The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Socially awkward teen Charlie (Logan Lerman) is a wallflower, always watching life from the sidelines, until two charismatic students become his mentors. Free-spirited Sam (Emma Watson) and her stepbrother Patrick (Ezra Miller) help Charlie discover the joys of friendship, first love, music and more, while a teacher sparks Charlie's dreams of becoming a writer. However, as his new friends prepare to leave for college, Charlie's inner sadness threatens to shatter his newfound confidence.
Release Date: September 21, 2012
Director: Stephen Chbosky
Cast: Dylan McDermott, Mae Whitman, Kate Walsh, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Nina Dobrev, Ezra Miller, Adam Hagenbuch
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From a parental perspective, this is a very heavy film. The PG-13 rating is a generous one considering the frank sexual dialogue, regular drug use, language, partial nudity and the committed manner with which the story addresses many controversial topics, including suicide, domestic abuse, child abuse, homosexuality, religion and bigotry ‚Äî to name a few.
However, as a film, the story is a beautiful one and to many teens, a possibly necessary one. It's difficult to say, "This film has bad things in it so stay away," when the bad things are used to spotlight the value of the often innocent people forced to endure them.October 4th, 2012 · Details5 Thanks ·
Forget get "The Breakfast Club", this is the best coming of age movie ever. The book and movie are awesome! Emma Roberts is brilliant in the movie as well as Ezra Miller and Logan Lerman :)June 17th, 2013 · Details2 Thanks ·
Perks of Being a Wallflower is a movie that every high school student can relate to because it tackles every single problem that high school students go through:
-Loss of friends
The good news is that the film tactfully talks about these issues (especially sexual abuse) without being to visual with these issues. Along with that the film does a very good job at jumping between comedy and drama.
Is this a film you should take a 13 year old to see? No. Because of the intense issues that they deal with I feel that this is a movie that is better for a more mature audience that can relate more to what is happening.November 8th, 2012 · Details2 Thanks ·
I just couldn't get in to this movie. I stuck it out as long as I could but finally turned it off. Please understand what you are getting into before you watch it. Maybe that is why I turned it off, because I didn't realize it would be as bad as it was.September 23rd, 2013 · Details
2012 brought many great movies our way, and "Perks..." is one of them. The fact that it's unconventional script was snubbed an Oscar-nomination is a shame. It is one of the sharpest screenplays of the year. It takes subjects that could have been cliched and silly and makes them somber and graceful. The cast is terrific, and I was extremely impressed by newcomer Logan Lerman as the lead character. Too bad for the rest of the cast, this film belongs to Ezra Miller, who I HAILED in 2011 for his incredible performance in "We Need To Talk About Kevin". I said it then, and I'll say it again, Ezra Miller will be the next big star. His talent is fierce, and he demands attention when onscreen. His performance here is layered. While he is the life of the party and the comic charm, we eventually see his fragile, broken side, and Miller plays it wonderfully. The movie is a jolting surprise. It's a nostalgic feeling of love, loss, and moving on. MUST SEE! (See: "We Need To Talk About Kevin" while you're at it)September 3rd, 2013 · Details
This film is about troubled kids dealing with the trauma of mental illness, sexual abuse, and social stigma. While the importance of friendship and love in healing is a central theme, values oriented viewers will likely find it difficult to relate to the film. While ClearPlay does what it can, there is no moral center as it concerns teen sexuality or substance abuse, portraying these as natural and even desirable parts of high school life. We feel deeply for all the well portrayed characters in their predicaments, but be aware that their lifestyle choices may be very different from the ones you embrace or want your children to embrace... See Full ReviewAugust 12th, 2013 · Details
All of the Harry Potter stars went through what I like to call ‚ÄúPost-Potter depression‚Äù. The first person to deal with that depression was Emma Watson who signed on to play a character in Stephen Chbosky‚Äôs movie adaption of his novel Perks of Being a Wallflower.
This movie was incredible. It was funny and pointed and, considering how mature some of the content was, was very classy. I know I say this in a lot of my reviews but the acting was very good in this movie and the cast is incredibly talented.
Perks is about a boy named Charlie (Logan Lerman) who is getting ready to start his freshman year of high school. Over the summer, his best friend shot himself and that left Charlie in a vulnerable state. He is soon befriended by Patrick (Ezra Miller) and Sam(Emma Watson), step siblings who show him what fun looks like and what friendship really is.
Let‚Äôs start with Paul Rudd. Rudd played Charlie‚Äôs English teacher and played this role to the point where I was wondering why my high school wasn‚Äôt blessed to have someone like that. He cared about Charlie and really took care of him, encouraged his talents and interests and developed a friendship that would last a lifetime.
Charlie is awkward and shy which Lerman played perfectly. Lerman was awkwardly adorable and girls everywhere probably want to find a Charlie now. He was perfect in this role and really made it his own. In a time where bullying is such a hot topic, Charlie shows us that even when things are awful it only takes, ‚Äú20 seconds of insane courage,‚Äù to turn it around. Lerman is innocent and curious and completely trusting. Charlie was the same and also did anything he could to protect his new friends. He is loyal, true and completely lovable.
Sam, one of Charlie‚Äôs new friends and a senior in high school was cool and popular. Watson did well in the role and was the perfect combination of cool and compassionate when she interacted with Charlie. She was smart and classy and really took care of Charlie. Sam watched over him and loved him and that‚Äôs really what Charlie needed. Watson was great for the role and it was a perfect way to break the Harry Potter image.
Now for Ezra Miller. Miller played Patrick, Sam‚Äôs stepbrother and Charlie‚Äôs first friend. Miller was phenomenal in this role and delivered some of the best lines. There are movies that have characters that just make it great. Like Fat Amy in Pitch Perfect, well, Patrick is Fat Amy. He brings it all together and makes even the most intense scenes a little lighter with his one-liners.
I think this movie is appropriate for anyone 14 and older. The film deals with some mature situations and with drugs and alcohol. I know that most people have probably seen worse in the hallways of their school but it‚Äôs still not something you want your kids to be too familiar with at a young age. This is a run out and see it movie so grab some friends and make plans to watch Perks of Being a Wallflower this weekend.April 10th, 2013 · Details
It was an ok movie, book was a lot better.April 9th, 2013 · Details
This film is definitely a "downer" with bright spots interspersed throughout it. The characters are lovable, complex, and struggling to deal with heavy burdens. The screenplay says a lot in its short 2 hours about the lives of teenagers living on the outside of the mainstream. Thoughtful drama, interesting protagonists, and the worthwhile themes of kindness, love, and acceptance make the story worth your time. Be prepared for some heavy subject matter, however.
There were several scenes in the movie that show teens doing things that I personally believe to be spiritually destructive. Drug usage and teens having sex are the two biggest offenders. These actions are condoned by the charismatic and likable characters in the show, and therefore I would not feel comfortable with an impressionable younger teen watching this movie. As an adult, I did not feel uncomfortable with any of the scenes. There is suggestive language and implications of inappropriate behavior by teens, but nothing explicit.April 7th, 2013 · Details
This is defiantly a movie you need to give your full attention to. Its pretty deep, and it'll give you flashbacks to high school days. Funny, sad, sweet and messed up are all ways to describe parts of this movie. I thought it was great but be careful who is watching because it does seem to promote drugs.February 17th, 2013 · Details