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The Rachel Papers (1989)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  12 May 1989 (USA)
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Charles is in control of his life; he is about to finish 6th form college and start at Oxford. He is 19 and wants an 'older' woman before he turns 20. Enter the beautiful Rachel, and ... See full summary »

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Charles Highway
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Rachel Noyce
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Norman
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Deforest
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Gordon Highway
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Doctor Knowd
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Jenny
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Geoff
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Sir Herbert
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Gloria
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Vanessa Reynolds
Shirley Anne Field ...
Mrs. Seth Smith
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Mrs. Tauber
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Cathy
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Evonne
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Charles is in control of his life; he is about to finish 6th form college and start at Oxford. He is 19 and wants an 'older' woman before he turns 20. Enter the beautiful Rachel, and Charles puts his 'master-of-seduction' routines into top gear. Things however get complicated, Charles has a string of ex's and a weird brother-in-law. Rachel has a boyfriend named Deforest and Charles' father has a mistress. Written by Matthew Stanfield <mattst@cogs.susx.ac.uk>

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She's curious, he's nervous.

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12 May 1989 (USA)  »

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Er? Will! Sie Nicht?  »

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$201,468 (USA)
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Although not credited, Eric Stoltz plays one of the guests at the table when Deforest, Rachel, and Charles go to the café. See more »

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Charles Highway: The best first impressions are the ones that are misleading. I mean, you can be whoever you want and whoever they want you to be.
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or, as I call it, "UK's Ferris Bueller Gets Lucky"
26 June 1999 | by (seattle-usa) – See all my reviews

Despite some fine performances and great source material, this movie doesn't stand up as well as I'd hoped it would. It's either too dark and serious for the comedy it hopes to be or it's too gauzy for the serious look at modern teenagers in Britain that it hopes to be.

Still, it's interesting to see Dexter "did you know I was in Bugsy Malone AND Lock, Stock & 2 Smoking Barrells" Fletcher, Ione "wow, am I really this naked in this movie" Skye, Jonathon "why aren't I working more often?" Pryce and James "didn't I play this same character only with more lines in Pretty in Pink" Spader in a movie that hardly any American has ever heard of...

This has its clever moments, its funny moments, its heartbreaking moments and a few moments that are meant to be (and are) disturbing... It's not as clever as its American cousin, or as funny...but it does have a bit more depth...and Ione Skye is REALLY naked in it.

That's worth a rental, isn't it?


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