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The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

September 14, 2012

Having helped only slightly fewer teens through adolescence than marijuana or goth music, Stephen Chbosky's The Perks Of Being A Wallflower finally arrives on the big screen with a lot of expectations from its devotees, most of whom are, by default, pretty damn sensitive. Fortunately for them, Chbosky handled his book's translation to the screen himself, so his touch remains all over his story of an introverted wannabe writer (Logan Lerman) who copes with the angst of being a teenager with the help of an entire Manic Pixie Dream Gang led by Emma Watson. Thanks to her "Welcome to the Island of Misfit Toys"/"Let's go be psychos" bonhomie—plus the influence of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, some kind words from Paul Rudd as his English teacher, and the self-actualizing power of his own furiously typed declarations of "We are infinite" —Lerman soon learns that there are others who are different, just like him. Together they'll overcome high school, the most important and meaningful time of their life.