The Perks of Being a Wallflower2012
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
Critic Consensus: The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a heartfelt and sincere adaptation that's bolstered by strong lead performances.
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as Mary Elizabeth
as Mr. Anderson
as Dr. Burton
as Aunt Helen
as Mr. Callahan
as 7-Year-Old Charlie
as 9-Year-Old Candace
as Ponytail Derek
as Rocky MC
as Senior Bully
as Nose Tackle
as Mean Freshman Girl
as Shakespeare Girl
as Freshman Boy
as Twin Girl
as Twin Girl
as Emergency Room Policeman
as Emergency Room Doctor
as Young Mom
as School Principal
as Sam's Mom
as Sam's Dad
as Candace's Friend
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Critic Reviews for The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Even making allowances for a certain amount of Hollywood gloss, there's something wrong with a film about misfits where everyone is this good-looking and poised.
Perks seems like the work of a much more experienced director, maintaining fidelity to the source material without sacrificing any cinematic qualities, triggering genuine sentimentality and nostalgia through interaction between sound and image.
Chbosky directs the movie with the care and conviction of someone who knows that this is his big story being told once and for all.
Sensitive teens and their older kin who pine for the '90s may want to take it for a spin on the dance floor.
Regardless of the viewer's proximity to his or her own high school experience, "Perks" seems to get it right, precisely because it's not about a specific time or place.
Audience Reviews for The Perks of Being a Wallflower
While a toast to those surviving not-fitting-in while in high school and to nerds everywhere, this is at heart basically a message film warning about what it is in life that makes outsiders feel the way that they do (i.e. usually victimization). Take away the message and what remains is another coming-of-age drama, one decently actualized. Expect lots of classic rock dance tunes.
Dealing with the problems of approaching adulthood in high school, friendship, love and a whole bunch of themes more could make for a horribly dry or self-important film. This one has its pretentious moments that make you wonder if there ever were three friends with such a glamorous gang doing such "crazy" things. But overall it works, thanks to a script that is taking its characters and their problems seriously without forgetting the humor. It also helps that the young actors are excellent, even Lerman who was mostly really dull in other films. There are moments of genuine truth, catching the hopes, fears and opportunity of adolescence rather perfectly, and a pretty surprising twist towards the end, that thankfully doesn't ruin the film's ultimately optimistic attitude. Viewed at the right age this could be a long-time companion, much like the friends in the movie. Well done.
A beautifully sad yet brilliant masterpiece. I might have preferred a little more depth to my characters rather than simply scratching the surface. But wonderfully powerful with a great young cast. Emma Watson excelled in this role!
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