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The Rachel Papers

The Rachel Papers (1989)

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Critic Reviews: 4
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A teen sex comedy derived from the arch debut novel of author Martin Amis by debut director Damian Harris (son of actor Richard Harris). Dexter Fletcher stars as Charles Highway, a 19-year-old computer nerd in London who has created a program that will allegedly guide him through the process of seducing a girl. Charles is determined to win over a beautiful, older woman before he enters Oxford University as a freshman. Then he meets 20-year-old American girl Rachel Noyce (Ione Skye), who

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Romance, Art House & International, Comedy, Drama

Aug 5, 2003

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It has a brisk, well-turned-out quality that augurs well for Harris, the son of Richard Harris. Helping set and maintain the film's smart tone is Chaz Jankel and David Storrs' deft, trendy score.

November 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Director Damian Harris isn't able to capture the book's special charms, and resorts to having his young hero address the camera to keep the viewer in the picture.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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The result is without dramatic or moral weight, despite Highway's contrived comeuppance, and it's impossible to care about the characters.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Pryce gives one of the year's most refreshingly uninhibited performances as the boy's weird, postmodern hippie brother-in-law Norman. And Fletcher is a genuine star. His devilish precocity makes The Rachel Papers a bracing treat.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Captures the brash boldness of the novel, but not the literary wit. A misguided affair.

November 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Why must film-makers always be such slaves to the lowest common denominator?

November 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Martin Amis's brilliantly acerbic first novel is unpersuasively filmed as a trendy teen comedy, with its self-loathing intellectual hero transformed into a nerdy-but-lovable computer geek.

November 8, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

As a coming of age story, this is much more fun than many contemporary 'teen comedies'.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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Audience Reviews for The Rachel Papers

All except the main character are played by good actors, does that make sense? The story is realistic, but kinda boring, an the main character annoys me. Overall, it's okay.
March 30, 2011
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