Charlie St. Cloud: Movie Review

Aug 14, 2010 | Books & Tales, Movies, Teens

by Kristalyn Patzkowski

Ring! The bell tolled — summer vacation had begun. With several weeks free from school, I started exploring possibilities of what I could do to pass the time. Since June, I have gone on a road trip, visited some of my friends and spent hours reading books. I have also spent a lot of time watching summer programs on television and, with that, came all the advertisements for new products, shows and movies. One preview in particular caught my interest and, when my mother recently asked if there was a movie I wanted to see in theaters, I had an immediate answer. I wanted to see Charlie St. Cloud, which stars Zac Efron, Charlie Tahan and Amanda Crew.

Charlie St. Cloud posterCharlie St. Cloud (Efron) has a pretty good life, what with his sailing experience, a few close friends and an admirable relationship with his younger brother, Sam (Tahan). Not long after Charlie’s high school graduation, though, he is involved in an unfortunate situation in which Sam gets killed. After getting a second chance at life, Charlie becomes a caretaker at the cemetery where his brother is buried. Not far from there, Charlie and Sam play baseball every evening.

Even though loose ends get tied together throughout the movie, there are a few questions being brought to mind. Why is Charlie the only person who can see Sam? Why was Charlie given a second chance to live? Is he able to break his only promise to his brother in order to save another person he loves dearly? Finally, will Charlie ever let his memory of Sam be put to rest?

The reason I recommend this movie is that it made me laugh, cry, and wish that I had someone special to love. I think it is very admirable that Zac Efron was able to step out of his comfort zone to get in sync with his character. One of those scenes, my favorite one in fact, was when Charlie made an extra effort for the girl he loved. I am a fanatic about romance movies and this one does not disappoint. After all, I do believe in happy endings.

Kristalyn Patzkowski is 16 years old and an ongoing contributor to our Teen Talk section, but prefers writing that is not assigned, especially poetry.

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