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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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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charlie Bartlett - Psicanálise Para Todos See more »

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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,950,294, 27 April 2008
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SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Charlie Bartlett was named after British experimental psychologist Sir Frederic Charles Bartlett. However, the overarching theme is the slightly odd name in the tradition of the film, of which this one is an homage, Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986). See more »

Goofs

Charlie's hair has been roughly towel dried after a fall into Nathan's swimming pool. At 1:28:51, Charlie says "No, you're her father, and she loves you very much, and you're totally missing it." Between cuts in filming this spoken sentence, Charlie's towel-dried hair changes shape. 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 Super Fly (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Straight in the head
Written by Basnayake, Kaija, Llewellyn-Thomas, Morris and Scheven
Performed by Controller.Controller
Courtesy of paper bag records
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Teen comedy or a moral tale for older people too?
2 May 2009 | by jhsteelSee all my reviews

I began watching this thinking "I'm about 30 years too old to appreciate this" because it seemed to be pitched at a teenage audience, but after a while I was taken by the unfolding events and drawn in to the believable human story underneath it all. The great performances of Robert Downey Jr and Anton Yelchin convinced me that the Principal of a school and a troubled student could end up helping each other and overcome the predictable high school conventions. It was surprising and satisfying, and the outcomes for many of the characters were positive in a not-unbelievable way. I understand why some people would see the likeness to Rushmore, but for me that was a uniquely brilliant Wes Anderson creation that can't be touched by films with apparently similar plots. Charlie Bartlett is worth seeing for its own sake and it is a rewarding experience. Anyone who has been a teenager should appreciate it and fans of Robert Downey Jr will also get the bonus of his character opening up about a history of drug abuse that seems to come from the heart of this wonderful actor.


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