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The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Film Review

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by John Andrew (subscribe)
I enjoy "fine dining", presenting programs on radios 4MBS, MBS Light and 4RPH and going to drama and music at Brisbane theatres.
Hermione comes of age

Meet a reclusive 16 year old young man (Charlie played by Logan Lerman) on his first day in a new High School. He is clearly damaged from some as yet to be revealed trauma.

Add a beautiful, insecure young woman (Sam, played by Emma Watson) and her secretly gay step brother (Patrick, played by Ezra Millar) who is in a closeted relationship with a sporting idol.

Mix in an exceedingly crabby Buddhist, (Mary Elizabeth played by Mae Whitman) who fancies said reclusive young man, who in turn fancies the beautiful insecure young woman.

Painful secrets from the past, and real and imagined guilts, are woven into the action to make a potent, convincing and at times unbearable present.

Why do good people end up with dreadful partners? "Because we only accept the love we think we deserve" comes the answer.

This is not, however, a film to slit your wrists by. There are plenty of "downs", but the "ups" are also there.

Remember the scene in "Titanic" where the lovers seem to fly in the bow of the ship? Transpose this to Sam standing in the back of a ute, "flying" to a Bon Jovi song, living intensely in the moment.

The film is worth our time if it were only for the sensitively portrayed first kiss between Sam and Charlie.

All of the actors are very fine – Emma Watson and Logan Lerman in particular.

"The Perks of Being a Wallflower" does not minimise the trauma that can result from abuse and bullying.

Such resolution as comes is hard earned, but totally believable.

This is a memorable film.
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