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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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Stephen Chbosky

Writers:

Stephen Chbosky (screenplay by), Stephen Chbosky (based on his book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Logan Lerman ... Charlie
Dylan McDermott ... Father
Kate Walsh ... Mother
Patrick de Ledebur ... Senior Bully
Johnny Simmons ... Brad
Brian Balzerini 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 Emily Marie Callaway ... Mean Freshman Girl (as Emily Callaway)
Paul Rudd ... Mr. Anderson
Chelsea Zhang ... Shakespeare Girl
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Storyline

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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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Perks of Being a Wallflower See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$228,359, 23 September 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$17,738,570, 3 February 2013
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 Stephen Chbosky returning to write and direct. See more »

Goofs

Whenever Charlie, Patrick, and Sam go through the tunnel into the city, you can see "Consol Center" on the road sign. The Pittsburgh Consol Center was built in 2008. See more »

Quotes

[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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Features The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) See more »

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Pretend We're Dead
Written by Donita Sparks
Performed by L7
Courtesy of Slash Records/Warner Music U.K. Ltd.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Saw this at TIFF 2012
10 September 2012 | by stanhdeeksSee all my reviews

Saw this movie at TIFF and after watching the trailer was thinking I was going to enjoy this movie. Those expectations now are so very low, this movie is amazing. It speaks on many different levels of being a teenager, dealing with death, loneliness, and how awkward it can be trying to fit in. I haven't seen a move like this in a very long time and was very refreshing. The highlight of the film for me at least from a acting stand point is Ezra Miller really funny, but very heartfelt at the same time. Don't get me wrong the whole case is amazing (Emma Watson was perfect for this after HP) but Ezra really stands out. Stephen Chbosky really cared about this book, and it really shows in this film. Him Directing and writing his own book was a amazing idea.

It's going to get many comparisons to a John Hughes film, and rightfully so this movie is heart felt and just amazing.

I will definitely being seeing this film again.


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