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The Education of Charlie Banks (2009)

The Education of Charlie Banks

Overview


Genre

Drama

Release Date

March 27, 2009 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

100 min.

Production Budget

$5 millions

Studio

Anchor Bay Entertainment

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Go! Watch this movie. You'll regret if not seeing it.    Readers  5 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Fred Durst

Producer

Marisa Polvino

Screenwriter

Peter Elkoff

Starring

Story


The SEVENTIES: When New York was still the greatest, dirtiest, most conflicted city in the world.

At 16, socially responsible upper west-sider CHARLIE BANKS (Jesse Eisenberg) witnesses charismatic blue collar sociopath MICK LEARY (Jason Ritter), 18, brutally beat two unwitting suburban jocks at a high school party. Mick's a west village neighborhood buddy of Charlie's best friend but Charlie's conscience gets the better of him. Telling only his parents, he reports Mick to the police.

Three years later, during his freshman year in college, Mick shows up for a visit. Does Mick know he was the one who ratted him out?

Mick's visit stretches past the weekend and Mick and Charlie begin a game of cat and mouse. Nice one moment, and threatening the next, Mick keeps Charlie guessing. But Mick also begins a strange course of assimilation, donning borrowed cashmere from and reading Charlie's books and auditing his classes. Soon Charlie begins to wonder if the intellectual caress of higher education can redeem even someone seemingly as far gone as Mick...

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..very solid..”
by Marlow Stern [Manhattan Movie Magazine]
“..truly and subtly different..”
by Andrew Sarris [New York Observer]
“..extremely modest in its reach..”
by Stephanie Zacharek [Salon.com]