Who is Charlie Bartlett? A quirky know-it-all, a likeable dweeb, a guileless Ferris Bueller for our overmedicated age. Director Jon Poll and writer Gustin Nash’s movie is about a teenager who gets kicked out of prep school, joins the hoi polloi, makes a name for himself as the student body’s resident therapist/pharmacologist, and wins over the girl and the school by the end. Bullies are swayed by his dime-store analysis; a hottie buys his eccentric, overprivileged shtick. A good guy? Sure he is. In fact, he hangs out with a developmentally disabled kid, one of those ostensibly hilarious retards with weird facial tics and involuntary hand gestures that somehow always pop up in the frame when the movie needs a laugh. So yeah, he’s pretty cool. Click here to read Elbert Ventura’s review of Charlie Bartlett.
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