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Generally Quite Poor
on 16 September 2012
This is a film that could have been poignant; however, it becomes one that tries to be too sentimental and loses any sensible storyline less than twenty minutes in. I actually thought Efron's performance as Charlie was quite good. Unfortunately, the script, dialogue and poorly written flashbacks drag the movie and the message it is trying to convey, downhill. It seemed stretched and uncomfortable, particularly as the majority of the supporting cast were fairly poor - Augustus Prew was especially cringeworthy as Charlie's British friend.
Zac Efron gives a sense of what Charlie is feeling after the loss of his brother. However, the cheesy pop tunes and unnatural actions from the rest of the cast detract from this performance. To sum it up, Zac Efron's performance actually saved this film from being worthy of one star - and I didn't expect to be saying that.