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The Rum Diary (2011)

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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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Bruce Robinson

Writers:

Bruce Robinson (screenplay), Hunter S. Thompson (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Depp ... Kemp
Aaron Eckhart ... Sanderson
Michael Rispoli ... Sala
Amber Heard ... Chenault
Richard Jenkins ... Lotterman
Giovanni Ribisi ... Moberg
Amaury Nolasco ... Segurra
Marshall Bell ... Donovan
Bill Smitrovich ... Mr. Zimburger
Julian Holloway ... Wolsley
Bruno Irizarry ... Lazar
Enzo Cilenti ... Digby
Aaron Lustig ... Monk
Tisuby González Tisuby González ... Rosy
Natalia Rivera Natalia Rivera ... Chenault's Friend
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Storyline

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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Absolutely Nothing in Moderation See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | Spanish | German

Release Date:

28 October 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hunter S. Thompson's The Rum Diary See more »

Filming Locations:

Puerto Rico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,135,369, 30 October 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$13,100,042, 18 December 2011
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to the international maritime signal flag code, the flags in Sanderson's boat when they go to the carnival sat STTHOMTP (port side) and CARNIVAL (starboard). See more »

Goofs

When Kemp and Sanderson talk at the dock the morning after Sanderson's fiancée refused to leave the nightclub, Kemp's hair is frizzy, unkempt, and blowing in the breeze. Sanderson says, "You blew it, Kemp." When the camera cuts back to Kemp, moments later, his hair is styled neatly. See more »

Quotes

Paul Kemp: Beasts of obesity. Asses that wouldn't feel an arrow. The great whites. Probably the most dangerous creatures on earth.
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Connections

Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.16 (2011) See more »

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Go Cat Go
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"Are they not complimentary?"
17 November 2011 | by stevie_jt-623-785134See all my reviews

Plot Summary Now if your the sort of person that needs a definitive story line and thick plot to enjoy a film then this probably isn't for you. Its more a 'fly on the wall' view of a young journalists struggles in a failing newspaper. Paul Kemp(Depp) is a young man trying to make his way in a new place, making new friends and enemy's along the way.

What I thought of it I wasn't sure what I would think of this film, I new it has some great actors, such as Johnny Depp and Giovanni Ribisi, but the concept of the film was a strange one. I was pleasantly surprised, the director Bruce Robinson has done a great job with this film, which was always going to be a very tough job being adapted from a novel by Hunter S Thompson and technically having next to no strong plot.

The film itself is stunning, the locations are amazing and well shot, and the editing style and shots work brilliantly with the type of film and more importantly with Johnny Depp, who has a massive screen presence in everything he does, including 'The Rum Diary'.

This film has everything I want to see in a good movie, strong characters, great sets and brilliant comedy, along with meaning. It really makes you think about society and life nowadays and how primarily, nothing has changed in the way the world goes round and the sort of corruption and manipulation that still goes on today all around us, as it did back in the fifties, only less obviously.

On a lighter note, this film is hilarious and great to watch more than once, there is something rather satisfying about watch a man drink huge amounts of high octane rum and have to deal with the consequences the next morning, something that makes you happy its not only you.

Summary In all I thought this was a very enjoyable film for anyone to watch and have a good laugh at while loving everything about the characters. The acting is scintillating and exciting.

I highly recommend this film to all, one to watch ..... 7/10 Stars*


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