Perks of Being a Wallflower

Perks of Being a Wallflower

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Director: Stephen Chbosky

Cast: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller

     
 

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Author Stephen Chbosky adapts his own best-selling novel about a withdrawn teen who attempts to remain hopeful for the future while dreading every day of the present. Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, and Logan Lerman star.See more details below

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Overview

Author Stephen Chbosky adapts his own best-selling novel about a withdrawn teen who attempts to remain hopeful for the future while dreading every day of the present. Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, and Logan Lerman star.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
One of the most honest and assured teen dramas in recent memory, writer/director Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower feels in many ways like vintage John Hughes, only infused with a bit more substance and transplanted to the mid-'90s. Filled with expressive, well-rounded characters, directed with restraint but remarkable attention to detail, and possessing a distinctive sense of time and place that evokes nostalgia without wallowing in it, the movie portrays the universal truth of adolescence in a manner that speaks to multiple generations and possesses all the hallmarks of a contemporary teen classic. Pittsburgh, PA: 1991. Smart and sensitive teen Charlie (Logan Lerman) is still grieving his best friend's suicide as he prepares for his first day of high school. As Charlie navigates the hallways and witnesses the torment of the freshman class at the hands of the cavalier seniors, he attempts to keep a low profile in English class. However, he quickly catches the attention of his teacher Mr. Anderson (Paul Rudd), who recognizes his passion for writing and literature. Eventually, Charlie works up the confidence to start a conversation with flamboyantly gay senior Patrick (Ezra Miller), who, along with his pretty stepsister Sam (Emma Watson), gradually begins to pull the sheepish freshman out of his shell and into their tightly knit social circle. But as Charlie's newfound companions prepare to graduate from high school, the memories of his best friend and a troubling event from his childhood weigh heavy on his conscience. And later, when Charlie commits a social faux pas that leaves him more isolated than ever before, his internal and external pressures threaten to become too much of a burden for one boy to carry. From the opening scene of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, as Charlie pens a heartfelt letter to a "friend," making vague references to spending time in a hospital and expressing hopes that he won't "get bad again," the film establishes a deeply personal tone that endears us to the genuinely likeable protagonist. Charlie may be socially awkward and unable to express himself effectively, but we recognize that he's an inherently good person whose complicated and tragic past makes it difficult for him to establish the typical social bonds. We've all known people like Charlie, and Chbosky pens the familiar character with the kind of careful attention to detail that gives him an added dimension missing from the vast majority of teen dramas. Remarkably, that writing talent not only extends to the key supporting characters of Patrick and Sam (both wonderfully played by Miller and Watson, respectively), but even to such peripheral figures as Mr. Anderson, closeted jock Brad (Johnny Simmons), and angry Buddhist Mary Elizabeth (Mae Whitman) as well, creating a fully realized world that anyone who has ever attended high school will surely relate to. Meanwhile, the talented Melanie Lynskey makes a lasting impression in a small but crucial role, as does Dylan McDermott in his portrayal of Charlie's gruff yet loving father. Despite all of this, it takes more than perceptive writing and solid performances to create a teen film with the power to affect more than just the demographic it portrays, and with the iconic (if not slightly heavy-handed) imagery of Patrick and Charlie cruising through a freeway tunnel in a pickup truck while Sam stands in the back, arms wide out, seemingly ready to embrace her uncertain future as David Bowie blasts out of the radio, Chbosky captures one of those elusive, transcendent moments that we all remember from our formative years. Accomplishing such a lofty goal without coming off as contrived or insipid is no simple task, but with a smart, skillfully constructed screenplay that treats its protagonists with genuine dignity and indelible performances by an accomplished cast, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply soulful drama that establishes its writer/director as a rising talent with an authentically compelling and distinctive voice.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/12/2013
UPC:
0025192174070
Original Release:
2012
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Summit Inc/Lionsgate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:43:00
Sales rank:
204

Special Features

Closed-Caption Audio Commentary With Writer/Director Stephen Chbosky Cast And Director's Commentary Including Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller And More "Best Summer Ever" Featurette Deleted Scenes With Optional Commentary With Stephen Chbosky Dailies

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Logan Lerman Charlie
Emma Watson Sam
Ezra Miller Patrick
Mae Whitman Mary Elizabeth
Kate Walsh Mother
Dylan McDermott Father
Nina Dobrev Candace
Johnny Simmons Brad
Erin Wilhelmi Actor,Alice
Adam Hagenbuch Actor,Bob
Paul Rudd Mr. Anderson
Reece Daniel Thompson Craig
Joan Cusack Dr. Burton
Melanie Lynskey Aunt Helen
Julia Garner Susan
Tom Savini Mr. Callahan
Zane Holtz Chris
Landon Pigg Peter
Leo Miles Farmerie 7-Year-Old Charlie
Isabel Muschweck 9-Year-Old Candace
Nicholas Braun Ponytail Derek
Jordan Paley Rocky MC
Patrick De Ledebur Senior Bully
Brian Balzerini Linebacker
Emily Callaway Mean Freshman Girl
Tom Kruszewski Nose Tackle
Chelsea Zhang Shakespeare Girl
Jesse Scheirer Freshman Boy
Justine Schaefer Twin Girl
Julie Schaefer Twin Girl
Timothy J. Breslin Policeman
Mark McClain Wilson Emergency Room Policeman
Atticus Cain Emergency Room Doctor
Stacy Chbosky Young Mom
Dihlon McManne Priest
Laurie Klatscher School Principal
Jennifer Enskat Sam's Mom
William L. Thomas Sam's Dad
Morgan Wolk Candace's Friend

Technical Credits
Stephen Chbosky Director,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Michael Brook Score Composer
Gillian Brown Co-producer
Steve Chbosky Producer,Screenwriter
Ava Dellaira Associate Producer
Andrew Dunn Cinematographer
Richard Dwan Sound Editor
Chris Gary Associate Producer
Lianne Halfon Producer
Venus Kanani Casting
Kiesha Lalama Choreography
John Malkovich Producer
Mary Jo Markey Editor
Trevor Metz Sound Editor
Alexandra Patsavas Musical Direction/Supervision
James Powers Executive Producer
David C. Robinson Costumes/Costume Designer
Chip Signore Asst. Director
Russell Smith Producer
Mary Vernieu Casting
Gregory A. Weimerskirch Art Director
Inbal Weinberg Production Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Perks of Being a Wallflower
1. Chapter 1 [5:03]
2. Chapter 2 [5:19]
3. Chapter 3 [6:41]
4. Chapter 4 [4:30]
5. Chapter 5 [6:53]
6. Chapter 6 [4:37]
7. Chapter 7 [6:45]
8. Chapter 8 [7:21]
9. Chapter 9 [7:21]
10. Chapter 10 [3:36]
11. Chapter 11 [5:01]
12. Chapter 12 [6:54]
13. Chapter 13 [1:54]
14. Chapter 14 [6:23]
15. Chapter 15 [4:39]
16. Chapter 16 [8:00]
17. Chapter 17 [11:23]
18. Chapter 18 [:03]

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