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Young writer Sal Paradise has his life shaken by the arrival of free-spirited Dean Moriarty and his girl, Marylou. As they travel across the country, they encounter a mix of people who each impact their journey indelibly.
Drama - This is an adaptation of the classic 1950s Beat Generation novel.
Parents of fans of Kristen Stewart from her Twilight films
should note that this is a drama for adults, full of sex, nudity,
profanity, and drug use. A number of more recognizable faces, such
as Kirsten Dunst, Amy Adams, and Viggo Mortensen only have small,
sometimes cameo, roles compared to the true leads, Sam Riley and
Garrett Hedlund. There is also a bit of gay content.
Sam Riley CONTROL Garrett Hedlund TRON: LEGACY, COUNTRY STRONG Kristen Stewart TWILIGHT, SNOW WHITE & THE HUNTSMAN Kirsten Dunst SPIDER-MAN, UPSIDE DOWN Viggo Mortensen THE ROAD, THE LORD OF THE RINGS Trilogy Director: Walter Salles THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES
PROFANITY: 14 F-words; 9 S-words; 4 GD's; a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: Sex with related nudity; gay sex without nudity. VIOLENCE: None. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Constant alcohol, tobacco, drugs. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Some cute kid humor.
Roger EbertFull Review Average Although Jack Kerouac's 'On the Road' has been praised as a milestone in American literature, this film version brings into question how much of a story it really offers.
Washington PostFull Review Average This version of 'On the Road' may not sing or soar, but it makes some crucial adjustments to a worldview that was simultaneously liberated and fatally blinkered.
NY PostFull Review Good What's best about the film are its quick jumps from one depravity to the next as jazz rambles on the soundtrack: Youth is a candle to be burned at both ends, with (as it was once said about Bob Dylan) a blowtorch in the middle.
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Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Walter Salles and based on the iconic novel by Jack Kerouac, ON THE ROAD tells the provocative story of Sal Paradise (Sam Riley), a young writer whose life is shaken and ultimately redefined by the arrival of Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund), a free-spirited, fearless, fast talking Westerner and his girl, Marylou (Kristen Stewart).
Traveling cross-country, Sal and Dean venture out on a personal quest for freedom from the conformity and conservatism engulfing them in search of the unknown, themselves, and the pursuit of "it" -- the pure essence of experience.
Seeking unchartered terrain and the last American frontier, the duo encounter an eclectic mix of men and women -- Bull (Viggo Mortensen), Camille (Kirsten Dunst), Carlo (Tom Sturridge), Jane (Amy Adams), Terry (Alice Braga), Galatea (Elisabeth Moss) - each impacting their journey indelibly.