In Sept. 2012, the movie “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” was released based on Stephen Chbosky’s best-selling novel of the same name. Chbosky was not only the author of the book but also the director of the film. This film addresses many emotions, from love and loss to fear and hope; this movie has it all.
In 2013, this movie won a People’s Choice Award for Favorite Dramatic Movie, among many additional awards. “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” is a highly enjoyed movie and was rated 86% by Rotten Tomatoes.
In this movie, Charlie, a shy teenager who struggles with depression, starts high school and faces all the ups and downs that come with it. Charlie is a socially awkward teen and likes to observe from the sidelines. He has to begin freshman year without his best friend, Michael, who has recently committed suicide. His advanced English teacher, Mr. Anderson, is Charlie’s first friend in high school because he is uneasy and has difficulty making friends. For the beginning of his freshman year, Charlie is alone and doesn’t quite fit in, until he meets Sam and her stepbrother, Patrick. Sam and Patrick are two very free-spirited high school seniors who quickly befriend him and take Charlie under their wing. I really enjoyed this part of the plot because it showed Charlie branching out and becoming more confident. They make a special effort to welcome Charlie into their group. The three of them grow to become great friends, which helps Charlie come out from his shell and become way more confident. With Sam and Patrick, Charlie eventually recognizes the happiness that friendship brings.
Charlie also encounters his first love and really turns out to have a favorable high school experience. In addition to his social life, Charlie is also an intelligent kid who sets out to become a writer. When it comes time for his friends to go off to college, the new, confident Charlie starts to disappear when he is filled with sadness and a feeling of emptiness. I really appreciate the fact that the movie portrays realistic high school struggles that Charlie faces.
I thought that this movie was heartfelt and clearly showed the struggles Charlie dealt with when starting high school and being a wallflower. It really expresses that growing up is not easy, especially for him. I, personally, am a fan of dramas, so I really enjoyed this film and thought it was not too heavy and was light-hearted at times. The plot was something I really enjoyed because it showed that although Charlie was alone at the beginning and had nobody there for him, it didn’t last; he eventually found friends that made him extremely happy. Charlie does not just find his group, but he finds himself.