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Genres Drama Action
Running Time 120 min
Release Date Oct 28, 2011
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The Rum Diary

"The Rum Diary" tells the increasingly unhinged story of itinerant journalist Paul Kemp. Tiring 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 newspaper, The San Juan Star, run by downtrodden editor Lotterman. Adopting the rum-soaked life of the island, Paul soon becomes obsessed with Chenault, the wildly attractive Connecticut-born fiancée of Sanderson. When Kemp is recruited… Show more

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Oct. 28, 2011 - Boston.com - Ty Burr

‘The Rum Diary’’ has been retroactively Hunter S. Thompson-ized. And not for the better.


Back in the early 1960s, well before he ascended to fame as the author of 1971’s “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’’ and the sardonic face of gonzo journalism, Thompson wrote a novel about his days working for a two-bit newspaper in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The book finally came out in 1998, an enjoyable read and very much a young man’s work, filled with youthful scorn and self-disgust. It doesn’t have much to do with the later writing; for one thing, narrator Paul Kemp’s drug of choice is still booze.

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