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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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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

Mary: I had fun but I have to write my paper now.
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Connections

References Galaxian (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Nocturne, Op. 27, No. 2
Music by Frédéric Chopin
Performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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The Education of Mick
5 July 2009 | by ssimon55See 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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