The Education of Charlie Banks (2009) 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… 2009-03-27 R PT100M Drama Jesse Eisenberg Jason Ritter Eva Amurri Chris Marquette Anchor Bay Entertainment
Movie Review

The Education of Charlie Banks (2009)

MPAA Rating: R
The Education of Charlie Banks | Rub-a-dub-dub: Jesse Eisenberg, Josh Ritter, and Eva Amurri soak it in
Image credit: K.C. Bailey
Rub-a-dub-dub: Jesse Eisenberg, Josh Ritter, and Eva Amurri soak it in
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Limited Release: Mar 27, 2009; Rated: R; Length: 100 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Ritter; Distributor: Anchor Bay Entertainment

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–

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Originally posted Mar 25, 2009 Published in issue #1041 Apr 03, 2009 Order article reprints