(Johnny Depp plays a great drunk)

Johnny Depp (as Paul Kemp) starts work at a run down newspaper in Puerto Rico.  His first day starts out well (sic)….in a near coma from a massive alcohol binge the night before.  But, no matter, he is hired, and, even though he spends most of his days in an alcohol related haze, he shines as a reporter and writer.

He moves in with photographer, Michael Rispoli (as Sala), and the fantastic Giovanni Ribisi (as the totally, wonderfully acted, whacked out Moburg).

He gets involved with a “crook” and then, luckily, falls out of favor with him, but, via a very nice twist of fate, ends up with the crooks girlfriend (super hot Amber Heard, as Chenault).

Not for kids.  Lots of  f-words.  Parts of the movie were sooooooo funny I could not stop laughing.  The trailer above shows Depp and Rispoli driving the car together….OMG, that is hilarious!

Depp plays drunk really well.  “The Rum Diary” will not win any box office awards, but, it definitely worth going to see in the movies (if only for Giovanni Ribisi’s acting), or renting when it comes out on DVD or Internet.   I want to buy it…

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Drive Safe!  Never Forget.


Posted by Mike Pihlman

I am the Director of ForCarol.com a 501c3 non-profit that awards college scholarships to Tracy, CA scholars in honor of my daughter's best friend, and our part-time daughter, Carol Phan who we lost on Sept 18, 2010. I am a: Book Review (TracyReaderDad.com), Technology (TechyMike.com), and Movie Review (ForCarol.com) blogger.


  1. […] “Puss in Boots” is a fun movie for kids but a bit boring for adults.  Some funny cat moments (like when Puss drinks leche, and chases the moving light) and some exciting action scenes (the ride up on the beanstalk was, for my stomach, very roller-coasterish)  I did not see Shrek, unless I missed him.  Other than that…well…hmmm, this is an ok movie.  Not great, but, fun for kids.  ”Kung Fu Panda 2” is WAY better.  Adults will enjoy” The Rum Diary“. […]


  2. Boasts a highly impressive cast and contains some great touches, but it’s too long by a half hour and meanders severely in its second half. Nice review. Check out my review when you get the chance.


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