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What to know: An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world.
Recommended age 12-18
103 minutes
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I just watched The Perks of Being a Wallflower and I can honestly say that it was one of, if not the best movies that I have ever seen. It was so pivotal that it almost made me cry, and that says a lot because I almost never cry. It was great to see a movie that beautifully showed some of the struggles that real teenagers go through and not sugar coated. This movie is very emotional and has great acting. I like the way the flashback scenes are shown, by alternating from the present to the past, then showing the aftermath after the flashbacks. I have never seen Emma Watson in anything but the Harry Potter series, and she is amazing as Sam. I have never seen her play a character like this. The movie is so good that no words can explain, and I bought the book directly after watching the movie. I also love how throughout the whole movie most of the story was told as Charlie (played by Logan Lerman) writing letters anonymously to "A Friend" that doesn't exist. This movie is about a severely depressed and lonely boy, Charlie, whose best friend kills himself before the school year started, so now Charlie has no friends and people think he is weird because he holds in and takes the pain of himself and all of the people he loves, sometimes it all wells up and he has anxiety attacks. This year he is determined to make friends, and he meets the flamboyant Patrick (played by Ezra Miller), and his stepsister Sam (Emma Watson); they let him in and introduce him to a whole new world filled with fun, sadness, and just plain life, plus he falls in love with Sam along the way. All of Charlie's friends are seniors, and he makes a mistake that makes them go away for a while, but then he does something to make them love him even more than before. I think that everyone should watch this movie. It was nice how, whenever something bad or slightly inappropriate happens in the flashbacks, the scene hints at what was happening without blatantly showing it. My favorite quote from the movie is when Charlie's English teacher, Mr. Anderson (Paul Rudd) tells him that, "We accept the love we think we deserve." I thought it was so profound and absolutely true. I recommend this movie for eighth graders going into high school up to adults. This movie can prepare teens to not keep emotions and experiences bottled up because school can be painful and stressful. I give it five out of five stars because this movie is amazing and will someday be a classic. Victoria Burns, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
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