Berkeley (2007)




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A young man is thrown into the center of the political and social tumult of the late '60s in this drama. It's 1968, and Ben Sweet (Nick Roth) is 18 years old and has just received his 1A draft classification. Ben does not want to go to Vietnam, and his father Sy (Henry Winkler) is understanding, though he believes Ben does have a responsibility to his country. As a compromise, Ben enrolls at the University of California in Berkeley, where he majors in economics but also hopes to indulge his interest in writing. Ben hasn't been in Berkeley long before his horizons are broadened by his childhood friend Mishkin (Sebastian Tillinger), who introduces him to marijuana and LSD, and Sadie (Laura Jordan), a classmate who takes him to bed for the first time. As Ben begins reconsidering the middle-class values he was raised with, he starts indulging his passion for playing guitar and joins a rock band with keyboard player Buddy (Wade Allain-Marcus) and drummer Blue (Tom Morello). Ben's political viewpoints also begin evolving when he meets campus radical Henry Wolf (Jake Newton), who believes a Marxist revolution is necessary in the United States -- and who steals Sadie away from him. On the rebound, Ben falls for Alice (Sarah Carter), the pretty blonde daughter of the college dean, but she bristles at his embrace of the counterculture as Ben becomes more deeply involved in music and politics. Ben's desire to write blossoms when he takes a class with Professor Hawkins (Bonnie Bedelia), a bohemian writing instructor who encourages him to explore his poetic side, but Ben's family are not entirely happy with the changes in his lifestyle. Nick Roth wrote and sang his own songs for Berkeley; he's also the son of director Bobby Roth.
R (for drug use, sexuality, language and some violence)
Art House & International , Drama
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Nick Roth
as Ben Sweet
Henry Winkler
as Sy Sweet
Bonnie Bedelia
as Professor Hawkins
Jake Newton
as Henry
Kate Lang Johnson
as Prom Queen
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Critic Reviews for Berkeley

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (4)

Though "Berkeley" may be based on Bobby Roth's own experiences, he filters it through a narrative framework that feels distant and impersonal...

Full Review… | October 12, 2007
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Roth's gift for unlocking the best in each of his actors does bring those long-ago times to life.

October 11, 2007
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Only Henry Winkler as Ben's carpet-salesman pa has the joie de vivre the pic desperately needs.

Full Review… | October 11, 2007
Top Critic

Guess you had to be there.

March 9, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

The whole thing does have an air of verisimilitude, but it's also just a little too blandly generic.

October 11, 2007
Los Angeles CityBeat

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October 12, 2007

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