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Charlie Bartlett (6/10)

by Tony Medley

Charlie Bartlett (Anton Yelchin) is a troubled teenager. At least thatís what we are led to believe as he is dismissed from private school after private school. Itís difficult to understand because Charlie seems like a nice chap.

Finally, his enabling mother, Marilyn (Hope Davis) puts him in public school. Charlieís Dad isnít there as heís spending his time in the federal pen for tax evasion.

Following the teenage movie formula, Charlie immediately gets beat up by the school bully, Murphey Bivens (Tyler Hilton). Charlie is undaunted but his mother sends him to a psychiatrist who suggests he take Ritalin. This puts Charlie in a high but he realizes that there are others who could use it better than he so he basically sets up a counseling practice in the boysí john, dispensing sage advice and handing out the prescription drugs he gets from his psychiatrist, who prescribes drugs to Charlie like they were aspirin.

Oh, this is an amiable, feel-good movie as it crosses every ďtĒ and dots every ďiĒ in the formula itís following. What I deplored about it is the wink and the nod it makes to teenage sex. He likes the principalís daughter, Kat Dennings (Susan Gardner) and she initiates a sexual escapade with him, after which he parades in front of the student body proclaiming to all that he had just lost his virginity. Hollywood still hasnít gotten the message that there is no such thing as sex without consequences and films like this are irresponsible when they treat teenage, out of wedlock, sex as the same as a goodnight kiss. This film just reemphasizes that as far as Hollywood is concerned, there is sex, and there is responsibility, and never the twain shall meet.

Yelchin gives a good performance, although not much is asked of him. The best performance is given by Robert Downey, Jr., who plays Katís father, Principal Gardner.

Competently directed by Jon Poll and written by Gustin Nash, other than the reprehensible glorification of teenage sexual promiscuity, this is a meaningless, forgettable film that can fill one hour 38 minutes of your time relatively enjoyably if you arenít interested in learning anything or challenging your mind over anything more complex than how much is 2 + 2.

 

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