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The Rum Diary (2011)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  28 October 2011 (USA)
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American journalist Paul Kemp takes on a freelance job in Puerto Rico for a local newspaper during the 1960s and struggles to find a balance between island culture and the expatriates who live there.

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Hard-drinking journalist Paul Kemp takes a job at a besieged newspaper in San Juan, Puerto Rico. His volatile editor, Lotterman, assigns him to tourist pieces and horoscopes, but promises more. Paul rooms with Sala, an aging and equally alcoholic reporter, in a rundown flat. Sanderson, a wealthy entrepreneur, hires Paul to flack for a group of investors who plan to buy an island near the capital and build a resort. Sanderson's girl-friend, the beguiling Chenault, bats her eyes at Paul. His loyalties face challenges when he and Sala get in trouble with locals, when a Carnival dance enrages Sanderson, and when the paper hits the skids. Is the solution always alcohol? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for language, brief drug use and sexuality | See all certifications »

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28 October 2011 (USA)  »

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Hunter S. Thompson's The Rum Diary  »

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$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,135,369 (USA) (28 October 2011)

Gross:

$13,100,042 (USA) (16 December 2011)
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Trivia

The final black and white still shot (also the cover photo of the book) at the very end of the movie is not in Puerto Rico (where the movie takes place) but in Aruba. The author is shown sitting on a bench at the Aruba Palm Beach Club (with a bottle of Amstel beer). In the background is the Aruba Caribbean Hotel, the first resort hotel to be constructed on Palm Beach. The author visited Aruba while living in Puerto Rico. See more »

Goofs

When Kemp Is getting ready to leave with Hal Sanderson from the airport to have breakfast, he puts on his glasses and in the next cut he's not wearing them and he stands up and picks up the glasses from the table. See more »

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Chenault: Where are you going?
Paul Kemp: Her friend's playing in a band. We're gonna go check it out.
Chenault: Oh, we wanna come.
Sanderson: I'll rephrase that: We don't wanna come.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Emma Stone/Coldplay (2011) See more »

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A Dozen Roses
Written by Lisa Aschmann and Joe Lervold
Performed by Joe Lervold and Shanna Carlsen
Courtesy of Marc Ferrari/MasterSource
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'Heres to Pretty women, with dirty thoughts'
15 November 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I adored the novel, The Rum Diary and as an aid worker I related to many of the character's struggles. Although the film does stray quite a bit from the book itself, I think it's a perfect homage to Hunter S Thompson. The language still reeks of his Gonzo fury writing and manages to transport the audience into a drunken rant, as well as secretly educating them on the struggles of a free press. It had me laughing out loud on more than one occasion, as well as the packed out cinema that I viewed it with.

I rated this movie a 9 and the last film I rated that high was The Shining. I personally think this film was perfect. The leading actress/actors were perfect and the supporting cast phenomenal, especially Giovanni Ribisi. The only problem with this film in my opinion is that if you are not a fan of the gibbering, artistically nervous tone of most of Thompson's work, this film may be too heavy for you. Although it's easier to follow that Fear and Loathing (which scrupulously stuck to the dialogue from the novel Fear and loathing), many would find the dialogue bizarre.

Personally I loved every minute of this film and think it's already truly underrated.


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