Charlie Countryman

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Charlie Countryman
Charlie Countryman (2013).jpg
Teaser poster
Directed byFredrik Bond
Produced byAlbert Berger
Craig J. Flores
William Horberg
Ron Yerxa
Written byMatt Drake
Narrated byJohn Hurt
StarringShia LaBeouf
Evan Rachel Wood
Mads Mikkelsen
Rupert Grint
Melissa Leo
Vincent D’Onofrio
Music byChristophe Beck
CinematographyRoman Vasyanov
Editing byHughes Winborne
StudioBona Fide Productions
Voltage Pictures
Distributed byAscot Elite Entertainment Group
VVS Films
Release dates
  • January 21, 2013 (2013-01-21) (Sundance)
  • November 15, 2013 (2013-11-15) (United States)
Running time108 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$11,650[1]
 
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Charlie Countryman
Charlie Countryman (2013).jpg
Teaser poster
Directed byFredrik Bond
Produced byAlbert Berger
Craig J. Flores
William Horberg
Ron Yerxa
Written byMatt Drake
Narrated byJohn Hurt
StarringShia LaBeouf
Evan Rachel Wood
Mads Mikkelsen
Rupert Grint
Melissa Leo
Vincent D’Onofrio
Music byChristophe Beck
CinematographyRoman Vasyanov
Editing byHughes Winborne
StudioBona Fide Productions
Voltage Pictures
Distributed byAscot Elite Entertainment Group
VVS Films
Release dates
  • January 21, 2013 (2013-01-21) (Sundance)
  • November 15, 2013 (2013-11-15) (United States)
Running time108 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$11,650[1]

Charlie Countryman is a 2013 romantic comedy action film directed by Fredrik Bond, written by Matt Drake, and starring Shia LaBeouf, Rupert Grint, Evan Rachel Wood, Mads Mikkelsen and Til Schweiger. The film premiered on January 21, 2013 at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and was screened in competition at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival.[2] The film was released November 15, 2013 in the United States[3] and is set to be released on 14 February 2014 in the United Kingdom.[4]

Plot[edit]

Charlie Countryman (LaBeouf) is just a normal guy until he meets and falls in love with Gabi (Wood), a Romanian girl, after he sits next to her father on a air flight that resulted in his death. But Gabi is married to Nigel (Mikkelsen), a violent and mentally unstable crime boss with a gang of thugs at his disposal. Armed with little more than his wit and naïve charm, Charlie endures one bruising beatdown after another to woo Gabi and keep her out of harm's way. Finally, his exploits of blind valor create such a mess that he's left with only one way out: to save the girl of his dreams, he has to die.[5]

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Pre-production[edit]

In the early development, Shia LaBeouf dropped out of the project and the title role was briefly given to Zac Efron before LaBeouf returned to the project in August 2010.

Filming[edit]

Filming took place between May and June 2012 and filmed on location in Romania.

LaBeouf reportedly tripped on acid while filming acid scenes. According to LaBeouf, he had to trip on the acid to really get into the head of his character and to emulate some of his acting heroes. "There’s a way to do an acid trip like Harold & Kumar and there's a way to be on acid. What I know of acting, Sean Penn actually strapped up to that electric chair in Dead Man Walking. These are the guys that I look up to."[6]

Reception[edit]

Charlie Countryman has received negative reviews from critics, as it currently holds a 29% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 45 reviews.

Wood criticised the US censors for insisting that a scene be cut in which her character receives oral sex from LaBeouf, while taking no issue with the many violent scenes:[7]

"The scene where the two main characters make ‘love’ was altered because someone felt that seeing a man give a woman oral sex made people ‘uncomfortable’, but the scenes in which people are murdered by having their heads blown off remained intact and unaltered... [Society] wants to shame women and put them down for enjoying sex, especially when (gasp) the man isn’t getting off as well... Accept that women are sexual beings, accept that some men like pleasuring women. Accept that women don’t just have to be f**ked and say thank you. We are allowed and entitled to enjoy ourselves."[8]

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