I remember feeling it was too long and became a bit of a slog in a way Less than Zero didn't. You can argue that's by design, but I'm still wrestling with the idea of intentionally boring writing, e.g. Wallace's The Pale King, as it's "clever" but I don't want to read a boring book.
One thing I've always found strange about the film is "Price" being renamed "Bryce"...
I always love the bit in it where he gets the urinal cake from the toilets and has it covered in chocolate, gives it his bird saying its from some chichi chocalatier. Cos he has the box i think, and she loves it, eats it down, says she cant believe how nice i5 is. Always thought that was very delicious bit of prose.
I think the film is about as good an attempt as can be made at adapting what is, as you say, an essentially unfilmable textit is basically an un-filmable book, as the film kind of makes clear: to depict the events in it on screen is in some way to decide if and how they happened, whether or how far they are real or fantastic
I don't think that's entirely untrue, tho I think the book is already a vicious satire of that kind of performative masculinityI've seen a fair bit of talk re: the film being written and directed by women resulting in the apparent misogyny of the book being undercut and the ridiculous masculinity being emphasised, but I can't remember the book well enough to agree or disagree.