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I am 74 years old. The world is different now; there are more risks and more choices than when I was 15, but this movie reminded me of what it felt like to be 15 and 16 in 1954 and 1955. In those days homework was accompanied by radio with Rock and Roll music thanks to Alan Fried, Ranger hockey against Maurice Richard, and Gene Shepard,the best story teller of all time. Most of us had after school jobs which gave us enough spending money to begin making choices independent of our parents, and every day we left home and entered the world alone, with very little confidence but with the hope that everything was going to work out. Watching Charlie going through his day, observing the antics of his friends and trying to make sense of it all, brought tears to my eyes. The beauty of the movie is that it captures the universal experience of adolescence, and fortunately, as difficult as the experience may be, just like Charlie, most of us make it through.
This movie is a completely accurate portrait of alternative youth in the late 80's. Speaking as someone who had an utterly parallel experience in a different American city, this movie really spoke to me. I had people in my life that these characters really reminded me of, and we did the same things, had the same conversations, went to and hosted the same sort of parties, attended midnight screenings of Rocky Horror on a regular basis... Watching this mirror my life experience really took me back. And aside from steeping me in nostalgia, I feel the film handles some really delicate issues gracefully and succinctly. Highly recommended.
To say I loved this book would be an understatement. To say that this story opens your heart would not do it justice. Charlie's coming of age story of his life is a familiar one. You may not have been the super introverted teen but maybe you did possess some awkwardness. You may not have lost your best friend but perhaps you've been around death. You may not have been molested but you struggled with your emotions at some point. The point is, the story is so relevant that it can be tailored to any individual's life. I've experienced this novel three separate times across 3 stages of my life, having a different perspective each time. I've experienced this novel as an introverted high schooler, as a depressed adult in my early twenties, and then again right before I became a graduate student. I've since listened to the audiobook an additional three times and I've seen the movie more times than I can recall. The story can be heartwarming and yet concerning. At times you'll feel so empathetic for Charlie that your hear is tearing out of your chest. You can feel what he feels. And you want for him what you feel he's so deserving of. No matter what stage of your life you're in, whether you're 15 or 45, you can place yourself in a similar situation that will have its own consequences, it's own repercussions, or its own triumph. And you will become instilled which a greater self-confidence and apprecitation for what you're doing in your own life, or what you wish to achieve, or what you're trying to dig yourself out from. This story exudes a sense of clarity through you, and you recognize that as it slowly moves along.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a 2012 U.S. coming-of-age drama film written and directed by Stephen Chbosky, Based on Chbosky’s novel of the same title. The film stars Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, & Ezra Miller. Here are the pros & cons of this film as I see it. Pros: 1. Emma Watson is fantastic & overall the acting is good throughout the film 2. If you like 80's soundtracks, you are in luck 3. Good subject material and plot 4. Overalll good cinematography Cons: 1. If you are sensitive to topic of molestation, then this film may not be for you
Reviewed in the United States on February 23, 2019
Follow socially awkward teen, Charlie, through the ups and downs of living life on the side lines, always a Wallflower, until 2 unexpected students become his friend and mentor. Sam is a free spirit, a wild child, her step brother Patrick is outgoing and the charismatic weird kid, together this trio discovers love, life, music and friendships through the best years of high school. This is movie is stunningly good, just a feel good movie of making friends, falling in love and navigating the treacherous waters of high school. For those of you who have read the book, not many movies do books justice but this one took the cake. The movie follows the guidelines of the book closely and really express's the characters in a way that would make Stephen Chbosky proud.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 11, 2014
I doubt I can add anything new to the dozens of five star reviews this film has already had here, but I have to say that I had read the book and didn't "get" it and I watched the film and completely got it. I love the naturalness of the acting, so unselfconscious and unshowy. The cast are so convincing - they are those people, totally. And I would be the first to get all socialist realist about the first world problems in the suburbs, but the story finds something universal in this suburban coming of age story, in the same way "Donnie Darko" does. You never once think about poor little rich kids. The camera work, the lighting, the script are so well judged. You never feel like a voyeur of somebody's emotional life, so unusual. And I loved the attachment to retro, the Anglophile streak a mile wide, the genuine love for those great shards of eighties culture, the Smiths and the Cocteau Twins. I loved the straightforwardness and honesty about some very difficult subjects. What the film says about sex and belonging seems to me helpful and useful and right. All this and it's good-looking and charming, the whole thing. Five stars.
I wasn't sure at first if I would be able to get into it, but then everything clicked. The main character, Charlie, isn't very good at engaging with people. Being just about to start high school, this is of course an issue. There are lots of hints about things unspoken, but the very fact of his awkwardness, his frankness, causes him to try and avoid being noticed.
It's those characteristics make him endearing, and as the story progresses, and the central cast... His family and friends, who are his family as well in his vulnerability and openness, grows with him. it's touching, funny, sad and yet, ultimately uplifting. The main cast did so well, and I can't understand why I hadn't watched this film until now!
I can't recommend it enough, really. Next is the book, and probably the film again.... Maybe a couple more times...
5.0 out of 5 starsIf youve ever felt like an outsider and wanted to be with people who ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 29, 2016
If youve ever felt like an outsider and wanted to be with people who accepted you for what you are, then watch this.It'll leave you wishing you had friends like these.But it will also make you feel good about not fitting in.This is definitely a film for teens who arent conformists, but it still resonates with this old 80's kid.The scene with Emma Watson car surfing to David Bowies Heroes is so feel good you'll have a smile on your face and tears in your eyes....A mini classic,& a brilliant buy for 3 quid.
3 of 4 family members read the book. 4 of 4 family members enjoyed the film.
I would guess that people who would not enjoy this sort of film would be put off by the trailers, cover and synopsis. For those who may like it the added advantage of reading the book is available.
The film is great, in part at least due to the fact that it is based on a good book, that has recombined good things from other previous good books (like the Harry Potter series does). This is not a criticism. The film is a distilled version of a book that distilled good stuff from other sources. I have rewatched a few times and am likely to watch again over the years to come.
We know the heroine of Harry Potter, miss Granger. Known for her very strong loyal attachment unwilling to betray someone. Good Character played . Recommended to lovers of Emma Watson Emma Charlotte D Watson, she is here and draws attention by her exquisite and delightful face (watch that episode in here) where she might be the wall flower or is it her boyfriend? Better than the USA LOL
I loved this coming of age feel good movie even with its serious storyline. Emma Watson firmly shakes of her harry potter role and comes into her own as a shining star in this movie about a high school recluse that has gone though a lot in his young life that gets befriended by two out there high school seniors that show him life is worth living. Its only near the end that we know the root of the problems in Charlie's life that happened in his childhood. brilliant movie for young teens and older people.
3.0 out of 5 starsThe Perks of Watching Emma Watson
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 9, 2015
Not such a grand statement or perceptive insight into teenage angst! More a watchable but ultimately quite forgettable trip into American High School culture. The characters are mildly interesting but not overly sympathetic or quirky, and the narrative is acceptable but not compelling. Nothing here that hasn't been done before and probably better. However Emma Watson is perfectly beautiful and sustains interest in the film to the end.
this is a good film about the perils and pressures of traversing teenage to adulthood ,deals fairly with affects of childhood abuse and issues around sexuality and relationships ,is worth a watch especially for younger teenage viewers who might relate to it but is still a little glossy and sanitised in certain ways when it comes to showing the reality of the effects of trauma and the affects of low self esteem in young adulthood .
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 3, 2013
This film surprised me; I thought it was going to be more artsy and so when my boyfriend agreed to watch it with me; I was afraid he was going to sit there for an hour and a half and resent me as we have completely different taste in films. Turns out he loved it, as did I. It's funny and heartfelt, and a total must see. It also has a pretty great soundtrack. The only issue that we had with the film is that the characters listen to this 'amazing' song but are completely unaware that the song is 'Heroes' by David Bowie. Who doesn't know Heroes...? Anyway, apart from that slight niggle; it's a great film and I'd highly recommend it for pretty much anyone.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 31, 2013
If you have read the book you will hopefully enjoy this movie. It's a sweeter version of the book ( no swearing ) and a bit of an arty movie. Logan Lerman is great in it a complete character switch from his Percy Jackson role. Emma Watson's broken American accent makes for additional entertainment.
But overall this coming of age, sweet, lovable, innocent movie is fantastic. In my top 5
I bought the book, but haven't gotten around to reading it yet, so when I saw it was out on dvd I couldn't help myself. I'm very glad I didn't resist the urge to buy. This had me laughing and crying in equal parts, and I would strongly recommend. Keep in mind though, this film deals with some heavy emotional situations, so people who are easily triggered by child abuse, drug use or suicide need to take care.