Movie Review(pt.2): The Perks Of Being A Wallflower(2012)

Part 2 from the teen and wallflower post..

I know I am late to having seen this film. It was released the fall of 2012. But since it wasn’t available to rent on itunes or Amazon I had to wait for my netflix to start up again. It is here. There is a lot of change happening in my life right now. I am getting ready to leave Anaheim and move to Pomona( L.A. County). I was just up there for three days and got back late last night and this film kept me awake. I watched it. I watched a lot of the commentary. I cried. I laughed. I related. I was inspired to continue down the path of wanting to tell stories and make an impact.
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Director: Stephen Chbosky
Writer: Stephen Chbosky (screenplay)
Stars: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Mae Whitman


Plot/Overview:
Charlie, played wonderfully, by Logan Lerman is about to begin his freshmen year of high school and he has secrets that no one knows. He is shy, quiet, he is a wallflower. He sits and reads by himself at lunch. He is brilliant in his English class but to shy to ever share his genius with the rest of school. At the school’s football game he sees Patrick, whom other students call nothing because of a stunt he pulled in front of the students. Patrick introduces Charlie to Sam(his step-sister). Sam becomes Charlies love interest. She has a boyfriend who is a college student and she is in her senior year herself. Patrick And Sam toast to Charlie. They see that his best friend had just committed suicide and believe that he is a wallflower that needs someone to dance with. Charlie becomes close with these two while also facing his struggles with his abusive past. Patrick struggles with his homosexual relationship with Brad. Brad is a popular jock and their relationship is secret from everyone. A huge fight breaks out between them later in the film and bullies start to beat Patrick up while Brad just sits and watches. Charlie intervenes and saves Patrick. In the end, Charlie faces his blame of himself for being abused by his aunt. He also faces the fact that no one else makes him happy except Sam and Patrick. He loves Sam and I believe it to be one of the best teenage romances I have ever seen.In the closing monologue Charlie says ‘we are infinite!’ he comes to believe that high school will be tough but life is to be lived. And to not live it in fear of the past or shame or guilt, but to be free.

Wonderful Lines and Moments:
I think this film deserves more space then I would usually give in a film review because it was filled with so many golden moments of descriptions of humans. Film is about capturing those glaring moments of our humanity.
I like the fun facts of Charles Dickens being the first to invent the paperback book and cash pennies being stored away became known as box-office

The girl in Charlie’s class that makes fun of his trapper keeper. Charlie sees the sister’s boyfriend slap her and he is concerned she is getting mistreated. This makes him reflect on the own abuse he received, albeit he does say good praise for his Aunt. I think that is a sign that he has struggled to reconcile his shame with what she did.

Charlie gets taken to a party by Patrick and Sam and eats a special brownie. He says: “Why do they give letters to marching band, its not a sport!’

He says to Sam: “You have such pretty brown eyes the kind of pretty that deserves to make a big deal of itself, don’t you think?”

After Sam tells Patrick that she thinks Charlie doesn’t have any friends. Patrick makes a toast and says: “You see things and you understand, you are a wallflower.” Charlie then says ‘I didn’t think anyone noticed me!” Sam then says “Welcome to the island of misfit toys!”

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Charlie reflects and says he feels infinite. The song heroes plays..we can be heroes for just one day..

Sam gives him music that is.kitschy and brilliant!”

Charlie offers to help Sam study for the SAT’s. He makes her mix tapes.

I love the advice that Mr. Anderson gives to Charlie. Charlie asks him, “Why do nice people choose the wrong people to date?”Mr. Anderson says,”We accept the love we think we deserve!” This is one of my all time favorite lines. Add this to your book of good tweets and quotes.
Charlie then says,”Can we make them know we deserve more?”
Mr. Anderson says “We can try!” Mr. Anderson later gives Charlie his favorite book as a child.

Patrick gets Charlie a suit for Christmas. Early on in meeting Patrick and Sam Charlie had said ‘ My aunt thinks I should be a writer, but I don’t know what I would write about.” Patrick and Sam say “Write about us!”

Sam gets Charlie(as they are deeply falling for each other) a typewriter for Christmas. She types on a page ‘Write about us!’ He types,” I will!”

Sam kisses Charlie and its his first kiss. They tell each other that they love each other. I love their relationship. She had said you were this scared freshmen..you are a sexy schoolboy now!

Sam tells Charlie,”I used to sleep with guys who treated me like crap..and I got wasted all the time! Charlie says,”My aunt was my favorite person until now(referring to Sam).”

He says do you think if people knew how crazy you were no one would ever talk to you? Sam says,”All the time! She gives him glasses, he shovels a circle in the snow..and makes a snow angel!” Sort of cliche but first the scene.

Film plays on the set up and the payoff. This whole love story of these characters is building and building and you find yourself wanting it to work between the characters.

Charlie ends up in the hospital while he sleeps in the snow. He flashes back to his Aunt getting hit by a car and I am assuming she died.

Sam stays with the college Craig guy and Charlie goes out with Mary Elizabeth, played by Mae Whitman(Amber in Parenthood). Craig is to lame to show up at the school dance.

Charlie totally screws it up with Mary Elizabeth because when he is with her he pictures he is kissing Sam, or with her. They have a truth or dare circle and Charlie says,”I am fantasizing that one of us is dying of cancer, so that I don’t have to break up with her!”

Someone dares him to kiss the prettiest girl in the room and he kisses Sam in front of Mary Elizabeth. OUCH!

Charlie tells Sam, “You are not scared of me, are you?” After the big fight! Patrick says( I am pretty sure)” Why can’t we save anyone?”

Patrick paints all the tools pink as a senior prank.

Charlie tells Mr. Anderson that he is the best teacher he has ever had.

Sam’s guy Craig cheated on her. She tells Charlie, “Why do I and everyone I love pick people who treat us like we are nothing!” Charlie says “We accept the love we think we deserve!”

This whole scene between Charlie and Sam is awesome. She says why did you never ask me out!”
He says,” I know who you are Sam,I know I am quiet, and I know I should speak more but if you knew the things that were in my head most of the time you would know what it really meant, how much we are alike and how we have been through the same things, and you are not small you are beautiful!” Then the big kiss happens. And Prom had happened too.

The climax of Charlie’s mental struggles happens when he calls his sister and says that he was responsible for his aunt’s death. Charlie ends up in the hospital. Joan Cusack plays the doctor. He finally admits to his doctor and his parents the truth with what happened with the aunt.

The closing of this movie deserves to be quoted. They go through the tunnel in Pittsburg they had done it once early on when Sam was just being introduced to Charlie but the movie closes with them in the tunnel, and it is totally awesome!

Can Charlie come out and play? They grab him at his house after he had been in the hospital and I teared up when the shot shifted and showed Sam waiting for him.

Closing monologue by Charlie:(to Sam)
“I was in a bad place before I started high school and you helped me, you made me feel all alone, there are people who forget what its like to be 16 when you turn 17, we will all become somebody’s mom or dad, these moments are not stories, this is happening, I am here, I am looking at her and she is so beautiful, I can see it, I can see it, this one moment when you know you are not a sad story, you are alive, and you stand up and see the lights on the buildings and everything that makes you wonder and you are listening to that song on that drive with the people you love most in the world and in this moment–we are infinite!”

They get out of the tunnel and hes standing up on the back of the truck like Sam had done earlier in the film.

In watching the behind the scenes it was amazing to hear that the actors all were best friends during this film and that is probably why it turned out so good. They were all a family and this movie had shifted their young acting careers. You can’t write it, it takes a group of actors to do it!

Great song shout outs to ‘heroes’ and ‘asleep.’

Watch this movie!

3 thoughts on “Movie Review(pt.2): The Perks Of Being A Wallflower(2012)

  1. I am a fan of both the book and the movie. You said that you watched the commentary and I was wondering if you watched the deleted scenes as well? I know that the film can only be so long but I think it was a true shame they cut out the part where charlie takes his sister to the abortion clinic. If they had left it you would have better understood their relationship. To me that scene coming right before the part where charlie asks his teacher why people love who they do would have made the quote, “we accept the love we think we deserve,” even more heart-wrenching. This is my opinion and I know others who didn’t care for the scene so I was curious on your opinion.

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