The Perks of Being a Wallflower

14 Jan

perks of being a wallflower


Director: Stephen Chbosky

Writers: Stephen Chbosky (screenplay and book)

Stars: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller

Motion Picture Rating: 12A

Runtime: 102 minutes



Logan Lerman plays Charlie, a bit of a Donnie Darko character, as he embarks on his first senior year at high school. This is a film about his journey through that freshman experience, the basic hell that senior school can be, and the friends that he picks up along the way. As the film opens Charlie is counting down the days until graduation. He’s not a popular kid. In fact, he has no friends.

The friends that Charlie eventually makes are Patrick (Ezra Miller) and Sam (Emma Watson). Together they are outcasts, misfits, oddballs – Sam welcomes Charlie “to the island of misfit toys” which says it all. The 3 become almost inseparable and their friendship is charmingly believable. Their story is about how closest friends often know you best and love you most. It is also about the very real mental hardships that some teenagers have to bear.

This film has been adapted and directed by the original novelist Stephen Chbosky and he has done an admirable job. His screenplay would not look out of place in any of the lists of primetime award nominations. He also benefits from a fine soundtrack and a strong cast in which Logan Lerman really shines as the central character. Overall, it is heartfelt and honest and rather charming. There is a darker sub-plot that is handled a little heavily and resolved a little late, but otherwise the story of how these wallflowers bloom is observant, sweet and uplifting.

3 Responses to “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”

  1. AnAbundanceOfApples January 15, 2013 at 7:36 am #

    LOVED this movie. Logan Lerman was a perfect Charlie.


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