Saturday, February 23, 2013

Movie Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower movie posterThe Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) - Written and Directed by Stephen Chbosky; Starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Dylan McDermott, Kate Walsh and Paul Rudd.

By Kenny Howell

A shy freshman tries to work his way through high school in this coming of age drama from Chbosky, who adapted it from his own book.

Charlie (Logan Lerman) hasn't had the best of luck in his social life, so he is not looking forward to his high school years. But he meets a stepbrother and sister (Emma Watson and Ezra Miller) who open him up to a new world and accept him into theirs.

When this movie isn't trying to hard to make you like this trio, and make you think they are different from other high school kids, it is quite good. Lerman (Stuck in Love) stands out from everyone and really rounds out Charlie, who has underlying issues he needs to deal with as the movie progresses. Miller (We Need to Talk About Kevin) and Watson (This is the End) are a bit too idealized, the kind of characters that only exist in movies adapted from books that need free characters to break their sheltered hero out of his funk.

Not great, but definitely worth your time.

Rating: ***

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