“On the Road” First Trailer is a Thing that Exists

by toepic on March 12, 2012

On The Road movie still. In the car with the three lead characters.

Dean Moriarty and his wife Marylou in the front seat with "third wheel" Sal Paradise in the back.

Here is the long anticipated/dreaded first trailer for the On the Road adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s autobiographical novel. On the Road, as many people know, is the third most important hipster accessory after thick glasses and sarcasm.

On the Road tells the story of Sal Paradise, an aspiring writer who hits the road with his unstable friend Dean Moriarty and Dean’s 16 year old idiot wife Marylou. They are in search of the elusive “it” that could be anything from a great party, drugs, jazz, or emotional epiphany. Marylou, is just one in a string of women in and out of Dean’s life in the novel, but seems to have a more central role in the film.

For those super fans that don’t want their beloved novel to be adapted for the big screen, it’s worth noting that Kerouac himself basically begged Marlon Brando to buy the film rights in this letter that Brando sadly never answered.

The trailer ends with an abbreviated version of one of the most recognizable quotes in the book. The full quote is:

I shambled after as I’ve been doing all my life after people who interest me, because the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones that never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes ‘Awww!’

The quote that inspired a nation of bored intellectuals was also the inspiration for Katy Perry’s Firework. Put that in your fancy pipe, hipsters.

Trailer and movie poster after the jump


On the Road movie poster with the 3 lead characters in a rearview mirror


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Wifey March 12, 2012 at 2:52 pm



the firemarshall March 12, 2012 at 5:59 pm

I hate this book. It ranks right up there with Catcher in the Rye for most over rated novels. I give this a big thumbs down!


toepic March 12, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Ooh, I hate Catcher in the Rye. Self indulgent bullshit. I actually like On the Road, but the movie will still probably blow.


hossman March 13, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Never has a movie trailer left me feeling more neutral. I either want to see this or I don’t. I’m not sure which.


toepic March 13, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Yeah, I don’t think it’s going to be good. But it might serve as a “I remember reading that when I was 16.” nostalgia thing. Or it could be unwatchable. It’s a Russian roulette of “meh”.


toepic March 21, 2012 at 2:21 pm

What do you expect from Bookstore Bitches?


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