I thought this movie did a very good job of condensing the themes of the book and that the acting was top-notch.* However, I found the interruption of the frenetic road trip (my favorite part of the book) brought a halt to the movie’s forward momentum. Overall, a very nice film and also the rare teenage film where the happy ending isn’t what you think it’s going to be.**
Where watched: Regal Vancouver City Center 12
*Special props for the people who mostly cast actors who look like teenagers to play the teenagers.
**And, I must add, I’ve taken a bus from Upstate New York to Massachusetts, which is the state next door. It took 12 hours to go 364 miles. There is no way he could get from New York to Florida via bus in anything less than several days.