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Charlie Bartlett

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The kids at western summit high have issues and newcomer charlie bartlett is coming to their rescue. With a briefcase full of prescription pills and a head full of pop psychology, this rebel a cause brings hilarious help to the student body and unending grief to their neurotic principal, Mr. Gardner (robert downey)


Studio Tcfhe/mgm
SKU 207901800
UPC 883904107750
UPC 14 00883904107750
Format DVD
Release Date 2/9/2010
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen/Standard  1.85:1/1.33:1 [4:3]
Cast & Crew
Alan Baumgarten - Editor
Anton Yelchin - Actor
Bruce Toll - Executive Producer
Christophe Beck - Original Music By
Gustin Nash - Writer
Hope Davis - Actor
Jon Poll - Director
Joshu de Cartier - Art Director
Kat Dennings - Actor
Paul Sarossy - Cinematographer
Robert Downey, Jr. - Actor
Sidney Kimmel - Producer
Tamara Deverell - Production Designer
Review A hot-ticket item at last year's Tribeca Film Festival and subsequently picked up by the Weinstein Company, Jon Poll's plodding Charlie Bartlett has the gumption to suggest, and then confirm the fact, that rich people, especially rich white kids under 18, have all the answers, and that it is quite foolish to think otherwise...There have been matzah crackers that show more excitement than perennial teen workhorse Anton Yelchin, but you can blame neither him nor the rest of the cast for the deeply-rooted flaws here. Aesthetically, there's nothing remotely interesting about Poll's film and Nash's script, a monolith of faulty teenage stereotypes, which leaves his characters severely lacking without even a note of honesty. You find me one teenager who would feel better about getting beat up at school as long as it was videotaped and sold for ten dollars a pop...If one needed further proof that Ferris Bueller is dead, Charlie Bartlett closes the case, but good. How is it that almost every film about teenagers is either sanitized to the point of fetidity (Hilary Duff) or so overbearingly crass that it borders on leering (Larry Clark)? Fear not: Gus Van Sant returns to the hallways with Paranoid Park, one of the indisputable masterpieces of this year, in two weeks. It won't take nearly that long for a throwaway like Charlie Bartlett to clear the American mindset.
Reviewer Chris Cabin
ReviewRating 5
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review For the average teenager, few things are more important than being liked. The ultimate high is being recognized and respected by the entire student body. Of course, looking back from the perspective of years (or decades), it all seems so superficial, but that's not how it feels "in the moment." Despite a maddeningly inconsistent tone, Charlie Bartlett takes viewers back into the classrooms and hallways of high school as it follows the improbable climb of one student from outcast to icon, and observes the consequences of his popularity...Editor-turned-director Jon Poll makes his feature debut with Charlie Bartlett and it's mostly successful. The movie isn't afraid to tackle tough subjects, including the price of high school popularity and the cavalier nature with which drugs like Ritalin are prescribed. There's plenty of serious stuff buried underneath a seemingly unambitious story. But Charlie is a fascinating individual and his relationships with Susan and her father don't feel contrived. There are times when Poll has trouble navigating the difficulties of quick switches from comedy to drama (resulting in some awkward scenes and/or transitions) but, for the most part, he handles the tricky material adroitly. I would classify Charlie Bartlett as a smart teen film. It's more ambitious and overall more successful than its '80s forebears even though the resemblance is unmistakable.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
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Claudia Puig, USA Today A refreshingly entertaining character study that refuses to dumb down its youthful cast...
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal ...a high-wire act that can leave you giddy with laughter.
Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader It reminded me of "Pump Up the Volume" in many ways.
Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter Yelchin delivers one of those performances that pop eyes...It's a breakthrough role.
Rachel Smith, KVVU-TV Like Juno -- It's a movie with big laughs and a lot of heart. A clever crazy comedy!
Ronnie Scheib, Variety ...boasts pitch-perfect faceoffs between upstart Anton Yelchin and alcoholic principal Robert Downey Jr....
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer ...the underlying message of the film, with its nods to "Catcher in the Rye" and - '70s throwback here - "Harold and Maude," is a good one.
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