Perks of Being a Wallflower is not out in theaters, still, so no need to freak out! I recently saw this movie after we picked some out last weekend at a Redbox machine. POBW is a film adaptation of a novel by the same name by Stephen Chbosky and follows a year in the life of high school freshman Charlie played by Logan Lerman. Charlie considers himself an outsider, with his middle school friends leaving him behind for the popular crowd, and not really able to find his place among the his peers. His brother graduated the year before him and was a popular football player and his sister, Candace (played by “The Vampire Diaries” Nina Dobrev) is a senior that wants nothing to do with her little brother at school.
Charlie soon befriends Patrick (played by Ezra Miller) and Sam (played by Emma Watson … yup, Hermione), an eccentric step-sibling duo, who accept him into their circle and form a close friendship with him. As Charlie spends more time with Patrick, he starts to learn their deep secrets and personal life challenges, as he shares some of his own. Patrick, a gay senior, has a secret relationship with the star football player at school. Sam was sexually molested by her father’s boss. And, Charlie? Well, you’ll have to watch the film to learn what his challenging past was.
Overall, this was a really great movie, especially for curling up on the couch and having a night-in. Great performances by all of the actors – I especially was pulled in by Charlie’s character and the back story of his life. Plus, there were some pretty high-caliber actors in support roles that are fun to see also, like “Parenthood’s” Mae Whitman and Kate Walsh from “Private Practice” and Dylan McDermott from “Hostages” as Charlie’s parents.