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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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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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First come. First cured. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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22 February 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Charlie Bartlett - Psicanálise Para Todos  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,836,256 (USA) (24 February 2008)

Gross:

$3,950,294 (USA) (27 April 2008)
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Principal Gardner come's to Charlie's house because of Kip's attempt of suicide, the principal's cup moves. See more »

Quotes

[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

"No teenagers were harmed in the making of this motion picture." See more »

Connections

References Over the Edge (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Strobe
Written by Airick Woodhead, Daniel Woodhead, Dorian Wolf and Maddy Wilde
Performed by Spiral Beach
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Funny, witty, accurate, and absolutely beautiful
8 April 2007 | by (Saudi Arabia) – See all my reviews

I saw an advanced screening of Charlie Bartlett at my school with a Q&A session with the writer and director last April, and I must say, I haven't enjoyed a movie this much in a VERY long time.

Anton Yelchin is Charlie Bartlett, a young rich boy who has just gotten kicked out of his private school for forging driver's licenses for his fellow students in an attempt to gain some acceptance. As a last resort, his strange mother, played wonderfully by Hope Davis, puts him into public school. At first, he is treated horribly as the 'new boy', until he appoints himself as the school psychiatrist and pharmacist, and the students begin to love him, fulfilling his dreams of popularity. Meanwhile, he begins an intimate relationship with Principal Goldberg's daughter, leading to many conflicts between Charlie and the principal.

Anton Yelchin portrays Charlie flawlessly - the best part was when he got high off of Ritalin - and Kat Dennings was just beautiful. Hope Davis, as always, played his eccentric mother wonderfully, and Robert Downey Jr. was absolutely great.

For any of you who are wondering about Mark Rendall's role in this film, he has a relatively large part as Kip Cromwell, the unpopular, depressed boy who comes to Charlie for help. I must say he is AMAZING. He does a beautiful job expressing his character's many and layered emotions.

Anyhow, GREAT MOVIE!!! Do whatever you can to see it as soon as you can. I would give it an 11/10 if I could!!


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