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The Education of Charlie Banks (2007)

R | | 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.

Director:

Fred Durst

Writer:

Peter Elkoff
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesse Eisenberg ... Charlie
Jason Ritter ... Mick
Chris Marquette ... Danny
Eva Amurri Martino ... Mary (as Eva Amurri)
Sebastian Stan ... Leo
Gloria Votsis ... Nia
Alex Guarino Alex Guarino ... Buzzy Tim
Danny A. Abeckaser ... Arresting Officer
Jason Anthony Jason Anthony ... Basketball Player
Declan Baldwin ... Detective Lazaroff
Emily Camara Boisseau ... Girl In Danny's Class (as Emily Boisseau)
Dennis Boutsikaris ... Mr. Banks
Miles Chandler ... Young Mick
Jessica Conlan Jessica Conlan ... Sarah (as Jessica Conlon)
Sam Daly ... Owen
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Educação de Charlie Banks See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,538, 29 March 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$14,547, 5 April 2009
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Charlie: Uh, who's the... who's the quote from?
Mary: Milton. My father always dredges it up when we fight about the kind of men that I date.
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Connections

References Breakout (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues
Written by Danny O'Keefe
Performed by Danny O'Keefe
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a little wonky but still good
6 November 2014 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

It's the early 70s NYC. A 10 year old Charlie Banks admires from afar the neighborhood tough kid Mick Leary. Later as teenager, Charlie (Jesse Eisenberg) is introduced to Mick (Jason Ritter) by Danny Bowman (Chris Marquette) at a party. Mick savagely beats up two jocks and Charlie gives him up to the police for attempted murder. Charlie recants and the police has to release Mick. Years later, Charlie and Danny are roommates in college chasing girls like Mary (Eva Amurri) and Nia (Gloria Votsis). Then Mick shows up to crash in their room. He injects himself into all aspects of Charlie's life. Charlie starts to wonder if Mick knows that he was the one who turned him in.

The writing is a little bit wonky and the directing from Fred Durst is unimaginative. Eisenberg is good as his usual nervous weakling character. Ritter is ill-fitting as the vicious explosive Mick. I really don't understand where that character is suppose to be but Ritter is not nearly tough enough. I don't blame him for stretching but he's not right for the role. Overall, it's an uneven but otherwise interesting coming-of-age movie.


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