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Fresh out of the Air Force and a stint as a copy boy at “Time Magazine,” future Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson moved down to San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1960, briefly worked at the soon-to-fold sporting magazine “El Sportivo,” and unsuccessfully pursued a job at the “San Juan Star.” The people he met and the experiences he had in Puerto Rico inspired him to write “The Rum Diary,” which remained unpublished for decades.
Drama - This is a slow, talky drama aimed at an adult audience. Fans of Johnny Depp's mainstream blockbuster work will be disappointed by this more arty independent drama. Language, sexuality, and constant drinking and drug use make the film inappropriate for children.
PROFANITY: 30 F-words; 8 S-words; 1 GD; a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: Sex with related nudity. VIOLENCE: A punch; cockfights. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Constant alcohol, tobacco, and drug use. ACTION: A car chase. COMEDY: Dark, often drug-related humor.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Average And, at two hours, the film overstays its welcome. Nothing and no one in The Rum Diary is compelling or endearing enough to make us want to stick with it for that long.
Roger EbertFull Review Above Average Thompson had a speaking style that Depp re-creates accurately in 'The Rum Diary.'
USA TodayFull Review Above Average Depp adroitly captures the "gonzo" spirit of the journalist/author/ingester of many substances...That distinctive dialogue is the movie's greatest asset.
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Based on a theater exit polling of 54 moviegoers:
TEENS:Not enough reviews to be of much help but it's easy to see that these three moviegoers were disappointed.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Somewhat disappointing reviews from both males and females. A few loved "The Rum Diary," but quite a few only rated it average to below average.
ADULTS:Fairly disappointing reviews from both males and females, but not too bad. Over half only rated it average to below average. Some did rate it very high so some of you are likely to enjoy it very much, or even love it, but it's going to be a bit risky.
Based on the early novel by Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary tells the increasingly unhinged story of itinerant journalist Paul Kemp (Johnny Depp). Tiring of the noise and madness of New York and the crushing conventions of late Eisenhower-era America, Kemp travels to the pristine island of Puerto Rico to write for a local newspaper, The San Juan Star, run by downtrodden editor Lotterman (Richard Jenkins). Adopting the rum-soaked life of the island, Paul soon becomes obsessed with Chenault (Amber Heard), the wildly attractive Connecticut-born fiancée of Sanderson (Aaron Eckhart). Sanderson, a businessman involved in shady property development deals, is one of a growing number of American entrepreneurs who are determined to convert Puerto Rico into a capitalist paradise in service of the wealthy. When Kemp is recruited by Sanderson to write favorably about his latest unsavory scheme, the journalist is presented with a choice: to use his words for the corrupt businessmen's financial benefit, or use them to take the bastards down.