On The Road Tuesday, 07 April 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)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    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.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    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.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

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

  • LANGUAGE:

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

  • THEMES:

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

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

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

  • CRITICS LIKE:

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

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Lacks verve, falls flat.

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