The Rachel Papers

Charles Highway is a 19-year-old with no money problems who maps out his sexual conquests via his desktop. He meets beautiful American Rachel Noyce, also 19. It's love at first sight, but she already has a boyfriend.

With:
Dexter Fletcher Ione Skye Jonathan Pryce James Spader Bill Patterson Michael Gambon

Charles Highway is a 19-year-old with no money problems who maps out his sexual conquests via his desktop. He meets beautiful American Rachel Noyce, also 19. It’s love at first sight, but she already has a boyfriend.

After a bit of frustration, he sends her a funny love message on videotape, and she comes around. They have a steamy, passionate affair, of which he tires all too soon. They part. End of story.

The basic material is as old as the hills, but Martin Amis, who wrote the original novel some 15 years earlier, explored it in fresh directions. Director Damian Harris isn’t able to capture the book’s special charms, and resorts to having his young hero address the camera to keep the viewer in the picture. Unfortunately, Dexter Fletcher is rather too self-conscious here, and makes Charles a less than endearing hero. On the other hand, lone Skye seizes her chances as Rachel and gives a glowingly sensual performance. Their lengthy loves scenes together, often in a bathtub, are certainly steamy.

The Rachel Papers

UK

Production: Initial/Longfellow. Director Damian Harris; Producer Andrew S. Karsch; Screenplay Damian Harris; Camera Alex Thomson; Editor David Martin; Music Chaz Jenkel; Art Director Andrew McAlpine

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1989. Running time: 95 MIN.

With: Dexter Fletcher Ione Skye Jonathan Pryce James Spader Bill Patterson Michael Gambon

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