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Charlie St. Cloud (2010)

 -  Drama | Fantasy | Romance  -  30 July 2010 (USA)
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Charlie St. Cloud has been given the gift of seeing his deceased brother, but when a new love interest is in trouble he must choose between saving a life or continuing to see his brother everyday.

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Charlie St. Cloud is a young man overcome by grief at the death of his younger brother. So much so that he takes a job as caretaker of the cemetery in which his brother is buried. Charlie has a special lasting bond with his brother though, as he can see him. Charlie meets up with his brother (Sam) each night to play catch and talk. Then, a girl comes into Charlie's life and he must choose between keeping a promise he made to Sam, or going after the girl he loves Written by CBlodg

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Life is for living

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Drama | Fantasy | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for language including some sexual references, an intense accident scene and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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30 July 2010 (USA)  »

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The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud  »

Box Office

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$44,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£314,873 (UK) (15 October 2010)

Gross:

£1,299,236 (UK) (15 October 2010)
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Drafts for the script were written by Craig Pearce, James Schamus and Lewis Colick, but the final script was written by Craig Pearce and Lewis Colick. See more »

Goofs

Charlie mispronounces the location of the Red Sox's AAA team in Pawtucket, RI. He pronounces it "PAW-tuck-it." It is actually "paw-TUCK-it" and, since most locals pronounce it "puh-TUCK-it" - with the "aw" part barely vocalized - this is how most people associated with the Red Sox organization pronounce it as well. See more »

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Charlie St. Cloud: [drinks Alistair's alcoholic drink and coughs] Water...
Alistair Wooley: Never steal another man's gin.
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Written by Russell Lissack, Gordon Moakes, Kele Okereke (as Rowland Okereke), Matt Tong (as Matthew Tong)
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A Nutshell Review: Charlie St. Cloud
25 September 2010 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

The legion of female teenage fans who turn up in droves for this preview screening is probably testament to the drawing power of Zac Efron, probably Hollywood's latest heartthrob who's standing his ground with his alpha male status from the High School Musical series, to films like Hairspray and 17 Again where he plays a star basketballer who's life didn't turn out as he thinks. In Charlie St. Coud, a romance flick with its title named after his character (which tells a lot about his ability to marquee a film), he too plays a star sportsman (here it's sailing) whose championship potential got cut short by tragedy, which turned him into someone who can see and communicate with dead people.

I kid you not if you think this was a Shaymalan picture, but it's more Disney friendly that you can imagine, with his powers only limited to communicating with spirits caught in limbo, and thus making him the town looney where it's best to leave him alone. His powers only came where he was pulled from the brink of death by a paramedic (Ray Liotta) some five years ago, where his babysitting of his young brother Sam (Charlie Tahan) turned out tragically in ways that's not his fault, because Zac Efon's the latest blue eyed boy of the industry, and his character cannot be all that negative (see uproar cause by 17 Again's premarital sex)

From what would be the promise of sailing challenges and scholarships, Charlie becomes a cemetery caretaker in the same cemetery his brother got buried in, so as to be able to play catch with him every evening deep in the woods without fail, as his guilt made him succumb to not being able to let go and move on. To most he's a lost cause, that his second stab at life was wasted in doing something menial other than to change the world or something, but this doesn't bother Charlie so long as he gets to seek out his dead brother as a confidante.

But of course a romance movie will suggest to you that love will conquer all and set him free, and this comes in the form of Tess (Amanda Crew), his school mate admiring him from afar, sharing his same passion for sailing (not spook interacting) and is gearing up for the challenge of sailing solo around the world. Curious about Charlie and never hiding the fact that she's interested in him, they soon hook up, but there's more to this romantic angle that I will like to give it credit to as I didn't see it coming, feeling rather bored about the film until a spanner got thrown into its narrative to shake things up a little.

The one thing working against Charlie St. Cloud's favour is just how convenient things can turn out to be, especially in its final act involving shooting stars (told you it's far out) and stroke of lucks, but for fans of Efron these can all be overlooked so long as their hero gets plenty of screen time as a romantic lead spouting lines like never leaving you, and being together forever, anything that's swoon-worthy enough to appeal to his demographic fan base. It's not a perfect movie, but has enough to make it an above average date movie.


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