1 hour, 27 minutes
R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
for language, drug content and brief nudity.
DVD Features: Audio commentary with Director Jon Poll & Writer Gustin Nash; ; Audio Commentary with Director Jon Poll & Anton Yelchin & Kat Dennings; Restroom Confessional featurette; Music Video: "Voodoo" by Spiral Beach; ; Closed Caption
Anton Yelchin ... Charlie Bartlett
Robert Downey Jr. ... Principal Gardner
Hope Davis ... Marilyn Bartlett
Kat Dennings ... Susan Gardner
Tyler Hilton ... Murphey Bivens
Mark Rendall ... Kip Crombwell
Dylan Taylor ... Len Arbuckle
Megan Park ... Whitney Drummond
Jake Epstein ... Dustin Lauderbach
Jonathan Malen ... Jordan Sunder
Derek McGrath ... Superintendent Sedgwick
Anton Yelchin (“Hearts in Atlantis”) stars as Charlie Bartlett, a rich kid who has been treated by his mother Marilyn (Hope Davis "The Secret Lives of Dentists"), as an adult ever since Charlie’s dad went to prison. Charlie has been kicked out of every private school he ever attended. And now that he’s moved on to public school wearing his navy blazer with the prep school’s emblem across the pocket, he’s always getting beat up by the school bully, Murphey Bivens (Tyler Hilton - Elvis Presley in "Walk the Line"). But Charlie soon discovers that most of the kids around him are in even more desperate straits than he is. That's when his entrepreneurial spirit takes over.
Since Charlie’s psychiatrist has put him on Ritalin, he decides to sell some of his pills to his classmates eager for a high. Then Charlie goes to a host of additional shrinks who set him up with other psychotropic prescription medicines, which he begins to sell to the kids as well. Charlie has suddenly become an underground, not to mention under-aged, shrink, listening to the private confessions of his schoolmates. He even gets involved with the principal’s daughter, Susan Gardner (Kat Dennings "The 40 Year Old Virgin"). Romance blooms, and Principal Gardner (Robert Downey Jr "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang") goes ballistic and starts drinking even more than he had been. The situation comes to a head when Charlie prescribes sedatives to a depressed student, Dustin Lauderbach (Jake Epstein - TV's "The Zack Files"), with unhappy consequences.
Meanwhile, at home, Charlie keeps charming his way out of an inevitable confrontation with his adoring but utterly overwhelmed mother. But, as Charlie Bartlett’s world and fledgling psychiatric practice unravels, he discovers there’s a whole lot more to making a difference than just handing out pills.
Charlie Bartlett marks the directorial debut of Jon Poll – a former film editor who has evoked fresh, vigorous, and hugely entertaining performances from his charming ensemble cast. This high school comedy is basically a contemporary version of Ferris Bueller's Day Off and it's almost as entertaining.