Charlie St. Cloud parents guide

Charlie St. Cloud Parent Guide

While many of Efron's fans will be swept away by his latest screen appearance, parents may find this movie enters rough waters when it comes to younger family viewers.

Overall B

Charlie St. Cloud (Zac Efron) grieves the death of his younger brother (Charlie Tahan) by being in the cemetery and talking to him. But when he meets Tess Carroll (Amanda Crew) and is presented with the possibility of a real relationship with someone living, Charlie has to choose between hanging onto the past or taking hold of the future.

Release date July 30, 2010

Violence B-
Sexual Content C+
Profanity C
Substance Use C+

Why is Charlie St. Cloud rated PG-13? The MPAA rated Charlie St. Cloud PG-13 for language including some sexual references, an intense accident scene and some sensuality.

Run Time: 98 minutes

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Parent Movie Review

Charlie St. Cloud (Zac Efron) is riding on the crest of success after he and his younger brother Sam (Charlie Tahan) win a local sailing race. It is quite an accomplishment since the boys live in relative poverty with their single mother (Kim Basinger). The victory results in a scholarship and Charlie is Stanford-bound. But a trip to a celebratory keg party on the night of high school graduation ends badly when a drunk driver plows into the siblings. Sam is killed at the scene and Charlie flat-lines in the back of an ambulance until a persistent paramedic (Ray Liotta) revives him.

Though Charlie is physically alive, he is a long way from living. Deferring his scholarship, he isolates himself in a job as a caretaker in the cemetery. Every evening as the sunset canon fires at the yacht club, he leaves work and rushes to a secluded spot in the graveyard where he meets his dead brother to play a game of catch.

With his life on pause, he refuses to leave town even after his mother moves on. While most of the community understandably thinks Charlie is crazy, the sober and reclusive young man intrigues one woman.

Tess Carroll (Amanda Crew) is also a sailor. Days away from the start of a solo trip around the world, she sets out from the local harbor to test her boat on stormy waters. When she fails to return, Charlie realizes he must forgo his nightly ritual with Sam if he wants to join the search.

In so many ways, Efron plays the perfect adolescent heartthrob, with a handsome tousled look, a wounded spirit and an aura of mystery about him. His character even has two teenaged store clerks swooning over him. Yet the script (that includes a scene of sensuality which fortunately skips most of the sexual details) seems like a more grown up storyline for the actor who appears to be transitioning away from his roles in High School Musical and 17 Again.

Still, this love story is often sideswiped by alcohol use, surreal occurrences involving spirits and the repeated depiction of the car accident that may be disturbing for others. As well, the script is often confusing as filmmakers try to construct a happy ending with a combination of the dead and living.

So while many of Efron’s fans will be swept away by his latest screen appearance, parents may find this movie enters rough waters when it comes to younger family viewers.

Directed by Burr Steers . Starring Zac Efron, Kim Basinger, Charlie Tahan. Running time: 98 minutes. Theatrical release July 30, 2010. Updated

Charlie St. Cloud
Rating & Content Info

Why is Charlie St. Cloud rated PG-13? Charlie St. Cloud is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for language including some sexual references, an intense accident scene and some sensuality.

Violence: A car accident results in death and bloody injuries. Scenes of the accident are shown repeatedly. Siblings exchange punches while one is driving. A character is hit in the face. A character is severely injured during a boating excursion. An enraged man throws objects.

Sexual Content: An unmarried couple kisses on several occasions. They engage in sexual activity (no nudity or detail shown).

Language: The script includes profanities, crude terms, scatological slang and a rude hand gesture.

Drug and Alcohol Use: Social drinking in bars, with dinner and at parties is seen on several occasions. One character who is undergoing stress drinks until he is inebriated. A man brings alcohol into the hospital to drink.

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Charlie St. Cloud Parents' Guide

Why does Charlie agree to meet Sam everyday? How does this ritual keep Charlie from dealing with his grief? What events help Charlie start to move on with his life?

While Charlie experiences a very dramatic second chance, what other events can cause people to reassess their direction in life?

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Charlie St. Cloud movie is November 9, 2010. Here are some details…

Charlie St. Cloud releases on DVD and Blu-ray on November 9, 2010.The following bonus features are offered:

– Deleted Scenes

– Featurettes: On Location with Zac Efron, Zac Efron: Leading Man and The In-between World.

– Commentary with Director Burr Steers

Charlie St. Cloud on Blu-ray also includes:

– Pocket BLU and BD-Live

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Other characters deal with death and grief by talking with those who have passed on in the movies P.S. I Love You, For One More Day, Ghost Town and Creation.