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Chasing Holden (2003)

R | | Crime, Drama | 20 January 2003 (UK)
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A troubled young man (Qualls) goes on a journey to meet an author whom he feels has a strong hold on his life.

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Malcolm Clarke

Writer:

Sean Kanan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
DJ Qualls ... Neil Lawrence
Rachel Blanchard ... T.J. Jensen
Colin Fox Colin Fox ... Pappy
Sean Kanan ... Alex Patterson
Tom Rack Tom Rack ... Governor Lawrence
Michael Sinelnikoff ... Dean Dewitt
Ryan Massey ... Dana Earlich
Gordon Masten ... Drama Teacher
Matthew Smiley ... Jack Craig
Anik Matern ... Allison Jensen (as Anick Matern)
Steve Adams ... Mike Jensen
Alvin Powell Alvin Powell ... Desmond
Patrick Macmahon Patrick Macmahon ... State Trooper
Charles Biddle Sr. Charles Biddle Sr. ... Two Cents (as Charlie Biddle Sr.)
Michelle Anne Lipper ... Cindy (as Michelle Lipper)
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Neil Lawrence (Qualls) is sent to a boarding school by his father. During his first couple days, he meets T.J. (Blanchard) who he falls in love with. After being assigned a paper on Holden Caufield, the main character in J.D. Salinger's "Catcher In The Rye", Neil decided to go on a journey to meet J.D. who he feels has played a huge role in his life. Then Neil & T.J. decide to cut class to take a journey to New York City which leads to more turns then they both could have imagined in which both their lives are changed forever Written by Ryan Harder <hotshotharder@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for language, including sex-related dialogue | See all certifications »
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Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 2003 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Christmas with J.D. See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Both Boring AND Sanctimonious!
23 September 2004 | by sleestakerSee all my reviews

If I had a dime for every adolescent who thinks of his/her reading of The Catcher in the Rye as the cathartic experience that gave him/her a true sense of introspection, I could buy every existing copy of this movie and burn the batch in a nice bonfire. This movie smacks of the pseudo-intelligent ramblings of a third year English major who is convinced that the angst he feels is unique.

Movies like this have been done to death. From the brilliant, misunderstood youth to the rich and powerful unfeeling parent to the smart and tough, yet sensitive and understanding authority figure, this movie is a mishmash of clichéd characters and tired plot lines. Even the northeastern prep school where the boys all wear blazers with crests and the girls all wear plaid skirts and kneesocks is hackneyed. It's all old news.

The worst part about this film is the overwhelming superciliousness that permeates the production. It's as if the writer and director have discovered this obscure, brilliant manuscript that has so affected them, and they feel the need to enlighten the world. Even the title comes across with a kind of smug exclusivity, as if to say, "only the truly illuminated, those who know the name Holden Caulfield, will understand and appreciate what we are conveying here!"

This film is neither intelligent nor edgy nor insightful. It's got a fanboy quality - a sycophantic tone - so much so that it almost seems the people behind it are trying to do something more than tell a story...like make a "serious" film about youthful angst that indie film geeks will coo over in the local alternative newspaper. Guys, you can have it.


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