Plot blooms un­der writer’s eye

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

seed of We Need To Talk About Kevin). Soon, our hero is awash in a world of high school sex, drugs and rock’n’roll, and it would have been easy to turn The Perks of Be­ing a Wallflower into a cliche-fest; The Rocky Hor­ror Pic­ture Show even fig­ures promi­nently in the plot as a de­vice for Char­lie’s lib­er­a­tion.

Char­lie falls for Sam (who al­ready has a jerk boyfriend) and her brother Pa­trick crushes hard on Char­lie, who res­cues Pa­trick from a beat­ing at the hands of his clos­eted boyfriend.

The Perks of Be­ing a Wallflower is a sort of lower­bud­get per­sonal film.

Un­der Ch­bosky’s sen­si­tive di­rec­tion, prac­ti­cally ev­ery scene, many of them painful, rings hon­est and true – es­pe­cially those in­volv­ing Char­lie’s well-mean­ing par­ents, played by Dy­lan McDermott and Kate Walsh (Joan Cu­sack turns up as a sym­pa­thetic psy­chi­a­trist).

The act­ing is first-rate, and there’s no sense that the tough ma­te­rial has been wa­tered down to make it palat­able for a wider au­di­ence. It’s just a shame Ch­bosky didn’t change that ter­ri­ble ti­tle for the movie.

opens to­day.

Emma Wat­son (sec­ond from left) in a scene from coming-of-age gem

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