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The Rachel Papers (1989)

The Rachel Papers




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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 unfortunately has a boyfriend named DeForest (James Spader). Since Rachel is a bit of a free-spirited swinger, however, Charles might have a chance, but her complexity dooms his ill-conceived "Master of Seduction" computer program.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Damian Harris
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 5, 2003
United Artists


Dexter Fletcher
as Charles Highway
Ione Skye
as Rachel Noyce
James Spader
as DeForrest
Bill Paterson
as Gordon Highway, Cha...
Shirley Ann Field
as Mrs. Seth-Smith
Aubrey Morris
as Sir Herbert
Michael Gambon
as Dr. Knowd, Oxford D...
Pat Keen
as Mrs. Tauber
John Daniel McCuin
as Chris Minor
Shirley King
as Tauber Academy Assis...
Di Langford
as Charlotte Highway
Amanda Dickinson
as Peppermint Park Wait...
Joe Wreddon
as Valentine Minor
Amy Fleetwood
as Rachel's Friend
Jimmy Buchanan
as Mr. Greenchurch
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Critic Reviews for The Rachel Papers

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

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.

Full Review… | November 8, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

The result is without dramatic or moral weight, despite Highway's contrived comeuppance, and it's impossible to care about the characters.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Captures the brash boldness of the novel, but not the literary wit. A misguided affair.

Full Review… | November 8, 2013
Empire Magazine

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

Full Review… | November 8, 2013
Radio Times

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.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

This movie was funny,and also showed the truth that love hurts!

Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer

A very truthful look at relationships between young adults. The ending is sad and very real. I liked Skye alright, but the main character could have been played by a better actor, maybe Spader? Spader has a tiny part in this movie, he's got like one line. Overall a so-so movie.

Lisa Spader

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