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Film Friday: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

I’ve been wanting to see The Perks of Being a Wallflower for quite sometime and even though I live in a fairly large metro city, we aren’t that large or important; hence any film that has a limited release means we won’t get it. So a friend of mine was lucky enough to get ahold of a DVD screener of it and I watched it last night. I loved it! I haven’t had the chance to read the book, but have heard great things about it. I’ve added it to my to be read list.

I don’t like to reveal parts of myself online, well I do, but only to really close online friends and there was something about Perks that just hit home. I suppose in many ways, I understand what it feels like to be the outsider and watching life happen around you. I’ve always been the person to have a few close friends, but in many ways have longed for a large social circle. At my age I’ve come to realize that I won’t ever a large circle and that the close friendships I do have matter the most. Recently, my social sphere online grew and I thought in many ways the friends I made were well actual friends, but let’s just say I learned things weren’t the case. It’s taken me a while to accept this and move on. So as I watched Perks and saw Charlie’s friendships with Sam and Patrick, it hit me, “But because things change. And friends leave. And life doesn’t stop for anybody.” How very true!

I know teen movies can either be good or bad and yet, Perks is just delightful. Loose ends get cleared up near the end of the film and when you actually realize what Charlie goes through, it breaks your heart. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a tragic happy story and just beautiful all around. I do believe it helped that the author of the novel, Stephen Chybosky, also directed and wrote the screenplay.

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