Movie Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Release Date: September 21, 2012
Actors: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller
Director: Stephen Chbosky
Genre: Drama (Adapted from book by Stephen Chbosky)
Rating: PG-13
Current Location: In Theaters 

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An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world.


The Perks of Being a Wallflower released as a pinnacle coming of age novel in the early nineties -- nearly the same moment when Krista and I entered the world as wee little babies. I can't say I've read Perks, and I can't say the novel changed my life but I'm pretty positive many can. Going into the film, I'd expected to leave wanting to pick up the novel. But the film's dynamic acting dissuaded me from it -- why ruin a story that I can see so clearly in my head?

Ezra Miller played the electric Patrick -- an openly gay teen with a world of hurt underneath that contagious smile. For those who have yet to witness Miller in his standout roles Another Happy Day and We Need to Talk about Kevin will be literally drawn to him on screen. You won't want to look away. Since I've seen his  impressive body of work, I expected Miller to consume each scene. And he did just that.

Emma Watson played slutty Sam who will find love from whoever offers it. Watson was overshadowed by seasoned actors Lerman and Miller, but I completely believed that she was Sam and not Hermione Granger. A great post-Harry Potter film indeed.

Logan Lerman played the lead, Charlie, who suffers from depression and post-anxiety of the traumatic nature. I'd forgotten how brilliant of an actor Lerman is. After wowing me on WB's Jack & Bobby, he went off to star in a few "hero" roles like Percy Jackson series and The Three Musketeers. In Perks, he wasn't afraid to be too awkward, and his portrayal of a boy suffering from depression made me weep like a little girl in the theater. By the end, I only wanted to see the film again for Logan's performance.

The acting lifted this movie into what it is -- a representation of youth and the struggles of fitting in and being accepted. Stephen Chbosky was very lucky to land such a perfect cast because without it, the film would have sunk dead in the water. Chobsky's directing was lackluster, and at times, I found myself craving for a new camera angle


  1. I actually really enjoyed this movie, but I can see why you didn't enjoy certain aspects. I think that I might have built the movie up too much in my head to actually love it. Great review!

  2. Haha, slutty Sam. When I read the book, which was a zillion years ago, I remember thinking Sam was the best character. She had all these flaws, but she was still able to affect Charlie so deeply. It'll also be interesting to see how the narration differs from the book. In the book, we never truly learn who Charlie is writing his recollections to... but I think they went another direction for the movie.

    Also, I'm VERY happy to hear Emma Watson was able to shed Hermione. It's one thing to love an actor who played a lovable character, but for her to go out and do the same for another character is what makes an actor truly talented.

  3. Yay yay yay!! I'm glad you liked this movie. I need to hurry up and see it before it leaves theaters. D: