Being Charlie (2015)


“You can’t worry about other people, especially other addicts. Getting sober is a selfish thing, because getting high was selfish. ” – Travis

Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Jun 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A young man and his family try and deal with his drug addiction which gets more complicated since his father is in the midst of a gubernatorial campaign.

My Take on it – This is a film that I never even herd of before coming across the fact that Rob Reiner directed this film.

It’s a very personal film for him (see Trivia Below) yet it’s quite difficult to connect to the story of the characters in the way that things are presented.

Reiner does a wonderful job trying to tell this story from his own viewpoint yet something seems missing throughout that would help make the viewer care more about the characters or the situations they find themselves in.

The dialogue is written quite crisply and it feels very realistic in the way it is presented.

They never pull any punches in their attempt to show how difficult such a situation could be for everyone involved.

After having seen all of Reiner’s films, this is probably the most dramatic and serious on the list and that actually hurts things since it’s so different from his usual style.

He is a competent and talented director, but most of his film work due to the mix of lighter moments within heavier themed stories and this movie actually lacks those lighter moments which is pretty problematic.

Bottom Line – Very personal film that is hard to connect with. Reiner does a great job trying to tell this story yet something seems missing throughout that would help make the viewer care more about the characters and what will happen to them. The dialogue is quite realistic and doesn’t pull any punches while trying to show how difficult this situation can be for all involved.  One of Reiner’s most dramatic films, but his style is lost here since he is so much more competent a director when he can have some light momets to counteract the heavyness of the themes dealt with here.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Rob Reiner said in Marc Maron’s podcast interview that this is the most personal film he has directed about his son. Reiner’s son, Nick, battled with drug addiction a decade ago, and Nick Reiner cowrote the screenplay. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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