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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Charlie Bartlett

Well I must admit I usually don’t go for black comedies. This one is an exception though. It is well-written creative and a completely engaging concept. The plotline is simple. Charlie Bartlett (Anton Yelchin) is an overly rich, immensely spoiled, incredibly intelligent, yet inanely lonely young man. Who after being expelled from yet another preppy private school is forced to be put in public school, where he hits upon instant popularity by taking on therapy sessions in the stalls of the boys bathroom and handing out prescriptions to the entire student body. The supporting cast is wonderful too. Marilyn Bartlett (Hope Davis) is a perfect pampered princess. She obviously married into money and has been spoiled since day one. Principal Gardner (Robert Downey Jr.) is the wonderfully inept yet power hungry as well as underachieving dictator like administrator at a down and out worn-down stereotypical suburban high school. His daughter is the rebellious young beauty who falls for his most challenging of students. Aka Charlie Bartlett. The acting is top notch. All the characters are well portrayed and spectacularly and well cast. The character development is well done too. The only flaw I see in this script is the ending is a little too contrived. The ending is too happy. The rest of the movie doesn’t lead into a pleasant finish. The audience may be disappointed by the fact that Hollywood had its hands in the cook jar of this finale. Grade B+

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Hi Matthew,

Thank you for the time and effort you put into this piece, especially on a Saturday morning. I can tell you definitely took good notes of everything that was going on during the event!

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Ten Most pathetic movie stars that still have careers.

(In A - B -C Order)

1. Hayden Christensen

2. Tom Crusie

3. Kevin Costner

4. Keeanu Reeves

5. Denise Richards

6. Adam Sandler

7. Arnold Schwarzenegger

8. William Shatner

9. Sylvester Stalloan

10. John Claude Van dahm