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.