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Charlie Bartlett (2007)

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


Jon Poll


Gustin Nash
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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


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


First come. First cured. See more »


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?


Murphy (Tyler Hilton) expresses a desire to go out with Whitney (Megan Park), and towards the end, they do. In real-life, Hilton and Park are married. See more »


Charlie's dad is in prison for tax evasion, which is a federal crime. However, he is incarcerated in a state prison. See more »


[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 »


Features Dragnet (1951) See more »


Unnecessary Trouble
Written by Rich Archer (as Richard John Archer)
Performed by Hard-Fi
Courtesy of Atlantic recording corp./Warner music u.k. ltd./necessary records
By Arrangement with Warner music group film & TV Licensing
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A big cut above the typical teen movie, but...
24 July 2007 | by Kevin_ManessSee all my reviews

I saw this in a members' preview at the wonderful Bryn Mawr Film Institute.

I truly enjoyed this movie. It was smart, hilarious, well-acted (especially Downey, Yelchin, and Davis), and well-scripted. I definitely recommend it, but not with the type of superlatives that other commenters have used here.

If my regard for this movie fades over the coming days, it will be in part because it's so easy to write a "recipe" for the film: it's 3 parts Pump Up the Volume, 1 part Rushmore, a generous dollop of closure, and enough cuteness and sweetness to smooth all the potential edginess out of the subject matter. Unfortunately, it's the sweetness that renders this movie inferior to both of those earlier movies (which are excellent). Once I was struck by the Pump Up the Volume comparison, I couldn't shake it, and I kept thinking that, although it has not aged wonderfully, Pump Up the Volume was the more honest and hard-hitting movie, and Rushmore was simply better.

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Release Date:

22 February 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Oshawa, Ontario, Canada See more »


Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,836,256, 24 February 2008

Gross USA:


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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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