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March 26, 2009


Too many Charlies

Education of Charlie Banks

Tomorrow, Fred "Nookie" Durst's directorial debut (!!) comes out. It's called The Education of Charlie Banks.

Wait, wait. Isn't that the movie the came out last year, with Robert Downey, Jr. and the kid who starts offering counseling and anti-depressants out of the high school boys' bathroom? Oh right, that was Charlie Bartlett. [video]

Or what about that other one with Tom Hanks and the Soviets in Afghanistan and Julia Roberts as the fancy vampy lady with too much lipstick? Oh yeah, that's Charlie Wilson's War. [trailer]

Can we all stop naming our movies after the title character whose name is Charlie with an English last name? I can't keep all this straight and don't want to inadvertantly watch a movie by Fred Durst.

Education of Charlie Banks is about a kid growing up in New York in the 80's, then going off to college where he is surrounded by a bunch of rich jerky guys and learns important life lessons (which I learned from the trailer.)

It stars Jesse Eisenberg, the kid from The Squid and the Whale, who is also in about a million other interesting movies coming up:

  • Adventureland, the Greg Mottola movie coming out next week

  • Holy Rollers, about Hasidic Jews running an Ecstasy ring

  • Zombieland, which takes place in a world overrun with zombies

  • Something called Kill Your Darlings, about Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and William S. Burroughs coming together in New York in the 40's. Eisenberg plays Ginsberg, Chris Evans plays Kerouac, which sounds pretty good. Really--Chris Evans was good in Sunshine!

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An awesome movie is Charley Varrick starring Walter Matthau. And please god I hope Holy Rollers is good.

Posted by: cushie at March 26, 2009 6:08 PM

Charley Varrick: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0069865/

I haven't seen it. Walter Matthau as a bank robber on the run from the mob sounds ridiculously out of character for him, but he could take any role and make it funny. I'll definitely watch it.

God loves Holy Rollers, so I'm confidant it will be good. Also, the title itself is such a perfect description of the storyline, we should agree to overlook the pun.

Posted by: Amy at March 27, 2009 10:59 AM

Even creepier, Durst's movie is getting good reviews: http://www.salon.com/ent/movies/review/2009/03/27/charlie_banks/

Truly, the world is upside-down.

Posted by: That Fuzzy Bastard at March 30, 2009 12:20 PM

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