BEING CHARLIE

By Rob REINER

BOB'S YOUR UNCLE - as SALES All rights, Ex/USA

Drama - Completed 2015

As he fights his way in and out of rehab, the son of an actor turned politician is forced to face himself. Through a series of disappointments and ultimately a tragic event, Charlie begins the journey to self-discovery and acceptance.

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& Awards

Toronto - TIFF 2015
Special Presentation
Jeonju Int'l FF 2016
Competition
Montclair Film Festival 2016
Narrative
giofonni 2016
Generator+16
filmbythesea 2016
    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Drama, Social issues
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Duration
    • 97 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Rob REINER
    • Writer(s)
    • Nick REINER, Matt ELISOFON
    • Producer(s)
    • Rob REINER (Castle Rock Entertainment), Johnson CHAN (JORVA PRODUCTIONS)
    • Synopsis
    • Charlie Mills (NICK ROBINSON) likes to joke he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, which comes in handy when he wanted to cook heroin. Unfortunately, it’s no joke. He’s been in and out of rehab for three years – the latest stint, a ranch facility in Utah. His father, David (CARY ELWES), is an aging movie star-turned-politician, who is making a serious run for Governor of California. On the day of his eighteenth birthday, Charlie makes an escape.
      Within hours he’s high and calling his best friend from home, Adam (DEVON BOSTICK), asking him to pick him up and drive him back to L.A.

      Hoping he’ll be allowed back home appealing to his soft-hearted mother, Liseanne (SUSAN MISNER), Charlie is stunned when his parents stage an intervention and insist that he go back to yet another rehab program. Even Adam, whose parents have pressured him to succeed in college and ignored his own drug problem, convinces convince Charlie that rehab is his best option. Threatened by his father with jail time for vandalism he committed at the Utah facility, Charlie reluctantly agrees to go back.

      And though he resents the standardized process of recovery as firmly administered by program director Drake (RICARDO CHAVIRA) and compassionately managed by halfway house manager Travis (COMMON), Charlie makes an attempt to stay sober. Though romantic relationships are frowned upon, Charlie falls for fellow patient, Eva (MORGAN SAYLOR), and works hard to earn an overnight pass to be alone with her.

      When Eva one day disappears, Charlie again runs away to look for her. And as his father tries to keep a lid on Charlie until after the election, Charlie falls back into old behaviors with unexpected consequences. As he starts taking responsibility for his actions, he begins the journey of separating himself from his father, and learning to accept himself.
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