Charlie (Nick Robinson) is a smart, privileged eighteen-year-old with a mile-wide reckless streak. That personality cocktail lands him in a Utah rehab ranch from which he promptly escapes, assisted by his best friend, Adam (Toronto's Devon Bostick). Charlie's father (Princess Bride star Cary Elwes) is running for governor and can't afford to have a volatile son with a taste for expensive drugs threatening to derail his campaign. And so it's off to a new rehab, run by Travis (Common), who stands a better chance of gaining Charlie's trust. But Charlie also meets Eva (Morgan Saylor) at the rehab, and she's exactly the kind of trouble Charlie likes -- as clever, verbal, and messed up as he is. They both know that relationships are forbidden among residents, but they're headed for love, no matter what the cost. Fresh from Jurassic World, Robinson delivers a layered performance that illuminates the struggles of young men who appear to have it all. He's matched by the mesmerizing Saylor, the terrific young actor from TV's Homeland, whose work here delineates the hunger of addiction as well as the self-awareness that can make it especially painful. This may sound like heavy drama, but Reiner, working from a script co-written by his son Nick Reiner and Matt Elisofon, gives the film sharp slashes of humour. The dialogue crackles, scenes find jokes in surprising places, and Being Charlie nails the pull and the piety of California rehab culture.

  • Comedy

Cast & Crew

  • Cary ElwesActor

  • CommonActor

    First known as a rapper who became one of the more prominent voices in hip-hop's new millennium renaissance, Common later transitioned into acting. He was born in Chicago, and is the son of educator Dr. Mahalia Ann Hines and Lonnie Lynn, an ABA basketball player turned youth counselor. On October 6, 1992, Common released his first LP, "Can I Borrow A Dollar?" under the Common Sense moniker. Tracks like "Charm's Alarm" and "Breaker 1-9" established him as a lyricist with wit, street-smarts, and love for extended similes, while tracks like "Heidi Hoe" would touch on the misogyny that would surface sparingly on future work. In 1994 he released "Resurrection", notable for the smooth 'Large Professor' produced title cut as well as "I Used To Love H.E.R.", an ode to hip-hop. This album further increased his underground reputation while giving the hip-hop nation a new solid conscientious voice in a year that was excellent for underground artists (Nas, Kendrick Davis, Digable Planet, et al.) After a name change brought on by a lawsuit, Common reemerged in 1997 with "One Day It'll All Make Sense". With guests ranging from Erykah Badu to Canibus to De La Soul and production help from mainstays No I.D. and Dug Infinite, the album had a distinctly underground flair. His big mainstream breakthrough album was yet to come. After an appearance on The Roots smash 1999 album, "Things Fall Apart," Common moved to MCA Records. He soon was in the studio collaborating with the Okayplayer collective and with help from the forward-thinking production troupe Ahmir-Khalib Thompson(aka ?uestlove),James 'Jay Dee' Yancey,James Poyser, et al) he released his fourth album, "Like Water For Chocolate" in the spring of 2000. With its varied sonic plateau (Afrobeat, funk, and old-school soul) it was much different from previous outings. On the strength of tracks like the 'DJ Premier' produced banger "The 6th Sense", the album was a success, becoming a worthy addition to "The Next Movement". In 2003 he released "Electric Circus". The album, a hip-hop/funk/soul/rock/psychedelia hybrid, polarized hip-hop fans like no other album has in recent memory. Common has also chosen to redefine himself, swearing off the alcohol, marijuana, and fornication that he had once indulged in. Also in 2003 he appeared in a TV sitcom episode. With only a couple minor roles between 2003 and 2004, in January of 2007 he made his big screen debut.
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  • Nick RobinsonActor

    Nick Robinson is best known for his starring role in the critically acclaimed CBS Films "The Kings of Summer." This was followed by shooting a lead role in the Universal action adventure sequel "Jurassic World." Robinson stars alongside Chris Pratt, Judy Greer, Vincent D'Onofrio and Bryce Dallas Howard. Next up for Robinson is shooting a lead role in the Sony Pictures adaptation of Rick Yancey's bestselling novel "The 5th Wave." The film is directed by J Blakeson, and is co-starring Chloe Grace Moretz. Prior to this, Nick guest-starred on the critically acclaimed HBO drama "Boardwalk Empire." Robinson was born in Seattle, Washington, to Denise Podnar and Michael Robinson.
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  • DEVON BOSTICKActor

  • SUSAN MISNERActor

  • RICARDO CHAVIRAActor

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