A teenaged girl will probably respond to the name Zac Efron just as quickly as they would to Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. The “High School Musical” Franchise is almost as popular as the “Twilight Saga”. Zac Efron is the face of HSM movies along with his winning smile, beautiful blue eyes and his singing and dancing. No actor wants to get pigeonholed into one type of role forever so they try to take on different roles before they find themselves playing the same type of character to the end of their careers. Zac gave comedy a try with “17 Again”. Now, he really challenges himself with the new drama “Charlie St. Cloud”. Unfortunately, he was not up to the challenge.
Talent like Pattinson and Efron often get pegged as “pretty boy” actor who cannot act. Efron’s main problem in this movie is the amount of acting he does. It’s best to know the plot of the movie before that point can be explored further. Charlie St. Cloud is a popular boy in high school who earned himself a sailing scholarship to college. Shortly after his high school graduation he is driving with his little brother, Sam (Charlie Taham) and the two are involved in an auto accident that claims Sam’s life. Sam may be dead; but, Charlie still sees Sam everyday at dusk in the forest to play catch with his dead brother and just hang out and play together. So that’s why five years later he is still living in the same town, he deferred his scholarship in order to keep seeing his brother everyday.