Rebel in the Rye

Starring Nicholas Hoult and Zoey Deutch


Anyone who has ever read “Catcher in the Rye” is bound to be fascinated by Danny Strong’s “Rebel in the Rye” feature film dramatization of key moments in the life of J.D. Salinger, the writer behind the words in that iconic novel.

In Strong’s movie “Rebel in the Rye”, the rebellious nature of Salinger’s main character in “Catcher in the Rye”, Holden Caulfield, gets resoundingly revealed to be of the same nature as the author himself, and in that revelation there’s real reverberation, the kind of reverberation that gives the gift of involving entertainment to any moviegoer who sees it.

As Holden Caulfield would say:
And they weren't just shooting the crap.
They really meant it. They really did.

The same can be said of Danny Strong, the writer and director of “Rebel in the Rye”, and the superb cast he’s assembled for the journey, especially Kevin Spacey as the college English teacher who first tells Salinger that his Holden Caulfield character deserves a whole book, an entire novel. Also outstanding: Sarah Paulson as Salinger’s literary agent, Hope Davis as his mom, and of course the tour-de-force that holds it all together Nicholas Hoult as Salinger.

“Rebel in the Rye” is a catchy title for a catchy movie that really does catch the spirit of the writer and what he wrote in “Catcher in the Rye”.

Rreviewed by David Sheehan
Veteran CBS/NBC movie critic

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