The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) Rated PG-13

perks-of-being-a-wallflowerA shy freshman is taken under the wings of a couple of seniors. Based on the book by Stephen Chbosky.  Starring Logan Lerman, Dylan McDermott, Kate Walsh, Nina Dobrev, Paul Rudd, Emma Watson, Mae Whitman, Joan Cusack.

Wow, this movie was a surprise.  I had heard it was good, but not having read the book, I didn’t know what to expect.  This film takes teen angst to a new level.  It is reminiscent of the 80’s teen films, but with a relevance for this generation.  The story is brilliant, the cinematography beautiful, and the acting superb.  Lerman plays an introverted teen who comes into his own after encountering Sam, who opens his eyes to the real world.  The film deftly covers everything from homosexuality and drugs to the meaning of life and death- all things that teens today are dealing with. I can’t say that it handled all of the subject matter perfectly, but it is done with a sensitivity to the imperfect world we live in. This film is worth a watch.



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