Loren Lankford
July 04, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

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 B-

This ode to Gen-Rx finds rich high schooler Charlie (Yelchin) playing shrink in the boys’ bathroom. Charlie Bartlett is all fun and games until the last 20 schmaltzy minutes. Director Jon Poll’s commentaries prove both silly and serious. His shot-by-shot info-fest with writer Gustin Nash is heavy — in a good way. B-

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