A letter to a wallflower.

Oct 1, 2012 by

Dear friend,

I have finally seen the movie “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” I first came across the novel some 4 years ago when a friend handed me a paperback of the same title from the States written by Stephen Chbosky. I instantly loved the novel, but never really got to talking about it among friends as I feared some might think it cheeky and girl-flickish. I watched the movie alone because my friends were mostly preoccupied with things that have to do with domestic things. Sundays don’t fail. So there I was inside the theater, reliving every bit of feeling I had when I first read the book.

What’s beautiful about this movie is that the cast were perfect for their roles. Since the story is set in a period where I half-belong, the 80s, my biases had me captured throughout the film: the music they used (lots of David Bowie’s Heroes, The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, etc.), the much-loved mixed tapes, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the plaids, and yes, the hash browns. Logan Lerman did a wonderful job in giving life to Charlie, a 15-year old freshman who struggles with his introversion brought about by a dark past and an even darker future which he himself assumes. Charlie meets an eccentric mix of seniors whom he devotes his time with and explores the exciting but altogether miserable adolescent life. Emma Watson succeeds in losing her thick Potter accent and she brings out a good amount of playful and risqué maturity to her role as Sam. Ezra Miller plays Patrick (otherwise known as “nothing” – a reverberating recall from A Chorus Line character Diana Morales) who steals some shining moments from Charlie in an adorable way.

I guess the young people of today would benefit from watching “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” It sends out a strong message about knowing oneself and embracing everything about us – both the good and the bad. It carries the tagline We Are Infinite, and that is a resounding idea that people must take to heart to live a life of meaning. It is indeed true that some people gripe about their slanted self-worth because of their relationships, but “We accept the love we think we deserve.” And I think this movie deserves a big round of applause.

Much love,


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Ezra Miller, Emma Watson and Logan Lerman in The Perks of Being a Wallpaper.

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  1. Bunso

    I just so love this movie.

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