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HairBrained (2014)



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After being rejected from Harvard University, 14-year old genius and outcast Eli Pettifog (Alex Wolff) finds himself at Whittman College, an Ivy League wannabe. Eli meets 41- year-old freshman Leo Searly (Brendan Fraser), a gambler whose world has imploded and has dropped out of life to enroll in college. The odd duo becomes unlikely friends in this comedic, coming of age film. (c) Verticalmore
Rating: PG-13 (for crude and sexual content, language, nudity, teen smoking and drinking, and drug references)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Adam Wierzbianski, Sarah Bird, Billy Kent
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 24, 2014
Vertical Entertainment - Official Site


Brendan Fraser
as Leo Searly
Alex Wolff
as Eli Pettifog
Parker Posey
as Sheila Pettifog
Austin Pendleton
as Dapper Man
Toby Huss
as Whittman Moderator/S...
Greta Lee
as Gertrude
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Critic Reviews for HairBrained

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (6)

A campus comedy that tries to transcend its many formulaic elements with an insufficient dose of absurdism.

Full Review… | February 28, 2014
Top Critic

"HairBrained" is painfully contrived and self-consciously quirky from the word go.

Full Review… | February 28, 2014
Top Critic

Unfortunately, the movie lacks strong enough players to fill in subtext to Mr. Kent's formulaic setups, and the story flounders once Ms. Posey is out of the picture.

Full Review… | February 27, 2014
New York Times
Top Critic

Aside from some nice autumnal shots of Ivy League college campuses, there's nothing in HairBrained to sustain much interest.

Full Review… | February 27, 2014
New York Observer
Top Critic

Early potential fizzles away too quickly in this underachieving buddy comedy, which just barely skids along on the charm of its co-stars.

Full Review… | February 27, 2014
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Billy Kent's charming HairBrained comes from a long legacy of collegiate comedies but still finds its own identity.

Full Review… | February 25, 2014
Village Voice
Top Critic

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