Ken Woroner
Lisa Schwarzbaum
February 20, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

Charlie Bartlett

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
97 minutes
Wide Release Date
02/22/08
performer
Robert Downey Jr., Anton Yelchin, Hope Davis
director
Jon Poll
distributor
MGM
author
Gustin Nash
genre
Comedy

We gave it a C+

Appropriating many of the rebel responsibilities of Ferris Bueller and Rushmore‘s Max Fischer but little of their fresh charms, the title teen iconoclast of this antic yet bland comedy is showily updated for our psychotropic age. Rich kid Charlie Bartlett, an (Alpha Dog‘s Anton Yelchin) becomes a guru-hero to his classmates, holding shrink sessions in the high school bathroom and handing out prescription elixirs (i.e., antidepressants, Ritalin) to the needy. Robert Downey Jr. is an uncomfortable sight as the school’s hard-drinking, overstressed principal. C+

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