Charlie Bartlett (2007)
Troubled rich boy Charlie (Anton Yelchin of ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Star Trek: Into Darkness’) longs to be popular and a modern day ‘Parker Lewis Can’t Lose’ or ‘Ferris Bueller’. His drunken mother is a waste of perfectly good blood and organs. Charlie arrives at another new school and antagonises the principle (Robert Downey JR) by romancing his daughter Susan (Kat Dennings of ‘2 Broke Girls’, ‘Thor’ and ‘Thor: The Dark World’).
Charlie hasn’t even been a ghost of a good person; he is a deeply implausible, formless mass of malfeasance. But he befriends various losers, deals drugs, sells ’Greatest After School Fights’ DVDs of the school bully (it’s Chris Keller from ‘One Tree Hill’) beating people up and sets himself up as a shrink. He is now popular but he is still troubled with a lush mother and incarcerated father.
Various characters have hidden depths, there is an implosion of events and whilst this initially had promise it turns into a self consciously hip post modernist mess of teen angst BS. The principle cracks up and vents, Charlie causes a riot, there are a lot of acting tics and this was mediocre.
“They’re not too fond of you either.”
“I thought we could go to a wine tasting, we haven’t done that since you were a kid.”
“Brining psychiatric drugs and teenagers together is like opening a lemonade stand in the desert.”
“This might well be the most disturbing thing I’ve ever seen at this school.”
“What is that? There’s a word for it.”
“A bottle of booze and a handgun.”
“I’m entirely displeased with you right now.”
“Never attack the drunk guy with the gun.”