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.
Chbosky plays this CW serial stuff for maximum earnestness, stressing the teenage tendency to assume that every new thing they re feeling is unprecedented in human history, keeping the tone just-moist-eyed throughout.
Heartfelt but rather generic.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower" captures the phenomenon of high school with all the tenderness and horror it deserves.
First-time writer-director Stephen Chbosky adapts his young-adult bestseller with far more passion than skill, which suits familiar scenes of adolescent awkwardness aptly enough.
It s all frightfully familiar - as if teens sitting around the campfire need to be told the same story every night - until the last 15 mins., when this Cocoa Puffs movie reveals an underlayer of arsenic.
It s nostalgia with an emphasis on nostos, pain.
I found the ultimate statement of Wallflower to be a humane and encouraging one that the movie manages to deliver without getting overly precious.
You can feel Chbosky s blood, sweat and tears oozing out of this highly personal project, but that holy trinity of fluids isn t enough to wash away the sense that you ve seen this before-many, many, many times.
It s sad, funny, warm, and nostalgic - kind of like high school, really.
Fact is, much as you and I might want to protest that we were cooler than these kids, wherever and whenever we did our growing up, we probably weren t.