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Charlie St. Cloud (2010)

A movie directed by Burr Steers

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Charlie St. Cloud

  • Nov 15, 2010
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Zac Efron is doing all he can to be taken seriously after his High School Musical phase, and he has taken steps in the right direction. Such as Me and Orson Welles which was an under appreciated movie that didn't have a broad appeal. His resume now shows that he can be artsy and bring in the female tween demographic. With Charlie St. Cloud I think he tries to reach a slightly older audience. While he may reach that audience the message he brings is utter shit.

Efron plays a young sailing phenom who seems to have the world at his feet until his brother dies in a car crash. Through the first 15 or so minutes of the movie I just kept asking myself when this kid was gonna get it. While the kid, played by newcomer Charlie Tahan, does an amicable job with the role he probably hitched his horse to the wrong wagon. Don't be surprised if this kid goes the way of short-round, you know without the hit film.

Anyway after the crash Charlie loses it and believes that he can talk to dead people including his brother, they have a standing date to meet everyday at sunset to play catch. After five years presumably the guilt gets old and in walks old rival and new boo Tess. Now he faces the difficult decision of carrying around his guilt or getting his dick wet, tough choice.

The writers for this movie most have been pissed when they found out that Efron only knows how to play sad one way. The cinematographer was able to help fill in the gaps as there are seemingly endless ways to film Efron getting wet and having to take his shirt off.

The movie also features a glimpse of Kim Basinger and Ray Liotta but they do the right thing and get their paychecks and run. Efron will be a Hollywood star to trifle with but not until he starts picking better scripts. D

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review by . July 30, 2010
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"Charlie St. Cloud" would be the love child of a Nicholas Sparks novel and an M. Night Shyamalan film, were such a thing possible. It's on the one hand a relentlessly sentimental tearjerker and on the other hand a supernatural mystery, with a throwaway plot twist added for good measure. To say this film is awful would be harsh. Still, it certainly doesn't aspire to be anything more than what it so obviously is, so seeing this movie really isn't necessary - unless, of course, you're a tweenybopper …
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Teen heartthrob Zac Efron (High School Musical,17 Again) makes an appealing, and wise, choice as the star ofCharlie St. Cloud. Efron is able to flex his dramatic acting abilities and can stretch, ever so slightly, into a more adult role, without alienating or being off-putting to his dedicated young fans. And Efron shows signs of being a terrific young actor, with nuanced skills that have perhaps been overlooked until now, because of his appealing pinup-boy looks. Efron is delicious eye candy inCharlie St. Cloud, no question (though he has to share some of that role with the beautiful British Columbia coastline where the film is set), but he also carries the entire film, which manages to be family drama, tragedy, adventure, and budding love story--with a good dose of "live your life to the fullest" advice built in. Efron plays the title character, a gifted student and sailor who gets a full scholarship to Stanford. But right after graduation, Charlie is involved in a life-changing tragedy--one that shatters his family and his own sense of his place in the world. Efron's Charlie is a lost young man, dedicated to the aftereffects of the tragic accident, and turns from promising young upstart to pitiable recluse--so reclusive that he lives and works at the local graveyard. The entire cast is wonderful, and they put their hearts into the sad, yet ultimately uplifting story. Young Charlie Tahan is winsome as Charlie's younger brother, Sam. Kim Basinger, too long ...
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Director: Burr Steers
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 99 minutes
Studio: Universal Pictures
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