- Catcher in the Rye
- Charlie Bartlett
- It’s Kind of a Funny Story
- Less than Zero
- That Was Then, This is Now
- The Breakfast Club
- The Outsiders
- Rumble Fish
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
I Remember It Being That Bad
But was it ever that good?
The Perks of Being a Wallflower joins the ranks of young adult coming of age stories that reminds us how joyous - and how horrible - it was to be a teenager. It compares quite favorably with (listed alphabetically so as not show any favoritism):
The movie was directed by Stephen Chbosky, who adapted the screenplay from his 1999 best-selling novel of the same name. Gentle, funny, awkward, and sad, it creates a palpable sense of longing for love, recognition, and inclusion. Perks was set in the 1990s but contains samples of all the indescribable pain and wondrous joy I remember from my teenage years many decades earlier.
Emma Watson, who grew up playing Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series, confirms that she is a skilled actor. She wouldn’t have to be, but she is. I haven’t seen her costars before, but Logan Lerman and Ezra Miller likewise did an impressive job with some difficult material.
Kids have forever wanted to escape their teenage years to finally become adults.
As adults we yearn our whole lives for what we left behind.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower reminds us why.