The Perks of Being a Wallflower quick movie review

perks_of_being_a_wallflower_movie_posterThe Perks of Being a Wallflower is one of those coming of age stories that feels right but has unfamiliar details. Maybe high schools really do have that Senior on Freshman beatings that come up in all the high school movies and I missed it in real life, but Perks still resonates with even the most stoic of viewers… unless you popular.

I really enjoyed the performances – that and the movies’ underlying tone are what make it so immersive. I’m only familiar with Emma Watson (who dropped at least two British colloquialisms but otherwise wielded a flawless American accent) and she’s brilliant here, but Logan Lerman carries the film with ease. Ezra Miller also makes wonderful contributions.

On the other hand, there’s a lot in this movie that just goes beyond my experience and/or understanding. Drugs just weren’t lying around like that in my high school – even in my senior year. And the aforementioned Senior on Freshman beatings were non-existent, as were the giant houses endless supply of money that just seemed to fall from the sky, but then, I guess the money and the big houses go hand in hand. I’m not exactly sure what Patrick meant when he said his life was an after school special, but maybe that’s because the only after school special I ever sat through from beginning to end was Stood Up. Dr. Girlfriend and I put our heads together and we just couldn’t decide what year this movie took place in. Maybe the early 90s? The hair was much too short for the 80s… The lack of cell phones and the presence of cassette tapes seemed to indicate it couldn’t be any later than the mid to late 90s, but the fashion didn’t seem to hold up on those dates very much. I guess the letters were written to a non-existent ‘friend’ because it was A) a way to show Charlie’s alienation B) the author thought having him writing the letters to his dead friend was too much C) a plot device. Anyway, the climax was interesting, but I’m not sure all of the pieces were there to support it.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower isn’t perfect, but it captures the right emotion and the performances carry the movie through. Check it out – I give Perks an 8.5 out of 10 – and thanks for reminding me of the worst time in my life, assholes! =)

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