Fred Durst (frontman of Limp Bizkit and the man I last saw mangling a classic song by The Who and getting batteries thrown at him) directed The Education of Charlie Banks, a film that premiered during the 2007 Tribeca Film Fest and won its prestigious (?) “Made in NY” award. I’m hoping there was more than one film in the category.
Charlie Banks’ (Jesse Eisenberg) sheltered world at his Ivy League campus is shaken when Mick (Jason Ritter), an old acquaintance with a violent past, unexpectedly shows up at his dorm room. Intrigued by Charlie’s privileged lifestyle, the charismatic Mick quickly wins over Charlie’s friends and his crush, Mary (Eva Amurri) as he seamlessly integrates himself into Charlie’s life. Unnerved yet also in awe of Mick’s easy charm, Charlie’s unresolved feelings of jealousy, admiration and fear—as well as an unspoken secret between the two—threatens to come to a head with ruinous consequences.
Set in the early ’80’s against the backdrop of Greenwich Village’s rough and tumble playgrounds and an elite academic institution in Upstate New York, THE EDUCATION OF CHARLIE BANKS is a stirring coming-of-age story about trusting your instincts, your friends and yourself.
Anchor Bay just sent out a press release stating that the film’s going to be hitting dvd on June 30th, with an audio commentary with Durst and the lead actor Jason Ritter.
It’s… just… the whole thing’s so damn bizarre. A coming of age tale by Durst? Will more people see this out of sheer curiosity than anything else?