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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Anyone else seen it?

I hadn't read the book but thought the film was excellent. Like a less tragic "Ordinary People". Ezra Miller was amazing. There were a few characters that I wish had been explored further but it was refreshing to see a film about teens that isn't as ridiculously condescending or obvious as some trash out there.

by Anonymousreply 18110/17/2014

I thought the storyline about Ezra and the football player was shortchanged -- problem was, most of it happens out of Charlie's point of view so all they could really do was talk about it. Plus to be shallow, the football player should have been hotter.

On the other hand Logan Lerman was probably way too cute to play Charlie but we'll let that slide. He sold it with his performance,

by Anonymousreply 110/07/2012

Ezra was amazing. and I was surprise to like Emily Watson.

by Anonymousreply 210/07/2012

I was amused that the football player was the same guy who was the 'nerdy' boyfriend in Jennifer's Body. The brief exchange where he thanks Charlie for stopping the other guys was brilliant.

Lerman's cuteness didn't bother me. Awkwardness can stem from purely personality. Many social outcasts are still quite good looking.

I would have liked to have heard a bit more about Charlie's best friend though.

by Anonymousreply 310/07/2012

For more gay kid and athlete relations, Get Real is a nice film with similar themes. The lead even looks like Logan Lerman and the athlete is super hot. And it's the main story.

by Anonymousreply 410/07/2012

I would have preferred much less voiceover narration - there was way too much of it, but since the writer/director wrote the original novel, it's no surprise.

Miller was excellent, and Lerman managed to make a largely passive role engaging, which is no mean feat. Watson did far better than I expected - her acting in the Harry Potter series was variable (she was best in the first two and last two films), but she was disarmingly good here.

Speaking of Potter alumns, has Rupert Grint done much of anything lately?

by Anonymousreply 510/07/2012

You mean other than buy a hovercraft and ice cream truck?

by Anonymousreply 610/07/2012

R2 - it's Emma Watson.

by Anonymousreply 710/08/2012

I saw this last night and thought it the best film I've seen this year! Having graduated high school in the mid-90's it was a great perspective on youth, the 90's and friendships.

by Anonymousreply 811/04/2012

It's good, but not great. Ezra Miller steals the show. Lerman is quite good, but his looks don't appeal to me. Those guys that look like Embryos have never done it for me, so I had no problem seeing him as a dork. Watson's acting was fine, but her accent was all over the place. I did find the film predictable-I guessed the big revelation in advance-and the movie seems too 80's for something that's supposed to take place in the early 90's. Most of the music seems 5 to 10 years old for that time, the clothes and hair are not accurate. It doesn't "feel" like that time and place. Many of the actors look as they do now.

by Anonymousreply 911/04/2012

I enjoyed this one, it is a good coming of age movie.

I agree to agree with everyone else that Ezra Miller completely steals the show. I've heard rumors about his drug use but hope he manages to not become an addict because the kid has amazing talent (if you haven't seen We Need to Talk About Kevin ya should).

I've heard good things about Emma Watson but I was unfortunately not impressed. I didn't buy her as the tortured soul with a history of sexual abuse and destructive behavior. She was okay in a role that the right actress could have shined in.

Logan Lerman sold me on his emotionally shut off outcast learning to live.

I actually thought it worked well that Ezra's plot with the football player was told from an outside perspective. Allowed the drama to exist without turning the movie into a afterschool special as the character joked his life was. Just lack the vagueness of details of the main kids past. These characters are damaged and have baggage but it isn't about focusing on the damage it is about their lives.

Anyway, combined with Ezra Miller's talk of his gay experiences and that he doesn't consider himself straight he has become an actor I have to see a movie if he is it.

by Anonymousreply 1011/04/2012

Great movie, Emma Watson was brilliant!

by Anonymousreply 1111/04/2012

I loved every minute of this movie. It made me so damn happy.

My one note was this: I graduated in 1995, so I should be just about Charlie's age. The music was off by five years. Sure, the Smiths were big, but Nirvana would have been what all these kids, ESPECIALLY, these kids would be listening to. Cobain became a legend because of kids like Charlie, Sam, and Patrick. And no way no how would two "alternative" seniors NOT know Heroes by Bowie. Bowie was a god to us.

Other than that, again, I loved it.

by Anonymousreply 1211/04/2012

LOVED this movie. Thought the performances were great.

by Anonymousreply 1311/04/2012

I agree. Emma was good in a role someone else would have been great in. But I'm sure her name helped secure financing. Welcome to showBUSINESS.

by Anonymousreply 1411/04/2012

Well, Sam made Charlie listen to Air Supply, so maybe being hip to Nirvana was not their scene.

This is the best high school movie since ELECTION. And the commentary on the DVD is great.

by Anonymousreply 1502/20/2013

[quote]Well, Sam made Charlie listen to Air Supply, so maybe being hip to Nirvana was not their scene.

It took them months to figure what "the tunnel song" was, so no, these kids weren't that musically hip. That being stated, I loved the movie, loved the performances--even Logan Lerman's, who always came off as stiff and self-conscious in his previous performances.

by Anonymousreply 1602/20/2013

What are you talking about? It was awful.

by Anonymousreply 1702/20/2013

R15, I don't know how old you are, but I was the characters' age in 1990/1991, when the film takes place. The "indie" kids at that time would only be listening to Air Supply ironically or for retro reasons. I was music obsessed (just like Sam and Patrick) and from a similar suburb. It's minor - I agree that Perks is one of the best coming of age films in decades - but it really bothered me. It would have been one thing if they didn't make the music du jour so important to the characters, but they did. And then they picked the wrong music! And then picked a "secret song" that was an institution to young hipsters of the very early 1990s.

by Anonymousreply 1802/20/2013

Brilliant film - much better than Silver Linings Playbook, though I loved that one, too

by Anonymousreply 1902/20/2013

I couldn't quite place the time period. I thought it was 1980s

by Anonymousreply 2002/20/2013

Still haven't seen the movie-it is next in my Netflix but I LOVED the book-it has been compared to Catcher in the Rye, but I related to Charlie much more than I ever did Holden.

by Anonymousreply 2102/20/2013

Good movie. I also have to say that the book is probably the first coming-of-age novel compared to "Catcher in the Rye" that actually deserved to be.

Emma Watson and Ezra Miller were both terrific.

by Anonymousreply 2202/20/2013

Well, their example of good music is Come On Eileen. Maybe they were stuck in the 80's.

Logan Lerman was great. He was adorable.

by Anonymousreply 2302/20/2013

Logan Lerman's understated portrayal of Charlie was a revalation. A lesser actor could not have carried the film the way he did. Ezra Miller was also amazing. Emma Watson was decent, but I expected more. Perks Of Being a Wallflower deserved a nomination for Best Picture but as usual, critically acclaimed films that don't do well at the box are overlooked.

by Anonymousreply 2402/20/2013

[quote]On the other hand Logan Lerman was probably way too cute to play Charlie but we'll let that slide. He sold it with his performance,

I thought Logan was too good looking to be an outsider, but he gave a great quiet performance. Emily Watson gave a stunning performance, IMHO.

Loved the "misfit toys" quote.

by Anonymousreply 2502/20/2013

[quote]I agree to agree with everyone else that Ezra Miller completely steals the show. I've heard rumors about his drug use but hope he manages to not become an addict because the kid has amazing talent (if you haven't seen We Need to Talk About Kevin ya should).

That explains why he comes off strange in interviews.

by Anonymousreply 2602/20/2013

Horrid title.

by Anonymousreply 2702/20/2013

[quote]Horrible title.

But, that's what the story is about.

by Anonymousreply 2802/20/2013

We're forgetting that it's Charlie's past that makes him a wallflower, not his looks. He had to deal with the what happened to his friend, what happened to his aunt, what happened to him, and ontop of that, deal with high school. Tough stuff.

I love the scene at the football game where he gets the courage to talk to Patrick. But I do wonder if he would have stayed friends with Patrick if he wasn't so in love with Sam.

by Anonymousreply 2902/20/2013

I loved, loved, LOVED this movie. I can't believe it didn't get nominated for Best Picture in a year with nine contenders. I've seen most of the other nominated films, and none of them conjured in me the emotional response I had to this movie.

Just a lovely, lovely movie.

by Anonymousreply 3002/20/2013

It was a cloying piece of shit. I thought I was watching an After School Special put on by some community access channel.

by Anonymousreply 3102/20/2013

I really enjoyed it. But I was a teenager where and when this took place, so it was very familiar to me.

by Anonymousreply 3202/20/2013

I did notice one continuity problem. Charlie is seen reading To Kill a Mockingbird in the cafeteria all by himself on the first day of school. Then they go to the last class of the day where they handing out copies of? To Kill a Mockingbird.

by Anonymousreply 3302/21/2013

I quite liked it. The film struck a nice balance of tone that fit with Charlie's opening narration - never too maudlin nor too flippant (the ruts that derail most teen stories.) The performances were all good, but I was most struck with Logan Logan's lead which could easily have gotten lost at the hands of many actors.

by Anonymousreply 3402/21/2013

To me it felt kind of quiet and muted. I, too, struggled to figure out in what time period this was supposed to take place where David Bowie isn't known.

I liked the scene best where Logan Lerman is high for the first time having this goofy grin on his face while sitting on that carpet.

by Anonymousreply 3502/21/2013

Being in high school in the 90's myself, I connected with this movie. I really loved it.

I'd never heard of Ezra Miller before seeing this. But I thought his performance was simply amazing. Like others have said, he stole the show. Plus he was nice to look at. lol But I thought the entire cast did a great job as well.

I haven't read the book, but I'd like to just to see how it compares to the movie.

by Anonymousreply 3602/21/2013

[quote]I haven't read the book, but I'd like to just to see how it compares to the movie.

It follows it pretty closely. There's more shown in his relationship with the teacher played by Paul Rudd, and the sister's role in the narrative, played by Vampire Diaries Nina Dobrev is quite a bit bigger. I think the biggest change is the we see a lot more of Charlie's relationship with his Aunt Helen, which makes revelation that she'd been molesting him come as more of a shock, at least to me.

The more I think about the movie, the more I'm reminded of "Almost Famous" although I think Emma Watson does it better than Kate Hudson in a similar type of role.

by Anonymousreply 3702/21/2013

I thought the movie was terrible. I rented it from Netflix because it had such high user ratings (still scratching my head at that one). It was obviously targeted towards self-loating, depressed teenagers who want to feel like they're "deep." I gave it two stars.

by Anonymousreply 3802/21/2013

Some of those parts from the book that you mentioned r37, are deleted scenes on the extras. Someone had said that the book was a bit darker than the movie. That the movie was a bit more light-hearted. Is that true?

I saw an interview with the director and Ezra and they discussed how the kids in the book are chain smokers and yet they didn't want to show them smoking in the movie in fear of influencing kids to smoke. Yet they show drug use the movie. Kind of ironic. lol

by Anonymousreply 3902/21/2013

Saw it this weekend (thanks RedBox) along with End of Watch with Jake G. (awesome) which was quite the double bill. I found moments in this movie quite touching and real. Othertimes I was aware that they were following a blueprint for teen movies. My 16 year old nephew decided it was the best movie ever so I guess on that level it was a success. I was completely thrown however trying to determine what the time period was as the music was all over the place and they all looked contemporary. Heroes was used to great effect but for them not to know who sang it made no sense. I also agree that C'Mon Eileen being "their jam" was rather out of character. Other than those quibbles it was a good way to pass the time during another weekend stahm.

by Anonymousreply 4002/21/2013

Well, Patrick should have known, being the queen that she is, but remember, there was no google or itunes at that time. If you only hear a song once on the radio (and I'm sure it wasn't played all the time), they wouldn't have been able to find it that readily.

However, I wondered if the tunnel song was another song, and they couldn't get the rights and went with HEROES. Or if HEROES was always the song and they didn't know if they could get the rights.

And if you watch the deleted scenes, Kate Walsh's part was severely cut. She says maybe 3 lines now.

by Anonymousreply 4102/21/2013

It was fine, but needed some whittling down. It's not what people here are making it. Ezra Miller is okay, not brilliant.

by Anonymousreply 4202/21/2013

Steven Chbosky graduated HS in 1988. Are the movie and/or book supposed to take place after that? I don't remember.

Does anyone know whether the copy of the "Something" 45 Charlie gave Sam the same exact copy that was in his aunt's car when she was in the wreck that killed her?

Here's a list of music that was in the book:

by Anonymousreply 4302/21/2013

I liked that the time period was glossed over and left unspecific. Like memory, it had enough detail to be of a broad time period, but not so much as to be too obsessed with details.

by Anonymousreply 4402/21/2013

I loved this damn movie. Cryed like a baby many times...I agree with the above poster: Best high school movie since Election.

by Anonymousreply 4502/21/2013

You people are nuts. So easily impressed.

by Anonymousreply 4602/21/2013

R44 "Obsessed with details" is one of the finest qualities a book or movie can offer.

by Anonymousreply 4702/21/2013

R47: Very true, but sometimes the effort is misplaced. When historical details can't be done well, it's best to recognize the limitations.

Shall I list 100 anachronisms of 'The Age of Innocence'?

by Anonymousreply 4802/21/2013

[quote] It was obviously targeted towards self-loating, depressed teenagers who want to feel like they're "deep." I gave it two stars.

You showed them, Mary Twostars!

by Anonymousreply 4902/21/2013

[quote]Steven Chbosky graduated HS in 1988. Are the movie and/or book supposed to take place after that? I don't remember.

I think the book takes place in 1991.

by Anonymousreply 5002/21/2013

I loved the scene where Emily Watson tells Charlie, "I love you, and I want the first girl to kiss you to love you"...then Emily kisses Charlie tenderly on the lips.

I cried like a baby during that scene. It was a lovely movie.

by Anonymousreply 5102/21/2013

Gag me with a spoon.

by Anonymousreply 5202/21/2013

[quote]I also agree that [Come On] Eileen being "their jam" was rather out of character.

I imagine that they liked this song as little kids so it became a touchstone for them.

by Anonymousreply 5302/21/2013

R48 Yes, *do* go through 100 anachronisms in The Age of Innocence. Please.

by Anonymousreply 5402/21/2013

Oh, R54, you jester.

by Anonymousreply 5502/21/2013

I hope it wins Best First Feature at the Spirit Awards.

by Anonymousreply 5602/22/2013

It did win!!!!

Congrats to PERKS!

by Anonymousreply 5702/23/2013

I watched it tonight and really loved it, but it confused me as to the time period. I graduated in 1987 and it very much felt like the late 80s to me. The Rocky Horror show was big in the late 80s.

by Anonymousreply 5802/24/2013

Did anyone watch the Spirit Awards? Which cast members were there to accept the award? Was Ezra there?

by Anonymousreply 5902/24/2013

Stephen Chobsky accepted the award. I didn't see any of the cast there. He thanked Emma Watson for her help in getting the film made but didn't mention Logan or Ezra.

by Anonymousreply 6002/24/2013

Thanks, r60. I'm glad I didn't miss Ezra. lol

I was happy to hear that it won. It was a great movie and deserved the win.

by Anonymousreply 6102/24/2013

They lost me at not recognizing David Bowie's best song.

by Anonymousreply 6202/24/2013

I think the song was inserted after the filming was completed--possibly it wasn't known what song would be used. If I remember correctly the characters never actually named any of the songs that were playing.

by Anonymousreply 6302/24/2013

The song that gets the most mention is Asleep by The Smiths.

by Anonymousreply 6402/24/2013

I'm betting "Come On Eileen" was inserted because they couldn't afford something more period-appropriate. I'm sure it cost them a lot to include Rocky Horror, and that may have eaten up some of the money to license music.

by Anonymousreply 6502/24/2013

Glad it won BP...congrats!

by Anonymousreply 6602/24/2013

The ISAs should have given the kids a special award, like they did for the cast of "Mean Creek" a few years ago. Ezra would have given an acceptance speech almost as funny as Josh Peck's speech.

by Anonymousreply 6702/24/2013

In the audio commentary, the director says that when he was a kid, David Bowie was only known as the "Let's Dance" guy, and not anything else.

by Anonymousreply 6803/02/2013

[quote] He thanked Emma Watson for her help in getting the film made but didn't mention Logan or Ezra.

Emma was a producer?

by Anonymousreply 6903/02/2013

No, I think her being a attached to the film secured financing.

John Malkovich was a producer that I noticed in the credits.

by Anonymousreply 7003/02/2013

The time was the mid to late 90s based on the cellphone.

I enjoyed it, and was pleasantly surprised by Emily.

by Anonymousreply 7103/07/2013

I thought Emily Watson rocked in this film, her best performance so far.

by Anonymousreply 7203/07/2013

Emma, I mean

by Anonymousreply 7303/07/2013

Ezra is nominated for an MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance for Perks. I already voted for him. :)

by Anonymousreply 7403/07/2013

I thought Ezra was one-note in WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN, a little better in that little seen movie with Ellen Barkin about (surprise), a troubled teen.

It's nice to see him in mostly a nice and normal role.

by Anonymousreply 7503/07/2013

He was nice and normal when he was on "Royal Pains." And he's pretty normal in "City Island" as Andy Garcia and Julianna Margulies's teen son.

by Anonymousreply 7603/07/2013


by Anonymousreply 7703/08/2013

[quote]I hope it wins Best First Feature at the Spirit Awards.

Which is great and ridiculous as that was it's only nomination. All three leads deserved nominations. Does anyone really consider "Silver Lining Playbook" an independent picture? I lost respect and interest in The Independent Spirit Awards back in 2006 when they ignored "Mysterious Skin" for Best Picture and Joseph Gordon-Levitt's performance, and if that wasn't a independent picture, nothing is.

by Anonymousreply 7803/10/2013

Anyone else just discovered this film on home video?

by Anonymousreply 7903/25/2013

A great film. Wish more movies like this got made.

by Anonymousreply 8003/25/2013

Did they explain why the main character would get depressed and where he was when he wasn't in school?

by Anonymousreply 8103/25/2013

R81, he was depressed because his best friend killed himself.

by Anonymousreply 8203/25/2013

And his aunt was a looney bird, too.

by Anonymousreply 8303/26/2013

Logan Lerman looking cute at Kids Choice Award.

by Anonymousreply 8403/29/2013

What I liked about it was that, unlike in most teen movies, the main character wasn't dealing with comically inept/clueless parents and antagonistic older siblings. It was nice to see him as part of a larger, loving family who supported him and to actually have a teacher who respected him for his intelligence and eagerness to learn.

I thought Lerman was good in this. The last thing I saw him in was that awful Musketeers movie and he gave a terribly smug performance in that. Much better here.

by Anonymousreply 8503/29/2013

This was a nice little teen flick, a classic of the genre in the John Hughes mold. It's really built up a cult following.

Although none were really convincing as wallflowers - lead Logan Lerman would clearly be in the popular clique with girls all up in his shit - it had a lot of heart, like a better Donnie Darko which I found overrated.

Ezra Miller in particular took his role and ran with it. Logan Lerman was not as good as some are saying but surprisingly solid, I never thought he'd be able to act but is now in a Darren Aronofsky film. Emily Watson wasn't as good as she was in Breaking the Waves but did fine, lol.

The most impressive thing I thought was the music. It's so often handled awkwardly and shoehorned in in films like they're trying to draw attention to how cool their taste is, but here was natural and unobtrusive. The use of Smiths and Morrissey songs was genius and so well done, and they chose the 2 ultimate classics which seemed too intimate to pull off. Since this was a key element of the film, it was vital they got it right.

by Anonymousreply 8603/29/2013

Speaking of Emily Watson, what's she up to these days?

by Anonymousreply 8703/29/2013

Emma Watson.

by Anonymousreply 8803/30/2013

Oh, sorry.

by Anonymousreply 8903/30/2013

Was Emma Watson even born when Breaking The Waves came out?

by Anonymousreply 9003/30/2013

Why does Hollywood keep trying to make Logan into an action star? He's just not big enough (in stature). He should be doing dramas and comedies not Percy Jackson 2.

by Anonymousreply 9103/31/2013

Logan should star in a sex tape, with Taylor Lautner and me.

by Anonymousreply 9203/31/2013

Does the book cover the friend who shot himself in more detail? I kept waiting for more details on him but they never came.

by Anonymousreply 9303/31/2013

This movie kind of made me want to be a teacher. (although I only want to teach sweet students like Lerman who like books)

by Anonymousreply 9404/01/2013

Watch the deleted scenes, r93. And poor Kate Walsh had so many great scenes that were cut.

by Anonymousreply 9504/01/2013

[quote]Watch the deleted scenes, [R93]. And poor Kate Walsh had so many great scenes that were cut.

How do I watch them? They weren't included in the disc I rented. They aren't included if you rent the film online either.

by Anonymousreply 9604/01/2013

the dvd is less than $10. And the digital version is also included.

by Anonymousreply 9704/01/2013

I kind of wanted Logan and Paul Rudd to have sex.

by Anonymousreply 9804/01/2013

I kind of want Logan and me to have sex.

by Anonymousreply 9904/01/2013

I totally wanted Logan and Paul Rudd to have sex. I thought they would be going there, but no.

by Anonymousreply 10004/01/2013

Charlie's aunt molested him, right? The friends I saw it with were actually arguing about that, but I thought the film spelled it out pretty clearly.

by Anonymousreply 10104/01/2013


Now can anyone tell me if the copy of "Somewhere" he gave Sam was the same copy that was in his aunt's car when it crashed?

by Anonymousreply 10204/01/2013

"Something" by the Beatles. I thought it was the same copy.

by Anonymousreply 10304/01/2013

That's what I thought, too, R103. Thanks. I don't remember it from the book, which I read a long time ago.

by Anonymousreply 10404/01/2013

r102----yes, although why he'd want to was I guess part of his self-blaming.

r101----I wouldn't say it was spelled out...they show her saying something like we won't tell your sister about this while looking down on him in bed....I could see how people could miss it especially since we aren't as used to females being predators.

by Anonymousreply 10504/01/2013

Her hand was rubbing his leg.

by Anonymousreply 10604/02/2013

I'd say it was fairly obvious. And that's what the doctor was telling his parents at the hospital when his mom looked so shocked.

by Anonymousreply 10704/02/2013

Why does Charlie wear a coat & tie EVERYWHERE? At a football game? Just hanging out with friends?

by Anonymousreply 10804/03/2013

The coat and tie were presents.

by Anonymousreply 10904/03/2013

He didn't wear them to the football game, but he did wear a different set at the dance. That's when Patrick decided to upgrade him. Very queer eye for the straight guy.

by Anonymousreply 11004/05/2013

Watched it today via Redbox. Loved it. Cried like a hungry, dirty baby.

It was vague to me when the film takes place. The cassette mix tapes dates it to the 80's to mid nineties. The clothes did not stand out as 80s or 90s to me. They were kind of generic. Same with the haircuts. I liked that about the film as it makes it more timeless. I wasn't so focused on nostalgia , but rather that period in every teenager's life.

Ezra was mesmerizing. I couldn't take my eyes off of him.

by Anonymousreply 11104/06/2013

It's definitively 90s. They just liked earlier music.

by Anonymousreply 11204/06/2013

Both Logan Lerman and Emma Watson have starred in a Chris Columbus film. Watson appeared in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Lerman appeared in Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief. Share this 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" Share this When Patrick holds up his report card, the name at the top says "Patrick Nothing", a reference to his nickname in the book and the film. Share this Stephen Chbosky knew he wanted to cast Emma Watson once he saw her in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and the scene when Ron breaks her heart and Harry consoles her. Chbosky said: "She broke my heart in that scene. She is crying and I just felt that she had all of the vulnerability that Sam needed." Share this The "Tunnel Song", which is "Heroes" by David Bowie, was covered for the Godzilla soundtrack by none other than The Wallflowers. Share this Emma Watson has admitted that she refuses to watch her kissing scenes or the Rocky Horror scene. Share this Unlike in the film, the name of Charlie's sister is never mentioned in the novel. Share this At the time of filming Ezra Miller was 17-years old, about the same age as his character. Logan Lerman was 18-years old, four years older than his character. In reality, Lerman is 9 months older than Miller who plays a character close to four years his senior. Emma Watson was 21-years old at the time of filming making her the oldest of the three main actors. Share this Although never explicitly stated in the film, Sam's full name is "Samantha Dutton" as shown on her SAT results. Share this The first names of every child in Charlie's family starts with a "c". Charlie, Candace (Charlie's sister), and Chris (Charlie's older brother). Share this The shop teacher, Mr. Callahan, is a Vietnam veteran. Tom Savini, who plays Mr. Callahan, was also in Vietnam (and later became a legendary special effects artist for horror movies). Share this In the director's commentary on the DVD and Blu-Ray, director Stephen Chbosky mentions that Dead Poet's Society and The Breakfast Club were two of his favorite films growing up and that they influenced him. Share this Stephen Chbosky wrote the book that the movie is based on, he also wrote the screenplay and directed the movie. It's rare that a book author actually ends up directing the movie. Share this The novel, "Perks of Being a Wallflower" was first published in 1999, but the action is set during the 1991-1992 school year. Share this The first major role post-Harry Potter for Emma Watson. Share this In Entertainment Weekly, Emma Watson reported that she took the role because director/writer/novelist Stephen Chbosky told her that "Not only is this going to be one of the most important parts you play, you're also going to have the summer of your life and meet some of your best friends." She also reported that the claim came true. Share this The cast, including Logan Lerman and Ezra Miller all lived in the same hotel in Pittsburgh while filming the movie. Lerman reportedly said, "We were kind of living in a dorm environment." Share this Writer/Director/Novelist Stephen Chbosky said that he imagined the story would become at the moment he thought of the title of the book. Share this Ezra Miller did his initial audition for the film over Skype and he was so charismatic in the interview that they cast him within 5 hours of the audition. Share this According to an interview with Writer/Director/Novelist Stephen Chbosky, "watching people like Emma, Logan, Ezra, and Mae who never had prom, never really had a proper graduation, because they were always working, and watching those kids get to have a high school experience that we all take for granted was very special." Share this Ezra Millerand Emma Watson both love dance and movement. So director Stephen Chbosky had them work with the choreographer to construct the homecoming dance. Share this During the scenes where the cast rides the back of the truck through the Fort Pitt Tunnel, the cast wore safety wires. Share this In the book, Patrick and Mary Elizabeth were chain smokers. That detail was removed in the film, likely to score a PG-13 rating. Share this In an interview with, author Stephen Chbosky said that he wrote the book for personal reasons, but realized that many people related to it while reading the book's customer reviews on Share this In an interview with Movieline, Ezra Miller said that he first saw The Rocky Horror Picture Show when his older sister showed it to him as a young kid. At the end of the movie, his sister turned the TV off and said, 'you can't tell mom and dad'. Share this In the book, the tunnel song was "Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac, but in the movie it was "Heroes" by David Bowie. Writer/Director Stephen Chbosky, reportedly changed the song to something grander after seeing the footage of Emma Watson standing in the back of the truck. Share this Writer/Director/Novelist Stephen Chbosky is a native of Pittsburgh where the movie was filmed. When he was young, he watched The Rocky Horror Picture Show in the same theater where they filmed the scenes for The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Share this

by Anonymousreply 11304/06/2013

Why do you keep saying "share this," R113?

Learn to paragraph.

by Anonymousreply 11404/06/2013

That sounds like someone cut and paste the info from

by Anonymousreply 11504/06/2013

I want to turn Logan Lerman inside out.

by Anonymousreply 11604/07/2013

Lerman gave one of the best performances I've seen in a movie. Miller was good, too.

by Anonymousreply 11704/07/2013

R116, it's hard t0 tell if y0u mean that in a g00d way 0r a bad.

by Anonymousreply 11804/07/2013

Definitely good, R118. He's adorable.

by Anonymousreply 11904/07/2013

Now I can't remember the end. Did it end well?

by Anonymousreply 12004/07/2013

I think Logan is adorable too, but miscast for this movie.

by Anonymousreply 12104/07/2013

Why so, R121? I thought he played outcast really well. When you have psychological problems, it doesn't matter how good looking you are, other kids are going to treat you like you're not normal. I just thought he did really well.

by Anonymousreply 12204/07/2013

R122, we can agree to disagree slightly. I liked the film adaptation, but I thought Logan was the weak link. I didn't get the outcast vibe from him like I wanted to, and I don't think it was just his looks. But I did like the movie.

by Anonymousreply 12304/07/2013

That's interesting, R123, because I thought Lerman was the strongest link in the movie. Well, both Lerman and Miller.

by Anonymousreply 12404/07/2013

I just read the book and in it Brad and Patrick spend a LOT of time time together. There's no way their relationship could be a secret at school. They hang out way too much not to be spotted out of school. And wouldn't Brad's friends wonder why he isn't hanging out with them? And someone in the Wallflower group would have blabbed.

by Anonymousreply 12504/07/2013

I think Watson and Miller outshone Lerman, just because they're characters allowed for more dynamic performances. Watson really portrayed a beautiful sadness that I really connected with.

by Anonymousreply 12604/07/2013

[quote]It was vague to me when the film takes place. The cassette mix tapes dates it to the 80's to mid nineties. The clothes did not stand out as 80s or 90s to me. They were kind of generic. Same with the haircuts. I liked that about the film as it makes it more timeless. I wasn't so focused on nostalgia , but rather that period in every teenager's life.

IKR I was confused about this, it jumped from The Smiths to grunge era with L7 Pretend We're Dead and Cracker's Low.

But I agree that the non-specific time made it more universal and less jarring, along with the brilliant natural way music was incorporated. It was no doubt a directorial choice, especially since the author and director are the same. I will have to get the book to see what is left out.

by Anonymousreply 12704/07/2013

[quote]I totally wanted Logan and Paul Rudd to have sex. I thought they would be going there, but no.

Ah yes, I think Rudd being in this sold it to me, I'd see any old crap with him in it. But this was far better than his usual output and although it was a tiny role it was another thing to like about the movie.

R99 how dare you leave Paul out, it must be a threesome. I couldn't choose. Logan is beautiful, like a hot version of Nicholas Hoult.

by Anonymousreply 12804/07/2013

R128 [italic]Nicholas Hoult[/italic] is the hot version of Nicholas Hoult.

by Anonymousreply 12904/07/2013

Nicholas Hoult is gorgeous.

Logan Lerman is cute.

by Anonymousreply 13004/07/2013

Nicholas Hoult was perfectly cast as a zombie. As a handsome boytoy? Not so much.

by Anonymousreply 13104/21/2013

Logan Lerman continues to support the movie. Where's Ezra and Emma, huh?

by Anonymousreply 13204/23/2013

Erin Wilhelmi who played Alice is in a play off-Broadway at Ars Nova. She is a wisp of a thing.

by Anonymousreply 13305/04/2013


by Anonymousreply 13405/14/2013

It was a cloying piece of shit, just like the book.

by Anonymousreply 13505/14/2013

Boy Johnny Simmons looks different in the link at r133. (he was the gay football player.)

by Anonymousreply 13605/14/2013

Is this a stoner movie?

On my Blunts and Bongs Facebook page, an admin posted he was getting high and watching this movie. There were literally hundreds of replies saying they loved this movie.

It doesn't seem like a stoner flick but I did watch it stoned. But I watch most movies stoned.

by Anonymousreply 13705/14/2013

gay stoners probably like it.

by Anonymousreply 13805/14/2013

In some ways it is odd that Charlie isn't gay. I think his experience is kind of similar to gay boys. I love how the aggressive girl asks him out. I had that problem too. I was always being asked out by bossy controlling girls who probably were really lesbians. Luckily for me my mother believed it was wrong for women to pursue men and encouraged me to turn them down if I wanted to.

by Anonymousreply 13905/14/2013

Fair point, r139. I had similar things happen to me. If it's any consolation, I would bet that the actor who plays Charlie is gay.

I think Charlie as a character is relatively true to the heterosexual author's own life.

by Anonymousreply 14005/14/2013

Why only gay, R138?

by Anonymousreply 14105/15/2013

[quote]If it's any consolation, I would bet that the actor who plays Charlie is gay.

Oh yes.. there's a few threads here.

by Anonymousreply 14205/15/2013

But, with the new Percy Jackson opening soon, Logan is not going to come out anytime soon.

by Anonymousreply 14305/16/2013

Bump for more Wallflower love.

by Anonymousreply 14406/13/2013

What is Ezra Miller working on?

by Anonymousreply 14506/13/2013

"What is Ezra Miller working on?"

On taking a long shower, the kid looks filthy.

by Anonymousreply 14606/13/2013

Gramma! Get off the Datalounge now!

by Anonymousreply 14706/13/2013

Finally saw this. I came to post what R85 said... I really liked how supportive his parents and siblings were. In fact, the adults in the movie were portrayed in a positive light (well, except for the aunt) and that usually doesn't happen in "teen" movies.

by Anonymousreply 14807/07/2013

According to his imdb page he didn't film anything after "Perks". He is going to be in the Madame Bovary movie that is about to film and isn't coming out til next year.

He must have had tons of offers. I can only assume he is trying to be really picky about the roles he takes.

by Anonymousreply 14907/07/2013

Just who did Logan let fuck him to get all those roles?

by Anonymousreply 15007/07/2013

Who the fuck is Carter Jenkins?

by Anonymousreply 15107/10/2013

[quote]In fact, the adults in the movie were portrayed in a positive light (well, except for the aunt)

Why except the aunt? She loved him too.

by Anonymousreply 15207/10/2013

R152= Jerry Sandusky

by Anonymousreply 15307/10/2013

Logan Lerman is a beautiful Jewish prince.

by Anonymousreply 15407/17/2013

FINALLY saw this with some friends.

Based on the previews, I wasn't prepared to be very impressed. I mean, it looked okay, but nothing I hadn't seen before.

But I thought it was amazing, and was really surprised by the directions it went. So glad the previews didn't give everything away!

Loved it!!

by Anonymousreply 15509/02/2013

Oh, and R38 is a fucking idiot with no taste at all.

by Anonymousreply 15609/02/2013

I loved it but I think I already said that.

by Anonymousreply 15709/02/2013

Definitely under-rated and under-appreciated. It seemed to go in and out of theaters pretty quickly. It's available on iTunes and Netflix now though, so hopefully more people will see it.

by Anonymousreply 15809/03/2013

Should I read the book? I hear there's an abortion. DONG!

by Anonymousreply 15909/03/2013

Rented this recently and had high hopes but couldn't get through it. Seemed too whiny and self-pitying. I cared about none of the characters. Syrupy music playing throughout. I know the filmmakers thought they were making "Stand By My 16 Candled Breakfast Club"- but it weas in their own minds.

by Anonymousreply 16009/03/2013

Go fart somewhere else, r160.

by Anonymousreply 16109/03/2013

I'm sorry, R160, but if you didn't stick around for the final 20 or so minutes, then you missed the whole movie (and the whole point of the movie).

You're an idiot, and you're the one full of FAIL in this case.

You should try and see someone about you're bizarre short attention span.

by Anonymousreply 16209/03/2013

I'm guessing R160 didn't make it more than 20 minutes into the movie, based on that post.

And the soundtrack was great stuff, actually.

by Anonymousreply 16309/04/2013

[quote]My one note was this: I graduated in 1995, so I should be just about Charlie's age. The music was off by five years. Sure, the Smiths were big, but Nirvana would have been what all these kids, ESPECIALLY, these kids would be listening to. Cobain became a legend because of kids like Charlie, Sam, and Patrick. And no way no how would two "alternative" seniors NOT know Heroes by Bowie. Bowie was a god to us.

Yeah.. Morrissey was kinda out of fashion then and only a very select few that age would know of The Smiths and even then via elder siblings.

The Smiths were before my time as well and I didn't get into them till later, Moz was releasing comedy novelty songs like "You're the One for Me, Fatty" as singles at this stage - and not the classic album track "Seasick, Yet Still Docked" as in the movie - which wouldn't really entice anyone to him.

The slightly anachronistic music aside, I still think this is about the best use of music and obsessive music fans in film. It always seems so awkward and shoehorned in, here it was natural and crucial they got it right cause it was central to the movie.

I much prefer this to the overrated Donnie Darko with that hideous Tears for Fears cover. It's better than most John Hughes movies as well.

by Anonymousreply 16409/04/2013

Well, to be fair, the movie took place in Pennsylvania, so they would have definitely been "behind the curve", though I agree, the music/time-line was slightly off to me.

And it just seemed odd nobody knew "Heroes", as even I (growing up in Ohio) knew about it before the age of MTV due to Video Concert Hall, and it was all over MTV. Maybe it dropped out for people in the next generation up (which would have been Charlie)... I doubt many places were playing "heroes" in the early 90s... but still. How do you not recognize Bowie's distinctive voice?

It's hard to remember a time before the internet or Shazam though. And I loved the memory flash-backs of making mix-tapes (which I did all the time).

Such a great move over-all, even with the nits to pick.

by Anonymousreply 16509/04/2013

They can't make underdog/outcast movies anymore because everybody has to be out of an Abercrombie ad. They don't have the courage to cast offbeat youths, so how can you empathize or root for them?

by Anonymousreply 16609/04/2013

R166, if you think this movie was full of Abercrombie types, you're decidedly full of shit.

by Anonymousreply 16709/04/2013

Loved this movie.

by Anonymousreply 16810/12/2013

Who is Charlie writing to at the beginning of the movie? I assume he is writing to this person (no gender) in the novel, too.

by Anonymousreply 16910/16/2013


by Anonymousreply 17012/03/2013

R169 - the book doesn't reveal who is the recipient of the letters. I assumed they were written to someone who was important in his life but not part of Patrick's group of friends. You have to remember that Charlie has no friends and a disfunctional family at the beginning of the story. My first thought was they were written to Michael, his friend who committed suicide. Another choice is they were written to his aunt who molested him and died in the car accident. Another possibility is they are just written as a journal.

Charlie's quote that changes his life - "We don't get to choose where we came from, but we can choose where we go from here."

I love this book. It really should be required reading for high school freshmen. In the book, the letters are a much more important part of the story.

by Anonymousreply 17112/04/2013

just watched The Perks of Being A Wallflower for the first time and then immediately started it over and watched it again

by Anonymousreply 17201/25/2014

So happy to see the reunion of Emma Watson and Logan Lerman in NOAH, although it's obvious who the talented one in THAT movie is.

by Anonymousreply 17304/10/2014

Emma Watson was so good in Noah. She's really choosing interesting roles.

'Perks' is still one of my favorite movies from the past few years. I think because it just came out of nowhere, I wasn't expecting it to be as good as it was. Simple yet full of depth. A very moving film.

by Anonymousreply 17404/10/2014

Ezra = Monster Cock

by Anonymousreply 17504/10/2014


by Anonymousreply 17604/12/2014

Evidence, please, R175.

by Anonymousreply 17704/12/2014

[quote] Plus to be shallow, the football player should have been hotter.

I agree with you on that.

by Anonymousreply 17804/13/2014

Erin Wilhelmi (Alice) is making a small dent in New York playing the human equivalence of a nervous chihuahua. First Core Values and then American Hero. Same character. Same mousey voice.

by Anonymousreply 17907/26/2014

Although their characters were very different, I couldn't help but notice similar inflections in speech between Emma Watson and Ally Sheedy in The Breakfast Club.

by Anonymousreply 18007/26/2014

Ezra Miller is finally parlaying his success from this movie to play...a super hero? Who the hell is his agent?

by Anonymousreply 18110/17/2014
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