On the Road

On the Road

DVD - 2013
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Traveling cross-country, young writer Sal Paradise has his life shaken by the arrival of free-spirited Dean Moriarty and his girl, Marylou. As they travel across the country, they encounter a mix of people who each impact their journey indelibly.


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May 20, 2019

There is much hype about this and the book.
I was not impressed....too much swearing, sex and drugs and being on the road...so what.

Sep 24, 2018

'Didn't like it; it didn't do justice to the innovative way of writing that the beat poets pioneered; most of the scenes are them partying, smoking dope and F***ing. The female characters are very shallow and live only for their men, which may have been how the men saw them, unfortunate that the director took this view as well.

Feb 05, 2018

The cast was fairly impressive, but that's about it. My problem with the film is I like none of the characters, most of which behaved badly as human beings. So you wind up not caring about them. And once you have this feeling, the film fails to engage at any level. This film is a black mark on Brazilian director Salles, who has done good works such as Central Station before.

Dec 02, 2017

Stupid movie, waste of time.

Dec 01, 2017

Crap! Don't waste your time, almost completely unwatchable.

Jan 27, 2017

This movie is a mess. It feels so slow and boring you begin to feel it will never end. The characters in it are just pretentious,dull and annoying and they grate on your nerves before long. I am not sure if there is even a point to this movie other than writers are big hedonists,narcissists and vampires who steal everyone else's life story for self enrichment. A pretty solid bomb of a movie.

Aug 10, 2016

Disappointed. Horrible attempt at putting the book on screen (which is an impossible task, in my opinion). Not even a good movie on its own.

Apr 29, 2016

It's not great. The scenes are repetitive and the movie itself it's wayyyyy too long. It felt like it lasted 3.5 hours instead of 2 but they could have made it last only 45 minutes and it would have been the same. Don't waste your time.

Dec 29, 2015

Can't agree more with the patron comments already written as of 12/29/15. The movie lacks imagination and is a series of depressing episodes. I did not read the book, but it looks like a classic book was made into a boring movie. I would recommend passing on seeing "On the Road"! The movie certainly is not deserving as a selection to "Sundance Selects"!

Sep 11, 2015

They said it was "unfilmable." Maybe they were right. . . .But you can't understand these people without bearing in mind the stifling conformity of the Post-War years (believe me, I know: I lived through them), or the straitjacket of the preceding 20 years of Depression and War. . . . this should give you the same impression as uncorking a bottle of Champagne. . . .and feeling it go flat. . . I don't think it succeeds, but it's a nice try.

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