Charlie Bartlett

Rated R 97 minutes 2008

Title high-school entrepreneur (Anton Yelchin) dispenses psychologist advice plus mood pills from the boys’ restroom, occasioning disciplinary trouble from the principal (Robert Downey Jr., disarmingly direct) and affection from the principal’s lovely daughter (Kat Dennings). Any resemblance to Ferris Bueller’s Day Off would probably be welcomed by newbie writer Gustin Nash and director Jon Poll (a former film editor), who stock Charlie’s comic suburban Connecticut domain with a stoner bully thug (Tyler Hilton) and Charlie’s over-medicated mom (Hope Davis) for good measure. Worth it for Downey’s absolute command of the screen (97 min.).

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Director: Jon Poll

Writer: Gustin Nash

Producer: Baron Kidd, Sidney Kimmel, David Permut and Jay Roach

Cast: Anton Yelchin, Robert Downey Jr., Hope Davis, Kat Dennings, Tyler Hilton, Mark Rendall, Dylan Taylor, Megan Park, Jake Epstein and Jonathan Malen


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