The Perks of Being a Wallflower is hands down one of the best films I’ve seen in a long time. I couldn’t even wait to read the book first, which is a big deal, trust me. The only other times this has happened were with Stardust and The Princess Bride, and that was only because I didn’t realize they were based off books.
If you’ve watched many movies centered around teens, you will understand why it is so rare to come across one so rich with heart, wit, and insight. I knew going in what the big twist was at the end, but I was still crying like a baby and feeling for poor Charlie. But I am getting ahead of myself. Perks centers around an awkward, introverted freshman named Charlie, played by an absolutely adorable Logan Lerman. He sits alone at lunch and doesn’t speak up in class, even though he knows all the answers. Until a group of seniors change his life. Sam (Emma Watson) is his first love, even though she is tortured and much more experienced girl who doesn’t feel like she deserves love. Patrick is her outspoken gay step-brother, and Charlie’s new best friend. They accept him into their circle of friends and teach him what high school is all about: finding yourself, making mistakes, and learning about life.
If you haven’t seen it, you need to. It is most definitely The Breakfast Club for our generation. And the best part? If you’re a 90s kid, get ready for some flashbacks—the film takes place in the 1990-1991 school year.