February 5, 2009

Written by Steve ‘Frosty’ Weintraub

A few years ago Fred Durst made his directing debut. The film was called “The Education of Charlie Banks” and it starred Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Ritter, Chris Marquette, Eva Amurri, and Gloria Votsis in a coming of age film set in the early 80’s.

Since this film was made, everyone involved has done other things. In fact, even Fred Durst directed “The Longshots” after this film and that movie has already been in theaters and is currently out on DVD.

While films getting delayed is nothing new, the fact that “The Education of Charlie Banks” has taken years to get to movie theaters usually means one thing…something’s wrong with it. I’d love to be wrong…

Anyway, if you feel like checking out some footage from the movie, I’ve just been given the trailer and poster so take a look. The official synopsis is below the trailer. “The Education of Charlie Banks” gets released March 27th.

Charlie Bank’s (Jesse Eisenberg) sheltered world at his Ivy League campus is shaken when Mick (Jason Ritter), an old acquaintance with a violent past, unexpectedly shows up at his dorm room. Intrigued by Charlie’s privileged lifestyle, the charismatic Mick quickly wins over Charlie’s friends and his crush, Mary (Eva Amurri) as he seamlessly integrates himself into Charlie’s life. Unnerved yet also in awe of Mick’s easy charm, Charlie’s unresolved feelings of jealousy, admiration and fear –as well as an unspoken secret between the two—threatens to come to a head with ruinous consequences.

Set in the early ‘80’s against the backdrop of Greenwich Village’s rough and tumble playgrounds and an elite academic institution in Upstate New York, THE EDUCATION OF CHARLIE BANKS is a stirring coming-of-age story about trusting your instincts, your friends and yourself.

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