The Rum Diary

The Rum Diary

Blu-ray Disc - 2012
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Tired of the noise and madness of New York, journalist Paul Kemp moves to Puerto Rico to write for a local newspaper. Adopting the rum-soaked life of the island, Kemp becomes obsessed with the fiancee of Sanderson, a businessman involved in shady property development deals. When he is recruited by Sanderson to write favorably about his latest unsavory scheme, Kemp is presented with the choice to use his words for the corrupt businessman's financial benefit, or use them to take him down.
Publisher: [United States] : Seville Pictures : [Distributed by] Entertainment One Films, 2012
Edition: Widescreen
Branch Call Number: FIC Rum
Characteristics: 1 Blu-ray Disc (ca. 120 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: French title: Rhum express
Audience: Ontario Film Review Board - 14A rating
Rating: R; for language, brief drug use and sexuality

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TheSandoz
May 05, 2017

This movie is nearly perfection to me. The script is witty and insightful, and the cast members were simply brilliant. Yes it's different from the book, but the story is there and it's well told, and it's brought to life with great performances by Johnny Depp and the supporting cast members.

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kiwibu
Jul 08, 2016

This movie was not as exciting as the trailer, neither was it a comedy movie. Johnny Depp's long banks were constantly irritating to look at.

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blkops33
Dec 05, 2015

I wish Depp would do more films like this and stop with all the lame gothy scary (not) tween Tim Burton crap films!
Sure it's not the best film he's rather watch ever done, but COME ON!!! would you alice in wonderland? Seriously!

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ocgenapo
May 25, 2015

pathetic...

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StopHarperNow
Jan 14, 2015

Johnny Depp at his comedy-drama best. I don't understand why this movie was panned by the critics. It's an entertaining portrayal of a wild, booze-soaked adventure. Pick it up it and judge for yourself.

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BearsEatBeets
Apr 05, 2014

I went into viewing this film with the expectation of something like "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas". In other words, I was expecting to see a lot of depravity and indulgence but, somehow, credibly presented for working towards a higher social good.
It wasn't much like Depp's prior endeavor collaborating with Hunter S. Thompson but I enjoyed this nonetheless. It was basically about a young HST finding his voice as a writer - and the character expressed as much in one scene.
I picked up on Hunter's strong literary background with the reference to "The Rime of The Ancient Mariner" (Note: as a teenager, HST was a member of a historical literary society).
I also enjoyed the location shots in historic old San Juan, the costuming and hundreds of extras employed. I loved that old original Fiat 500 too! The filming of the Carnival scenes was quite an undertaking, and came to the appreciation of that.

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jonpammett
Mar 09, 2014

Interesting to see the Critics reasonably positive, and then the comments here. I too thought this was a terrible film, minimally plotted, with unbelievable characters, formula acting, and poor direction.

pinkfloyd12345 Feb 19, 2014

irresistible jhony deep,,,,

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geomillar
Jan 01, 2014

A star's name does not guarantee the quality of a movie.
This one was a sad and sorry exposure of MONEY trumping MORALITY.
The story had no resolution and there wasn't even a vista worth watching.

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velloxal
May 09, 2013

How can you choose between loyalty and passion. Sacrifices you have to make to fulfill your dreams.Good friends can balance everything.

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BearsEatBeets
Apr 13, 2014

Lotterman: "So what I'm looking for is some enthusiasm, some energy, some fresh blood. And the question I'm asking myself is how much alcohol is usual in yours?" Kemp: "My fresh blood?" Lotterman: "How much do you drink?!!" Kemp: "I suppose at the upper end of 'social'."

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Monolith
Feb 17, 2013

Lotterman: "Why don't you shove it, Moberg! You are a waste of human sperm." Moberg: "Die a prolonged and relentlessly agonizing death!!"

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Monolith
Feb 17, 2013

Lotterman: "You're not a foreign corespondent in some far flung foreign land. This is America." Kemp: "This is Puerto Rico." Lotterman: "This is America! You think some plumber from Normal Illinois saves up for twenty five years to come here on a cruise ship to read about bad times on the sugar plantation? They don't give a f**k! The average guy don't rock the boat 'cause he wants to climb aboard it! And our readership, is vividly average. ...They don't care who the losers are! ...They wanna know who won. Who won the bowls, who won the races, who won the pot at the slot machines... Look at me Kemp. You're not sleeping -- you're wide awake. And this is The American Dream..."

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Monolith
Feb 17, 2013

Sala (to Kemp): "You're high, you fool! Drink some rum!"

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Monolith
Feb 17, 2013

Sala: "Whatsamatta? What are you smiling at?" Kemp: "I'm not smiling. I'm maintaining a casual face."

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Monolith
Feb 17, 2013

Sala (to Kemp): "Do not confuse love with lust, nor drunkenness with judgment."

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Monolith
Feb 17, 2013

Lotterman: "And what exactly brings you into the building?" Moberg: "Don't hazel me, I got the x-rays back. I got less than a week to live." Lotterman: "Hazel you? What are ya talking about, you Swedish twerp? Y'know, it may have crossed, what's left of your mind, that I have a newspaper to run here. That we have something called "news" going on out there, but as far as you're concerned, I might as well look out of the f**kin' window! What are you doing here? This is a newspaper, there's nothing here for you." Moberg: "Two of the best scoops you ever had came out of my brain, and you better moderate your language, or I'll go elsewhere." Lotterman: "Elsewhere where? You couldn't get work as a fly repellent. You're worthless, Moberg. The last onion in the jar."

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Monolith
Feb 17, 2013

Lotterman (to Kemp, about Moberg): "I don't want that animal in this building again. He is hygienically unacceptable. Did you see the side of his nose? Blackheads like braille. They should have him put down."

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Monolith
Feb 17, 2013

Kemp (interviewing): "What would you say you like most about Puerto Rico?" Tourist (husband): "The bowling alleys, and the casinos. Of course, she likes the 'duty-free'." Tourist (wife): "Well, the more you spend, the more you save!" Kemp: "Have you seen a lot of the island?" Husband: "Oh, we don't leave the hotel." Wife: "It isn't safe." Kemp: "But you're having fun." Husband: "Oh yeah! A lotta, lotta fun!"

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bdls206
Jul 14, 2012

Paul Kemp: Your tongue is like an accusatory giblet!

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Jul 14, 2012

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bdls206
Jul 14, 2012

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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