Director: Jon Poll
Writer: Gustin Nash
Charlie Bartlett is a whimsical schoolyard tale of a poor little rich boy who yearns to be loved.
In many ways this film is similar to Rushmore or could be considered it’s inferior. A whimsical tale about an eccentric young school boy.
The reason for Charlies misbehaviour is investigated by his principal, played by Robert Downey Jr who is suffering through his own demons and is saved by Charlie himself.
The film is littered with moral quandaries, the phrases the grass is always greener or be careful what you wish for play heavily into the less than obvious layers of the plot.
In the end I would say that this film is the lesser of the three but it’s still an intelligent and interesting comedic drama which attempts to speak to all of us, I give it 5 out of 10 stars.
- Charlie Bartlett (2007) (atthemovieswithsilver.wordpress.com)