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Rated PG-13 · 110 minutes · 2010

This is supposed to be an inspirational drama about overcoming grief, but with High School Musical dreamboat Zac Efron in the title role, it keeps turning into a Tiger Beat photo spread. Charlie St. Cloud is a sensitive young man from a lower-middle-class family who's set to attend Stanford on a sailing scholarship, but after his younger brother dies in a car crash, Charlie throws it all away to become a groundsman at the cemetery where the boy is buried. The scenes in which Charlie plays catch with the ghost of his Red Sox-happy brother are only the most mawkish in a movie whose every element is calculated to set a 12-year-old girl's heart thumping. Burr Steers directed; with Kim Basinger as the boys' mother, Amanda Crew as the young woman trying to pull Charlie out of his funk, and Ray Liotta as a paramedic who gives Charlie his Saint Christopher medal.
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Director: Burr Steers
Producer: Marc Platt, Michael Fottrell, Ben Sherwood, Ryan Kavanaugh, Jared LeBoff and Adam Siegel
Cast: Zac Efron, Amanda Crew, Donal Logue, Charlie Tahan, Ray Liotta, Kim Basinger, Augustus Prew, Dave Franco, Matt Ward, Miles Chalmers, Jesse Wheeler, Desiree Zurowski, Adrian Hough, Jill Teed and Tegan Moss

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