The Perks of Being a Wallflower
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A coming-of-age story based on the best-selling novel by Stephen Chbosky, which follows 15-year-old freshman Charlie, an endearing and naive outsider who is taken under the wings of two seniors. A moving tale of love, loss, fear and hope - and the unforgettable friends that help us through life.
Being white, middle class and in high school during the ‘90s you’d think I would be able to find common ground with the white, middle class ‘90s high school students in The Perks of Being a Wallflower but it couldn’t be further from the truth. This indulgent, facile and deeply irritating coming-of-age drama is little more than a checklist of teen problems expressed with little insight or originality. The teenage years are a complicated period in most people’s lives. First World problems and social insecurities are magnified yet throughout these personal hardships there are defining and unforgettable highs. The Perks of Being a Wallflower predominantly concentrates on the former as privileged rich kids wallow in their problems.
It’s such a…
He is shy. He is terribly introverted. He has reserved for himself to drown in a traumatic past unable to let go off it. He thinks thrice or even more before he speaks or answers. He thinks thrice after he has spoken. He never takes centre stage. He is always the side show who gets mocked in the most inconsiderate ways. He is afraid of his future, counting the days that he has to be alone amongst a madly cheery crowd of people. He contemplates how much more of this loneliness he has to endure. For his whole life he made others happy, never once tried to make himself experience true happiness. He is beautiful, but has never allowed that…
Some time has passed now since seeing this film and part of me really doesn't want to spend any more time contemplating the ghastly horror of it, but I need to get it out of my system before it drives me mad. The Perks of Being a Wallflower created a lot of fuss on release and more often than not has been described as a heartfelt if slightly quirky coming-of-age drama that tackles topics generally avoided by Hollywood. Having seen the film, I now know why the themes Perks “explores” aren't particularly frequent in the output of the much-maligned big studios, and the biggest reason is that it's too easy to completely mess up, as it is so well-demonstrated here.…
I am fully aware I'm not part of this film's intended demographic, but still I expected much more from a film that seems to be getting a lot of love.
I'm tired of watching the stupendously dramatized woes of a bunch of fake, uninteresting, upper-middle class white kids. It is boring and hollow. Director Chbosky, who also wrote the novel and the screenplay, clearly loves his own material very much as he tries to smother his pedestrian plot in a sauce of false intellectualism and gives it a misplaced feel of importance.
It just isn't interesting or original enough, but they sure try to make it more than it is. The problem is,…
Somebody's going to have to do me a favour here.
I know it might be difficult and that because you only know me through Letterboxd (and possibly Twitter and maybe a wrestling forum) but just do your best. The next time you see or sense me being curious about a film that I know I am going to absolutely hate, then please stop me. By any means necessary.
As I remarked to Ahab on a list earlier today, at one point during this film I found myself making farting noises with my hand under my armpit. I probably should have done something more constructive like turn it off and watch something that I might have enjoyed or done some work…
After seeing mostly positive reviews for months, I was surprised when our own Adam Cook and DirkH negatively reviewed it. In fact going by their reviews I'd say they hated it so naturally this peeked my curiosity.
Well now that I've seen it I must say I disagree with those guys. I felt this film was well done and I can relate to the characters since I knew people like this in high school. I found the three main characters Charlie, Sam, and Patrick all very interesting and I understood their struggles. I liked how there's more going on with Charlie than just typical high school bullshit and overall it just worked for me.
I highly recommend The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and it's another good film from the excellent year that was 2012.
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The Perks Of Being A Wallflower is my favourite movie of all time. It truly is a fantastic movie. It's beautiful, heartfelt, funny, witty, charming, heartwarming, and just absolutely amazing. I could rave about this movie for hours if I wanted to becuase there are so many good things to say about it. The performances are amazing all-around and I'm disappointed the Academy didn't recognize them. I'm also disappointed that the film didn't get a BP nom because it really deserved it. The script is fantastic. I could really relate to the main character in the film, which I think helped me to love the movie as much as I did. The film is shot beautifully. The film's score and soundtrack are both great. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower is fantastic.
A lovely coming of age film where in the lead who is a wallflower is helped by his friends Sam and Patrick who help him through his freshman years and in the process discover the joys of enjoying life to the fullest and becoming a matured and popular person. The movie has wonderful performances from the cast and a lovely soundtrack that suited the theme of the film.
This has a brilliant story, but the book was much better than the movie.
Sympathiek coming of age dramaatje met een hoofdrol voor Bowie's 'Heroes'. Jonge acteurs spelen erg goed en hoewel het verhaal me niet heel veel kon boeien, heb ik me geen seconde verveeld. Ik snap de crush van de hoofdpersoon op de engelachtige Watson.
Disclaimer: this might come off a silly or pretentious rant, but it's something that I've wanted to type for quite a while.
I've already discussed why I think this film is so great. It was, and still is, my fifth favorite movie of 2012. But the film serves as a constant reminder to me as to how much a particular piece of fiction can impact someone's life. And "Perks" played a really big part in mine-
I first read the book during the beginning of my freshmen year of high school. Now, my middle school experience wasn't exactly the best one. I was very self conscious, nervous, awkward and hung out with a group of people that really made me…
The teens are likably realistic in their obnoxiousness. Admirable overall message. I'm not sure it needed to go into SVU territory, I'm not sure that creative decision can be defended.
Another coming of age film, which I can let pass. Do not get me wrong. The performances are ernest, the story is good, but I do not seem to connect with them.
Probably coming of age, subtle drama is not really my cup of tea, and it's definitely possible. Thankfully I've had a pleasant childhood. So no matter how empathetic I try to be to the central characters of film, I tend to keep them at a certain emotional distance. My life developed entirely different somehow. My ability to be outright emotional about people has waned it seems.
The culture plays a very important role. The movie can be very well received in USA or Europe where the teenage culture…
Incantato & feroce come l'adolescenza. Grande script. Meraviglioso l'omaggio al #RockyHorrorPictureShow