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I highly doubt many of those who are reading this are old enough to
remember the year 1986, or the theatrical release Ferris Bueller's Day
Off (John Hughes). Still, I trust that there are those of you have seen
the movie on TV, or DVD, or even on the prehistoric VHS. Well, the
small-budget, diamond in the dust movie of the year borrows heavily
from it, taking both old and new material and making it into something
fresh. This hidden gem is Charlie Bartlett.
Charlie Bartlett is the story of a young high school student with roots
in royalty. Seemingly destined for a posh life, he constantly finds
himself in situations involving expulsions due to fraud (hundreds of
fake I.D.s given to schoolmates, for example). Soon, Charlie has been
kicked out of nearly every private school within 100 miles of his
house-mansion. With no alternatives left, Charlie quickly finds himself
attending a public school with regular, everyday students. From here,
he decides the only way to fit in is to become a lord of sorts, and
begins handing out prescription drugs to those students truly in need
with no way of getting them, while playing the role of psychiatrist. Of
course, this bears consequences in the form of the principle And said
An intelligent and witty movie, Charlie Bartlett is this generations
Ferris Bueller. From the smooth, careless main character, to the
parents being completely exaggerated in every manner, it all fits. The
dialogue flows well and is witty throughout. Many teens will walk out
thinking "That's not how teens talk!" Well, take it from a teen. There
are those out there who would rather die than be seen writing out "Lyke
Omg I luv ur new shoez!".
Now, the acting. Easily the best part of the movie, and also the
weakest link. Up and coming actor Anton Yelchin (Alpha Dog) plays the
role perfectly, never missing a beat. He plays happy and carefree when
he needs to, but the next second he's so smug you want to smack him.
It's perfection in the form of a teen. And of course, we have Robert
Downey Jr. (Zodiac, Iron Man) gracing the screen in the form of
Principle Gardner. The chemistry between the two hits every note, and
doesn't waver for a minute. But, where perfection is seen, flaws are
even more defined. Next to the two leads, many of the actors filling in
the smaller roles seem to almost be trying to match them. And it
doesn't come off well, with over-acting filling many scenes. Still, do
not let it perturb you, as the powerful presentations easily overshadow
the lesser ones.
My only nitpick in the movie that really took anything out of the
movie It was very obviously written by middle aged men trying to put
themselves in the shoes of teens. In places it worked, but in others it
came across as very forced and unrealistic. The school is very paint by
the numbers. Let blue represent jocks, play out red as the airheaded
cheerleaders and throw yellow in for the geeks, and you can paint a
portrait of clich.
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i love this movie could watch it for hours and hours on end.
this movie give me lesson and it is cool movie. so awesome.
A smart and funny teen movie
This is one of the few teen comedies that actually works.
The script is fantastic and I loved the premise. Sure you can easily
predict what will happen. The bully who becomes friends with the
protagonist, the relationship with Charlie and the principal but it's
still fun to watch. There are some illogical things in the plot such as
how does he get time to talk to all the people in the bathroom during
school. The effects of Ritalin were exaggerated but it was hilarious to
The actors really do great jobs. Anton Yelchin, who plays Charlie, has
a bright future ahead of him after see this. Kat Dennings plays her
part right and Hope Davis is hilarious as the Charlie's quirky mother.
Robert Downey Jr. adds another great performance to his resume as the
alcoholic principal who just happens to be the father of Charlie's
girlfriend. Another person I would add to this list is Tyler Hilton. He
plays the bully who becomes friends with Charlie and I thought he did a
really good job. If I had to pick two people who give the best
performances it would have to be Anton Yelchin and Robert Downey Jr.
I really liked this movie and you should definitely check it out if you
like teen comedies.