Today’s Movie Review – Charlie Bartlett (2007)

Been a while since I review a movie for everyone, and I was kind of bored tonight, so I watched a movie. I was going to watch “Valkyrie” or “Taken,” but my decider never got back to me, so I decided to watch something a bit lighter.

I watched the wonderful movie “Charlie Bartlett” tonight. Sure, it is full of typical movie cliches about high school and all those things, but I enjoyed the movie. The title character is played aptly by Anton Yelchin, the young Russian actor who may be on his way up, especially now that he played a young Chekov in the new “Star Trek” movie, and apparently is also in “Terminator: Salvation,” which have not yet seen. He plays Charlie as a boy forced to grow up before his time, taking care of his miserable and drug-induced mother since his father went away. He gives Charlie feeling and it is not hard to imagine an intelligent boy like this at high school’s across America, taking time to listen to his classmates and hear about all of their problems.

His main antagonist throughout the movie is Principal Gardner, played here by Robert Downey, Jr., a reluctant principal it seems who has lost control of the school to the students and this no student Charlie Bartlett. Feeling pressure from the superintendent, he decides to deal with Charlie, but not before Charlie has become the hero to the entire school and difficulties arise from that.

The movie also features the beautiful Kat Dennings, who was also excellent in “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist.” I sure am glad she is 23 years old, otherwise I would feel like a creepy old man for appreciating her good looks and acting ability. She is not a classic beauty by any means, but really seems to steal the scenes that she is in both “Charlie Bartlett” and “Nick and Norah’s.” She plays Susan Gardner, Charlie’s love interest and also the daughter of Principal Gardner. Let’s just say that this is not good for Charlie.

I would recommend this movie if you want to see teenage angst played out and acted superbly by wonderful actors. I am getting a new appreciation for Robert Downey, Jr., and again, really appreciate the beautiful Ket Dennings. I wish she was in more movies that weren’t crappy.

Overall, I would rate this movie a 7.5 out of 10. It is a good movie if you aren’t quite ready for bed, but don’t want to do anything else until you are. That said, I am off to fold the laundry that is on my bed and call it a night.

Until next time…

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