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Thursday, June 02, 2011

The Education of Charlie Banks - Movie Review by: Stevie Mack


The squirm fest begins on screen and in the audience when class and past collide in a clash of envy, angst and hormone driven decisions on an ivy league college campus.


The Education of Charlie Banks is a 2007 American independent film directed by Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst and starring Jesse EisenbergJason RitterEva Amurri, and Chris Marquette. It had its world premiere at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival, where it won the Made in NY Narrative Award given to the best narrative film made in New York.

The story moves slow but the drama is sure and the lessons to be learned are apparent. This is one of those stories where you want the under dog to stand up and fight for what he believes in while at the same time you want to see him bond with the protagonist and grow to be either just a tough or at least not be the run-of-the-mill push over.

When I read reviews by critics I can't help but wonder if the old adage is true; critics are just frustrated filmmakers who pick apart everyone else's' work. That''s why I always say, don't listen to them, go see a movie for yourself and draw your own conclusions. After I watch the Hangover 2,  I will write a review on that as well, in spite of what my friend said the critics said about it.

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