Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

Directed by Stephen Chbosky

Starring Logan Lerman, Dylan McDermott, Kate Walsh, Patrick de Ledebur


A deep, insightful look at being the unpopular kid in high school, though it got unexpectedly dark at the end.

Obviously a very personal movie for Chbosky, the author and screenwriter and director of the film. It’s interesting and surprising that Chbosky’s hardly done any other directing. I wonder how much of this film was is autobiographical. Lerman actually looks like him a bit.

Lerman as Charlie is pretty good. His expressions and mannerisms capture the angst of being a nervous and unpopular high school student quite well. Watson is angelic and cute, a necessary female role for any high school movie. Ezra Miller is good, filling the quirky sidekick role of 80’s high school movies played by Jon Cryer and Robert Downey Jr. and others. Rudd is fantastic in a minor role as the teacher. He’s engaging and memorable without overpowering the movie. A perfect addition.

Well-made, smart, and nicely paced.

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