Year of release: 2007
Director: Jon Poll
Writer: Gustin Nash
Starring: Anton Yelchin, Kat Dennings, Robert Downey Jr., etc.
A movie about teens in high school and their witty peer who buys popularity with psychotropics. He’s Charlie Bartlett, the troubled rich kid who got kicked out of all private schools, and finally, in public school, understands why the kids his age are troubled. He finds recognition and appreciation in the process, becoming the drug-dealing psychotherapist of the school, partly inspired by his own therapist. As you can see, it’s not necessarily your usual teen comedy. It does make the point that teens should be listened to and their voices taken into account, but it doesn’t really address the issue of recklessly prescribing or consuming psychiatric medications, and that, to me, is disappointing. Other than that, on the whole, it’s a decent light movie.
It’s fairly enjoyable.
It doesn’t overcome its own mediocrity.
Would I see it again? – Not very soon… and I’m not sure.
My Rating (1 to 10): 7
Recommended: Yes.. more or less 🙂
Take prescription drugs seriously and try to avoid them by taking care of your health and inner balance.