Nick's Review of The Perks of Being a Wallflower
You'd be damned to find a more defiantly honest movie this year outside of "This Is 40" (surely) than "The Perks of Being a Wallflower". Shamelessly kitschy, sappy, and cliched, still the closest "Perks" ever gets to cloying is in open arms. This is high school as sitcom punk-level dreamscape, but it's about and does more than the limits that sort of stuff'd usually entail. It's not life at forty. And yet if it speaks to you, and you'll know if it does, it gets sad and scary quick, the rocky horror of adolescence and ambiance of infinite love, loss, and happiness. "Perks" is often all at once. One thing it's not is crazy stupid. And goddamn, does it make the flush of hot and bothered feel great again.