Usually when a film about quirky angsty teenagers begins, I think, “Haven’t I seen this film before?” By the time The Perks Of Being A Wallflower ended, I realized I was wrong– there was at least one exceptional coming-of-age story left.Same for the stomach-tightening dread that comes with looking around the cafeteria for familiar faces.
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When Patrick calls him over, Charlie calls him Patrick– the first time he’s been called something other than the nickname all day.
The spark of interest Patrick takes in Charlie is believable, and Charlie’s discovery of a friend still doesn’t automatically cure his crippling social fears due to the nature of its set-up.
Instead, it creates several full-blooded characters to watch grow, and the illusion of simplicity in its execution is utterly spellbinding.
Nearly all films in this genre rely on stereotype, sassy irony, and cliche.
The term “revelation” comes to mind– this isn’t just a leading man, this is a damn good actor who will last in the business long after other “hot” young faces have disappeared from the grid.
Emma Watson also solidifies her post-Harry Potter career.
He’d been away for psychiatric treatment, and his only friend committed suicide shortly before high school began.
So to say he stepped into the first day of ninth grade with extreme hesitance is putting it mildly.
He eventually ends up finding himself drawn towards two seniors: Patrick (Ezra Miller), a cut-up extrovert misfit in his shop class, and his step-sister Sam (Emma Watson), who herself didn’t belong after bouts of extreme alcohol abuse and promiscuity early in her high school career.
Upon befriending these two– and inevitably taking a shining to Sam’s warmth– he begins to go to parties, meet others, and find that, among a certain sect of the high school population, he fits in. Yet Stephen Chbosky, who adapted his own book for the screen and directed it, gives each character the heart and dimension they require to make the film transcend the usual tropes of the coming-of-age teen angstfests.
At a football game, Charlie sits alone but sees Patrick cheering.