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Chapter 27

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Mature, slow-moving Lennon assassination drama.

Movie R 2008 100 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

Awful movie, waste of time

I don’t have much to say about this film. The rating speaks for itself. It was stupid to say the least. I slightly like the fact that it’s about Lennon and the tragic day he passed, I have done quite a few studies on that day, but enough rambling. Don’t waste your time on this film, it’s just not good.

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The film seems stuck in first gear, grinding through obvious points. Yes, Chapman is troubled by his inability to match masculine ideals (he hires a prostitute for his last night, telling her, "I'm not a weirdo, I wanted to be in the company of a woman tonight"), communicate with his wife (he calls her in Hawaii to ensure she's read Catcher), or make friends (Jude eventually scurries away, worried by Chapman's decidedly strange behavior). Though he makes sure to leave behind an assortment of items by which the police might "know what he's become," the film's unsurprising punchline is that Chapman himself cannot know. Imagining he should be "remembered," he succumbs to the force of celebrity after all.

Confused and profoundly vulnerable, here Chapman is also calculating and judgmental, determined to forge order out of his own emotional chaos. His resolve inspired by a fictional character (Catcher's Holden Caulfield), Chapman's insanity is plain but banal. The film doesn't pretend to interpret him, though it occasionally suggests that he represents a broader angst and turmoil, a desire to stop the ongoing onslaught of all-consuming consumer culture. As Chapman appears both idealistic and out of touch, he seems a neat emblem of hope and hopelessness. "I believe in Holden Caulfield," he announces. "And the book. And what it was saying, what it was saying to a lost generation of phony people."

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