The Education of Charlie Banks

The Education of Charlie Banks is a 2007 drama film directed by 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 film directing debut.

The Education of Charlie Banks
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Directed byFred Durst
Produced byMarisa Polvino
Peter Elkoff
Written byPeter Elkoff
StarringJesse Eisenberg
Jason Ritter
Eva Amurri
Gloria Votsis
Chris Marquette
Narrated byJesse Eisenberg
Music byJohn Swihart
CinematographyAlex Nepomniaschy
Edited byEric L. Beason
Distributed byAnchor 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
CountryUnited States
Budget$5 million
Box office$15,078


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) with whom Charlie has a crush on. 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 47% approval rating on the review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 30 reviews. The website's consensus reads, "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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