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Big Sur (2013)



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An adaptation of American literary icon Jack Kerouac's novel of the same name, BIG SUR focuses on a moment in Kerouac's life when, overwhelmed by the success of his opus On the Road and struggling to battle inner demons, he seeks respite in three brief sojourns to a cabin in the small, coastal California town of Big Sur. Michael Polish's film is at once a poetic meditation and a love-letter to the work of an author who defined the Beat Generation. (c) Ketchup
R (for some sexuality, nudity and language)
Drama , Special Interest
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Jean-Marc Barr
as Jack Kerouac
Kate Bosworth
as Billie
Josh Lucas
as Neal Cassady
Radha Mitchell
as Carolyn Cassady
Anthony Edwards
as Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Henry Thomas
as Philip Whalen
Stana Katic
as Lenora
Balthazar Getty
as Michael McClure
Patrick Fischler
as Lew Welch
John Robinson (I)
as Paul Smith
Jasper Polish
as Vulture Girl
Vanessa Ross
as Lady Dining
Richard Conti
as Cabbie
Natasha Goss
as Party Girl
Jeffrey Ferguson
as Bar Patron
Shelby Lyon
as Emily Cassady
Talaria Haast
as Beatnik Partygoer
Jesse Soares
as Naked Hot Springs Stranger
Veronica Loud
as Deli Customer
Brenda Marie King
as Mrs. McClure
David Ojakian
as Orderly
Seth McCracken
as Timmy Cassady
Bennie Bell
as Orderly Johnson
Peter Kepler
as Waiter
Briana Eason
as Restaurant Patron
Ryan Teeple
as Elliott
Jason Wong
as Victor Wong
Catherine Poon
as Bus Passenger
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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (11)

A strangely tepid experience for such searing psychological material.

Full Review… | November 1, 2013
Top Critic

There's a strange heft to its hollowness.

Full Review… | October 31, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

"Big Sur" cracks the code of how to adapt Jack Kerouac for the screen.

Full Review… | October 31, 2013
New York Times
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Sometimes feels like a beautiful illustration, rather than an adaptation, of Kerouac's prose.

Full Review… | October 31, 2013
Washington Post
Top Critic

With Kerouac declaring that "the only thing that matters is the conceptions in my own mind," we're still left waiting for the filmmaker who can take us there.

Full Review… | October 31, 2013
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Nobody's given the opportunity to do much more than brood prettily and occasionally shout carpe diembromides into the pounding surf.

Full Review… | October 31, 2013
AV Club
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Holy Crap, Dendy. That is the most moronic "review" I've ever seen. Next time you think out loud, please don't type and share it.

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Sometimes there is hint of what this film could have been, but mostly it simply skids upon moments of cultural interest and fails to delve into the psychology of Kerouac's novel and emotional break. Jean-Marc Barr gives a credible performance, but isn't given enough to form it into anything memorable. The best advice would be to read the novel and skip the movie.

Matty Stanfield
Matty Stanfield

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