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Charlie Bartlett

  | March 07, 2014 09:48 IST
Charlie Bartlett
  • Cast:
    Anton Yelchin, Robert Downey Jr., Hope Davis and K
  • Director:
    Jon Poll
  • Writer:
    Writer
"Don't Leave the Kids Alone!" Here comes a film that was actually released last year in Hollywood. It's called Charlie Bartlett, directed by Jon Poll. You may even find it on DVD now. But whether you catch it at home, or at the cinemas, I think you could consider watching it for sure. Charlie Bartlett is a delinquent teenager and a rich brat. He is the only son, whose father is serving time in the prison. He's been kicked out of every school for some nefarious activity or the other. It's a story like this that reminds you how important it was to be popular while growing up. Peer pressure is truly the doom of childhood. Robert Downey Jr plays an alcoholic principal of the school that Charlie studies in. He becomes a self-appointed psychiatrist for the entire campus. Charlie begins to peddle anti-depressants and other drug addicts. He is also dating the principal's little daughter. The principal of course will tolerate none of that. Eventually, there is an anti-establishment outcry in the school. The film, set in the early '80s, carefully examines the lives of the wayward young. It tells you that they're also quite often, misunderstood. The boy Anton Yelchin, to be honest, didn't impress me so much. But then with Robert Downey Jr around, it's difficult not to be convinced. Another aspect of this film is that it gives you a peek into the culture of parenting in America, or the West, as it were. It's disturbing as a subject. I don't know about you, but I felt the same watching the Oscar favourite Juno a few months back. Now that was about a teenaged girl who wants to bear a child. You can't be taken so seriously when you're so young. And don't get me wrong. There is no question of being conservative here. Children no matter how old, must be treated as equals. But that doesn't mean treating them as adults. They may not know better.
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