I spotted this on Netflix recently and after seeing how much Rob liked it, I thought I should give it a go, and I’m glad I did.
Charlie Bartlett is a rich kid trying to make his way in a state school, having been expelled from just about every fee paying school there is. Obviously bright, he wins over the other kids by offering counselling sessions in the boys’ toilets, where he also doles out medication prescribed for him.
The most notable things are that it certainly is weird to see Robert Downey Jr. as the school’s uptight principal rather than its resident teen hell-raiser, and that the actor playing Charlie (Anton Yelchin) is really bloody good. I liked him in Only Lovers Left Alive (a film I really didn’t like), and I liked him in the new Star Trek movies (I thought they were pretty OK), I liked him in Odd Thomas (and I quite liked that one).
I really like this kid, he’s got something. He’s genuinely talented, charming and guileless, and I’ll definitely be looking out for his other films. The film itself is light on plot, but Yelchin carries it with ease and is a pleasure to watch.