The Perks of Being a Wallflower

A new review from The Movie Snob.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower  (B+).  Possible alternative title: “And You Think You Had It Tough in High School.”  This is the story of Charlie, a newly minted high-school freshman who has struggled with some sort of mental-health issues in the recent past.  He looks to be headed for a lonely four years, but he gets adopted by a group of misfit seniors led by Patrick (Ezra Miller, City Island), who is gay, and his stepsister Sam (Hermione Granger, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone), who has a troubled past and a dark secret.  Oh, and it soon comes to light that Charlie’s best friend recently committed suicide.  Suffice to say, this is a very dark and heavy movie, and given the central themes of mental illness, suicide, and sexual abuse, I think the PG-13 rating may be misleading.  Aside from a few moments that I couldn’t quite buy, I thought this movie was very well done.  Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief) does a good job as the introverted Charlie.  Several other recognizable actors show up, such as Paul Rudd (Our Idiot Brother) as an inspiring English teacher and Mae Whitman (TV’s Arrested Development) as a Buddhist control freak who gets a crush on Charlie.  Well worth seeing, but don’t expect to walk out smiling.

5 comments on “The Perks of Being a Wallflower

  1. […] Knightley created a couple of believable characters trying to keep their sanity amid the chaos.  The Perks of Being a Wallflower was also very good, although very dark indeed.  For these kids, high school really is tough.  And […]

  2. […] is a determinedly grim and gray spectacle as Harry and his two chums Hermione (Emma Watson, The Perks of Being a Wallflower) and Ron have to go out into the big, wide world to try to defeat the evil Sauron, er, I mean Lord […]

  3. […] and exciting, or else there would be no movies.  Here, our nominal hero, Percy (Logan Lerman, The Perks of Being a Wallflower), leads a small band on a quest to find the golden fleece.  Lerman makes a bland and mopey hero, […]

  4. […] Bite), and the protagonist is George as a 15-year-old back in the 1950s (played by Logan Lerman, The Perks of Being a Wallflower). His dad (Kevin Bacon, X-Men: First Class) is a bandleader, and his mom (Renee Zellweger, Cold […]

  5. […] or at least half-guessed, the facts that were being concealed.  Oh well.  Hermione (Emma Watson, The Perks of Being a Wallflower) is cute.  And Helena Bonham Carter (Alice in Wonderland) seems perfect for her role as one of the […]

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