On the Road

Rated R 139 minutes 2012

A cavalcade of stars shows up for this pretty, if meandering, adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s semi-autobiographical novel. Sam Riley (so damn good in Control) provides a decent center as Sal (essentially Kerouac), who finds himself on a long road trip that involves hand jobs from Kristen Stewart and watching sex acts performed on Steve Buscemi (Yikes!). In short, this movie is a bit crazy, and its unpredictability keeps it interesting. Garrett Hedlund is solid as a character loosely based on Neal Cassady, and Stewart sheds her Bella image for a good, carefree performance. Others in the cast include Amy Adams, Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst. The movie is OK, but I was looking for a little more meat on the bone considering the subject matter.

Film Credits

Director: Walter Salles

Producer: Nathanaël Karmitz, Charles Gillibert, Rebecca Yeldham, Roman Coppola, Francis Coppola, John Williams, Jerry Leider, Tessa Ross and Arpad Busson

Cast: Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, Kristen Stewart, Amy Adams, Tom Sturridge, Danny Morgan, Alice Braga, Marie-Ginette Guay, Elisabeth Moss, Kirsten Dunst and Viggo Mortensen


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