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The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) Movie Review

April 16, 2013

High school life in the United States is fun for many and painful for the outcasts.  “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” centers on the high school life of an introverted outcast named Charlie (Logan Lerman) as he navigates his freshman year of high school. Early on, he meets two seniors, Sam (Emma Watson) and Patrick (Ezra Miller), who welcome him into their circle of friends. As the film unfolds, we are slowly introduced to the true problems facing Charlie as events from his past surface. While it is never made completely clear what happened, we are given enough information to make an educated guess by the end.

The time period is portrayed nicely through the use of music from the era. Songs surface frequently as characters pass around mix tapes. There is very little score in the film, though most of what is there enhances the impact of major scenes. The film explores what it must have been like to be gay in the 80s through a major gay character and his relationship with a classmate. The story doesn’t shy away from difficult issues of young relationships and finding your way in life. Rather than presenting answers, the film leaves you contemplating your own life.

Movies as character-centric as this one are nothing without good acting. The young cast easily surpasses any challenges in their roles. Logan Lerman gives a fantastic performance, leaving me excited to see what he will do in future films. Emma Watson is someone most are familiar with from her roles in the Harry Potter series. Her performance is outstanding, and a good reason to check out the film. Ezra Miller’s performance is superb, and one that is even more outstanding considering the contrast with his character in “We Need to Talk about Kevin”. The rest of the young cast does an outstanding job as well.

If you enjoy a good drama and don’t mind it being a bit heavy on the emotional side, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” should not be missed. Hopefully you will walk away ready to welcome the outcasts in your life.
4.5/5

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