REBEL IN THE RYE movie poster

Janet's TAKE: #RebelInTheRye movie is a formulaic J. D. Salinger biopic with decent performances. B

Nicholas Hoult does a fine job in his depiction of Salinger. Kevin Spacey is
equally dynamic as his mentor. While a bit over-long, it's a fairly interesting take on the tortured writer genre.

The world of legendary writer J. D. Salinger is brought to life in this revealing look at the experiences that shaped one of the most renowned, controversial, and enigmatic authors of our time. Set amidst the colorful backdrop of mid-20th century New York City, Rebel in the Rye follows a young Salinger (Nicholas Hoult) as he struggles to find his voice, pursues a love affair with famed socialite Oona O’Neill (Zoey Deutch), and fights on the frontlines of World War II. It’s these experiences that will inform the creation of his masterpiece, The Catcher in the Rye, bringing him overnight fame (and notoriety) and leading him to withdraw from the public eye for the rest of his life. Costarring Kevin Spacey and Sarah Paulson, Rebel in the Rye offers a tantalizing window into the life and times of a little-understood genius who broke the rules and redefined American literature. -IFC Films

Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements, language including sexual references, some violence, and smoking throughout.
Running Time: 106 minutes

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