Director: Rob Reiner
Castle Rock Entertainment/Defiant!
Part of the reason this movie works – is down to the father/son combo behind it; a very personal project, a mirroring of some of the hurt and heartbreak in their lives…but that’s not the only reason Being Charlie works. It’s strong enough, even if only just, to exist outside of the fact that it’s a return-to-form from the once incredibly dependable Rob Reiner (co-written by his 22 year old son – and based on personal experiences).
Charlie is an 18 year old addict, in and out of rehab with a smart mouth and a desire to become a stand-up comic. He comes from privilege. His father (Cary Elwes) was a famous actor and is favouring a political tilt.
Father and son need to find each other – but they’re both wrapped up entirely in their own worlds.
This is cliched stuff – on one level. But it’s smartly handled, well-acted and there are some great lines in the script; some moments that ring so true as to have clearly come from Nick Reiner’s life.
It’s no instant-classic, not even a must-see, but file it in the nice-surprise category. And be glad Rob Reiner is making thoughtful, wise films again. I’m sure he has at least one more in him…