The Education of Charlie Banks

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The Education of Charlie Banks
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Promotional film poster
Directed by Fred Durst
Produced by Marisa Polvino
Peter Elkoff
Written by Peter Elkoff
Starring Jesse Eisenberg
Jason Ritter
Eva Amurri
Gloria Votsis
Chris Marquette
Narrated by Jesse Eisenberg
Music by John Swihart
Cinematography Alex Nepomniaschy
Edited by Eric L. Beason
Distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment
Release date
  • April 27, 2007 (2007-04-27) (Tribeca Film Festival)
  • March 27, 2009 (2009-03-27) (United States)
Running time
100 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $5 million
Box office $15,078

The Education of Charlie Banks is a 2007 drama film directed by Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst, produced by Straight Up Film's Marisa Polvino and starring Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Ritter, Eva Amurri, Gloria Votsis, and Chris Marquette. It had its world premiere at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival, where it won the Made in NY Narrative Award given to the best narrative film made in New York City. It is Durst's directorial debut.


As a kid, Charlie Banks (Jesse Eisenberg) both admired and feared the charismatic and violent local tough Mick Leary (Jason Ritter); in high school, Charlie witnesses Mick beat up two jocks at a party, leaving the two victims near death. Despite Mick being the buddy of his best friend, Danny (Chris Marquette), Charlie reports Mick to the police.

Three years later, Charlie and Danny are college freshmen who are in for a surprise when Mick shows up for a visit. Though claiming to be visiting for the weekend, Mick moves into the two friends' dorm and begins borrowing their clothing, attending their classes, reading their books, and flirting with a woman (Eva Amurri) on whom Charlie has a crush. Charlie begins to wonder if his friend has changed or if he is plotting a fiendish revenge against Charlie for turning him in to the police.



The film premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival, where it won Best New York Narrative.[1] It received a limited release in North America on March 27, 2009, before being released on DVD three months later on June 30, 2009.[2]


The Education of Charlie Banks holds a 45% 'Rotten' rating on review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes, with the consensus "Unevenness and earnestness mire this otherwise sweet, surprising coming of age drama."[3]


  1. ^ "Tribeca Film Festival Awards History" (PDF). Tribeca Film Festival. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 February 2011. Retrieved 12 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "The Education of Charlie Banks". Moviefone. AOL Inc. Retrieved 12 April 2011. 
  3. ^ The Education of Charlie Banks at Rotten Tomatoes

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