Friday, September 28, 2012

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

There's just something about a good coming of age film that makes you feel nostalgic.  Even if the story isn't your particular story (and let's face it everyone has a different one) it's always still somewhat universal.  At some point we all felt like we didn't fit in.  And such is the case with Charlie (Logan Lerman), a troubled freshman in high school in the early 90's who doesn't have any friends ... at least until he meets the Wallflowers (including Emma Watson and Ezra Miller).

In the wrong hands, this cliche story could have been extremely unremarkable.  But fortunately it's in exactly the right hands.  Writer/Director Stephen Chbosky (who also wrote the novel the film is based on) deftly crafted an emotional and memorable film with complex characters and just the right cast to portray them.  Paul Rudd in particular shines as Charlie's inspirational literature teacher (and proves once again that he should be in every movie.)  It's a really moving and well made film that's guaranteed to take you back in time to your teenage days.

Grade: A

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