The Perks of Being a Wallflower movie review - Aussieboyreviews


This is a highly-relatable, poignant and touching coming-of-age story for teens, and adults as well. It really seems to feature the struggles in the lives of teenagers.


When an introverted freshman trying to cope with the death of his friend enters high school, he befriends two seniors who welcome him to the real world.

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Movie details

Director: Stephen Chbosky
Cast: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Mae Whitman, Kate Walsh, Dylan McDermott, Joan Cusack, Paul Rudd
Writer: Stephen Chbosky
Release Date (Australia): 29 November 2012
Runtime: 103 minutes/1h 43m
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (M)

The film contains themes of mental health and mental illness, bullying, suicide and child sexual molestation.

Violence (PG)

The film contains a fighting scene in which several teenagers are depicted punching each other in the face, resulting in mild blood and bruising detail.

Coarse Language (M)

The film contains a single use of the word “f**ked”, as well as use of coarse language including the words “s**t”, “f****t”, “ass” and “**shole”.

Drug Use (M)

The film includes the use of LSD and scenes in which teenagers are under the influence of the drug.

Sex (M)

The film includes multiple verbal references to sexual acts and scenes of implied sexual activity.

mpaa rating

PG-13 (on appeal for mature thematic material, drug and alcohol use, sexual content including references, and a fight – all involving teens)

Aussie boy's thoughts

What The Perks of Being a Wallflower does is it takes multiple issues from the lives of teens and executes them so beautifully, making a very poignant and touching coming-of-age drama for teens, and especially adults as well. It’s a must-watch for anyone in their teens and up, even worth watching as you grow older. The reason it’s not a movie for really young kids is because they typically won’t be able to relate to as many of the thematic topics explored very cleverly throughout the film.

From the outside, it appears as a typical, book-based movie about a shy teenage boy finding love and acceptance as he enters high school in his freshman year. You could basically describe this movie as that, but it would feel harsh to because it’s so much more than that. It’s not a film that waits until the closing scene for him to finally be accepted by his peers; that actually happens quite early, but it’s focused on the dramas that occur even after he finds his group.

Logan Lerman is tremendously impressive in every scene he appears in. He’s the reason the tough subjects relating to mental illness, depression, grief, suicide and sexual abuse are all so powerful and make this film really relatable, and you don’t have to have experienced all of these problems to find your love in this beautiful fantasy of a teenage love/acceptance story. Every supporting role is delivered exceptionally, the soundtrack is truly amazing and suitable, and the relationships and emotions are incredibly real. Some areas may be clichéd and overrated, but if you’re new to the coming-of-age/teen genre, make The Perks of Being a Wallflower one of your first watches.

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