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|Originaltitel:||A glimpse inside the mind of Charles Swan III|
|Laufzeit:||Approx. 85 min.|
|FSK:||From 0 years|
The successful graphic designer Charles Swan III (Charlie Sheen) has enjoyed life to the full so far. But when he meets the attractive Ivana (Katheryn Winnick), his days as Bad Boy seem to be finally over. It's just too bad that Ivana doesn't really like Charles' busy past and after she discovers one of her photos in the drawer with the pictures of all his exes, that's reason enough for her to leave Charles. He then falls into a deep crisis, which transports his car into a strange pool and himself to the hospital. There he begins to question his previous life and embark on a search for a deeper meaning in his life. With the help of stand-up comedian Kirby (Jason Schwartzman), his manager Saul (Bill Murray) and his sister Izzy (Patricia Arquette) Charles hopes not only to get his life back in order, but also to win Ivana back at the end of his self-discovery trip&.hellip;
With his various escapades Charlie Sheen seems to be predestined for a movie like "Charlie's World". The story, if it can be described as such, reads like a very self-ironic look at the various scandals that have been read in the gossip press in recent years about the former "Two and a half men" star. Also the fact that Roman Coppola as co-author of Wes Anderson's films "Darjeeling Limited" and "Moonrise Kingdom" has proven a good hand for bizarre and original comedy sounds very promising. And with supporting actors like Bill Murray in a wonderfully bizarre role nothing can go wrong anymore?
Weit missed! "Charlie's World" has some very funny and original ideas to offer, but the movie as a whole is a completely confused collection of absurdities, that try too hard to be different and bizarre, but above all aren't one thing: funny. Bathing in pure self-pity, Charles gets on the nerves of even the biggest Charlie Sheen fans very quickly with his moaning. Coppola's comedic timing is always completely off the mark. Instead of concentrating on moving as far away from the mainstream as possible, the filmmaker should have focused on the pacing of his production in a few moments. Because many a scene runs like chewing gum, so that ideas that would be quite nice and amusing in themselves are completely ridden to death.
But it would be too easy if it could only be blamed on the wrong timing that "Charlie's World" doesn't work. Rather, the main reason is that Roman Coppola simply didn't write a very good script. It's just not enough to put some funny and weird ideas on paper, you should keep them together with any interesting story and make your characters sympathetic at least in the beginning. But Coppola unfortunately didn't manage to do all of that.
At the beginning you just want to really like the movie, you want to interpret into the bizarre moments a genius that you recognize, but don't understand. Here one is sent to be led to believe in a claim where in reality only complete nonsense can be found. So it's hardly surprising that the film received the worst rating of all time in a sneak preview in a Frankfurt cinema. Despite the many good intentions and the great talent of all involved, even with the best will in the world there can be no other rating for this work than "a Charlie Sheen fan only worth seeing to a very limited extent, even for the most hardened of Charlie Sheen fans"!
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