The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Published October 2, 2019

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Film info

  • Title The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Director Stephen Chbosky
  • Year 2012
  • Run time 1hr 42m
  • Genre Drama
  • Tagline We are infinite

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is based on the wildly popular novel by Stephen Chbosky about a freshman named Charlie (Logan Lerman) who is always watching from the sidelines until two charismatic seniors take him under their wing. Beautiful, free-spirited Sam (Emma Watson) and her fearless stepbrother Patrick (Ezra Miller) shepherd Charlie through new friendships, first love, burgeoning sexuality, bacchanalian parties, midnight screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and the quest for the perfect song.

Live blog

1:21Such good casting, the real question is why haven’t I watched this before?
3:22Dude, counting down from over 1000 days is going to be well depressing
5:42No characters in cinema anymore should be called Mr Anderson, that name is officially ruined.
6:12Is that cliffhanger thing true? Already, I have learned more than I did at school.
12:55Ponytail Derek is a terrible nickname.
18:07He’s so good going to the things even though he’s by himself. My favourite kinda person.
28:07Hands and feet inside the vehicle at all times, missy!
31:29Mixtape fun and games.
37:56“We accept the love we think we deserve.” God, Paul Rudd as a teacher. Epic.
43:24I am envious of Charlie’s ability to buy gifts. “He knows me.”
46:42Omg, how hard is it for her to say Craig like Creg?
48:00I love that clock!
52:17“Do you think if people knew how crazy you really were no-one would want to talk to you?”
1:05:17I don’t know if you should break up with someone just because you want to use the phone.
1:17:22I don’t think I know any suburban legends.
1:35:17I can’t believe this is all Joan Cusack is in it!


This film has been lurking in my library for a little while but for some reason has never come to the surface. That’s a surprise because I’ve read the book and quite liked it, and it has a mega cast in the film.

Overall, I really liked it. The music is good and the story winds it’s way through the trauma of being a teenager anyway, on top of the specific problems this gang of friends are going through, or have been through.

The young cast are brilliant. The trio at the forefront are really believable and watchable as friends and you really could keep watching them all day.

The only downside, really, is there isn’t anything groundbreaking about the movie. It’s a solid, teen drama with good music and a good cast. It doesn’t move the genre forward but it’s a really good entry to the canon.

Rating: 4 / 5

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