I’ve just enjoyed the 2007 drama film, The Education Of Charlie Banks, directed by Fred Durst.
As a kid, Charlie Banks both admired and feared the charismatic and violent local tough Mick Leary; in high school, Charlie witnesses Mick beat up two jocks at a party, leaving the two victims near dead. Despite Mick being the buddy of his best friend, Danny, Charlie reports Mick to the police.
Three years later, Charlie and Danny are college freshmen who are in for a surprise when Mick shows up for a visit. Though claiming to be visiting for the weekend, Mick moves into the two friends’ dorm and begins borrowing their clothing, attending their classes, reading their books, and flirting with a woman that Charlie has a crush on. Charlie begins to wonder if his friend has changed or if he is plotting a fiendish revenge against Charlie for turning him in to the police.
As the film progresses, we learn more about Charlie and Mick, and the reasons they’ve both ended up where they are. Culminating in an intense final sequence that’ll have you at the edge of your seat.
It was an intersting and intense film, being held together mainly through the great acting of those involved. Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Ritter, Christopher Marquette, Eva Amurri and Gloria Votsis all did superbly, but it was Sebastian Stan as OTT-rich Leo who was the star of the show, stealing every scene he was in. Overall, a good film and one I’d certainly recommend.
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