The Rum Diary

Rated R 119 minutes 2011

Johnny Depp reprises his screen portrayal of his friend, author Hunter S. Thompson – after 1998’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas — in this languidly paced but genuinely funny adaptation of the late Thompson’s novel about a journeyman writer named Paul Kemp (Depp), circa 1960, who takes a reporter’s job at a failing daily newspaper in San Juan, Puerto Rico. His misadventures there, as depicted by director Bruce Robinson (he made the marvelous Withnail & I), have all the nervous energy of Terry Gilliam’s Fear and Loathing with half the wowie-zowie factor, as Kemp tangles with his editor (Richard Jenkins), real-estate hustlers (Aaron Eckhart among them), hostile locals, unhinged colleagues (including Giovanni Ribisi and Michael Rispoli), and a hyper-sexy blond trophy wife (Amber Heard). A refreshing change of pace for Depp and a welcome comeback for Robinson. (120 min.)

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Director: Bruce Robinson

Producer: Johnny Depp, Christi Dembrowski, Anthony Rhulen, Robert Kravis, Graham King, Tim Headington, Patrick McCormick, George Tobia, Bill Shively, A.J. Dix, Greg Shapiro and Colin Vaines

Cast: Johnny Depp, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Rispoli, Amber Heard, Richard Jenkins, Giovanni Ribisi, Amaury Nolasco, Marshall Bell, Bill Smitrovich, Julian Holloway, Bruno Irizarry, Enzo Cilenti, Aaron Lustig, Tisuby González, Natalia Rivera and Karen Austin


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