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Based on the novel by Stephen Chbosky.
Emma Watson, Kate Walsh, Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller, Paul Rudd, Dylan McDermott.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is based on the wildly popular novel by Stephen Chbosky about a freshman named Charlie who is always watching from the sidelines until a pair of charismatic seniors takes him under their wing. Beautiful, free-spirited Sam and her fearless stepbrother Patrick shepherd Charlie through new friendships, first love, burgeoning sexuality, bacchanalian parties, midnight screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and the quest for the perfect song. Includes bonus features.
DVD, NTSC region 1; 1.78:1 aspect ratio; Dolby Digital 5.1.
I adored this movie. There were some aspects of the book that were cut that I had hoped would remain (e.g. *SPOILER* Charlie's sister's abortion *SPOILER*) but otherwise, it was a great adaptation and a wonderful film.
I had mixed feelings on this movie. I'd loved the book back in high school, but watching it on screen as an adult, it felt really awkward. I was reminded of just how rough those years were, and of how ridiculous some of the things we did were. It didn't hold the same truths for me as the book did back then. And I couldn't help being grossed out at the idea of high school kids performing "Rocky Horror." That was a big part of the book, and at the time I read it, I thought nothing of it, but now it just seems creepy. Maybe another sign I've gotten old. The ending lines rang true though and sort of summed up the whole experience for me.
I think this is still a realistic depiction of what high school is really like, but it was still hard for me to watch. Would be great for teens today though like the book was for me back then, or for adults who really want to get nostalgic about high school in the 90s/00s.