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The Perks of Being a Wallflower
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(*** Note: this review contains what some people feel to be spoilers, so if you're sensitive to such things, please stop reading now and just take my word that this is really well-done, enjoyable film and is well worth going out of your way to find and see. ***)
The film begins with 14-year-old Charlie (Logan Lerman) writing a letter to an anonymous "Dear Friend" about his nervousness about starting his first year in high school. He writes because he doesn't feel he can talk to his parents or his siblings about his anxieties, nor does he seem to have any real friends he can confide in, for reasons that are initially only hinted at in the internal narrative of his letters.
Charlie's anxieties prove to be well-founded as he finds himself isolated in his first few days at school, dodging upperclass jocks looking to harass new freshmen, torn between just wanting to be left alone and yet not wanting to feel alone. The only friend he makes his first day turns out to be his English teacher, Mr. Anderson (Paul Rudd), who notices Charlie writing down correct answers to questions he asks of the class but not holding up his hand to be called on.Read more ›
The story keeps you guessing and is anything but predictable. There are several things hidden from you as the plot unfolds and right away the mind gets busy trying to figure everything out.
You feel very involved when watching Charlie's freshman year in high school progress. You root for him and are riding on his emotions, but you are also trying to understand who exactly he is.
Without spoiling anything, the basis goes like this: Charlie's best friend shot himself the summer before Charlie goes to high school. As a result, he enters high school as a loner and outcast, and has to try to get through the year with as little resistance as he can. Luckily he starts to make friends and you are brought into their lives with Charlie.
Many moral issues surface along the way. Not directly, but they are happening. With so much going on to the different characters, you are bound to be sucked in by this movie. One of the story lines will grab your heart and you will enjoy it. My sister doesn't even like movies, but we forced he to watch this and she loved it. We all did.
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PG-13? Partying with drinking, drug use, some sex situations, burlesque-type show that the students put together. I wish I knew prior to renting it for my 13 year old. Read morePublished 18 hours ago by James S.
Loved the movie, best I've seen in years. Logan Lerman stole the show with his performance. Hats off to director Stephen Chbosky for directing as well as writing the book the movie... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Of course there are things rearranged, left out, changed between the movie and book (which I also highly recommend). Read morePublished 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
this movie is so incredible. emma watson's performance is so great as sam - it's hard to see her as anything besides hermoine granger, but this film definitely shows she's beyond... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Rosaline