The Rachel Papers (1989)

The Rachel Papers




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Movie Info

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 … 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



as Charles Highway

as Rachel Noyce

as DeForrest

as Gordon Highway, Char...

as Mrs. Seth-Smith

as Sir Herbert

as Dr. Knowd, Oxford Do...

as Mrs. Tauber

as Kathy

as Chris Minor

as Tauber Academy Assis...

as Charlotte Highway

as Peppermint Park Wait...

as Valentine Minor

as Rachel's Friend

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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