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Charlie Bartlett (2007)

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

Director:

Jon Poll

Writer:

Gustin Nash
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anton Yelchin ... Charlie Bartlett
Robert Downey Jr. ... Nathan Gardner
Hope Davis ... Marilyn Bartlett
Kat Dennings ... Susan Gardner
Tyler Hilton ... Murphy Bivens
Mark Rendall ... Kip Crombwell
Dylan Taylor ... Len Arbuckle
Megan Park ... Whitney Drummond
Jake Epstein ... Dustin Lauderbach
Jonathan Malen ... Jordan Sunder
Derek McGrath ... Superintendent Sedgwick
Stephen Young ... Dr. Stan Weathers
Ishan Davé ... Henry Freemont
David Lawrence Brown ... Officer Hansen (as David Brown)
Eric Fink Eric Fink ... Thomas
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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

The band playing at the party, is a real-life band called "Spiral Beach". They provided three songs for the soundtrack. 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

The song "If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out" is listed twice in the credits, because it is performed twice by different characters. See more »

Connections

References The Big Boss (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Jazz It Up
Written by Mark Edwards
Performed by Mark Edwards
Courtesy of Opus 1 music library
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One of the best teen comedies of this generation
15 June 2009 | by Shattered_WakeSee all my reviews

'Charlie Bartlett,' the story of a wealthy teen who bounces from posh private school to normal public school, is one that should go down as a requisite for all high school students to view.

Along with films like Ferris Bueller, Breakfast Club, Fast Times, and Dazed & Confused, 'Charlie Bartlett' shows a great (though sometimes exaggerated) view of high school life and the struggles that come with it.

Great performances by the lead ensemble and a fantastic job by first time director Jon Poll and first time writer Gustin Nash help to make this the best high school film of the decade.

9/10.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Oshawa, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,836,256, 24 February 2008

Gross USA:

$3,951,699

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,254,986
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1.85 : 1
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