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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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Author Stephen Chbosky adapts his own best-selling novel about a withdrawn teen who attempts to remain hopeful for the future while dreading every day of the present.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.
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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Author Stephen Chbosky adapts his own best-selling novel about a withdrawn teen who attempts to remain hopeful for the future while dreading every day of the present.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.
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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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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: 2/12/2013
  • UPC: 025192174070
  • Original Release: 2012
  • Rating:

  • Source: Summit Inc/Lionsgate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:43:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 548

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 , Alice
Adam Hagenbuch , 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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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Perks of Being a Wallflower
   Play Movie
   Chapters
   Set Up
      Audio
         English 5.1 Dolby Digital
         Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital
      Subtitles
         English Subtitles: On
         Spanish Subtitles: On
         Subtitles: Off
   Special Features
      Audio Commentary With Writer/Director Stephen Chbosky
         Commentary: On
         Commentary: Off
      Audio Commentary With Stephen Chbosky, Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller, Johnny Simmons, Emma Watson, Mae Whitman And Erin Wilhelmi
         Commentary: On
         Commentary: Off
      Best Summer Ever
      Deleted Scenes
         Play All
         Play With Commentary By Writer/Director Stephen Chbosky
            Commentary: On
            Commentary: Off
         Scenes 1-6: Alternate Opening (Hospital)
         Scene 13: Susan In The Cafeteria
         Scene 23: Charlie's Best Friend Michael
         Scene 41: Best Milkshake Ever
         Scene 79: After Secret Santa
         Scene 85: Charlie And Mom On Christmas Eve
         Scene 90: Brothers (Extended Version)
         Scenes 99-100: New Year's Day
         Scenes 133-139: Brother And Sister
         Scene 141: Home For Dinner
         Scene 212: Charlie And Mom Leave The Hospital
         The Poem
      Dailies
         Play All
         Play With Commentary By Writer/Director Stephen Chbosky
            Commentary: On
            Commentary: Off
         Scene 43: Sam Flies Through The Tunnel
         Scene 52: Hammer Time
         Scene 53: Five Friends In The Cafeteria
      Also From Lionsgate
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  • Posted February 15, 2013

    Tough movie. Watched this with my 13 year old daughter and some

    Tough movie. Watched this with my 13 year old daughter and some of the subject matter was too much for her. I believe any movie should stand on its own and not be compared to the original book (which I have not read).

    This is a good movie about friendship -- extraordinary young actors! Being a friend means accepting the whole person; that was the good message in the show. Some of the best laughs and warmest feelings come from this group of 'wallflowers' or misfits fitting in with each other.

    But, some of the other topics made this too much for my early teen to take. Me, too. Couldn't anyone in the show not have tragedy in their lives current or past? So glad the friends were there for the main character at the end, the uplift was good. But overall, too sad.

    I would only recommend this for very mature early teens or mid-teens. Be prepared for very troubled, deep, and dark themes, but the friendship made and saved this movie. It's not a happy movie.

    SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS

    Some of the other subjects were hard to take, too many in fact. My daughter missed some of the references to Sam's promiscuous past, an adult in her past who acted inappropriately to her, the deleted scenes about the sister's preganacy situation missed out on seeing Charlie as someone who was there for his loved ones but still more sad, a friend with possible bulimia, a teen who can't face being gay and his father who beats the son for being gay, lots of drinking and some drug use, the aunt molesting the main character was not revealed until toward the end of the movie was just too much to take by then as you are weighted down by all the sadness surrounding and happening to Charlie. If you are questioning whether to have your child watch this movie, you should know about all the tough topics.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2013

    My 12 year watched it and she loved it. Told me about it and re

    My 12 year watched it and she loved it. Told me about it and really wanted to read the book. I finally watched and enjoyed my husband enjoyed it as well. This is really more a coming of age film. It shows some of the things that some teenagers have to go through in order to make it to adulthood. Some things scar us, somethings change us but all of it makes us who we are. Highly recommend this movie and the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2013

    I have watched this move over and over again.  I love this!  The

    I have watched this move over and over again.  I love this!  The actors are beyond perfect for this!  Everyone should watch this movie.  It's a great life lesson and makes you not want to judge another person again.  Everyone in school should watch this to learn that no matter how tough things are at the times, things only get better.  Cannot say enough about this movie!  It's the best!

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  • Posted April 4, 2013

    A masterpiece. Chbosky adapts his unforgetable book into a very

    A masterpiece. Chbosky adapts his unforgetable book into a very charismatic, heartfelt and inspirational film with superb perfomances and many memorable scenes. As a director and screenwriter, Chbosky is a master of sentiment, and his love to his history and characters is engaging.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2013

    I'll never get over this movie! Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and E

    I'll never get over this movie! Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Ezra Miller were perfect! Stephen Chbosky's words are extraordinary

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  • Posted February 13, 2013

    I absolutely adore this film. The book is wonderful as well. Eve

    I absolutely adore this film. The book is wonderful as well. Even though a few pivotal scenes from the book were taken out in the movie, it was still exceptional. Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Ezra Miller play their roles very well. If you don't buy this film, at least watch it.

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