The casting department wins the award for this one. Anton Yelchin's a little smug but he did a great job with what he was given. R Downey and Hope Davis elevated the stereotypes they were given. Tyler Hilton's nuanced bully with heart was fresh and attractive, and Kat Dennings brought skill and maturity to the adolescent proceedings with a pitch-perfect performance. I'm going to keep an eye on her.
Wealthy teenager Charlie Bartlett is failing miserably at fitting in at a new public high school run by the world-weary Principal Gardner. As he begins to better understand the social hierarchy, Charlie's honest charm and likability positions him as the resident "psychiatrist" dishing out advice, and the occasional prescription with his partner and fellow student, Murphy Bivens, to other students in need. Along the way, he decides to take some of his own advice, find romance, and learn to accept who he is, thus wielding a witty dark comedy about the angst-filled years before college.