It’s tough being a teenager. Cinema has recorded that with much gusto, from The Breakfast Club all the way to Mean Girls. While these movies ring true, hence their cult status, they don’t exactly focus on emotionally disturbed misfits.
Stephen Chbosky (screenwriter of the Rent movie) wrote and directed The Perks of Being a Wallflower (based on his own critically acclaimed novel), a bittersweet coming-of-age tale with a good dose of psychological distress. Charlie (a new star is born in Logan Lerman) is an introverted freshman who has trouble making friends until he befriends senior Patrick (Ezra Miller), an outsider whom the rest of the kids at school call “nothing.” Patrick then introduces him to his step-sister Sam (a stand-out Emma Watson), and the three become inseparable.
By Radina Papukchieva