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Hair Brained (2013)

HairBrained (original title)
PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 31 May 2013 (USA)
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14-year old genius Eli is rejected from Harvard, and ends up at Ivy League wannabe Whittman-U. There, Eli meets 41 year-old Leo, a gambler who has dropped out of life to enroll in college, who teaches him every bad habit he knows.


Billy Kent


Adam Wierzbianski (story), Sarah Bird (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Wolff ... Eli Pettifog
Parker Posey ... Sheila Pettifog
Brendan Fraser ... Leo Searly
Julia Garner ... Shauna Holder
Michael Oberholtzer ... Laird
Elisabeth Hower ... Eve Hansen
Josefina Scaglione Josefina Scaglione ... Camilla
Toby Huss ... Whittman Moderator / Brad the Announcer
Greta Lee ... Gertrude Lee
Teddy Bergman ... Alan Warren
Robin de Jesus ... Romeo Torres
Curtis Gillen ... Harvard One
A.J. Shively ... Harvard Two
Kevin-Alan Daniels Kevin-Alan Daniels ... Harvard Three (as Kevin Alan Daniels)
Nilaja Sun ... Skidmore Moderator


When 14-year old genius/outcast Eli Pettifog is rejected from Harvard, he ends up at Ivy League wannabe Whittman College. It's hate at first sight. At Whittman, Eli meets 41- year-old freshman Leo Searly. Leo, a gambler whose world has imploded, has dropped out of life to enroll in college. This odd duo becomes unlikely friends. Written by Sarah Bird

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This is Eli Pettifog. He's got a score to settle, and it's going to get hairy.


Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, language, nudity, teen smoking and drinking, and drug references | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


During one of the Mastermind competitions, the answer Petifog gave regarding abalones is incorrect. Abalones most definitely ARE molluscs (Phyllum mollusca). He goes on to say that they are instead a type of "marine snail" which is true, but ALL snails are molluscs (Class Gastropoda). Abalones are just in their own little family, Haliotidae, which has only 1 genus. See more »

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If you like 80's comedies, you will like it.
25 November 2020 | by jotkaSee all my reviews

Not another teenage comedy, with boy who whant to fit in and nobody understand him. Ely is not a typical nerd, who is bullied by football players and in love with the pretties girl on the campus. His best friend is 41 years old gambler and he have a grouppie, who want to have baby with him. So, if you want to watch something oryginal, and you're hair brained, watch that.

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Release Date:

31 May 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hair Brained See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA

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Production Co:

Love Lane Pictures See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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