The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Review

4/5 – Highly recommended

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, as it turns out, is not the life story of Jakob Dylan.

Perk #1: Being on the cover of Rolling Stone

Watching The Perks of Being a Wallflower took me back to my own high school days. I wasn’t in with the popular crowd. I wasn’t very athletic and didn’t have the musical ability to cut it in marching band (but even if I did, their cult-like demeanor would have kept me away. That and the hazing). I definitely felt like Charlie. And like Charlie, it was meeting a small group of friends with whom I would end up spending most nights hanging out that opened up my world and made high school much more enjoyable and much more interesting. I only wish that like Charlie, I had befriended these people my first year of high school instead of my third.

Emma’s back!
Emma Watson is back and out of her wizard robes. Her character, Sam, is very different from Hermione, and not just because Sam doesn’t wield a magic wand or ride on the backs of hippogriffs. I think Emma really showed off her acting talent here, playing a heavy role with heart. I hope this means we see Emma Watson in more movies. The only knock I have on her performance is she cannot do an American accent at all. Wait, was she trying to sound like Mia Sara in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? If so, well played Ms. Watson, as Ms. Sara is an American.
I always thought Mia Sara was British or Aussie. 
Nope. Born in Brooklyn.

I really enjoyed The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I think it has the potential to be this generation’s The Breakfast Club. Ironically, the characters look like they could be extras in The Breakfast Club.

I wasn’t sure when The Perks of Being a Wallflower took place when I watched it. I assumed it was the early-to-mid 80s based on everyone’s clothing and hairstyles, but then again, maybe it’s taking place in the present and these are the most hardcore hipsters Pittsburgh has ever seen. I was surprised to find out that it takes place in 1990-91. That isn’t how I remember people dressing in 1990. Then again, I didn’t enter high school for a couple of years after that, so I guess I shouldn’t go by what I remember as middle school fashion from 1990 to be my guide.

All day. Every day.

At this point, it may be hard to find The Perks of Being a Wallflower in a theater near you, but once it’s released on DVD I highly recommend seeing it.

In case you needed a reason to watch The Perks of Being a Wallflower.