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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

By EMILY JENSEN

The truest essence of this film can be stirred up from the angsty sediment in the YouTube comments section for its trailer, most pointedly: “HOLY FUCK I CAN’T HOLD BACKK MY EMOTIONS AHHHHHH FUCKING YES.” Precisely. This teen movie, like most teen movies, harvests the raw power of adolescent passion in all its sloppy, horny glory to craft a cinematic confection that reflects, interprets and glorifies the universally shared experience of being a teenager. In this rendition, Charlie, a lonely, gazellelike high-school freshman (Logan Lerman), fumbles his way into that rare circle of upperclassmen mature enough to be kind to him but reckless enough to get him wasted. Among his newfound crew of misfit seniors is Sam (Emma Watson), an outcast indie goddess, and Patrick (Ezra Miller), Sam’s histrionic yet lovable half-brother. The trio proceeds to engage in a series of typical adolescent shenanigans and, of course, comes to life-altering realizations like, “We accept the love we think we deserve.” This line would be insufferable were it not delivered by Paul Rudd, who plays the Understanding English Teacher and friend to all weirdos. In fact, a slew of other clichéd and contrived teen-movie moments unrelated to Rudd’s sweater-vested performance somehow manage to eschew their intrinsic cheesiness and sound fresh. Perhaps it’s because, while such flicks typically stick to a certain level of fluff, Wallflower finds a way to come across as deeply, disarmingly sincere. It is wild, hormonal and hyperbolically emotional, a well-calibrated film incarnation of an actual teenage life. It’s kind of perfect, actually. 

 
  • Genres: Comedy drama
  • Running Time: 103 minutes
  • Release Date: Wednesday, October 3, 2012
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13 [ A Fight, All Involving Teens, Drug and Alcohol Use, Mature Thematic Material, Sexual Content, Sexual References ]
  • Critic's Score: A
  • Starring: Logan Lerman [Charlie], Emma Watson [Sam], Ezra Miller [Patrick], Mae Whitman [Mary Elizabeth], Kate Walsh [Mother], Dylan McDermott [Father], Melanie Lynskey [Aunt Helen], Joan Cusack [Dr. Burton], Paul Rudd [Mr. Anderson], Nina Dobrev [Candace], Adam Hagenbuch [Bob], Johnny Simmons [Brad], Erin Wilhelmi [Alice], Reece Thompson [Craig]
  • Directed by: Stephen Chbosky [Director], Stephen Chbosky [Screenwriter], Lianne Halfon [Producer], Russell Smith [Producer], John Malkovich [Producer], James Powers [Executive Producer], Stephen Chbosky [Executive Producer], Andrew Dunn [Cinematographer], Mary Markey [Film Editor], Michael Brook [Original Music], Inbal Weinberg [Production Design], Gregory Weimerskirch [Art Director], Merissa Lombardo [Set Decoration], David Robinson [Costume Designer], Mary Vernieu [Casting], Venus Kanani [Casting]
  • Visit the Movie Website | Watch the trailer
 

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