Once Upon a Time in High School: “Catcher in the Rye”

***WARNING: This is the most ridiculous thing you’ll see in your lifetime. Please note that JD Salinger was not harmed during the making of this “film” 10 years ago. Although, had he known about it’s existence, he probably would have come out of hiding briefly to halt it’s production***


So … in high school, I was asked to portray Holden Caulfield in my best friends’ video project for their 11th English class. They were filming a dramatic interpretation of the ending of the book and I agreed because it basically gave me a reason to hang out with my friends for school-related activities AND, as you all know, Catcher in the Rye by the incomparable JD Salinger is my all-time book, shaping my life and destiny and inspiring my literary aspirations.

(Un?)Fortunately for us, what happened was the least literary thing EVER.

We pretty much raped the story, turning the Central Park Zoo into the “Dead Zoo,” tying string to a teddy bear’s neck and animating it to life, utilizing a Hulk mask because…well…I can’t quite remember the conversation that lead to that creative choice, but I’m pretty sure it had to do with my best friend’s insistence on not being on camera, despite it being her class project.

There’s not much else to say. You have to see it for yourself. It’s absolutely HILARIOUS.

And if the fact that I made a hilariously white trash adaptation of Catcher in the Rye isn’t enough to get you to watch this video, well, how about the promise of seeing me with frosted tips?



This video project resurfaces every few years within my friend circle, and despite my gut-reactionary cringes as I watch my plump, pimply 17 year old self “act,” I can’t help but LOVE the hell out of this video.

It’s cringe-worthy in all the right ways.

So, without further ado, I give you: “Catcher in the Rye”

What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!


  1. I had no idea what this was when I watched it, but I couldn’t breathe from laughing so hard! You and your friends in high school look like a bunch of cool nerds I would have loved to hang with! Awesome


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