The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Genre:  Drama, Romance
Running Time:  103 min.
Release Date: September 28, 2012 (limited)
DVD: February 12, 2013

Current rating: Rating: 3.32
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Cast: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev, Paul Rudd, Mae Whitman, Melanie Lynskey, Ezra Miller, Dylan McDermott, Kate Walsh, Johnny Simmons, Nicholas Braun

Inspiration: The Perks of Being a Wallflower novel


Fifteen-year-old loner Charlie (Logan Lerman), still coping with his best friend's suicide, is setting off on his first day of high school. Realizing his potential, Charlie's new English teacher (Paul Rudd) introduces him to literature greats like Salinger and Kerouac, inspiring Charlie to embark on some adventures of his own.

He winds up befriending two seniors, the quirky Sam (Emma Watson) and her flamboyant stepbrother Patrick (Ezra Miller). The siblings help Charlie embrace his teenage spirit, complete with sex, pot and lo-fi rock.

Although Charlie basks in his newfound happiness, it isn't long before he realizes it won't last forever, with Sam and Patrick's graduation quickly approaching at the end of the year. Burdened with the heartbreak of losing his friends, not to mention his new love, and a repressed family secret waiting to be exposed, Charlie fights to keep afloat and escape the depression that's threatening to pull him back in.

Based on the 1999 novel of the same name written by director Stephen Chbosky.

Director: Stephen Chbosky
Studio: Entertainment One
Producer(s): Lianne Halfon, Russell Smith, John Malkovich
Screenplay: Stephen Chbosky
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  • 3 stars "A little uneven, but there were some nice performances."
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  • 5 stars "LOVE IT!!!!!"