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The Rum Diary
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Amber Heard Amber Heard
Richard Jenkins Richard Jenkins
Amaury Nolasco Amaury Nolasco
Marshall Bell Marshall Bell

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Bruce Robinson Bruce Robinson


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The Rum Diary

5 years, 8 months ago at Oct 29 0:16
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Paul Kemp is an American journalist who is struggling to find his voice. When he takes a job in beautiful sunny Puerto Rico he hopes that his life will turn around. He finds himself drinking heavily, writing horoscopes and trying to build himself a life. It all turns around when he meets Hal Sanderson and his beautiful girlfriend Chenault with whom he feels an instant connection. Paul struggles to... read more

A flat and dull disappointment.

5 years, 6 months ago at Dec 5 16:19
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Any film featuring Johnny Depp on-screen is going to bring great excitement to critics, film fanatics and amongst others which generally leads to exceedingly high expectations. Plus, in The Rum Diary there were other possibilities that could make it become something worthwhile to fully enjoy and get a lot of fun out of due to the settings of the film, cinematography and with a story that could hav... read more

The Rum Diary

5 years, 5 months ago at Jan 9 2:06
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Never truly anything great, and Depp is clearly too old for the role, but there’s something so oddly charming and entertaining about The Rum Diary. Maybe it’s that there’s clearly a lot of love for Hunter S. Thompson on display here, and the film works best when you think of it as a love-letter to the days when the artist was trying to find his footing and artistic voice. By the time the fil... read more
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Description: The increasingly unhinged story of itinerant journalist Paul Kemp (Depp). Tired of the noise and madness of New York and the crushing conventions of late Eisenhower-era America, Kemp travels to the pristine island of Puerto Rico to write for a local San Juan newspaper run by the downtrodden editor Lotterman (Jenkins). Adopting the rum-soaked lifestyle of the late '50s version of Hemingway's "The Lost Generation," Paul soon becomes entangled with a very attractive American woman, Chenault (Heard) and her fiancee Sanderson (Eckhart), a businessman involved in shady property development deals. It is within this world that ... (more)
Release date: 28 October 2011
Tags: Drama (12), 2011 (8), 2010s (5), Adventure (5), Romance (5), Comedy (4), Drugs (3), Caribbean (3), Based On Book (3), Puerto Rico (2), Adaptation (2), Hunter S. Thompson (2), Johnny Depp (2), Aaron Eckhart (2), Amber Heard (2), Lost Souls (2), Writers (2), (2), 1950s (2), Cinema (2)
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" Director: Bruce Robinson Starring: Johnny Depp, Aaron Eckhart, Richard Jenkins, Giovanni Ribisi, Amber Heard, Michael Rispoli, Bill Smitrovich, Julian Holloway and Karen Austin 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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"February 27 "I thought you said you had a TV." "No, the guy across the alley has a TV. I have binoculars." While this is the weakest movie based on Hunter S. Thompson's work, it still is a very good movie. The characters were interesting, it was very funny and just like Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Where The Buffalo Roam I was just really interested in where the story would go and wanting to know what will happen next. Not too many problems here, but one thing that was kind of off-putt"

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