“If there’s one thing I hate, it’s the movies,” said Holden Caulfield in J.D. Salinger’s acclaimed novel Catcher in the Rye. It’s that book high school teachers hold up as being one of the most honest looks at the inner workings of a young mind (and rightfully so). It has also never been adapted into a film and many believe that Salinger had feelings similar to his infamous protagonist. So if you can’t make the story your teacher taught you to love into a movie, then, I guess, make a movie about the writer and the teacher who taught him to love writing.
That’s the premise of the upcoming REBEL IN THE RYE from IFC Films, which shows J.D. Salinger a former soldier struggling with the fact that he lived through the war, trying to build his life as a writer with the help of his teacher and mentor Whit Burnett. Nicholas Hoult and Kevin Spacey portray the two primary roles. The film is written and directed by Emmy-winner Danny Strong, and while the trailer may start off in the vein of those sticky-sweet period dramedies that hit theaters every so often, it takes a poignant turn as Salinger’s creation to comes to life that could thrill his readers.
Emily J | Staff Writer