Screener Squad: Charlie Says

Charlie Says Movie Review


In the wake of the Tate-LaBianca murders by the followers of Charles Manson, there were many questions. The world was stunned by these horrific murders and wanted, nay, needed to know how these young hippy kids could be swayed from peace and love to brutality. Who was this svengali Charles Manson who could have such an effect? Who were these kids and what could possibly convince them to commit such atrocities? Director Mary Harron’s film takes the perspective of three of the Manson girls, Leslie Van Houten, Patricia Krenwinkel, and Susan Atkins, as a prison psychologist tries to get them to open up about what happened and accept responsibility for their actions. While the bulk of the film is in flashback mode as Matt Smith’s version of Manson swings wildly from kindly leader/wannabe musician to misogynist lunatic, our review crew wished more time had been spent with the women post-imprisonment. But there’s still much to say good about Charlie Says. Listen to Chris, Beau, and Kim here with their review.


Directed by: Mary Harron

Starring: Matt Smith, Hannah Murray, Sosie Bacon, Marianne Rendon, Suki Waterhouse, Merritt Wever, Chace Crawford, Annabeth Gish

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