Rob Reiner is not only a legendary actor that happens to be the son of another legendary actor...he is also a renowned and admired film director, having directed classics such as Misery and When Harry Met Sally.
In September last year, Reiner's newest film Being Charlie premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival where it continued it's run throughout the week and then...nothing. According to IMDb, it would be released elsewhere in Decmber. But unfortunately that did not happen.
Being Charlie was co-written by Matt Elisofon and Jake Reiner (Rob's son), starring Nick Robinson as the titular character. Robinson is pretty hot property in Hollywood right now and it's clear that he has a bright future ahead of him - having starred in the juggernaut that is Jurassic World last year, his next film, the sci-fi alien flick The 5th Wave is released in theatres worldwide this Friday (22nd January). The rest of the Being Charlie cast includes Morgan Saylor (Homeland), Devon Bostick (The 100) as well as Cary Elwes and Common. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film centers on Charlie, "an 18-year-old who breaks out of a youth drug treatment clinic, but when he returns home to Los Angeles, he's given an intervention by his parents and forced to go to an adult rehab. There, he meets a beautiful but troubled girl, Eva, and is forced to battle with drugs, elusive love and divided parents."
Being Charlie has been called an emotional personal piece. Variety gave the film a positive review, calling Being Charlie:
An intriguing collaboration between the director and his son (Nick Reiner, who wrote the screenplay alongside Matt Elisofon), this study of an 18-year-old addict, struggling through rehab programs while his Hollywood-player father makes a run at politics, is clearly a personal one for the filmmaker, and that sense of investment — along with some of the more interestingly unpolished first-timer edges of the script — makes for a film that generally succeeds
With the film receiving generally positive reviews and overwhelmingly positive fan feedback as well (#BeingCharlie was a popular hashtag on twitter), one must wonder why the general public haven't even seen a trailer yet. Last year, Maggie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger was due to be shown at 2014's Toronto International Film Festival but after Lionsgate purchased the distribution rights, it was pulled from the lineup and instead has a limited theatre run and full-scale digital release. The film now sits proudly in my Blu-Ray collection. Thus, we are left wondering if Being Charlie has yet to be picked up by a distribution company. If that is the case, then it's a darn shame because why wouldn't a well-received film directed by a Legendary director, starring some of Hollywood's upcoming young talent as well as veterans not be picked up?
There are countless production companies out there as well as online services such as Netflix: Surely someone should pick up a film that created quite a lot of buzz during it's premiere? According to various social media sources, Devon Bostick replied to a fan on Instagram stating that it should be out sometime in 2016, which is promising!
So with all that in mind, Being Charlie created quite the buzz among critics and fans after it premiered in September at the Toronto Interntional Film Festival. Ever since, it has had fans asking what happens next. Having heard the premise of the film, I would also very much like to see it. Thus, fans of both Reiner and the cast have been wondering when Being Charlie will be released to the public.
Credit to: Variety for their review and The Hollywood Reporter for the synopsis!
The 5th Wave premieres in cinemas on 22nd January 2016!