Charlie St. Cloud

Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Poignant Efron drama too intense for younger fans.

PG-13 2010 100 minutes

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 48 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 8+

A REAL LOVE AND A REAL SAD MOVIE

By far, my most favorite and unforgettable Zac Efron movie. I so love his acting skills, in all of his movie. He gives justice on it. His acting is superb. I dont know, is it me who feels how sad this movie is? and at the same time really appreciates the love in it?? THIS DEFINITELY BE ONE ON MY FAVORITE LIST! ♥️

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 13+

Very dramatic; has deep messages and some scenes are intense

The movie is very interesting and intense. I’m one scene, the older brother gets in a car crash along with his younger brother which ends up killing the younger one. The story advances a few years and the older brother quit college and took a job in the graveyard. He meets a girl but later realizes he was hallucinating and the girl is in a near death situation in which he has to save her. Overall, it is a very good movie but it can get intense and dark, so I recommend it to teenagers.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much violence

Movie Details

  • In theaters: July 30, 2010
  • On DVD or streaming: November 9, 2010
  • Cast: Amanda Crew, Kim Basinger, Zac Efron
  • Director: Burr Steers
  • Studio: Universal Pictures
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 100 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: language including some sexual references, an intense accident scene and some sensuality
  • Last updated: March 31, 2022

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