Charlie Bartlett

Synopsis: Although cheerful, friendly, intelligent, well-dressed, authentic and wealthy, Charlie Bartlett has problems. With his father gone and his mother loopy and clueless, he's been expelled from every private school for his victimless crimes. Now he's in a public school getting punched out daily by the school thug. He ever longs to be popular - the go-to guy - and the true crux of his troubles is that he invariably finds the means to this end, whatever that might be. At Western Summit High, he makes peace with his tormentor by going into business with him - listening to kids' problems and selling them prescription drugs. Charlie's a hit, but attraction to Susan (daughter of the school's laissez-faire principal), new security cameras on campus, a student's overdose, and Charlie's open world view all converge to get him in serious trouble. Can this self-made physician possibly heal himself and just be a kid?
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Jon Poll
Production: MGM
  1 win.
Rotten Tomatoes:
97 min

Charlie! Charlie!

Charlie! Charlie!

Charlie! Charlie! Charlie! Charlie! Charlie!


Thank you! Thank you very much!

Thank you!

How you all doing tonight?

It's great to see all of you here.

My name is Charlie Bartlett!

Charlie! Charlie! Charlie!

Charlie, Charlie!


Your mom's here.

She's in the dean's office.

Good luck, Charlie. Stay out of trouble.

I'm not sure I understand,

Is it his grades?

No, Mrs. Bartlett, it's not his grades

and it's not his attendance.

Look, quite frankly, he is one of

our brightest boys here at school,

albeit, unusual.

Well, I'm just not sure

why he must be expelled, then.

Well, this might shed some light.

You're expelling him

for making a driver's license?

He's been running a laminating press

from inside his dorm room,

and he has been selling them

to the other students.

You have to admit,

they look pretty authentic.

Look, Mrs. Bartlett, to be honest,

I think he has a lot of potential.

He's innovative, he's intelligent.

He's obviously highly motivated.

Perhaps this would be

a good time for an endowment.

No. Mrs. Bartlett, what he did was illegal

and we can't overlook that.



-I understand.


Are you mad?

You know, I'm not.

I just can't fathom why you did it.

It's not like you needed the money.

I mean, really, Charlie, what would

your father say if he were here?

Mom, they were just starting

to appreciate me.

You know, I was the guy

that everyone wanted to meet.

Well, maybe there's more

to high school than being well liked.

Like what, specifically?

Nothing comes to mind.

I guess now we try you living at home

and going to public school.

I even kept your room

exactly the way you left it.

Hey, Mom, have you been feeding my fish?

Oh, dear.


Mom? I think I might take

the bus in tomorrow.

Really? I was going to have

Thomas drive you.

I know, but I don't think anybody else

is going to show up with a chauffeur.

You're probably right.

-Have you taken your Klonopin today?

-I haven't.

-Where do you suppose I put that?

-Probably in your purse.

There you are.

What would I do without you, Charlie?

(SlNGlNG) And we knew who we were then

Girls were girls and men were men

Mister, we could use a man

like Herbert Hoover again

Those were the days

Well, it's wonderful

to have you back, Charlie.

Thanks, Mom. I missed you, too.


Are you kidding me? Suzy Q!


What? Come in.

Hi. Volume. Thank you.

Hold on, The Principal is here.

What do you want, Dad?

Why do you call me The Principal

when you're talking to your friends?

Pretending to have contempt for you

gives me a certain amount of cred,

if you can understand that.

No, no, no.

Okay, what do you want?

-I wanna say hi.


Fresh crack rock.

-God, it's called rock candy.

-That was a joke.

I was eating it decades before

you were even conceived.

I'll be in my office.

-Love you.

-Love you. Bye.



You have two new messages,

Nathan, I think it might be

a good idea ifI'm there

when you break the news

about installing cameras to the kids

so the announcement is taken,

you know, seriously,

ANSWERlNG MA CHlNE: Next message,

Nathan, it's me,

I'm wondering why Susan

hasn 't been returning my calls,

Is it of no consequence to you

whether she has a relationship

with her mother, you f*ck,,,


I think you got the wrong bus.

Western Summit High School, right?


Hi, I'm Charlie.

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Gustin Nash

Gustin Nash is an American screenwriter best known for writing the 2007 film Charlie Bartlett and the 2010 film Youth in Revolt. more…

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