Charlie St. Cloud is a noble, good-natured mess of a movie. Its heart always seems to be in the right place. Its brain, unfortunately, is always somewhere else.
Charlie marks the next step in Zac Efron's evolution, the latest attempt to prove that the handsome and effortlessly magnetic young actor can survive outside of the effervescent ensembles he led through three High School Musical films and the winning Hairspray remake. Last year's 17 Again demonstrated Efron's decent comedic chops. Charlie -- helmed by 17 Again director Burr Steers -- is meant to show the actor's sentimental side, as well as his considerable dramatic range.