Rating: PG-13, for disturbing war images, thematic elements and smoking.
J.D. Salinger, who famously went into hiding in the New Hampshire woods after the smash success of his 1951 debut novel, The Catcher in the Rye, is the subject of this exhaustive documentary. Director Shane Salerno spent nine years working on the film, which feels like an overstuffed, overlong mish-mosh of all his research and interviews. If your kid hasn’t already read the novel in 10th-grade English class, that rite of passage surely is coming, making Salinger a useful educational exercise. All that’s disturbing here — and it is indeed disturbing — is the use of archival photographs of the World War II combat and concentration camps that so deeply moved Salinger as a man and a writer.