‘My Salinger Year’ Review: Margaret Qualley in Half-Hearted Twist on ‘The Devil Wears Prada’

‘My Salinger Year’ Review: Margaret Qualley in Half-Hearted Twist on ‘The Devil Wears Prada’
A recluse who coasted on the legacy of his slim output for decades, J.D. Salinger holds more allure as a mystery than as he does as a man. As a result, his legacy has birthed its own investigative genre, one epitomized by Joanna Rakoff’s acclaimed 2014 memoir “My Salinger Year.” Rakoff’s post-grad experiences as a wide-eyed twentysomething assistant to Salinger’s literary agent brought her close enough to the fabled novelist to answer his fan mail and exchange pleasantries with him on the phone, all while coming of age against the backdrop of the mid-‘90s New York youth culture.

Quebecois director Philippe Falardeau’s faithful adaptation of that story works overtime to inhabit the earnest nature of Rakoff’s ambition, with a warm Margaret Qualley performance imbuing the sincere narrative with some measure of soul. But , as if trapped between the character’s genuine experiences and her idealized
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