More Coming of Age Debauchery
Release Date: February 22, 2008
Starring: Anton Yelchin, Kat Dennings,
Hope Davis, and Robert Downey,
Genre: Dark Comedy
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 97 minutes
Distributor: MGM/Sony Pictures
Director: Jon Poll
Executive Producer: William Horberg, Jennifer
Perini, Trish Hofmann, and
Producer: Steve Longi, Gustin Nash,
David Permut, Barron Kidd, Jay
Roach, and Sidney Kimmel
Writer: Gustin Nash
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The movie begins mid-dream with Charlie Bartlett positioned on a stage addressing a vast sea of young people. This daydream happens just before Charlie unsurprisingly discovers his mother meeting with the principal of the boarding school that the Bartlett boy attends. She reluctantly hears that the school expels Charlie for selling fake IDs. The well-off mother, Marilyn Bartlett, unsuccessfully attempts to offer the principal cash as if monetary gifts are proper protocol for the principal’s troubles. These situations set Charlie’s life on a very different turn.
The indifferent Charlie finds himself placed in his district’s public school system. Charlie immediately begins to make attempts at popularity by setting off the fire alarm during a school-wide assembly. From the first day in his new school, he attempts to make friends and search out the needs of his student body. As a result of his search, he becomes the school’s pharmacist, supplying the entire student population with prescription drugs and life guidance. The movie follows Charlie as he fights for love with the principal’s daughter, finds the balance between fulfillment of his dreams and school system compliance, as well as aligns the supplying of others’ needs/desires.
The movie’s premise expresses the fact that becoming involved in illegal activities is an ineffective vehicle for supplying the needs and wants of people. Nevertheless, it also contains skewed, unbiblical views of homosexuality, parenting, and sexual relations. There is a saturation of violence, drug use, and profanity. The movie also shows two minimally graphic sex scenes, as well as a nude scene that reveals two topless females parading down a hall.
At first glance, this movie may seem like another teen-targeted, aimless mischief type of work, but one cannot avoid the deeper issues that are addressed. The character of Charlie Bartlett allows for a conversation to be had about the benefits, costs, and endless possibilities of leadership. Initially, Charlie leads his student body in unconstructive activities and a student overdoses on drugs supplied by Charlie. This same power, however, ends a possible student riot and brings a father and daughter to a new stage of relationship.
A strong message of unity as power is prevalent within the movie as the student body bonds together to evoke change. The unifying of generations and relationships between father/child and principal/student is a concluding theme. The movie offers hope that understanding and harmony can exist between groups that stereotypically often collide in our society.
CHARLIE BARTLETT contains skewed, unbiblical views of homosexuality, parenting, and sexual relations. There is also some violence, drug use, and profanity. The movie shows two minimally graphic sex scenes, as well as a nude scene that reveals two topless females parading down a hall. On the positive side, the movie discusses the benefits, costs, and endless possibilities of leadership. The movie also offers hope that understanding and harmony can exist between groups that stereotypically often collide in our society.