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On the Road 

Good show, Garrett Hedlund!

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Fiery youths scat and screw across the country, as the Beat generation finally gets the Hollywood movie they've been waiting for in On the Road. Gestating for decades as a film adaptation of Jack Kerouac's legendary novel, Brazilian director Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries) has dealt with financial collapse, budget cuts and Francis Ford Coppola as producer in order to tell the tale of Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty's free-spirited journey through a different kind of America. Garrett Hedlund leads a robust cast (including Amy Adams, Elisabeth Moss, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen and sex goddess Kristen Stewart), catching a poetic vibrancy with his Dean Moriarty that's sadly unmatched by his co-stars. Sam Riley might as well be an alien as Sal Paradise, while Stewart plays Marylou with a sweaty apathy that's only marginally interesting to watch. For a film about the reckless, wild youth that took over a culture, On the Road remains agonizingly tame.


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