Chris Cooper

Teen goes in search of J.D. Salinger in gentle 'Coming Through the Rye'

Teen goes in search of J.D. Salinger in gentle 'Coming Through the Rye'

A Jewish outcast at a waspy boarding school, Jamie Schwartz is hardly the only kid in the world to identify with Holden Caulfield. But the protagonist of the gentle memory piece “Coming Through the Rye” has one key distinction: his encounter with Holden’s famously reclusive creator, novelist J.D. Salinger. The movie’s key distinction is Chris Cooper’s forbidding but soulful turn as the idolized writer.

Recalling his own adolescent search for Salinger, writer-director James Sadwith unfolds a mildly engaging coming-of-age road trip, set in a nostalgia-kindled 1969. Yet as heartfelt and personal as the story is, much of it feels like standard teen angst....

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