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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Charlie St. Cloud by Burr Steers, 2010 (PG-13)

with Zac Efron, Charlie Tahan, Amanda Crew, Augustus Prew, Donal Logue, Kim Basinger, Ray Liotta, Dave Franco, Matt Ward, Miles Chalmers

Ben Sherwood's intriguing novel is the basis of this ghost story about Charlie (Zac Efron), who is devoted to his brother, Sam, even after Sam's death. As the caretaker of the cemetery where Sam is buried, Charlie has lots of time to commune with the dead. Sam visits frequently to hang out with Charlie, but when Charlie meets a mysterious young woman (Amanda Crew), he must decide whether to move forward or remain trapped in the past.

It is a teen movie, but a sweet one, with some gentleness to it that make an adult like myself melt. It is a sad story of loss, and the idea that this loss may not be that painful as long as the memory remains. The love story that he enters in cute, a little bit too hero making, but that is alright, knowing the target audience of the movie. It has good values, the acting is impeccable, and Zac Efron is really adorable.


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