In the film The Perks of Being A Wallflower Charlie (Logan Lerman) worries about his first day of high school due to his shyness and inability to make friends. However in time he becomes friends with two seniors, Sam (Emma Watson) and her stepbrother Patrick (Ezra Miller). At a party Charlie accidentally eats a cannabis brownie. The effects of this lead to him telling Sam that his best friend committed suicide the previous year. At the same party he finds Patrick and Brad (Johnny Simmons) kissing.
Over the Christmas period, following a discussion about relationships, Sam kisses Charlie and says she loves him. Charlie decides to ask her out on New Year’s Eve.
On Christmas Eve, which is also Charlie’s birthday, he remembers his Aunt Helen, who died on a Christmas Eve night in a car accident. A series of events lead to Charlie being isolated once again until one day when he intervenes in a fight between Patrick and Brad. During this period he is also having more flashbacks to the night his aunt died.
Sam is accepted into University. The night before she leaves, Sam and Charlie kiss, with Charlie pulling away when she touches his thigh. In the morning, Charlie says goodbye to Sam and Patrick and goes back to his empty home, where once again he has flashbacks of his Aunt Helen. When Charlie calls his sister, Candace, she realizes that he is suicidal and calls the police. He awakens in hospital where it becomes clear that Charlie was sexually abused by his aunt. After therapy, Charlie recovers and meets up with Sam and Patrick.
“Touching and brimming with the energy, enthusiasm and tides of teenage love and life, ‘Perks’ could very well be the next classic of the genre.”
— Kevin Jagernauth, The Playlist
“An honest, affection-hooking, coming-of-age drama which proves that there is life beyond Hogwarts for Emma Watson.”
— Dan Jolin, Empire
Did You Know?
Stephen Chbosky wrote the novel that the film is based upon and also the screenplay for the movie as well as directing it.
Director Stephen Chbosky comes from Pittsburgh where the movie was filmed. When he was a young man, he watched The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) in the same theater where they filmed the scenes for The Perks of Being A Wallflower. Review our Gay Themed Films Here