Author Stephen Chbosky wrote the screenplay to and directed the feature adaptation of his own novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. And that, itself was a perk which allowed him to transpire the spirit of his novel.
Set in the early 90’s, Wallflower depicts: teen angst, sexuality, family secrets, physical and mental abuse, and self-doubt. More importantly, the film delves into the teenage (and altogether human) craft of self-limitation; It shows how we ignore our potential and or those who recognize it, for the sake of fear and comfort. By default, this work suggests that the most damaged, are sometimes the most wise (i.e.Logan Lerman’s Charlie). Which makes it dark, alluring, and accurate. As are the performances, particularly Ezra Miller’s as the gay, emotionally numbing Patrick. In the end, Perks is a coming-of-age anecdote that teaches being a wallflower, unlike Pat’s below average C-, is anything but. A