• Released
  • February 28, 2014
  • (Limited)
  • PG-13 , 1 hr 37 min
  • Comedy
  • 7 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: 14-year old genius and outcast Eli Pettifog (Alex Wolff) finds himself at Whittman College, where he meets 41- year-old freshman Leo Searly (Brendan Fraser), a gambler whose world has imploded and has dropped out of life to enroll in college.

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70

The Dissolve

By Chris Klimek
Kent’s photography is so energetic, and the soundtrack is so sprightly—it features jagged tunes from beloved cult act The Feelies, as well...
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70

Village Voice

By Sherilyn Connelly
Billy Kent's charming HairBrained comes from a long legacy of collegiate comedies but still finds its own identity.
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50

The New York Times

By Miriam Bale
Unfortunately, the movie lacks strong enough players to fill in subtext to Mr. Kent’s formulaic setups, and the story flounders once Ms....
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40

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Early potential fizzles away too quickly in this underachieving buddy comedy, which just barely skids along on the charm of its co-stars.
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25

RogerEbert.com

HairBrained is painfully contrived and self-consciously quirky from the word go.
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25

New York Observer

By Rex Reed
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...
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Still smiling!

By Celluplebe
I came to this movie with a little trepidation. Comedies can go flat so easily. Not because they aren't funny, but because they don't inspire, because they need more than humor. This movie had so...

Funny, intelligent and entertaining.

By rbenjam
A smart comedy that has some understated acting, funny bits and a story which hits home (and school!). Great for all ages....

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Rated PG-13 | For for alcohol consumption, drug content, nudity, profanity, sexual situations, and youth substance use
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 15+ Drinking and come-ons in unfocused college underdog comedy.
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