Director: Stephen Chbosky
Starring: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Paul Rudd among others
As an outsider, a lot of us imagine the all American high school to be a place where endurance is the key if you’re not “cool.” There are various cliques like the geeks, the jocks, the nerds, etc. Then to add on to these cliques there is that boy that every girl wants to date and there is that girl that every boy wants to lay his hands on.
“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” is one such movie. Based on the book by Stephen Chbosky, the movie primarily revolves around the protagonist, Charlie, played by Logan Lerman- a sophomore, while struggling with the suicide of his best friend and the death of his Aunt, is trying to find himself in new and unfamiliar territory. He is befriended and quickly taken in by a Sam, played by Emma Watson and Patrick, portrayed by Ezra Miller.
The movie very rightly captures all the waves of the average teenager-from dating to drugs to music to partying to just trying to find a group of people who are like you in some sort of way. From the very beginning, it is easy to tell that Charlie is no ordinary teenager. He is a 15 year old with a troubled past, one who is continuing to struggle, one that is intellectually gifted and one that finds it hard to make friends easily. It is when he musters up the courage to talk to Patrick that he finds himself being unveiled to the world of sex, drugs and rock n’roll! Well, not really, but you get what I mean. He is instantaneously befriended by Patrick and his step-sister Sam, who together introduce him to their queer group of friends. They take him to parties, fix him up with his first hit, and how can the girls be left out of this scenario. But like most teenagers, he finds himself with the wrong girl, who he has very little in common with, simultaneously confused about his feelings for another girl.
Although Charlie’s breakdown towards the end of the movie and his battle with his best friend’s suicide along with his Aunt’s death are rather hurriedly dealt with, the movie is definitely a must-watch. Whether you are a teenager, or if you have recently stepped out of the hassles of teen-hood or whether your teenage days are long gone, this coming off of age movie is one that anyone can relate to.
I would give “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” a 4/5.
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