Perks of Being a Wallflower
WOOHOO! Time for a Perks of Being a Wallflower review – because I’m apparently on this kick of watching things that are two years or older. I also have to admit that I’ve never read the book…so this is purely a film appreciation post!
Director: Stephen Chbosky
Actors: Logan Lerman
Run Time: 102 Minutes
Rotten Tomatoes Grade: 85%
Summary” Freshman Charlie is a perpetual wallflower until he falls under the spell of the beautiful, free-spirited Sam and her fearless stepbrother, Patrick; together, the trio navigates love, loss, fear, hope – and the quest for the perfect song – in this unforgettable adaptation of Stephen Chbosky’s beloved novel.
I’m 99% sure that this book is mandatory reading for angsty adolescents. Stephen Chbosky’s famous novel about an alienated high-school freshman who is befriend by a group of non-conformist older kids is a classic for anyone who has ever felt like a ‘wallflower’. Good news – if you liked the book then you’ll most likely love the movie as well. Perks is directed by Chbosky as well, and he has managed to adapt it near perfectly to the big screen. It’s always great when the writer has direct input – just look at The Fault in Our Stars. Or 50 Shades of Grey. Never mind….
Set in the 90’s, freshman Charlie (Logan Lerman) begins writing a series of letters to his friend. Charlie is the quintessential loner – awkward and uncomfortable around his peers, it’s an exercise in discomfort to watch him navigate this dangerous new world. Welcomed by Sam and Patrick, Charlie is quickly absorbed into a group of seniors who embrace their differences. The crowd is artsy – and more importantly, outsiders. They teach Charlie how to embrace himself and he learns about sex, drugs, drinking and friendship. It’s pretty much every teenagers fantasy of finally finding your people, and very relatable.
It’s an important movie about embracing your differences. Nearly everyone can identify with Charlie, who is so deeply unsure of who he is and where he belongs. Struggling with the suicide of his only friend and the death of his aunt, Charlie is mired in the depression and ‘dorkiness’ of his life. It’s a heartfelt and sincere performance by everyone, with Lerman and Miller shining in particular. Watson’s American accent wobbles at times, but delivers a solid performance with a quirky, slightly damaged Sam. Perks is a film with a heart, and it’s all about working through people’s damage with the help of friends – and music.
PS. Is anyone else sick of that ‘we are infinite’ quote?