The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower
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October 31, 2012
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Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, and Paul Rudd star in this funny and touching coming-of-age story based on the beloved best-selling novel by Stephen Chbosky

A funny and touching coming-of-age story based on the beloved best-selling novel by Stephen Chbosky, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower is a modern classic that captures the dizzying highs and crushing lows of growing up. Incoming freshman Charlie (Logan Lerman) is shy and prone to sitting on the sidelines, but he also has more serious problems, including a recent stay in a psychiatric hospital, and a best friend who committed suicide. At the film’s outset, his ability to make it through the school year intact is in question. Set in the ’90s in a suburb of Pittsburgh, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower gives its protagonist a stable, loving family while acknowledging that is not a guarantee of happiness. Charlie’s life improves dramatically when he meets stepsiblings Sam (Emma Watson) and Patrick (Ezra Miller), happy outcasts who’ve carved out their own social sanctuary and who take Charlie under their wing. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower is a moving tale of love, loss, fear and hope–and the unforgettable friends that help us through life. In its acknowledgement that youth can be overwhelmingly difficult, but also filled with the kind of glimmers of promise and possibility that can’t be experienced at any other time, Chbosky has crafted a coming-of-age tale that feels unusually warm and wise. (USA, 2012, 103 min., color, Rated PG-13, 35mm • Director/writer: Stephen Chbosky • Cast: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Paul Rudd, Melanie Lynskey, Dylan McDermott, Kate Walsh, Tom Savini, Nina Dobrev • 2012 Toronto International Film Festival)

“All of my previous selves still survive somewhere inside of me, and my previous adolescent would have loved “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” - Roger Ebert, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

“This is clearly a labor of love that was nurtured and sculpted from the beginning. The result is a film that feels exhilarating, fragile, funny and real.” – Tom Long, DETROIT NEWS

“A graceful and beguiling drama.” – Owen Gleiberman, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY