GenreDrama Initial DVD releaseJune 4, 2009 (Iceland) WriterPeter Elkoff LanguageEnglish
Release dateApril 27, 2007 (2007-04-27) (Tribeca Film Festival)
March 27, 2009 (2009-03-27) (United States) CastJesse Eisenberg (Charlie), Jason Ritter (Rick), Eva Amurri (Mary), Chris Marquette (Mick), Sebastian Stan (Leo), Gloria Votsis (Nia) Similar moviesThe Last Witch Hunter, Fish Tank, Factory Girl, The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things, At the Edge of the Abyss, Jupiter Ascending
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The Education of Charlie Banks is a 2007 drama film directed by Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst, produced by Straight Up Film's Marisa Polvino and starring Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Ritter, Eva Amurri, Gloria Votsis, 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 City. It is Durst's directorial debut.
As a kid, Charlie Banks (Jesse Eisenberg) both admired and feared the charismatic and violent local tough Mick Leary (Jason Ritter); in high school, Charlie witnesses Mick beat up two jocks at a party, leaving the two victims near death. Despite Mick being the buddy of his best friend, Danny (Chris Marquette), 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 (Eva Amurri) on whom Charlie has a crush. 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.
Jesse Eisenberg as Charlie Banks
Jason Ritter as Mick Leary
Eva Amurri as Mary
Gloria Votsis as Nia
Chris Marquette as Danny Bowman
Sebastian Stan as Leo Reilly
Dennis Boutsikaris as Mr. Banks
Charles Parnell as Assistant District Attorney Worsheck
Josh Richman as Professor Gersten
Steven Hinkle as Young Charlie Banks
Miles Chandler as Young Mick Leary
Cain Kerner as Young Danny
Sam Daly as Owen
The film premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival, where it won Best New York Narrative. It received a limited release in North America on March 27, 2009, before being released on DVD three months later on June 30, 2009.
The Education of Charlie Banks holds a 45% 'Rotten' rating on review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes, with the consensus "Unevenness and earnestness mire this otherwise sweet, surprising coming of age drama."