Paperback Hero

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"He hard, tough...and doesn't give a XXXX for anything...except romantic novels"
  • NR
  • 1999
  • 1 hr 36 min
  • 6.4  (2,326)

Paperback Hero is a romantic comedy featuring the story of Jack Willis, a truck driver, and his struggle to find true love while living in an isolated town in Australia. The 1999 film stars renowned Hollywood actors such as Claudia Karvan, Hugh Jackman, and Angie Milliken. The movie follows Jack as he writes romantic novels under the pen name of Max Delaney. He is famous for his bestselling novels that entice readers with passionate love stories that take place in exotic locations around the world. While Jack's fans have no idea who Max is, they seem to be drawn to his mysterious persona, which in turn helps Jack make a decent living from his writing.

However, when Jack is nominated for the prestigious "Romantic Book of the Year Award," he is required to reveal his true identity to the public. His secret life as Max Delaney is now at stake, and he fears that he will lose all that he has worked for if they find out he is just a simple truck driver.

In the hopes of keeping his secret a secret, Jack travels to Sydney to attend the award ceremony, but he quickly meets local journalist Ruby Vale (Claudia Karvan), who is also on her way to the ceremony. After they get to know each other, they strike an unlikely deal. Ruby will help Jack keep his identity secret while he helps her complete her research on the mining industry.

As they travel together, Jack and Ruby develop a strong connection and realize they have a lot in common. Ruby is fascinated by the romantic locations that Max Delaney has used in his novels, and she takes a liking to Jack's quiet, reserved nature. Meanwhile, Jack finds himself attracted to Ruby's outgoing personality and willingness to explore new things.

As the award ceremony approaches, Ruby starts to struggle with keeping Jack's identity a secret, especially after she learns just how much his writing has meant to her over the years. In the end, the truth comes out, and everyone learns that Max Delaney is not a figment of imagination but a real person. However, despite this discovery, Jack and Ruby's relationship blossoms, and they realize they have found something special in each other.

The movie has some fantastic performances by the cast. Hugh Jackman shines as Jack Willis, perfectly capturing his character's vulnerability and romantic sensibilities. Claudia Karvan is captivating as Ruby Vale, and her character adds a level of depth and complexity to the story.

The film also offers stunning visuals of the Australian landscape, providing an excellent background to the romantic elements of the movie. Additionally, the film's soundtrack adds a lot of charm to the movie and makes it even more enjoyable to watch.

Overall, Paperback Hero is a feel-good movie that would appeal to anyone who loves a good romantic comedy. Its engaging story, excellent directing, and fantastic performances by the cast make it a must-see for anyone who enjoys a light-hearted movie with a touch of romance.

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    1 hr 36 min
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    6.4  (2,326)