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  • Summary: When 14-year-old genius Eli Pettifog (Alex Wolff) is rejected from Harvard, he ends up at Ivy League wannabe Whittman College. It's hate at first sight. At Whittman, Eli meets 41-year-old freshman Leo Searly (Brendan Fraser). Leo, a gambler whose world has imploded, has dropped out of life to enroll in college. This odd duo become unlikely friends. Expand
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Sherilyn Connelly
    Feb 25, 2014
    Billy Kent's charming HairBrained comes from a long legacy of collegiate comedies but still finds its own identity.
  2. Reviewed by: Chris Klimek
    Feb 25, 2014
    Kent’s photography is so energetic, and the soundtrack is so sprightly—it features jagged tunes from beloved cult act The Feelies, as well as other, less familiar indie bands—that the thinness of the characterization slips by almost unnoticed.
  3. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Mar 2, 2014
    A likeable if familiar underdog tale.
  4. Reviewed by: Miriam Bale
    Feb 27, 2014
    Unfortunately, the movie lacks strong enough players to fill in subtext to Mr. Kent’s formulaic setups, and the story flounders once Ms. Posey is out of the picture.
  5. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Feb 27, 2014
    Early potential fizzles away too quickly in this underachieving buddy comedy, which just barely skids along on the charm of its co-stars.
  6. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Feb 26, 2014
    It’s nice to see a movie about kids that extols the virtues of intelligence over sex, sports, bad music, ugly clothes and tattoos, but aside from some nice autumnal shots of Ivy League college campuses, there’s nothing in HairBrained to sustain much interest.
  7. Reviewed by: Christy Lemire
    Feb 28, 2014
    HairBrained is painfully contrived and self-consciously quirky from the word go.

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