‘Charlie Bartlett’ – JP’s Netflix Picks
This week’s recommendation comes from Netflix and is an awesome full length featured film titled ‘Charlie Bartlett’. If the trailer was enough to sell you on it, start streaming it on Netflix now. I came across this movie almost completely by accident a couple of years ago and I was excited to see it pop up on Netflix. The film is a one of those Comedy – Drama kind of films that has some really enjoyable funny moment and then some really “damnit now I’m kind of sad” moments. But they all come together to provide a really entertaining movie that I would highly recommend you take a couple hours out of your time and watch ‘Charlie Bartlett’.
Although cheerful, friendly, intelligent, well-dressed, authentic and wealthy, Charlie Bartlett has problems. With his father gone and his mother loopy and clueless, he’s been expelled from every private school for his victimless crimes. Now he’s in a public school getting punched out daily by the school thug. He ever longs to be popular – the go-to guy – and the true crux of his troubles is that he invariably finds the means to this end, whatever that might be. At Western Summit High, he makes peace with his tormentor by going into business with him – listening to kids’ problems and selling them prescription drugs. Charlie’s a hit, but attraction to Susan (daughter of the school’s laissez-faire principal), new security cameras on campus, a student’s overdose, and Charlie’s open world view all converge to get him in serious trouble. Can this self-made physician possibly heal himself and just be a kid?