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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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One part outrage. One part justice. Three parts rum. Mix well. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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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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Marks the second time that Johnny Depp appears in a movie adaptation of a Hunter S. Thompson novel. The first time was Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998). See more »

Goofs

When Kemp and Sanderson are talking at the dock the morning after Sanderson's fiancée will not leave the nightclub, Kemp's hair is frizz, unkempt, and blowing in the breeze. Sanderson says, "You blew it, Kemp." When the camera cuts back to Kemp, moments later, his hair is perfectly styled. See more »

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Paul Kemp: Do you smell it? It's the smell of bastards. It's also the smell of truth.
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Col Legno
Written and Performed by Marc Johnson
Courtesy of ECM Records
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Very, very disappointing
30 January 2012 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

OK, I understand that for die-hard Johnny Depp fans, this is probably something they have looked forward to and can enjoy. While I enjoy the actor's performance in general, the movie as a whole is very, very disappointing.

It's a little hard to give a proper review on a movie that has, well, no real direction to the very sequential (I wouldn't call it "linear" because it's got too much randomness for it) events occurring in it. If not true to its title, it seems like whoever wrote the script or the book it was based on in a drunken stupor, going from one "adventure" into the next and shambling and swaying through it. There is no real binding plot, no "larger picture" that is interesting enough to be captivating, and it seems tied together with a far-fetched, almost haphazard thread to try and give it some semblance of coherence.

As said, the main actor's performance is enjoyable, which is a plus, but otherwise I wouldn't recommend it. A giggle or two, maybe, and suitable for in-flight entertainment or afternoon TV, yes, but not for much if anything else.


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