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Charlie Bartlett

3

Ferris Bueller for the noughties?

A dysfunctional but ingenious kid. You’ve met, right? Charlie Bartlett is Max Fischer, or Ferris Bueller by another name, rendering Jon Poll’s part-playful, part-sappy, mostly muddled high-school romp secondgrade even before he succumbs to crude message-making.

Anton Yelchin shines as a posh Charlie who gets plonked into public school and as a dipso principal, Robert Downey Jr offsets the soft comedown.

Commentaries and “confessionals” pad out a solid package.

Kevin Harley

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