This mopey coming-of-age movie exploits the reading public's ongoing fascination with reclusive J.D. Salinger and futilely equates its immature protagonist with Salinger's Holden Caulfield. Following the suicide of his gay older brother, Neil Lawrence (D.J. Qualls), the teenage son of New York's Governor (Tom Rack), spends some time in a mental institution and then heads off to boarding school. Neil feels unloved, as though he's an interruption in his dad's busy schedule; he also resents the Governor's refusal to accept his son's homosexuality and blames him for not having prevented the boy's self destruction. At Devonbrooke Academy, Neil tries to play by the rules b...