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Charlie Bartlett (2007)

A rich kid becomes the self-appointed psychiatrist to the student body of his new high school.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Len Arbuckle
Jordan Sunder
Superintendent Sedgwick
Officer Hansen (as David Brown)
Eric Fink ...


Although cheerful, friendly, intelligent, well-dressed, authentic and wealthy, Charlie Bartlett has problems. With his father gone and his mother loopy and clueless, he's been expelled from every private school for his victimless crimes. Now he's in a public school getting punched out daily by the school thug. He ever longs to be popular - the go-to guy - and the true crux of his troubles is that he invariably finds the means to this end, whatever that might be. At Western Summit High, he makes peace with his tormentor by going into business with him - listening to kids' problems and selling them prescription drugs. Charlie's a hit, but attraction to Susan (daughter of the school's laissez-faire principal), new security cameras on campus, a student's overdose, and Charlie's open world view all converge to get him in serious trouble. Can this self-made physician possibly heal himself and just be a kid? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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people like *you* ARE THE REASON people like *me* NEED MEDICATION See more »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, drug content and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 February 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Charlie Bartlett - Psicanálise Para Todos  »

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Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,836,256, 24 February 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,950,294, 27 April 2008
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The most memorable song in the film is Cat Stevens' "If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out". This song was also used repeatedly in Harold and Maude (1971), another movie about a wealthy, but troubled young man. See more »


In the beginning of the movie, when Charlie is playing piano with his mom, Charlie is playing the bass line (sitting on the left). High, treble notes are then heard, but his mother's hands are not on the keys. Charlie was sitting too far to the left, and would have had to reach across her body to play those high notes, which he doesn't. Therefore, those notes couldn't have been played the way they were sitting and the way their hands were. See more »


[first lines]
Charlie Bartlett: Thank You. Thank you very much. Thank you. How you all doing tonight. It's great to see all of you here. My name is Charlie Bartlett.
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Crazy Credits

When the title appears in the opening credits, the pharmaceutical Rx symbol is substituted for the "r" in Bartlett. See more »


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Charlie Bartlett: A unique and entertaining comedy
5 October 2008 | by See all my reviews

Charlie Bartlett is a good movie, nothing spectacular but it fulfilled my expectations very well. It is a very well written comedy with the perfect amount of drama. It is funny but not because its full of jokes or gags, the humor of this movie is a consequence of the situations in it. The plot about a wealthy teen (Yelchin) goes to a new public high school and ingratiates himself into its social fabric by using his charm to become the school's resident "psychiatrist" is good, its like a glimpse of how teenagers live nowadays. The cast composed entirely by young actors with the exception of Downey Jr. is good and they acted well. Robert Downey was good, Anton Yelchin in the role of Charlie, his performance was great. He was a excellent complement for Downey Jr. The rest of the cast like Kat Dennings and Hope Davis were a great support for the movie. In conclusion, this is an entertaining movie that is worthy just to watch Downey Jr. and Yelchin acting together.

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