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Genius (1999)

TV Movie  -   -  Comedy | Family  -  21 August 1999 (USA)
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Charlie Boyle finds that even his high IQ can't solve all of his problems when he takes on a double life in order to make friends his own age.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Boyle aka Chaz Anthony
Claire Addison
Dr. Krickstein
Mike MacGregor
Dean Wallace
Coach Addison
Dad Boyle
Patrick Thomas ...
Matthew Koller ...
Chuck Campbell ...
Hugo Peplo
Omar Sullivan
Darryl Pring ...
Bear Berczinski
Sandi Ross ...
Adam Blake ...
Street Hockey Kid #1
Michael Colton ...
Street Hockey Kid #2


Charlie, science wiz, hockey lover, and all around genius, is tired of being friendless. It's bad enough that he's in college before he's 14 helping a scientist who's in the midst of trying to defy gravity. So, in order to make his life exactly how he wants it, Charlie reinvents himself by taking on the image of a slacker/bad boy and enrolls in the local Jr. high. But juggling two lives is tough, even for a genius. Written by Max Vaughn

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During the big game when the Rumbsin player went in the penalty box Charlie still had the microchip activated on his skate, going across the room even lifting his skate up on the desk, yet the Rumbsin players skate did nothing while in the box. See more »


Dr. Krickstein: Well, you can't be in two places at once. Violates all fundimental laws of physics...
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Shocking! A Good Disney Movie!
11 September 1999 | by (Peoria, Illinois USA) – See all my reviews

I must say, I was truly amazed by this movie. I've been puzzled as to why on Earth I bother watching all the Disney Channel movies. After such disappointments like "Can of Worms," "Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century," and the awful "Smart House," to name a few, I didn't think Disney could make a decent TV movie. But here it is! This movie really is genius. Instead of going from cheap comedy and typical overblown plots, Disney made something that is nice and, most importantly, can make this stone-faced critic laugh a lot.

Thirteen-year-old Charlie Boyle is a hockey-loving whiz kid so smart that he has been offered the chance to go to college early, to study, experiment, and even teach. naturally, he has a hard time fitting in with the college students, especially his hockey player roommate, who is in the physics class Charlie teaches. One day, he meets a girl and falls instantly in love, but, always being seen as a nerd and not having much success in the past with such matters, he pretends to be a trouble-maker and enrolls at the junior high the girl attends. Thus begins the fun as Charlie must constantly switch from one identity to the next so his lie is not discovered.

So how did Disney do it? How did they make something funny? Well, the cast is great, especially young Trevor Morgan as Charlie, who has some very clever and quick lines. A script that doesn't fall into embarrassing, unfunny, cliched situations for another, which is so typical for this type of Disney movie. Then again, maybe it was a science experiment they tried with a completely accidental result. If so, then hooray for science! Zanatos's score: 9/10!

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