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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Impressive

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    Treydle
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    Imagine yourself on the eve of your first day of high school. If you’d prefer not to, I get it, believe me. What if you’d just been released from the hospital? Do you really think you could rebound from that? Charlie (played by Logan Lerman), is a quiet, introspective teenager who has recently suffered a setback, the full nature of which we’re not informed of, and is about to start his freshman year of high school. The only friend he makes on his first day is his English teacher, Bill Anderson (played by Paul Rudd). Rather than worry his parents, (played by Dylan McDermott and Kate Walsh) Charlie gives the typical, one-syllable description of his first day of high school. Time passes and Charlie becomes friends with step-siblings Sam and Patrick. Sam (played by former Harry Potter actress Emma Watson) is an outgoing senior dating a college guy and her step-brother Patrick (played by Ezra Miller) is a flamboyant underachiever with a great sense of humor. They attend a football game together and follow that with a visit to a diner before driving Charlie home. The next function they attend as a group is a party where Charlie, unknowingly, ingests a pot brownie. It is during this moment of drug-fueled confidence that Charlie reveals to Sam the fact that he lost a friend to suicide one year ago. After quietly relaying that fact to Patrick, he and Sam both decide then and there that Charlie should become a full-fledged member of their group. Moments later, Charlie bears witness to a romantic encounter between Patrick and his closeted boyfriend, star football player Brad (played by Johnny Simmons). They leave the party, go for a drive, and hear a song that inspires Sam to stand in the bed of the pickup truck and stretch out her arms as they drive through a tunnel. This is when Charlie first develops romantic feelings for Sam which she is completely unaware of. There’s a lot to like about this film. Miller and Watson’s characters are both very endearing and their decision to adopt fellow outcast Charlie is a moment that brings hope for the character and life in general. There are elements I believe the film could do without. Examples include the one-sided relationship between two of the characters and the references to The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which never resonated with me the way it seems to with others. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it greatly and encourage others to see it at their earliest possible convenience.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Coming if Age film

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    thutigger
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    The Perks Of Being A Wallflower is a truly moving story about Charlie, a freshman in high school, who is by no means popular. He is very shy, but that all comes down to a mental issue that occurred because of something that happened when he was younger, which you will get the gist of later on in the book. The author, Stephen Chbosky, has plotted this story very well. It isn't your average book set up - Charlie writes letters to an anonymous reader known as 'Friend'. Charlie tells this person everything he does and feels, who he meets and loves. Charlie meets two outgoing outsiders that are much cooler than him, but they accept him and he finally feels included. Patrick, a gay, happy and outgoing teen, and Sam, a beautiful young woman, introduce Charlie to a new world filled with sex, drugs and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. They also show Charlie the power of music and Charlie becomes more and more music savvy. He particularly likes The Smiths and the song ‘Asleep’. Charlie goes on a rollercoaster ride full of emotions, and learns that he has the greatest friends he could wish for. If you read this story you will laugh, cry and keep reading on. It is not to be missed. Charlie will show you that high school can be enjoyed if you have the right friends and becoming a teenager isn't as scary as you think, even though it seems that way. Although, I could not relate to any of the characters in the book, it was interesting to learn about what other people might be going through. This book really opened my eyes, and made me realize that people might seem fine on the outside, but there are often bigger things going on in their lives. Charlie's story touched me, because I feel like many authors don't like to talk about the things that Charlie went through as a kid. It was a refreshingly new way of writing. I would most definitely recommend this book to a friend because I think that everyone would enjoy reading this book. If I could change something about this book, I wouldn’t change anything. Although some parts were sad, I think that the book wouldn't be half as good if anything was changed in it. All in all, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is an easy and fun read, and I highly recommend picking it up.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Welcome to the Island of Misfit Toys

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    ExBurgher
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    There are many days when I miss Pittsburgh, and this movie eases some of that longing. Pittsburgh's balancing act of working class grunge and corporate chic, soot-covered stone and health care gleam, always amazed me in my time there. This coming of age story reflects some of the difficulties of such balance. I've worked with teens for decades, watching them tiptoe around an unbalanced world while trying to balance themselves. I really enjoyed watching the teens in this story do much the same as the ones I've worked with. Their confidence ebbs and flows like the real thing; safety to be themselves always an external choice away from being withdrawn. The rituals and inside jokes and other acts of belonging felt real to me (they might not to others; this group shared many of things my group of 25 years ago did). And for once it was nice to see a teen boy who did not define himself or his world in the search to get laid. Perhaps my favorite part of the movie is each time the heroes come through the tunnel out into the city. Anyone who has actually driven to the Point through the Tunnels, particularly at night, knows how powerful that moment can be. Adding that visual, and that insider ritual to the story of these kids was a terrific touch.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Moving coming-of-age story

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    CCoop09
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    I, like a lot of people, am a big fan of the book and I read it multiple times when I was a teenager. The film is very loyal to the book and Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Ezra Miller give outstanding performances. The film and the book capture perfectly how awkward and painful it can be being a teenager. The ultimate message of the story is that high school is only a stepping stone to where you're going and good friends can pull you through anything. It's an excellent film.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Page to screen success story!

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    Shelindrea
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    A story that touched the heart on the page was brought brilliantly to life on the screen. Each character in this rag-tag group is brought to life with care and love. It is impossible not to want to be a part of the group and run away to "the Island of Misfit Toys" along with them. Unlike so many movies of this genre the conclusion is not cookie-cutter, and cannot be seen by the second scene. It is in its honesty and genuiness that this movie succeeds. wo enthusiastic thumbs up.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great coming-of-age film ...for all ages!

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    Keb11
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    I was not planning to see this film until a friend recommended it to me. Now, I am so pleased that I took the time to watch it. Though I've long since passed the age of HS, this story has the capacity to touch us all. I immediately went out and bought it when I saw it on sale at Best Buy. The Blu ray quality is great, and the movie itself is brilliantly filmed, acted, et cetera. This film has become one of my faves from 2012.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not what we thought

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    Customer12
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    The movie started out fairly good, however turned south in that it had both language and content it that was not necessary. It was so bad that it ended our viewing of the movie. If there was a way we could return it for half of what we paid for it we would... but will likely just throw it in the trash. That's sad, the acting and talent chosen for the film was good, but the writing was the same old garbage in the end.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie

    Posted
    Collector
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    Interactions of a group of high school kids dealing with growing up. The main character has had some mental issues and is now having to deal with starting high school and not really having any friends. Story is told very well. I would like to see a sequel showing another year of life experiences that the characters were about to go through when this movie ended.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Movie

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    Monks
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    I remember reading the book back in high school and falling in love with the it immediately. The characters were so well written and by watching the movie it felt like they came alive like how I wanted them to. Amazing soundtrack accompanies the movie and I really recommend this movie regardless of whether or not you read the book.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful touching movie

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    SKP1212
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    Story was a wonderful story and I enjoyed it. The image quality was not great but I believe that was a style that the director wanted. I think the director was attempting to convey some level of mood but it is also possible it was a poor transfer. Regardless, it did not detract from my enjoyment of the movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A movie every teenager should see!

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    Mlg1942
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    This is a fantastic movie! It shows the reality of what it's like to be "that" kid that isn't in the "In crowd" and can't find their place in the world. It shows them they can make their own place. It's got great acting from a fairly well known cast and a great storyline that will hit home for a lot of folks! I bought it for my teen son!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A totally charming and engaging film!

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    Winfield
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    The performances are wonderful. If you have teenage children, or you were ever a teenager yourself, you can't help but like and care about these kids. It's a charming story of friendship and family which includes a little mystery and manages to hide a dark secret until just the right moment that it needs to be revealed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful Movie

    Posted
    posters5
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    It's great that the writer of the novel was given the opportunity to write/direct the film adaptation. The extensive deleted scenes are worth watching, though because the Bonus Features are so good, you kinda hope that there is other material floating around for some sort of anniversary release down the line.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fun movie

    Posted
    TxRN
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    The movie is great, my kids love it, even me and my husband watch it and enjoyed it. My youngest daughter was the one who requested to buy it, she invited some of her friends to come over and watch it. They enjoyed it very much that they have to play t back to watch again on the same night.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Another coming of age show

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    ScannerDarkrift
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    This movie is based on a book which I have not read but when I saw the previews, it looked like a decent film and sure enough, it was... A freshman taken in by a couple seniors and the many problems a kid faces in high school...Along with a little extra thrown in...A decent movie all the way...Worth a watch... Enjoy! :)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Terrific Blu ray

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    MinBar
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    The Blu ray goes in depth into the film itself and is worth every penny. Not only is the film excellent but the blu ray packs a punch as well with a great creative in depth view of the world of "The Perks of Being A Wallflower" Love the film, love the blu ray features, its a must have!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very good movie with a surprise

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    Loverly
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    I really enjoyed this movie and would highly recommend this movie to anyone that is looking for a brutally real movie. It's not for the faint of heart and can be tough for some audiences. I fully enjoyed the movie and am very happy to have it in my movie collection.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very touching film

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    BoardsOfCanada
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    Really good and heartwarming film, I would recommend this to anyone. The acting from Emma Watson and Logan Lerman is pretty top notch. From a personal level, this movie hit all the right notes, it's very deep and meaningful. It's also really close to the book, which is great.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic insight into high school cliques

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    Reptile227
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    I can't say enough good things about this film. I love the way it's so true-to-life and how it uses music as a tool for expression. It's a dark film that shows everyone can move past, well their past and prosper.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great night's entertainment.

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    TBD60
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    We had seen trailer for this moving on another DVD and was taken aback by how good the acting seemed. Was at first time seeing anything about the movie thinking it was just another quick attempt at getting movie money from it's target audience. We were surprised when proven wrong.

    I would recommend this to a friend