The Perks of Being a Wallflower

2012

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a heartfelt and sincere adaptation that's bolstered by strong lead performances.

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Based on the 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. Starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller, 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. -- (C) Summit

Cast

Logan Lerman
as Charlie
Ezra Miller
as Patrick
Mae Whitman
as Mary Elizabeth
Kate Walsh
as Mother
Nina Dobrev
as Candace
Paul Rudd
as Mr. Anderson
Joan Cusack
as Dr. Burton
Melanie Lynskey
as Aunt Helen
Tom Savini
as Mr. Callahan
Leo Miles Farmerie
as 7-Year-Old Charlie
Isabel Muschweck
as 9-Year-Old Candace
Nicholas Braun
as Ponytail Derek
Jordan Paley
as Rocky MC
Patrick De Ledebur
as Senior Bully
Brian Balzerini
as Linebacker
Tom Kruszewski
as Nose Tackle
Emily Callaway
as Mean Freshman Girl
Chelsea Zhang
as Shakespeare Girl
Jesse Scheirer
as Freshman Boy
Julie Schaefer
as Twin Girl
Mark McClain Wilson
as Emergency Room Policeman
Atticus Cain
as Emergency Room Doctor
Stacy Chbosky
as Young Mom
Laurie Klatscher
as School Principal
Jennifer Enskat
as Sam's Mom
Morgan Wolk
as Candace's Friend
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Critic Reviews for The Perks of Being a Wallflower

All Critics (164) | Top Critics (46) | Fresh (141) | Rotten (23)

Audience Reviews for The Perks of Being a Wallflower

  • Jun 28, 2020
    "I just want to make sure that the first person who kisses you loves you." If you haven't seen The Perks of Being A Wallflower yet, I'm sorry for giving away a priceless line from one of its great scenes. But, don't worry. I haven't ruined the moment for you.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Apr 01, 2017
    While a toast to those surviving not-fitting-in while in high school and to nerds everywhere, this is at heart basically a message film warning about what it is in life that makes outsiders feel the way that they do (i.e. usually victimization). Take away the message and what remains is another coming-of-age drama, one decently actualized. Expect lots of classic rock dance tunes.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 25, 2015
    Dealing with the problems of approaching adulthood in high school, friendship, love and a whole bunch of themes more could make for a horribly dry or self-important film. This one has its pretentious moments that make you wonder if there ever were three friends with such a glamorous gang doing such "crazy" things. But overall it works, thanks to a script that is taking its characters and their problems seriously without forgetting the humor. It also helps that the young actors are excellent, even Lerman who was mostly really dull in other films. There are moments of genuine truth, catching the hopes, fears and opportunity of adolescence rather perfectly, and a pretty surprising twist towards the end, that thankfully doesn't ruin the film's ultimately optimistic attitude. Viewed at the right age this could be a long-time companion, much like the friends in the movie. Well done.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • May 22, 2014
    Solid film. Wish that this had come out when I was younger so I could have had it as kind of a guide to the tempestuous years of high school. Any teenager can relate to the lessons taught in this film (except for the Rocky Horror Picture Show stuff, which was really fucking weird). The story is relatively interesting, and the characters grow on you surprisingly quickly. The messages sent by the film are important and clear. The only real issue that I had with this movie was the ending (SPOILERS) involving Charlie's aunt. The film just basically glosses over the most depressing part of the story like it was close to nothing, just a time when Charlie lost it for a bit. She nearly ruined his life, but she was so fucked up mentally and do desperately in need of help, implied by the movie to some extent that she was being abused, either physically or sexually, and so she took it out on Charlie. Even though she becomes a monster, she didn't have anyone around to help her out, so in the end, to some extent, it wasn't even her fault, so it's hard to hate her. Her death was almost merciful compared to her torturous existence. Plus Charlie ends up finding out that the person he loved and respected above almost all others, a pillar of his life, isn't who he thinks she was, and that she nearly ruined his life. But the film barely talks about this, and leaves a surprisingly upbeat film with a much darker and depressing ending segment. The film doesn't end after this revelation, of course, it has a couple of scenes later to wrap the film up, but the gravity of Charlie's Aunt's actions completely overshadow this. The viewer is probably still stunned until the ending credits roll. So this film would've been amazing if it had handled the ending better. As is, it just remains a great, very likable and watchable film.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer

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