The Rachel Papers
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A teen sex comedy derived from the arch debut novel of author Martin Amis by debut director Damian Harris (son of actor Richard Harris). Dexter Fletcher stars as Charles Highway, a 19-year-old computer nerd in London who has created a program that will allegedly guide him through the process of seducing a girl. Charles is determined to win over a beautiful, older woman before he enters Oxford University as a freshman. Then he meets 20-year-old American girl Rachel Noyce (Ione Skye), who unfortunately has a boyfriend named DeForest (James Spader). Since Rachel is a bit of a free-spirited… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

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"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."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"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."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"Martin Amis's brilliantly acerbic first novel is unpersuasively filmed as a trendy teen comedy, with its self-loathing intellectual hero transformed into a nerdy-but-lovable computer geek."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"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."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Captures the brash boldness of the novel, but not the literary wit. A misguided affair."
‑ Barry McIlheney, Empire Magazine
"As a coming of age story, this is much more fun than many contemporary 'teen comedies'."
‑ , Film4
"The result is without dramatic or moral weight, despite Highway's contrived comeuppance, and it's impossible to care about the characters."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Why must film-makers always be such slaves to the lowest common denominator?"
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
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