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The Education of Charlie Banks

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Cast:Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Ritter, Chris Marquette, Sebastian Stan, Eva Amurri, Gloria Votsis

Director: Fred Durst

Genre:Dramas/Coming Of Age

Year: 2009


Years after Charlie fingers Mick for a brutal assault, Mick shows up at Charlie's university and insinuates himself into college life. As Mick audits classes, sleeps with Charlie's dream girl and ponders how his life might have been different, Charlie anxiously wonders whether Mick knows he ratted him out.

I like a good drama as well as the next guy and the film seemed to have a good cast as well as a good story in place but the only thing I felt that could of doomed it was the fact that Limp Bizkit front man Fred Durst directed it. It is not fair to judge any flick before seeing it and I wasn't going to do that and I got to say after seeing it I was genuinely surprised by Durst's directorial debut. The film is a coming of age tale that deals with change, facing your fears and of course love. I found all the characters to be believable and interesting and ones you care about. Jason Ritter I felt was fantastic as Mick, he plays an antagonist,albeit a brutally violent one that as the film moves along he begins to display his own human flaws. I got to say I was very impressed with Jason here and I felt he pretty much stole the show here and that was not easy to do among a very good cast. Jesse Eisenberg was also great as Charlie Banks, a young man that has genuine concern for others. As far as coming of ages flicks go this has to be considered one of the better ones, the film is well-written and packs a lot of surprises along the way to keep you invested in the story. The film is also well edited and it has a great soundtrack as well, the music fits the film perfectly. I was not surprised at the acting as the film has a wonderful cast but I got to say I have found respect for Fred Durst, this is a remarkable way to make a debut and one of the better movies I have seen this year as far as dramas go, I put this up there right along side "Local Color" as a few of the best movies this year. I can't say anything bad about this film, I recommend seeing this little gem and I got to say the cast and crew did a fantastic job all around, I was very impressed. The DVD comes with the Special Features:

Audio Commentary with Director Fred Durst and Actor Jason Ritter

Conversations Behind The Education of Charlie Banks

Released by Anchor Bay Entertainment. **** Out Of *****