Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Genius (Disney Channel Original Movie)

“Genius” is a Disney Channel Original Movie that premiered in 1999. Directed by Rod Daniel, the film is a family comedy that follows the story of a 13-year-old boy named Charlie Boyle, portrayed by Trevor Morgan.

Charlie Boyle is a high school student with average grades and an unremarkable life until one day, he accidentally becomes a genius. While visiting a science fair with his friend, he gets exposed to a unique formula developed by a brilliant scientist named Dr. Krickstein, portrayed by Emmy-winning actor Charles Martin Smith. As a result of the exposure, Charlie’s intelligence increases dramatically, turning him into a prodigy.

Initially, Charlie uses his newfound intelligence to impress his teachers and classmates, earning popularity and admiration. However, as the pressure to perform and maintain his genius status increases, Charlie starts to realize that being a genius isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. He faces challenges in balancing his old life with his new identity and must come to terms with what truly matters to him.

Throughout the movie, Charlie learns valuable lessons about friendship, honesty, and staying true to oneself. He discovers that being a genius doesn’t define who he is as a person, and that being true to his passions and interests is more important than impressing others.

“Genius” delivers humor, heartwarming moments, and an engaging storyline that appeals to young audiences and families alike. Trevor Morgan’s performance as Charlie Boyle received praise for capturing the essence of a young boy grappling with newfound intelligence and the complexities of adolescence.

The film’s positive messages about self-acceptance, friendship, and the importance of staying true to one’s values have made it a beloved classic among Disney Channel fans. “Genius” continues to be remembered as an entertaining and heartwarming family movie that leaves viewers with a smile on their faces.

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  • Type of Movie: Live Action
  • Movie Platform: Disney Channel Original Movie
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  • Trevor Morgan: Charlie Boyle / Chaz Anthony
  • Emmy Rossum: Claire Addison
  • Charles Fleischer: Dr. Krickstein
  • Yannick Bisson: Mike MacGregor
  • Peter Keleghan: Dean Wallace
  • Philip Granger: Coach Addison
  • Jonathon Whittaker: Mr. Boyle
  • Patrick Thomas: Odie
  • Matthew Koller: Deion
  • Chuck Campbell: Hugo Peplo
  • Eli Ham: Omar Sullivan
  • Darryl Pring: “Bear” Berczinski


  • Director: Rod Daniel
  • Producer: Aaron Meyerson

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I am founder and editor of My passion for all things Disney goes pretty far back to my first trip to Walt Disney World in the mid-80's. I have since returned to the magical place more than 20 times. I started this site when I came to the realization that I spent a significant portion of my day reading articles about Disney and watching Disney content with my 8-year old, so it made sense that I would start sharing some of what I read and see and building a little community around it. Other interests include 80's nostalgia, vintage toys, video games, LEGO, Star Wars and tech gadgets. Other site isDMR.