The movie “Charlie Bartlett” is a rollicking pied piper story sweetly subversive sufficient to draw younger movie goers but has the ethical fiber to achieve the accolades of extra mature audiences. On this adolescent coming-of-age film recognition is the central theme and the efforts of director Jon Ballot and screenwriter Gustin Nash have created a charismatic authentic that has all of the elements of a summer-time hit.
Within the opening scene, we all know what 17-year-old Charlie Bartlett (Yanton Yelchin) needs, acceptance. That is the crux of his drawback for he believes that friendship and acceptance are primarily based on pleasing others. When he’s compelled out of a prestigious boarding college for making faux ID’s for fellow college students, his out-of-touch mom (Hope Davis) gives little in the best way of steering. He enrolls in an area public college and travels on the Particular Ed college bus to keep away from being ridiculed for arriving within the household’s limo. After being overwhelmed up by the college bully (Tyler Hilton) Charlie shortly learns that the important thing to survival and recognition lies in providing perks to his fellow college students. When his psychiatrist prescribes Ritalin for his lack of focus and he experiences the aspect impacts he hits upon a brand new strategy to acquire peer adulation, dishing out medicine. Nonetheless, Charlie quickly realizes that the issues of his fellow college students can’t be solved by way of remedy alone, and embarks on a brand new profession as a highschool therapist. His workplace is within the toilet stalls of the boy’s toilet and the scenes there are poignant but nonetheless humorous. They conjure up the pictures of a confessional as events sit aspect by aspect separated by a stall partition.
Charlie will get very pleasant with Susan (Kat Dennings) who occurs to be the daughter of the college principal and single mother or father (Robert Downey Jr.). Downey suffers from alcoholism in addition to communication points along with his daughter. There’s additionally the issue of the surveillance cameras within the scholar lounge, a metaphor for the digital tethering at present’s youngsters endure. On this comedy, issues and hard points are dropped at mild in a humorous and intelligent approach. And whereas the movie hits on the miss-use of prescription remedy as a approach of treating teenage issues, it additionally brings up the shortage of communication between dad and mom and their youngsters in addition to college directors.
Anton Yelchin performs the function of Charlie with lightness and attraction profitable over his fellow college students in addition to the movie’s viewers. Robert Downey, Jr. function as the college’s precept is multidimensional and alive with dramatic undercurrents. The stress of the job, elevating a teen daughter, and dealing with a scholar physique that pay attention extra to Charlie than him creates a number of turmoil. The college bully as portrayed by Tyler Hilton has the powerful outer veneer, however beneath is the vulnerability of a misunderstood teenager. Charlie’s love curiosity Susan, performed by beautiful and sensual Kat Dennings, bravely helps his causes, and even turns him right into a non-virgin.
Whereas the movie has plot holes, the story will nonetheless hits house with an excellent variety of viewers, particularly children rising up in at present’s fragmented households. In households the place there is no such thing as a time or empathy to pay attention, to achieve out and talk. And to the younger and even to the struggling mature, Charlie Bartlett is a hero, not as a result of he takes on the villains, however just because he’s prepared to pay attention. When he says, “Do you need to discuss it,” it opens the door to compassion and understanding, and sometimes, discovering options. Ultimately, Charlie’s want for acceptance is overtaken by the enjoyment he finds in serving to others.
Movie was directed by Jon Ballot, written by Gustin Nash, and stars Anton Yelchin, Robert Downey Jr., Hope Davis, Kat Dennings, Tyler Hilton, and Mark Rendall. Movie was shot in Toronto by Canadian lenser Paul Sarossy. Working time is 97 minutes. Rated R for language, drug content material and transient nudity. Obtainable on DVD.