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The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  12 October 2012 (USA)
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An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Senior Bully
Nose Tackle
Mr. Callahan
Mean Freshman Girl (as Emily Callaway)
Shakespeare Girl


Based on the novel written by Stephen Chbosky, this is about 15-year-old Charlie (Logan Lerman), an endearing and naive outsider, coping with first love (Emma Watson), the suicide of his best friend, and his own mental illness while struggling to find a group of people with whom he belongs. The introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors, Sam and Patrick, who welcome him to the real world. Written by Anonymous

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We accept the love we think we deserve. See more »


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 on appeal for mature thematic material, drug and alcohol use, sexual content including references, and a fight - all involving teens | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 October 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Las ventajas de ser invisible  »

Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$228,359 (USA) (21 September 2012)


$17,738,570 (USA) (1 February 2013)

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1.85 : 1
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Mae Whitman and Johnny Simmons previously worked together on 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.' See more »


When Sam holds up her SAT results, she states she received a 1210. The paper does say her total score is 1210, yet the Verbal and Math scores are 550 and 460, totaling only 1010. See more »


[first lines]
Charlie: [voice-over] Dear Friend. I am writing to you because she said you listen and understand and didn't try to sleep with that person at that party even though you could have. Please don't try to figure out who I am. I don't want you to do that. I just need to know that people like you exist. Like if you met me you wouldn't think I was the weird kid who spent time in the hospital. And I wouldn't make you nervous. I hope it's okay for me to think that. You see, I haven't really talked to...
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Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
Written by Jeff Barry, Phil Spector, and Ellie Greenwich
Performed by Joey Ramone
Courtesy of Sanctuary Records Group, Inc.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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LOVED IT !!!!!! Please go see it !!!
16 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw the preview of this film and thought it was intriguing. I went to a screening last week and was totally BLOWN AWAY......this film has everything. I grew up in this era were the internet highway was just about to expload and I felt this film had EVERYTHING -great beginning = grabbed your attention, then acceptance, then the complex happened and you just didn't know where this film was going to go and then the film closure or was it? This has to be the BEST DRAMA/LOVE STORY ....coming of age I have seen. I would recommend this film to ANYONE....LOVED IT !!!!!! PLEASE go see this film. I feel due to lack of advertisement that it will be overlooked with other big blockbuster films but I totally related to this film and LOVED IT !!! I haven't even heard about this film until I was invited to a screening...saw the trailer and really wanted to see it but the trailer does not do it justice. If you are looking for something to do on a weekend ...get out of the heat..please see this film

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