Ralph Breaks the Internet
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It's not quite coming of age, but it's definitely growing up a bit.
The film's send-up of youthful obsession is sweet and funny, and its depiction of first love and buried pain is moving.
The film has the CliffsNotes attributes of "Catcher in the Rye" - angst, loneliness, rebellion - but little of the life force or character depth that has made readers identify with them for decades.
"He is not Holden Caulfield," Salinger tells Deedee when she makes the case for her friend. Indeed he is not. He barely exists as Jamie Schwartz.
As heartfelt and personal as the story is, much of it feels like standard teen angst.
Coming Through the Rye may be the closest we'll ever get cinematically to the novel. And in being so far away from it, it's close enough.
Coming Through the Rye though circumvents explicit adaptation of the novel which it unapologetically recalls, feels wrongheaded and disrespectful of J.D. Salinger's wishes.
A well-meant if tender-headed morsel of a young man's road trip from Pennsylvania to New Hampshire in search of the elusive J. D. Salinger in a sketchily realized 1969.
Not great, but Rye grows on you. Cooper is terrific as Salinger.
An appealing drama about the quest of a creative young man to visit his hero, J. D. Salinger.
Coming-of-age drama deals with heavy themes.
Owen and Wolff, and Chris Cooper in a brief but telling role, make it a worthwhile trip.
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