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The Education of Charlie Banks

Rated R for pervasive language, some violence, sexual content, and drug and alcohol use.

R In Theaters 03/27/2009 , 100min.
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March 23, 2009
I got to see this at the Tribeca Film Festival a while back. And I must say, this is a very thought-provoking, creative effort from first-time director Fred Durst. Set in the backdrop of the mid-80s, this is a well-written coming-of-age tale by a gifted young cast. Jesse Eisenberg, of the new flick Adventureland, brings a sense of wonderment and naivety to his role. Jason Ritter also shines as a

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Village Voice
Durst and Elkoff deliver a nuanced scenario of class assimilation and resentment, then flub the ending. Full Review
Jeannette Catsoulis
The New York Times
Probes class consciousness with rather more sensitivity than originality. Full Review
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
Another nicely understated performance from Jesse Eisenberg anchors this shambling drama. Full Review
Liam Lacey
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
What doesn't work so persuasively is Elkoff's script, particularly the overuse of voice-over. Full Review
Michael Rechtshaffen
The Hollywood Reporter
Although the impressively acted ensemble piece occasionally gets tripped up by Peter Elkoff's overtly literate script, it travels in some unexpected, thoughtful directions. Full Review

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