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Charlie Bartlett - 19/5/2008 11:24:26 AM   
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Charlie - 19/5/2008 11:24:26 AM   
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Charlie Bartlett is a best of John Hughes, crossed with Rushmore. When it works it;s funny and invokes feelings of nostalgia in people of a certain age; when it doesn;t, its second-hand and doesnt ring true. just when the film seems like its going to strap on a pair, it chickens out and retreats into the corner for a good cower. Downey Jnr. Is fun but there;s no reason for him to be there and, if I was to hazard a guess, the principal role was very much a secondary character until Downey Jnr. Singed on and his scenes were puffed out. A decent effort but must try harder.

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RE: Charlie - 21/5/2008 9:25:28 AM   
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I enjoyed it. Sure, the ending is a bit trite but you couldn't really end it with him getting expelled and sent to prison could you?

It would be like ending Ferris Bueller with him getting his comeuppance.

I thought Anton Yelchin was a real talent and i'm looking forward to him 'seeking new enterprises' as Chekov in Star Trek and I now actually think he might be rather good as a young Kyle Reese in the new Terminator film.

Downey Jr once again channelled his drink/drug filled past to give a great performance as the school principal. In fact some of his dialogue, I could have sworn he probably just recanted from his own experiences.

3 stars.



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2 star film - 24/5/2008 10:26:44 AM   
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with a 5 star performance from Anton Yelchin. The kid's a legend. He should just play the piano for humour as a career

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Charlie Bartlett - 3/7/2008 12:39:03 AM   
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A new teen movie for a new generation. Great work by Yelchin and Downey. Downey has grown so much it's scary.

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Charlie Bartlett - 3/7/2008 12:39:04 AM   
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A new teen movie for a new generation. Great work by Yelchin and Downey. Downey has grown so much it's scary.

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