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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.

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... Charlie
... Mick
... Danny
... Mary (as Eva Amurri)
... Leo
... Nia
Alex Guarino ... Buzzy Tim
... Arresting Officer
Jason Anthony ... Basketball Player
... Detective Lazaroff
... Girl In Danny's Class (as Emily Boisseau)
... Mr. Banks
... Young Mick
Jessica Conlan ... Sarah (as Jessica Conlon)
... Owen
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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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Drama

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

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27 April 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Educação de Charlie Banks  »

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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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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 »

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Charlie: But we had to sneak in. See, despite the fact that Leo dropped two hundred grand on a boat a few days before, he was adamant that none of us should pay twenty bucks to get into a dance. He'd never paid before and he wasn't about to start in his fifth and potentially final year of college. I'm not sure he even caught the irony. Fuckin' rich people.
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References Blackjack (1977) See more »

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I Wouldn't Want to Be Like You
Written by Eric Woolfson and Alan Parsons
Performed by Alan Parsons
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The Education of Mick
5 July 2009 | by See all my reviews

This is an excellent film with a great cast. Jason Ritter gives an outstanding performance. I thought the title should be "The Education of Mick". It's really Mick that we see undergoing a transformation when he visits the college from a thug to a misunderstood kid trying to find a better life for himself. I really didn't find Eisenberg's character Charlie Banks interesting or sympathetic at all. I didn't identify with his character who was mostly cold & distant and very little was revealed about him personally. Part of this is the fault of the writer, but also Eisenberg was just wrong for the part. He was mainly just an observer & didn't get into any conflicts until the last scene.

Mick on the other hand reveals his complex nature and shows he's not just a bully with a difficult upbringing but someone who has compassion and is a loyal friend. Without a doubt Ritter is the star of this film, not Eisenberg.


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