Charlie doesn't really have any friends. He lives at home with his parents and older sister, scared to death of the upcoming school year - the start of High School. A complete introvert because of a dark past, Charlie has trouble making any potential friends at school until Sam and Patrick, two high-school seniors, take him under their wing. Charlie is endearing, yet very naive about the world around him, and Perks of Being A Wallflower chronicles his year at school as he experiences all sorts of things while trying to find a place where he belongs. Stephen Chbosky's Perks of Being A Wallflower is a heartfelt, endearing look into the world of high school, full of the highs and lows of growing up. The most impressive aspect of this film is its ability to transport the viewer back to high school, touching on a barrage of issues like sex, love, friendship, etc, all from the point-of-view of high school students while never feeling convoluted. The two male leads are fantastic from the scene-stealing Ezra Miller, who brings most of the energy and comedy to the film, to Logan Lerman's portrayal of the awkward, naive Charlie who he plays to perfection. While I do have a few small complaints, Perks of Being A Wallflower is relatively subtle and natural in its portrayal of dramatic events. One of my few critiques was the way the film handled the whole Aunt subplot and Charlie's mental condition which just felt scattered and rushed, though to be fair it could have been handled in a much worse way in being over-dramatic and manipulative. Also, Emma Watson is a solid actress but she was simply miscast in this film, somewhat struggling at times with the accent. In the end, Perks of Being A Wallflower is a film about young people simply trying to understand and embrace the world around them. It perfectly captures these young souls trying to figure it all out and does so in a really nostalgic-inducing way.
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