Directed by The Princess Bride‘s Rob Reiner, Being Charlie follows Charlie, a privileged and reckless 18-year-old with an addiction problem who breaks out of a rehab center. His father (Cary Elwes), worried about how his son’s issues will affect his campaign for governor, gives him an ultimatum: “You can either head back to treatment or live on the streets.”
So, Charlie accepts the offer and enters a new program run by Travis (Common), where he meets and falls for the similarly troubled Eva (Homeland‘s Morgan Saylor). However, relationships are prohibited at the facility.
“Getting sober is a selfish thing,” says Common in the trailer. “You gotta help yourself first.”
Being Charlie was written by Reiner’s son Nick and Matt Elisofon, both of whom have spoken out about their past struggles with substance abuse. The movie draws on Rob and his wife’s struggle to help their son overcome his addiction.
Being Charlie, also starring Susan Misner (The Americans) and Devon Bostick (The 100), opens May 6.