On The Road Tuesday, 07 July 2020

On The Road

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong sex scenes.

  • The pitch:

    A novel story.

  • Starring:

    Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Amy Adams, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Terrence Howard, Alice Braga, Elisabeth Moss, Steve Buscemi

  • Directed by:

    Walter Salles

  • Running time:

    124 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)


    Car theft. Man explains how he was imprisoned for stabbing a boy. Speeding ticket, stealing petrol and groceries, police bribery. Suicide, killing discussed. Pistol fired. Dangerous driving. A man tells a story of a woman shooting her husband twice. A pregnant woman kicks her husband/baby's father out of home. Yelling. Blood/gore: Man with a bandaged foot, missing toe. Reddened needle tracks. A man tells a child that bats use big teeth to suck the blood out of squirrels.


    A man and a woman have sex in front of her child (sex noises, motions). Sex noises, threesomes. Two men have sex. Sex, homosexuality discussed frequently. A man talks about oral sex, having an orgy. A woman performs (implied) fellatio in front of onlookers, gives simultaneous hand-jobs to two men.Two men visit a brothel. Kissing. Infidelity. Nudity: Naked men seen from behind. Many topless women. Women in underwear.


    People frequently smoke joints, take Benzadrine. Opium, heroin mentioned. Belt around arm, needle tracks seen. Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits). Smoking.


    F-words, s-words, a-words, derogatory insults, slang for genitalia and bodily functions. Name-calling. Religious references.


    Jack Kerouac's On The Road, 1940s America, friendship, writing, travel, relationships, freedom, rebellion, anti-establishment, responsibility, parenting, hedonism, lust.


    Funeral (father), cemetery settings. Chicken, cat, rabbit, goats, pig heads. Turkey, ham eaten. Hitchhiking, urination. Divorce, cancer mentioned. A man shivers/hallucinates from dysentery.


    Solid performances. Innovative use of material. Captures the evanescence of Kerouac's characters. Richly photographed. Achieves jagged, episodic feel of the book.


    Lacks verve, falls flat.

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