“The perks of being a wallflower” is the film adaptation of the best-selling author Stephen Chbosky. The film is mainly about the struggles of being a teenager and the fear of starting high school. The plot follows the life of Charlie, a sort-of “weird” kid, who is on the journey to self-descovery. He’s afraid he won’t make any friends, he fears moments of his past which he seems to be blocking out, but above all he fears never finding the place where he belongs.
He discovers that not everything is as difficult as it seems and that there’s always someone who is willing to give you a chance. He meets Patrick and Sam, step-brother and sister, who accept him just as he is and introduce him to the rest of their friends. He will then dive into a world where he experiences drugs, alcohol and relationships, but the most important thing that he will discover is how it feels to be inconditionally accepted by a group of people who will always be there for him.
The cast of this film includes a few teenaged favourites. Logan Lerman, best known for his role in “Percy Jackson and the lightning thief”, plays Charlie. Emma Watson who plays Charlie’s first love is best known for her role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter franchise.
The cast also includes Patrick, a teenaged homosexual, who is played by Ezra Miller. Kate Walsh (Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice) plays Charlie’s mother and Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries), his older sister. Paul Rudd plays the role of Charlie’s Advanced Literature teacher but will turn into his friend and will give Charlie advice when he starts to have doubts about how to solve his problems in his day-to-day life.
“The perks of being a wallfower” is a fun film that reflects perfectly the moments that teenagers go through on their way to discovering who they really are. This film is essentially about the importance of real friendship and of finding those people that make one feel alive and infinite.