Plot blooms under writer’s eye
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.
Emma Watson (second from left) in a scene from coming-of-age gem