The Education of Charlie Banks (2009)

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Critic Consensus: Unevenness and earnestness mire this otherwise sweet, surprising coming of age drama.


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"The Education of Charlie Banks" is a coming-of-age tale that spans from the playgrounds of lower Manhattan to the idyllic greens of Vassar College. It is a story about change, inevitability and about facing one's fears.

Rating: R (for pervasive language, some violence, sexual content, and drug and alcohol use)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Peter Elkoff
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 30, 2009
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for The Education of Charlie Banks

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (14)

One of those voice-over memory stories about a college student coming to terms with the bully who haunted his childhood.

Full Review… | April 17, 2009
Globe and Mail
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An earnest, if romanticized, examination of the American class system in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and the eternally confounding politics of acceptance and exclusion.

Full Review… | April 17, 2009
Toronto Star
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Travels in some unexpected, thoughtful directions.

April 3, 2009
Hollywood Reporter
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There are some things to like about The Education of Charlie Banks, but also plenty that detracts from what could be an interesting story.

Full Review… | March 30, 2009
At the Movies
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You take one scene that doesn't quite get there followed by another scene that doesn't quite get there, all of a sudden you've got a movie that doesn't quite get there.

Full Review… | March 30, 2009
At the Movies
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Too often Durst's direction is overly earnest, heavy in long takes, atmosphere wise but scene foolish.

Full Review… | March 27, 2009
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for The Education of Charlie Banks

Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Eva Amurri, Sam Daly, Alex Guarino, Jason Ritter, Charles Parnell, Chris Marquette, Gabby Sherba, Sebastian Stan

Director: Fred Durst

Summary:Years after Charlie (Jesse Eisenberg) fingers Mick (Jason Ritter) for a brutal assault, Mick shows up at Charlie's university and insinuates himself into college life, auditing classes, sleeping with Charlie's dream girl and pondering how his life might have been different. All the while, Charlie anxiously wonders whether Mick knows he ratted him out.

My Thoughts: "It was a really great story. But more shocking it was directed by lead singer from Limp Bizkit, Fred Durst. I was a little hesitant on watching it on that fact alone, and yet curious to see his work. The movie is set in the seventies in New York and then later on in the eighties. It's about a kid named Charlie Banks who at a high school party witnessed a horrific fight between Mickey Leary and two other students. Mickey brutally beats the two jocks and puts them in the hospital in critical condition. Charlie then turns Micky into the police telling no one but his parents, but then later backs out on his statements he made to the police.
Three years later, during his freshman year in college, Mick shows up for a visit (he is friends with Charlies best friend). Charlie is terrified to see him in his dorm room. Mick's visit drags out over several weeks. You can literally feel the tension through the screen when these two characters are in the same room. Mick and Charlie are nice to each other one moment and threatening in another.
Charlie later reads in a news paper about a brawl that happened at a bar that ended up with one dead. Charlie is convinced that Mick is the killer.
Its a very intense movie. Funny in some moments but very few. Jason Ritter and Jesse Eisenberg give fantastic performances. I was really surprised with this movie and really surprised by the director. Happy my curiosity got the best of me."

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This suprised me by how good it was. This is a slow paced movie that some will find boring but i really liked it. A great movie.

Grade: B+

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Richard C

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Here is yet another one of those really good movies that most people have never heard of, including me. I have to say that I think alot of Independent films are much better that the so called big budget films. I was never once bored during this movie. A very well done film, with a talented cast.

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Cynthia S.

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