Run time: 101 mins
A towering turn from Sigourney Weaver is the driving force behind this affectionate true-life tale of ambition and low-level drudgery in mid-1990s New York publishing.
Adapted from Joanna Rakoff’s memoir My Salinger Year, it pitches our young, overeducated yet essentially clueless heroine, Joanna (Margaret Qualley) into the lion’s den when she nabs an assistant’s job for one of the city’s oldest literary agencies. Working for the hard-to-impress Margaret (Weaver) Joanna discovers that her main client is reclusive author J.D. Salinger (1921-2010) as she’s tasked with his fan-mail.
Joanna is soon intrigued by Salinger’s cult-like following. While balancing her own ambition as a writer, she becomes entangled in the lives of his fans, so chances on bending the rules.
It’s The Devil Wears Prada with a literature degree as Weaver channel’s Meryl Streep; with a lot of finger-snapping and brisk stubbing out of cigarettes, and as unimportant as that sounds, it goes a long way to make a modestly told story engaging and fun. (Jack Whiting)