Charlie Bartlett

February 22nd, 2008


Charlie Bartlett

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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

Director: Jon Poll

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?

Anton Yelchin - Charlie Bartlett
Robert Downey Jr. - Nathan Gardner
Hope Davis - Marilyn Bartlett
Kat Dennings - Susan Gardner
Tyler Hilton - Murphy Bivens
Mark Rendall - Kip Crombwell
Dylan Taylor - Len Arbuckle
Megan Park - Whitney Drummond
Jake Epstein - Dustin Lauderbach
Jonathan Malen - Jordan Sunder
Derek McGrath - Superintendent Sedgwick
Stephen Young - Dr. Stan Weathers
Ishan Davé - Henry Freemont
David Brown - Officer Hansen (as Dave Brown)
Eric Fink - Thomas

Taglines: Popularity is a state of mind.


Official Website: Official site | Official site [Japan] |

Release Date: 22 February 2008

Filming Locations: Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

Opening Weekend: $1,836,256 (USA) (24 February 2008) (1122 Screens)

Gross: $3,950,294 (USA) (27 April 2008)

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Did You Know?

Hope Davis plays Charlie's (Anton Yelchin) mother. She also played Anton Yelchin's mother in Hearts in Atlantis.

Continuity: When Principal Gardner come's to Charlie's house because of Kip's attempt of suicide, the principal's cup moves.

[first lines]
Charlie Bartlett: 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.

User Review

Funny, witty, accurate, and absolutely beautiful

Rating: 10/10

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 emotions.

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!!


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