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The Perks of Being a Wallflower -- Freshman Charlie is a loner until he falls under the spell of the free-spirited Sam and her fearless stepbrother, Patrick, in this adaptation of Stephen Chbosky's best-selling novel.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower -- An introverted high-school freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world.
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Logan Lerman ... Charlie

Dylan McDermott ... Father

Kate Walsh ... Mother

Patrick de Ledebur ... Senior Bully

Johnny Simmons ... Brad

Brian Balzerini ... Linebacker

Tom Kruszewski ... Nose Tackle

Nina Dobrev ... Candace

Nicholas Braun ... Ponytail Derek

Julia Garner ... Susan

Ezra Miller ... Patrick

Tom Savini ... Mr. Callahan

Emily Marie Callaway ... Mean Freshman Girl (as Emily Callaway)

Paul Rudd ... Mr. Anderson

Chelsea Zhang ... Shakespeare Girl
Jesse Scheirer ... Freshman Boy

Justine Nicole Schaefer ... Twin Girl (as Justine Schaefer)

Julie Marie Schaefer ... Twin Girl (as Julie Schaefer)

Emma Watson ... Sam

Melanie Lynskey ... Aunt Helen
Leo Miles Farmerie ... 7-Year-Old Charlie
Isabel Muschweck ... 9-Year-Old Candace

Adam Hagenbuch ... Bob

Mae Whitman ... Mary Elizabeth

Erin Wilhelmi ... Alice
Jordan Paley ... Rocky MC

Reece Thompson ... Craig

Zane Holtz ... Chris
Timothy Breslin ... Policeman (as Timothy J. Breslin)

Mark McClain Wilson ... Emergency Room Policeman

Atticus Cain ... Emergency Room Doctor

Stacy Chbosky ... Young Mom

Dihlon McManne ... Priest
Laurie Klatscher ... School Principal

Landon Pigg ... Peter

Jennifer Enskat ... Sam's Mom

William L. Thomas ... Patrick's Dad

Morgan Wolk ... Candace's Friend

Joan Cusack ... Dr. Burton
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Brandon Alexander ... High School Student at Homecoming Dance (uncredited)
Tony Amen ... Hospital Visitor (uncredited)
Diedra Arthur-O'Ree ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Dillon Becker ... Mill Grove Senior (uncredited)
Tiffany Bell ... Girl at Clinic (uncredited)
Matt Black ... Church Member (uncredited)

Zachary Bolen ... Student (uncredited)
Ralph Browning ... Father in a flashback scene (uncredited)
Owen Campbell ... Michael (uncredited)
Daniel Clayton ... High School Senior / Dance Attendee (uncredited)
Joe Corrigan ... Tough Guy (uncredited)
Rick Dawson ... Tough Junior (uncredited)

Cindy Fernandez-Nixon ... School Teacher (uncredited)

Joe Fishel ... Father of Twin Girls (uncredited)

Pat Frey ... Church Member (uncredited)

Mark Golik ... Church congregation (uncredited)
Conor Hannon ... High School Student (uncredited)

John W. Iwanonkiw ... Dr. John (uncredited)
Joanne Jeffers ... Church Member (uncredited)

William Kania ... Teacher (uncredited)

Garrett Kennell ... Football Fan (uncredited)
Sharyn Kmieciak ... Paying Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Stefanie Levina ... Fan (uncredited)

Tiffany Sander McKenzie ... Theater Patron (uncredited)

F. Robert McMurray ... Parent (uncredited)

Brenden Meers ... Senior Bully #2 (uncredited)
Doug Michaels ... Football Fan (uncredited)
Jeremy Moon ... Goth Partygoer (uncredited)

Phil Nardozzi ... Diner Patron (uncredited)

Dwayne Pintoff ... Teacher (uncredited)

Wesley Ray ... Student at Homecoming (uncredited)

Blake Reading ... Football Fan (uncredited)
Alexander Rhodes ... Millgrove Football Player #15 (uncredited)
Peter Ferris Rosati ... Partygoer (uncredited)

Jerome Elston Scott ... Alasdair (uncredited)

Carrie Shoberg ... Hollywood Theater Patron (uncredited)
Zoe Simek ... High School Student at Homecoming Dance (uncredited)
Andrew Stockey ... News Anchor in Park (uncredited)
Jessica Tully ... Graduating Senior (uncredited)
Jovanna Valladares ... Freshman Girl (uncredited)

Michelle Vezzani ... Hospital Visitor (uncredited)

James Werley ... Parent (uncredited)
Eric Yeckley ... High School Student (uncredited)

Cathy Lynn Yonek ... Brad's Mom (uncredited)

Directed by
Stephen Chbosky 
Writing credits
Stephen Chbosky (screenplay)

Stephen Chbosky (book)

Produced by
Gillian Brown .... co-producer
Stephen Chbosky .... executive producer
Ava Dellaira .... associate producer
Chris Gary .... associate producer
Lianne Halfon .... producer
John Malkovich .... producer
Jim Powers .... executive producer (as James Powers)
Russell Smith .... producer
Original Music by
Michael Brook 
Cinematography by
Andrew Dunn (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Mary Jo Markey 
Casting by
Venus Kanani 
Mary Vernieu 
Production Design by
Inbal Weinberg 
Art Direction by
Gregory A. Weimerskirch  (as Gregory Weimerskirch)
Set Decoration by
Merissa Lombardo 
Costume Design by
David C. Robinson 
Makeup Department
Patty Bell .... key makeup artist
Nancy Keslar .... key hair stylist
Suzy Mazzarese-Allison .... department head hair
Evelyne Noraz .... department head makeup
Doug Fairall .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Geri Mataya .... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
Christopher Patrick .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Eric Bergman .... post-production supervisor
Jim Powers .... unit production manager (as James Powers)
Janice F. Sperling .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Walter E. Myal .... second second assistant director (as Walt Myal)
Susan Ransom-Coyle .... second assistant director
Chip Signore .... first assistant director
Ron Recio .... additional second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Demian Aspinwall .... assistant property master
Richard Boniker .... scenic
Dan Bothe .... propmaker (as Daniel Bothe)
Philip Caruso .... propmaker
Pete Dancy .... property master
Eugene Doyle .... set dresser (as Gene Doyle)
Kyle Ethan Fischer .... scenic (as Kyle Fischer)
Joshua Hogan .... key scenic (as Josh Hogan)
John Jacobson .... scenic
Gregory Jones .... lead greensperson (as Greg Jones)
Thomas F. Kelly .... set dresser (as Tom Kelly)
Koree Koloskee .... art department coordinator
Lara Lampenfield .... scenic
Thomas Matela .... scenic (as Tom Matela)
Tim McGrane .... scenic foreperson
Mika Metz .... scenic
T.K. Mundok .... scenic
Christina Myal .... graphic artist
Barbie Pastorik .... buyer
Brent Peelor .... construction gang boss
Brandon A. Plonka .... greens person (as Brandon Plonka)
Gregory Puchalski .... on set scenic
Gavin Shiring .... art department production assistant
Mamie Stein .... on set dresser (as Mamie Kay Stein)
Aaron Streiner .... set dresser
Louis P. Taylor .... shop foreperson
Lance R. Walters .... leadman (as Lance Walters)
Joseph Waterkotte .... construction coordinator (as Joe Waterkotte)
Michael 'Moe' Waterkotte .... utility (as Michael C. Waterkotte)
Shawn Watrous .... scenic
Hisham E. Youssef .... greens person (as Hisham Youssef)
Matthew Carraher .... assistant props (uncredited)
Jonathan Curotola .... props (uncredited)
Ellie H. Ferrari .... set dresser (uncredited)
Norm Johnson .... greensman (uncredited)
Kenneth J. Kellers .... set dresser (uncredited)
Thomas F. Kelly .... set decorations buyer (uncredited)
Jeff Lavezoli .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Jordan Paley .... additional art department production assistant (uncredited)
Sound Department
Julie Altus .... adr recordist
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Joe Barnett .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Bartkowicz .... sound re-recording engineer
Ron Bedrosian .... adr mixer
Kyle Billingsley .... foley mixer
Jeffree Bloomer .... sound mixer
Anthony Cargioli .... boom operator
Julio Carmona .... adr recordist
Nash Cubero Jr. .... foley assistant
Robert Deschaine .... adr mixer
Richard Dwan Jr. .... sound editor (as Richard Dwan)
Marshall Garlington .... sound re-recording mixer
Shane Hayes .... adr recordist
Phil Lee .... mix technician
John Matter .... adr recordist
Trevor Metz .... sound editor
Nick Neutra .... foley supervisor
Perry Robertson .... supervising sound editor
Scott Sanders .... supervising sound editor
Kyle Seo .... adr scheduler
Dean St. John .... adr mixer
Chris Strollo .... cable puller (as Christopher Strollo)
Lucy Sustar .... foley mixer (as Lucy Susta)
Bruce Tanis .... sound editor
Noel Vought .... foley artist
Trevor Ward .... sound consultant: Dolby
Kevin Zimmerman .... first assistant sound editor (as Kevin A. Zimmerman)
Judah Getz .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Matteo Marciano .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Jim Heastings .... special effects technician
Raymond M. Tasillo .... special effects foreperson
Dean Tyrrell .... special effects foreperson
Russell Tyrrell .... special effects coordinator
Ian Michael Andrew .... special effects (uncredited)
Jake Hays .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Mike Huffman .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Norm Johnson .... special effects (uncredited)
Jason Trosky .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Adam Avitabile .... visual effects supervisor: Look Effects
Michael Capton .... 3D supervisor: Look Effects
Patrick Clancey .... digital opticals: EFilm (as Pat Clancey)
Darrell Claunch .... compositor: Look Effects
Andrew M. Collins .... compositor: Look Effects (as Andrew Collins)
Steve Dellerson .... visual effects executive producer: Look Effects
Heather Fetter .... compositor: Look Effects
Phillip Hoffman .... visual effects producer: Look Effects
Brad Kalinoski .... compositor: Look Effects
Desiree Lunsford .... compositor: Look Effects
Uros Otasevic .... compositor: Look Effects
Gabriel Sanchez .... compositing supervisor: Look Effects
Tina Wallace .... compositor: Look Effects
Chase Bickel .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Christian Cardona .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Andrew G. Cox .... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
Jenny Foster .... additional visual effects producer: Look Effects (uncredited)
Philippe Majdalani .... digital intermediate assistant producer (uncredited)
Rocco Passionino .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Migs Rustia .... visual effects editor: Look Effects (uncredited)
Mike Wallner .... visual effects artist: Look Effects (uncredited)
Blaise Corrigan .... stunt coordinator
Joe Corrigan .... stunt performer (as Joseph Corrigan)
Samantha MacIvor .... stunt performer
Ian Mclaughlin .... stunt performer
George Peters .... stunt performer (as George L. Peters)
Jason Silvis .... stunt performer
Matthew R. Staley .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Curtis Abbott .... camera loader
Peter Agliata .... camera operator: "a" camera
John Aitken .... rigging grip
John Bramley .... still photographer
Matthew Bulleri .... best boy grip
Kiely Cronin .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Alexander 'Lex' Crow .... set lighting technician (as Alexander Crow)
Pat Dames .... rigging key grip (as Patrick Dames)
Josh Drylie .... rigging best boy grip
Sean Edwards .... grip
Kevin Hogan .... rigging electrician
Jason Jouver .... grip
Jason Kirker .... grip
Pete Klingenberg .... set lighting technician (as Peter G. Klingenberg)
John Leonetti .... set lighting technician
Jordan Lippert .... rigging grip
Brendan Lowry .... dolly grip
Adam Marze .... video assist
Alan J. Mehlbrech .... camera operator: "b" camera
Alan J. Mehlbrech .... steadicam operator
Jon D. Morrison .... best boy electric (as Jon Morrison)
Thomas Shields Morrison .... rigging electrician (as Tom Morrison)
Patrick Murray .... gaffer
Sean Murray .... rigging electrician
Joseph E. Myers .... grip
Justin Novak .... grip
Patrick Quinn .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Amanda Rotzler .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Matt Schafer .... rigging best boy electric
Keith Seymour .... key grip
Terry Shirk .... rigging gaffer
Derek Smith .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Jeremiah Tinsley .... rigging grip
Don Yockey .... grip
Nick Yost .... set lighting technician (as Nicholas Yost)
John Betancourt .... technician (uncredited)
Isaac Denair .... additional rigging electric (uncredited)
Bob Dodd .... rigging grips (uncredited)
Donald Klinefelter .... additional electrician (uncredited)
Josh Kubizne .... additional electrician (uncredited)
Michael Leonard .... additional first assistant camera (uncredited)
Dante Ludovici .... camera operator: EPK (uncredited)
Michael Nelson .... ultimate arm operator (uncredited)
Brennan Reilly .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Amishjim Schulze .... rigging grip (uncredited)
David Swiech .... electrician (uncredited)
Michael J. Walker .... ultimate arm camera operator (uncredited)
Ryan Washlaski .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Animation Department
Susan Moran .... background artist (uncredited)
Casting Department
Courtney Gumpf .... extras casting assistant
Brandon Hemmerling .... casting assistant
Jessica Kelly .... casting: New York
Jaceson Mann .... casting assistant
Nancy Mosser .... casting: Pittsburgh
Katie Shenot .... extras casting
Suzanne Smith .... casting: New York (as Suzanne Smith-Crowely)
Kimberly Herman .... extras casting intern (uncredited)
Patty Majorczak-Connolly .... adr voice casting (uncredited)
Mark Sussman .... adr voice casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alex Bovaird .... assistant costume designer
Melanie Cargioli .... set costumer (as Melanie Evans)
Bradford Chapple .... costume production assistant
Michelle Christensen .... background costume supervisor
Diane Collins .... costume supervisor
Kelli French .... seamstress
Amanda Jenkins .... set costumer
Bobbi-Jo Napoletano .... costume production assistant (as Bobbi-Jo Napolitano)
Virginia Smith Phillips .... key set costumer (as Virginia Phillips)
Tori Musial .... costume assistant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Rita DaSilva .... additional editor
Robert Frazen .... additional editor
Stephanie Gangel .... post-production assistant
Yana Gorskaya .... additional editor
Natasha Leonnet .... digital film colorist: EFilm
Loan Phan .... digital intermediate producer: EFilm
Martha Pike .... digital intermediate editor: EFilm
Sarah Jean Porter .... first assistant editor
Ailene Roberts .... editorial production assistant
Leslie Adkins-Garza .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
Thomas Centrone .... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
Pete Conlin .... post production (uncredited)
Jonathan Hoffman .... post production (uncredited)
Andre Rivas .... digital intermediate colorist assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
8Julies .... musician: strings
Christine Bergren .... music clearance and legal services
Michael Brook .... musician: infinite guitar
Michael Brook .... score producer
Craig Conard .... score producer
Dalia Franco .... music clearance and legal services
Paul Katz .... music consultant
Jennifer Nash .... music editor
Jennifer Nash .... score producer
Alexandra Patsavas .... music supervisor
Kasey Truman .... music coordinator: Chop Shop Music
Ginger Whitman .... music coordinator: Chop Shop Music
Brittany Whyte .... music coordinator: Chop Shop Music
Matt Mugford .... music coordinator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
David Allen .... driver
Mike Bearer .... driver (as Michael Bearer)
Robert Bowen .... driver
Charles V. Brown .... driver (as Charles Victor Brown)
Frank Conforti .... driver
Art Coughenour .... driver
Albert Cuneo .... driver (as Albert S. Cuneo)
Lauren Donnelly .... driver (as Lauren B. Donnelly)
Dennis Fitzgerald .... driver
Thomas Flemming .... driver (as Tom Fleming)
Vince Junkins .... driver (as Vince Riggle)
Richard A. Koenig .... driver (as Rick Koenig)
Terence W. Mahoney .... driver (as Terence Mahoney)
Calley Matthews .... driver
Dennis Michaels .... driver
Frank Morreale .... picture car coordinator
Roger Nicholas .... driver
Byron Roland .... transportation captain
Patrick Roland .... driver
Karriem Sami .... driver
Katie Scott .... transportation dispatcher
Marc Scott .... transportation coordinator
Ron Sikorski .... driver (as Ronald Sikorski)
Drew Smith .... driver (as Andrew M. Smith)
Greg Viglione .... driver
Stanley M. Wojtaszek III .... driver (as Stanley M. Wojtaszek)
Kevin Powers .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Natalie Angel .... production coordinator
Laura Barone .... assistant: Russell Smith
Mitchell Barutha .... location scout
Alyssa Batchelor .... set production assistant
Christopher Billig .... executive producer: TCG Studio (as Chris Billig)
Shawn Boyachek .... location manager
Jason Calabro .... assistant location manager
Alex Case .... location assistant
Jason Cianella .... office production assistant
Thomas Cobb .... creative designer: TCG Studio
Marc Czornij .... office production assistant
Ciara D'Altorio .... set production assistant
Lida Davidians .... insurance
Ron Dolecki .... legal services: Rosenfeld, Meyer & Susman (as Ron E. Dolecki)
Greg Felmley .... assistant location manager (as Gregory Felmley)
Brittany Forringer .... stand-in: Erin Wilhemi
Jeffrey Francek .... caterer: Crescent Moon Movie Catering (as Jeffery Francek)
Doug Hall .... assistant: Lianne Halfon
Kate Hennessy .... set production assistant
Charlie Hicks .... additional assistant (as Charlie Hicks)
Chris Hinton .... assistant location manager
Kahale Hoke .... location assistant
Nicholas Irwin .... first assistant accountant
Kevin Jacobs .... production assistant
Philip Jacoby .... accounting clerk
Mary Jasionowski .... production accountant
Quanita Johnson .... production finance manager
Ashley Kravitz .... clearances: Cleared by Ashley
Kiesha Lalama .... choreographer
Casey LaRocco .... set medic
Sheryl Main .... unit publicist
Carson Mains .... location assistant
Jonathan Medeiros .... set production assistant (as Jon Medeiros)
Brenden Meers .... set production assistant (as Brenden Smith)
Marisa Murphy .... second assistant accountant
Lauren Newhouse .... assistant production coordinator
Diane H. Newman .... script supervisor (as Diane Hassinger Newman)
Kenneth Pelletier .... lead designer: TCG Studio (as Ken Pelletier)
Branden Ryan .... location assistant (as Brandon Ryan)
Courtney Schade .... commentary coordinator
Dee Schuka .... post production accountant
Shawn Shelpman .... location assistant
Jim Smerecky .... construction medic
Jeremy Speicher .... craft service
Andrea Spring .... craft service (as Andrea 'Petey' Spring)
Dewitt Stern .... insurance
Sophia Tapia .... payroll accountant
Justin White .... production secretary
Kevin White .... caterer: Crescent Moon Movie Catering (as Kevin P. White Jr.)
Caellum Allan .... physical production (uncredited)
Justin Begnaud .... completion bond: Film Finances (uncredited)
Matthew Carraher .... craft service assistant (uncredited)
Mark Cartwright .... projectionist (uncredited)
Ray Cervenak .... security captain (uncredited)
Marci Chamberlain .... stand-in: Emma Watson (uncredited)
Daniel Clayton .... additional stand-in: Ezra Miller (uncredited)
Daniel Clayton .... stand-in: Brian Balzerini (uncredited)
Daniel Clayton .... stand-in: Rick Dawson (uncredited)
Michael Day .... accounting clerk (uncredited)
Alexis Eichelsbacher .... stand-in: Nina Dobrev (uncredited)
Shayne Fiske .... production executive (uncredited)
Eric Hollenbeck .... additional set production assistant (uncredited)
Andrew Huntley II .... production assistant (uncredited)
Eric Kops .... publicist (uncredited)
Mia La Monica .... production assistant (uncredited)
Giovanni Lopez .... insurance broker (uncredited)
Eric Neugebauer .... stand-in: Logan Lerman (uncredited)
Drew Nicholas .... production assistant (uncredited)
Ryan O'Shea .... stand-in (uncredited)
Ryan O'Shea .... utility stand-in (uncredited)
Jordan Paley .... production assistant (uncredited)
Timothy Papciak .... production assistant (uncredited)
Michael Schatzel .... production assistant (uncredited)
Michael James 'Scotty' Scott .... production finance: manager (uncredited)
Chanda Venable .... production staff (uncredited)
Jordan Weir .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Kris Bergman .... the producers wish to thank
Frank Brettschneider .... the producers wish to thank
Owen Campbell .... the producers wish to thank
Drew Dowdle .... the producers wish to thank
John Erick Dowdle .... the producers wish to thank
Reed Farmerie .... the producers wish to thank
Kyle Fried .... the producers wish to thank
Jeff Gorin .... the producers wish to thank
Isaac Halfon .... the producers wish to thank
Amy Israel .... the producers wish to thank
Willa Dorn Lilien .... the producers wish to thank
Rebecca Litman .... the producers wish to thank
Liz Maccie .... the producers wish to thank
Mike Maloney .... the producers wish to thank
Lori Pavlik .... the producers wish to thank
Charlie Redmond .... the producers wish to thank
Hailey Rohn .... the producers wish to thank
Stewart Stern .... the producers wish to thank
Robbie Thompson .... the producers wish to thank
Joseph Yablonski .... the producers wish to thank
Adam James Zahren .... the producers wish to thank
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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
102 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A (Alberta/Ontario/Maritimes) | Canada:PG (British Columbia/Manitoba) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Chile:14 | Germany:12 | Hong Kong:IIB | Ireland:15A | Italy:T | Japan:G | Mexico:B15 | Netherlands:12 | Norway:11 | Peru:14 | Philippines:R-13 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:15 | Sweden:11 (DVD rating) | UK:12A | USA:PG-13 (certificate #47447)

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When Patrick holds up his report card, the name at the top says "Patrick Nothing", a reference to his nickname in the book and the film.See more »
Continuity: After Patrick is tripped by one of Brad's friends in the cafeteria, the bottom of his shirt is tucked under his arm. After he says, "Your pet ape just tripped me," his shirt was back to normal. In the next shot, it's tucked under his arm again.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...
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321 out of 388 people found the following review useful.
One of the best of 2012 so far., 21 September 2012
Author: sleepyandawake from United States

I had the pleasure of seeing Perks Of Being A Wallflower at Arclight Cinemas in LA yesterday and it was definitely worth the one hour drive.

The story is very simple yet complicated because of how much goes on. But the way it unfolds is beautiful and sad, sometimes all at once. While it has its funny moments, it also manages to go through dark topics as well such as homosexuality, drugs and death. Stephen Chbosky handles his story very well, never feeling like it's being forced but rather it flowed nicely and carefully.

Directing wise, it was shot very well. The cinematography is gorgeous, especially the scenes where the camera overlooks the skyline of Pittsburgh and during intimate scenes between the characters. You could not get anyone better to direct it other than the author himself because this is his book. This is his vision so he knows exactly how it goes in his head and we can see throughout the film, just how much his vision has truly come alive. The result is both engaging and satisfying.

Same thing with the writing. The dialogue is very honest and beautifully well written. It was very fun to quote along with the movie. Not just the writing but the overall tone of the film reminds me a little bit of John Hughes' work. Adapting a epistolary book into a film is incredibly challenging but Mr. Chbosky did a fine job of translating it into a film.

The musical score is done by Michael Brook who's also responsible for Into The Wild, another favorite of mine, and he did a very good job. In fact, one of the scores made me cry because of how it emotionally resonated with the scene it was fitting in. The soundtrack is awesome. Along with Mr. Chbosky, Alexandra Patsavas, who's also the music supervisor for The OC, did a great job of picking out the songs and treated it as if it were a mix tape.

Logan Lerman, my god, he did a masterful job as Charlie. The character literally jumped out of the book and made its way onto the big screen. Logan's performance blew me away. He did such an amazing job portraying the embodiment of Charlie through his expressions, his emotions, his movements, everything! So perfectly cast. The last 10 minutes of the movie alone is awards worthy because it really shows how talented he really is. I fell in love with his performance. So perfect in every way.

Emma Watson did a great job playing as Sam. She is very beautiful and charming. As for her American accent, I thought she did an okay job. There were times where you can kind of hear her British accent slip in and even though you notice it, it's nothing distracting and it didn't really bother me. But you have to give her credit for trying her best and she truly did. I enjoyed her performance very much.

The second standout of the film is Ezra Miller! He plays Patrick, a gay character who's not afraid of who he is and Ezra portrays him amazingly well. I've seen almost all of his work, and he's becoming a great actor who's very rare in the sense that he's brave and daring in contrast to the roles he has previously played. He steals every line and scene he's in, becoming the comic relief. But even so, Patrick has his own personal problem and this is where Ezra Miller proves once again just how great of an actor he is.

Everyone else in their supporting roles all have their moments. Nina Dobrev, who plays Candance aka Charlie's sister, did a good job. Mae Whitman as Mary Elizabeth was hilarious. Adam Hagenbuch as Bob was great. Erin Wilhelmi as Alice, Johnny Simmons as Brad and Nicholas Braun as Derek were all fine.

The rest of the cast: Kate Walsh and Dylan McDermott who play the parents as well as Joan Cusack who plays Charlie's Doctor were all good, despite having little screen time. Melanie Lynskey did a very good job as Aunt Helen. Paul Rudd as Mr. Anderson is awesome. He's also a standout. Paul Rudd in general is a very likable actor and again, he doesn't have a lot of screen time either but he still manages to play his part memorably.

What makes the cast so special is the chemistry. Everyone got along so well and you can tell that they're very comfortable with each other and you feel convinced that these people are really friends. It was absolutely perfect.

I love this movie. It's amazing. And I'm not just saying this because I'm a die-hard fan of the book. It has a great script, great cast, it's well directed, awesome soundtrack and undeniable strong performances. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower may not be the most faithful adaptation but the spirit of the story is still there and it does great justice to the book. This is one of the best coming of age movies I've ever seen.

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