The Rachel Papers 1989

The Rachel Papers

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Poised to attend Oxford University, 19-year-old Charles Highway (Dexter Fletcher) decides it's high time to have a romantic encounter with an older woman. With the help of a computer program and several eccentric relatives, Highway sets his sights on seducing Rachel Noyce (Ione Skye), a stunning American in her 20s. However, Highway has his work cut out for him. Noyce has a boyfriend, DeForest (James Spader), and is not exactly receptive to Highway's advances -- at first, anyway.

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Critic Reviews for The Rachel Papers

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

    November 8, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • Why must film-makers always be such slaves to the lowest common denominator?

    November 8, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Rachel Papers

  • Sep 06, 2010
    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
  • Aug 14, 2008
    This movie was funny,and also showed the truth that love hurts!
    Cassie H Super Reviewer

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