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Film Fans mixed over Efron's performance

EDITOR’S NOTE — Film Fans features local residents reviewing the film of the week: “Charlie St.Cloud.” Want to be a Film Fan? E-mail features@gwinnettdailypost.com.

3 out of 4 stars

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to see this movie or not when I first saw the previews but decided to give it a shot.

I went and found it to be a heartfelt movie about brothers, promises we make, letting go and taking chances.

Zac Efron (as Charlie) was very convincing as the older, grieving brother dealing with the pain of losing his little brother, Sam, and feelings of guilt.

Amanda Crew (as Tess) was also great in her role as the female sailor who came back into his life and reminded him of what he still has to live for.

The scenery was also very beautiful.

— Cindy Evans, Duluth

2 out of 4 stars

Zac Efron did a fairly credible job of playing the role of Charlie, but the movie just didn’t make much sense to me.

Though I’ve never lost a close friend or family member, I can understand a bit of the denial and blame he could have experienced after the wreck that killed his younger brother.

However, usually these types of things involve talking to the departed and possibly seeing them.

Playing catch every day is going a little too far.

Aside from a couple of plot issues, I enjoyed the movie but I couldn’t understand much of what his one buddy said to him — some kind of English or Scottish accent.

— J. P. Zinn, Lawrenceville

2 out of 4 stars

“Charlie St. Cloud” is a movie that anyone should happily forego.

This movie was so slow moving and, quite frankly, boring.

Yes, I cried, and the only thing that made this movie worthwhile was Zac Efron’s dreamy blue eyes.

I sat through the movie and kept saying, “Get on with it.”

I was looking forward to Efron in a more grown up role; however, his transition into a more serious role really did not impress me. I think he needs to stick with song and dance.

Don’t waste your money on this flub, if you’re an Efron fan, wait for the rental.

— Kimberly Watson, Dacula