Movie Review — The Perks of Being a Wallflower

by Ryan on February 17, 2013

in Anything Else,Pop Culture

The film The Perks of Being a Wallflower was in and out of theaters around here in NJ pretty quick.  Usually that’s a sign of a film’s quality — not this time.  I think people really missed out on a gem — I know I did, but made up for it by seeing Perks this weekend.  Here’s the trailer:

Where to begin… first of all it’s more than just a movie where Harry Potter’s Hermione, Emma Watson, pulls off an American accent.  It was well-acted by all, had a great soundtrack, and hit a number of serious emotional themes which should connect with late Xers like myself who were in high school during the early-to-mid 1990s:

Mixed tapes?  Who didn’t make one of those!  Searching high and low for that completely life-altering song you heard in passing on the radio — hell, I still do that!  Befriending that girl with the reputation not because she might be an easy score, but because she’s easy to talk to and is kind of cool.  Going to the Rocky Horror Picture Show on Saturday night before flooding a diner (Ho-Bicks to my RI people).  It was also fun to see all the high school drama associated with pre-Internet teen relationships.  Plus, that “first kiss” scene might as well have been taken straight from one Saturday night I kind of remember back in November ’93.

Perks hits all of this through the eyes of Charlie, a messed-up freshman with serious baggage who’s just trying to find people to talk to.  This movie speaks to the introvert in all of us, telling us that it’s OK to be who we are with the people who really matter — those who care about us.  It has its technical flaws and inconsistencies, but the story’s emotional core and early ’90s setting rekindled some high school memories.  I loved the movie, but I figure the average movie-goer might give it a B/B+.

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