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The Education of Charlie Banks (2007)

 -  Drama  -  27 April 2007 (USA)
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College student Charlie Banks has to face old problems when the bully he had an unpleasant encounter with back in high school shows up on his campus.

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Mary (as Eva Amurri)
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The Education of Charlie Banks is a coming of age tale that spans from the playgrounds of lower Manhattan to the idyllic greens of a fictional liberal arts college in upstate New York. Set during the eighties, it is a story about change, inevitability, and ultimately, about facing one's fears. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for pervasive language, some violence, sexual content, and drug and alcohol use | See all certifications »

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27 April 2007 (USA)  »

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Charlie Banks - Der Augenzeuge  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$8,538 (USA) (27 March 2009)

Gross:

$14,547 (USA) (3 April 2009)
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After Charlie finds out that Mick beat up Leo, he goes to search for Mary. When she doesn't answer her dorm room door, we see him run into a white building. The camera dollies in towards the entrance and at the bottom of the frame you can clearly see the dolly track laid out. See more »

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Charlie: You take something apart and you see all its threads and you see that all of these threads have different meanings and you kind of examine how these meanings are imposed upon these threads. You kind of reveal the contradictions and inconsistencies and you see that there's no one truth expressed by that thing. You see that there's no absolute truth.
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Everything Will Be Alright
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Internalizing thoughts against violence and injustice on a college campus
31 May 2011 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

"The Education of Charlie Banks" is not as grim as suggested. It primarily takes place at college. A beautiful college with beautiful books and beautiful girls. The darkness is within the inner characteristics of most of the characters. Charlie Banks is expected to fight against injustice but it's much easier to ignore it.

The film tries to take the stand that retaliating against malice or insolence with violence is wrong. I understand what they're saying but they seemed to get confused with which actions should be taken more seriously. What the film does get right is the characters and their internal and mutual contentions.

We are presented to a world of privileged kids, semi-privileged kids and not privileged kids. They all attempt to be friends but there's an awful lot of differences to overcome for that to happen. Throughout the entire time, Charlie experiences paranoia, jealousy and self-assurance, three very conflicting emotions for somebody to be experiencing at once, but they are all clearly portrayed by Jesse Eisenberg. The real star however, is Jason Ritter as the charismatic, but rage-filled and troubled Mick.

"The Education of Charlie Banks" attaches some rather interesting thoughts to a mixture of typical college students. By keeping it real, they didn't know exactly what to do with those thoughts, I also could have used a bit more humour, but I was mostly quite impressed with my time spent with Charlie and those damn rich kids.


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