Charlie BartlettFebruary 22, 2008
A rich kid becomes the self-appointed psychiatrist to the student body of his new high school.
Release Year: 2007
Rating: 7.0/10 (27,448 voted)
Critic's Score: 54/100
Stars: Anton Yelchin, Robert Downey Jr., Hope Davis
Although cheerful, friendly, well-dressed, and authentic, Charlie Bartlett has problems: his father is gone, his mother is loopy and clueless, he's been expelled from private schools for victimless crimes, he's getting punched out daily at his new school, the local public high – and, he longs to be popular. He makes peace with his tormentor by going into business with him: listening to kids' problems and selling them prescription drugs. Charlie's attracted to Susan, the daughter of the school's laissez-faire principal. New security cameras on campus, a student's overdose, and Charlie's open world view get him in serious trouble. Can the physician heal himself and just be a kid?
Robert Downey Jr.
Dr. Stan Weathers
(as Dave Brown)
Popularity is a state of mind.
Release Date: 22 February 2008
Filming Locations: Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
Opening Weekend: $1,836,256
(24 February 2008)
(27 April 2008)
Did You Know?
Hope Davis plays Charlie's (Anton Yelchin) mother. She also played Anton Yelchin's mother in
Hearts in Atlantis.
When Principal Gardner come's to Charlie's house because of Kip's attempt of suicide, the principal's cup moves.
Thank You. Thank you very much. Thank you. How you all doing tonight. It's great to see all of you here. My name is Charlie Bartlett.
Funny, witty, accurate, and absolutely beautiful
I saw an advanced screening of Charlie Bartlett at my school with a Q&A
session with the writer and director last April, and I must say, I
haven't enjoyed a movie this much in a VERY long time.
Anton Yelchin is Charlie Bartlett, a young rich boy who has just gotten
kicked out of his private school for forging driver's licenses for his
fellow students in an attempt to gain some acceptance. As a last
resort, his strange mother, played wonderfully by Hope Davis, puts him
into public school. At first, he is treated horribly as the 'new boy',
until he appoints himself as the school psychiatrist and pharmacist,
and the students begin to love him, fulfilling his dreams of
popularity. Meanwhile, he begins an intimate relationship with
Principal Goldberg's daughter, leading to many conflicts between
Charlie and the principal.
Anton Yelchin portrays Charlie flawlessly – the best part was when he
got high off of Ritalin – and Kat Dennings was just beautiful. Hope
Davis, as always, played his eccentric mother wonderfully, and Robert
Downey Jr. was absolutely great.
For any of you who are wondering about Mark Rendall's role in this
film, he has a relatively large part as Kip Cromwell, the unpopular,
depressed boy who comes to Charlie for help. I must say he is AMAZING.
He does a beautiful job expressing his character's many and layered
Anyhow, GREAT MOVIE!!! Do whatever you can to see it as soon as you
can. I would give it an 11/10 if I could!!