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16th May 2008

Summary:

Expelled from yet another private school for his blossoming though illegal, entrepreneurial activities, wealthy teenager Charlie Bartlett (Anton Yelchin) finds himself at a regular High School. His smart, geeky appearance gets him a first day beating from the school bully so his overly medicated mother (Hope Davis) calls in the family psychiatrist to help him out. An opportunity not to be missed, Charlie sets himself up as the school agony aunt, channelling advice from his pyschiatrist direct to his fellow students. Of course the thing that Charlie wants more than anything else is to be popular, to be liked by everyone. He thinks that what he is doing is the perfect way to achieve popularity and its not that he's wrong, its' just the way he goes about things that is. His charm, charisma and access to medication soon starts to win him new friends as well as the attentions of the Principal's daughter, much to the annoyance of the Principal (Robert Downey Jr.) a man battling his own demons. Charlie's one man battle against loneliness, angst and the hypocrisy of the modern world inspires everyone, until the day he goes too far.

Review:

Charlie Bartlett was a great movie. I think that it's mostly only for teenagers. I saw this with an adult and he didn't enjoy it and neither did any other of the adults in the theatre. I thought that some scenes were very funny and others they tried to hard to make funny. It had great meaning and some good messages.The first half hour was pretty slow moving and boring for the most part. When it kicked up it got really good and was enjoyable. I thought that the acting was very well. Also Anton Yelkin is going to be a great actor I think. He also played the part of Charlie Bartlett very well and was the best person for the part. Robert Downey Jr. was another great actor for this movie. He made the movie ten times better than what it would have been if he hadn't been in it. All and all this was a great comedy with some good messages. So if you are a teenager go and see this movie I think you will enjoy it a lot.