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The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

by Kevin Taft
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Tuesday Feb 12, 2013
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My favorite film of last year and one of my Top Ten Favorite Films of All Time, the book "Perks of Being a Wallflower" was lovingly adapted and directed by the book’s author Stephen Chboksy. Essentially a coming-of-age film about a troubled, but highly empathic freshman named Charlie who is befriended by two seniors, "Perks" features standout performances from Logan Lerman ("Three Musketeers") and Ezra Miller ("We Need to Talk About Kevin"). It is also the post-"Harry Potter" debut for Emma Watson. This is a film that takes the plight and issues of teenagers seriously and allows a brief moment in time for these three to unfold with a beauty not often captured in the teen genre. In fact, it’s not really a movie about teenagers. It’s a movie about growing up and how epic that time is - something relatable to both young and old. It’s truly a stunningly delicate and emotional film.

For fans of the book and the film, the special features will be of great interest and add much to the experience of the world Chbosky has created.

Two commentary tracks provide touching insight into the making of the movie. One features Writer/Director Chbosky who is clearly enamored of the actors he cast. He gets emotional from time to time and also gives us tidbits like why the characters in the film wouldn’t know the song "Heroes" by David Bowie, a plot point in the book and film.

The second track features director Chbosky and the film’s main actors Lerman, Miller, Watson, as well as Johnny Simmons, Mae Whitman, and Erin Wilhelmi who play supporting roles. Hearing how much the filming touched their lives, while a bit redundant after a while, gives the film even more meaning.

The "Best Summer Ever" pretty much sums up the cast commentary with behind the scenes footage and cast interviews about the filming.

The Deleted Scenes are of special note. We see a bit more of Charlie’s interaction with his mother (played by Kate Walsh) and a subplot about his sister Candace (Nina Dobrev) getting an abortion. Lastly, fans of the book will remember a particular poem that was dear to Charlie’s heart. While it was never intended to be a part of the film, Chbosky filmed Lerman reading the poem during the Christmas Party scene. While it is a bonus to have this addition, there is also a commentary track where Chbosky explains his affinity for the poem and how he finally tracked down the author.

Lastly, there are a few dailies included, the best of which is Emma Watson doing her flight through the Pittsburg Tunnels.

"Perks of Being a Wallflower"
Blu-ray/Digital Download Combo
$39.99
www.lionsgate.com

Kevin Taft is a screenwriter/critic living in Los Angeles with an unnatural attachment to ’Star Wars’ and the desire to be adopted by Steven Spielberg. He can be seen in the flesh on the weekly PBS movie review series "Just Seen It."

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