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The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 12 October 2012 (USA)
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An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world.

Director:

Stephen Chbosky

Writers:

Stephen Chbosky (screenplay by), Stephen Chbosky (based on his book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Logan Lerman ... Charlie
Dylan McDermott ... Father
Kate Walsh ... Mother
Patrick de Ledebur ... Senior Bully
Johnny Simmons ... Brad
Brian Balzerini Brian Balzerini ... Linebacker
Tom Kruszewski Tom Kruszewski ... Nose Tackle
Nina Dobrev ... Candace
Nicholas Braun ... Ponytail Derek
Julia Garner ... Susan
Ezra Miller ... Patrick
Tom Savini ... Mr. Callahan
Emily Marie Callaway Emily Marie Callaway ... Mean Freshman Girl (as Emily Callaway)
Paul Rudd ... Mr. Anderson
Chelsea Zhang ... Shakespeare Girl
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Storyline

Based on the novel written by Stephen Chbosky, this is about 15-year-old Charlie (Logan Lerman), an endearing and naive outsider, coping with first love (Emma Watson), the suicide of his best friend, and his own mental illness while struggling to find a group of people with whom he belongs. The introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors, Sam and Patrick, who welcome him to the real world. Written by Anonymous

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We accept the love we think we deserve.

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 on appeal for mature thematic material, drug and alcohol use, sexual content including references, and a fight - all involving teens | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Perks of Being a Wallflower See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$228,359, 23 September 2012

Gross USA:

$17,742,948

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$33,384,127
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Was originally rated R by the MPAA for "teen drug and alcohol use, and some sexual references" but was later changed to PG-13 after an appeal for "mature thematic material, drug and alcohol use, sexual content including references, and a fight - all involving teens" See more »

Goofs

If the movie does take place during the '91/'92 school year, the song "Low" by Cracker that plays as they enter Charlie's first party wasn't recorded or released until 1993. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Charlie: [voice-over] Dear Friend. I am writing to you because she said you listen and understand and didn't try to sleep with that person at that party even though you could have. Please don't try to figure out who I am. I don't want you to do that. I just need to know that people like you exist. Like if you met me you wouldn't think I was the weird kid who spent time in the hospital. And I wouldn't make you nervous. I hope it's okay for me to think that. You see, I haven't really talked to...
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Toucha Toucha Touch Me
Music & Lyrics by Richard O'Brien
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Good but a bit scary to this old fashioned father.
23 January 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"The Perks of Being a Wallflower" is a good movie. However, as a father of two girls in college, watching this film is a bit tough for me, as I WANT to assume that real young people don't do drugs, stand up in fast-moving cars, have sex, or, well...have sex. But I also know this naive and although I would hate for younger teens to see this movie (as it might give them a sense that they should grow up too fast), it IS a good film. Far from perfect,...but a good film.

The film is about a very insecure and withdrawn young man entering high school. He doesn't fit in and knows it. However, surprisingly, he does soon get taken into a small group of friends--friends who are seniors and mostly have a lot of hangups too. It takes place over this single year of high school and ends when the older friends go off to college.

The film has a very smart script. Sometime, perhaps a bit too smart because too often the kids come off as a bit hipster-ish and too glib. But it is very enjoyable throughout and quite poignant--and deals with some VERY tough and complex topics--some of which are rarely ever addressed. While I don't think the movie is as wonderful as most (since it's in the IMDb Top 250 List), it is quite good and excellent for an audience 16 and up...well, perhaps 17 and up.


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