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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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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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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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12 October 2012 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$17,738,570 (USA) (1 February 2013)
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John Hughes originally bought the film rights with the intention to write and direct. He intended to make the film as more of a dark comedy with Shia LaBeouf set to play Charlie, Kirsten Dunst slated to play Sam and Patrick Fugit cast as Patrick. Hughes sudden death stalled the project, as he'd not completed a script before his passing. This allowed the film to be revived as an independent movie with novelist Stephen Chbosky returning to script & direct. See more »

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During the end of the first semester, Patrick tells his shop teacher that if he fails, he has to retake the class again next semester, so his teacher gives him a C-. Though Patrick passed, he is seen taking the class in his final days of second semester. See more »

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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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Very Well Done
25 September 2012 | by (Pitttsburgh, PA) – See all my reviews

I just saw the movie at the Pgh premiere and it was amazing. I was hoping I wouldn't be disappointed because I loved the book so much. The movie is very true to the book. A few things have been omitted or changed but it doesn't change the mood of the story. I think the casting choices were spot on. Emma Watson has a scene in which she tears up and cries and it was amazing. I also appreciate how Chbosky made the parents thoughtful people, unlike most teen comedies. I am definitely going to see this movie again because there was so much to take in. Very well done.

It's also lovely to see my hometown as the backdrop. Pgh is a beautiful city and coming out of the Fort Pitt tunnels into the city is an experience that isn't quite captured well enough in the film. It's still a powerful scene and I teared up watching it.


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