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26 June 2008 @ 09:41 am
Charlie Bartlett (small spoilers)  
Watched a movie called Charlie Bartlett the other night, just because it has Robert Downey Jr. and a few of the kids from Degrassi: The Next Generation in it. It's about a rich troublemaker who gets kicked out of his fancy private school and has to go to public school. After a handful of the usual not-fitting-in cliches, he comes up with a scheme of selling the sleeping pills, anti-depressants, anti-anxiety drugs, and ritalin that his multiple psychiatrists prescribe to him, along with a bit of amateur therapy. Of course he becomes the school hero just as the student body needs a hero the most.

Downey Jr. does what he can for the movie as the principal and father to Charlie's love interest, but his storyline tends to get understandably lost under that of the students.

The movie wears its influences on its sleeve. Take one part Rushmore, one part Say Anything, one part Ferris Bueller, add a touch of Harold & Maude, and shake well. Of course, the final result is nowhere near as good as the classics its aiming for, but it's pleasant enough for a random rental.

 
 
Listening to: Steve Forbert - "Romeo's Tune"
 
 
 
doNUT!donutgirl on June 26th, 2008 02:47 pm (UTC)
I was so excited about that movie when I saw a preview for it! Then I watched the first five minutes and was like enh... I keep meaning to watch the rest to see if it gets better, but maybe I won't bother.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: ape in icelandassmonkeydiary on June 26th, 2008 02:51 pm (UTC)
I wish I could recommend either watching it or not watching it, but it was really neither good or bad enough to provoke me one way or the other.
Pallaspallasathene8 on June 26th, 2008 04:15 pm (UTC)
But have you seen Get Smart?

I like today's picture.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: blue poolsideassmonkeydiary on June 26th, 2008 04:17 pm (UTC)
No.... I think I've decided that it's a renter.
misterhumbug on June 27th, 2008 04:56 am (UTC)
Yes, today's picture reminds me of the maypole scene in the original (read: the superior) Wicker Man.