Nick Robinson plays a young man whose father, a former film star currently running for Governor of California, has staged an intervention with the goal of forcing him to address – and, hopefully, conquer – his substance abuse issues. He reluctantly enters a new adult facility where his budding romance with a kindred spirit (Morgan Saylor) looks like it might be an antidote to his strained relationship with a highly preoccupied father and overly indulgent mother. (NR – 97 minutes)
“Being Charlie” appears to have been made with plenty of passion, good intentions and heartfelt exploration into the thought processes of an addict but it fails to resonate with viewers due to its insistence that we feel empathy for a character that is incredibly undeserving of it. Director Rob Reiner paints the new drama’s protagonist in a way that suggests that he is incapable of taking responsibility for his own actions. Yet Reiner implies we should sympathize with his suffering nonetheless. We are initially intrigued by the character study but quickly disengage when its depthlessness is discovered.