paperboy, Nicole Kidman adopts a southern accent and pees on Zac Efron. Oscar nomination in the bag. #cannes"

Eric Kohn (Indiewire)
"Just when this year's #Cannes couldn't get weirder, Nicole Kidman peed on Zac Efron. Even the Reygadas didn't have that!"

Eve Jackson (France 24)
"The Paperboy:entertaining+disturbing. Great acting, gratuitous half naked Zac Efron+as set pre Botox, Kidman's face isn't believable... Oh and I forgot Nicole Kidman wees on Zac Efron #Cannes2012 The Paperboy"

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