The Education of Charlie Banks

Overview

A young man is faced with a dilemma when a threatening figure from his past returns in this drama, the directorial debut from Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst. Charlie Banks Jesse Eisenberg and his best friend, Danny Chris Marquette, grew up in a rough section of New York, where they both knew Mick Jason Ritter, a kid whose was much admired for his cool and equally feared for his talent for violence. When Mick got into a fight that left two teens nearly dead, Charlie was a witness, and when he was approached by ...
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Overview

A young man is faced with a dilemma when a threatening figure from his past returns in this drama, the directorial debut from Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst. Charlie Banks Jesse Eisenberg and his best friend, Danny Chris Marquette, grew up in a rough section of New York, where they both knew Mick Jason Ritter, a kid whose was much admired for his cool and equally feared for his talent for violence. When Mick got into a fight that left two teens nearly dead, Charlie was a witness, and when he was approached by the police, Charlie told them what he saw, though he later refused to testify against Mick in court for fear of his own safety. Several years later, Charlie and Danny have left the old neighborhood behind and are students at a prestigious private university when Mick pays them an unexpected visit. Charlie has no idea if Mick knows that he informed on him to the police, and is afraid to find out, but in the meantime, Mick aggressively reintroduces himself into Charlie and Danny's lives. As Mick starts dressing like a wealthy college boy, reading F. Scott Fitzgerald, and dating a girl Charlie has a crush on, he seems to be transforming himself into someone who can be all Charlie is and more, but in time Mick learns he can't completely turn his back on his past. The Education of Charlie Banks had its world premiere at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.
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Special Features

Audio commentary with director Fred Durst and actor Jason Ritter; Conversations behind The Education of Charlie Banks
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Editorial Reviews

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Anyone who knows Fred Durst only as the posturing egotist who rapped lead vocals for Limp Bizkit -- and, let's face it, that's most of us -- will be floored by The Education of Charlie Banks. Not an ounce of that bad boy is present in this sensitive, delicate film about the complex relationship between an intellectual kid and the tempestuous neighborhood bully he fears. It's clear Durst feels a kinship toward Mick Leary Jason Ritter, the underprivileged rebel whose inability to show mercy has nearly killed several people. But Durst the bombastic performer has never even met Durst the unassuming director, who shows no interest in glamorizing the exploits of his antihero. The Education of Charlie Banks is consistently understated, its production design fondly muted to evoke an easy nostalgia, its soundtrack supervised by Chris Douridas a wondrous pastiche of music from the late '70s, its score by John Swihart alternating between playful, contemplative, and foreboding. Not only does Durst eschew flashiness, he seems to disdain the very idea of using technique to manipulate us. Peter Elkoff's story draws us in easily, soon shifting to the college years of Charlie Banks Jesse Eisenberg, where the search continues for a compromise between his moral compass and his loyalty to the psychopath who re-enters his world through a mutual friend. Eisenberg is strong, but not substantially different from his previous work. It's Ritter who really commands our attention. Ritter's performance leaves us consumed with nervous fears of impending disaster, but it's the furthest thing from cartoonish, allowing us to eventually sympathize with Mick, as does Charlie. But neither does Durst's film let us off the hook, harboring plenty of surprises about how these relationships will play out. The Education of Charlie Banks truly functions as our education on the potential of its director.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/30/2009
  • UPC: 013131580792
  • Original Release: 2007
  • Rating:

  • Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:41:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 44,657

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jesse Eisenberg Charlie Banks
Jason Ritter Mick
Eva Amurri Mary
Christopher Marquette
Sebastian Stan
Gloria Votsis
Miles Chandler Young Mick
Technical Credits
Fred Durst Director
Declan Baldwin Co-producer
Eric L. Beason Editor
Michael Corrente Producer
Chris Douridas Musical Direction/Supervision
Peter Elkoff Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Christopher Gebert Sound/Sound Designer
John Glaser Costumes/Costume Designer
Jordan Jacobs Art Director
Sam Maydew Executive Producer
Michael Moffa Asst. Director
Alex Nepomniaschy Cinematographer
Marisa Polvino Producer
Elizabeth Shelton Costumes/Costume Designer
Curtis Smith Asst. Director
John Swihart Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Education of Charlie Banks
1. Legendary Ass Kicking/Main Titles [5:16]
2. Boogie Boy [5:19]
3. Recanted Testimony [6:08]
4. Campus Life [7:35]
5. Surprise Visit [4:44]
6. Culture Shock [5:15]
7. Truest Forms of Evil [7:30]
8. That Old Paranoia [6:25]
9. Rich People [5:49]
10. A Rock and a Hard Place [6:23]
11. The Spring Formal [7:41]
12. Truth Revealed [6:54]
13. Claim of Self Defense [:00]
14. Unforgiveable [8:03]
15. Graduation Ceremony [6:38]
16. End Credits [6:52]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Education of Charlie Banks
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   Setup
      Audio: Dolby Surround 5.1
      Audio Commentary With Director Fred Durst and Jason Ritter
      English Subtitles for Deaf and Hearing Impaired: On
      English Subtitles for Deaf and Hearing Impaired: Off
      Spanish Subtitles: On
      Spanish Subtitles: Off
   Chapters
   Extras
      Commentary
         Audio: Dolby Surround 5.1
         Audio Commentary With Director Fred Durst and Jason Ritter
         English Subtitles for Deaf and Hearing Impaired: On
         English Subtitles for Deaf and Hearing Impaired: Off
         Spanish Subtitles: On
         Spanish Subtitles: Off
      Conversations Behind the Education of Charlie Banks
      Trailer
      Sneak Peeks
         While She Was Out
         The Grand
         Sex and Death 101
         Surfer, Dude
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