Juggling angry Russians, the British Mi5, and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai races to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain a code that leads to lost gold.
Hard-drinking journalist Paul Kemp takes a job at a besieged newspaper in San Juan, Puerto Rico. His volatile editor, Lotterman, assigns him to tourist pieces and horoscopes, but promises more. Paul rooms with Sala, an aging and equally alcoholic reporter, in a rundown flat. Sanderson, a wealthy entrepreneur, hires Paul to flack for a group of investors who plan to buy an island near the capital and build a resort. Sanderson's girl-friend, the beguiling Chenault, bats her eyes at Paul. His loyalties face challenges when he and Sala get in trouble with locals, when a Carnival dance enrages Sanderson, and when the paper hits the skids. Is the solution always alcohol? Written by
The final black and white still shot at the very end of the movie is not Puerto Rico, where the movie takes place, but Aruba. The author is shown sitting on a bench at the Aruba Palm Beach Club with a bottle of Amstel beer. The Aruba Caribbean Hotel, in the background, was the first resort hotel constructed on Palm Beach. The author visited Aruba while living in Puerto Rico. The photo is also the book's cover photo. See more »
When Kemp and Sala experience the effects of the mysterious drug while walking outside by the docks, the lobster in the tank is a Maine lobster (large claws), not a Caribbean lobster (no claws). See more »
It's important to remember why this movie was made. It is for Hunter S.
Thompson. That was really Johnny Depp's main focus. His goal is never
to make the number one movie. He doesn't want to be a box office star.
He wants to make movies that mean something to him and that is exactly
what he did with The Rum Diary.
With that said, he made a beautiful film for his late friend. He played
Hunter S. Thompson so wonderfully and stayed true to his character.
Johnny honored his friend in the best way that he could, and did a
phenomenal job in my opinion.
Aside from the film's purpose, if I had gone to see this with no
knowledge of it's back story, I still would have enjoyed it. It was
funnier than I was expecting and there was romance throughout. I was
definitely interested the entire two hours. It is worth the price of a
ticket because as usual, Johnny Depp delivered.
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