Charlie (Jesse Eisenberg) is a tweedy, cautious East Coast college kid who winds up playing campus host to Mick (Jason Ritter), the boyishly sexy sociopath he secretly ratted out to the police when they were kids. The director is Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst, who in his second film to be released proves again his theatrical chops. If there’s a Durstian element in The Education of Charlie Banks, it’s the note of sympathy he tries to strike for Mick the rebel invader, even as the guy is beating people to a pulp. The sympathy doesn’t take (which throws the movie off), but Ritter, who’s like the young Ethan Hawke on a bender of violence, is an actor to watch. B?
Genre: Drama; Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Ritter, Eva Amurri, Chris Marquette; Director: Fred Durst; Author: Peter Elkoff; Runtime (in minutes): 100; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Posted March 25 2009 — 12:00 AM EDT
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