Theatrical poster of the movie "The Perks of Being a Wallflower." (Photo retrieved from Pinterest)

QUARANTINE PICKS: ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ shines new light on coming-of-age movies

This is the fourth of six mini-reviews of movies and TV shows perfect for at-home entertainment.

“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” is a coming-of-age film set in the ’90s that follows clinically depressed high school student Charlie as he navigates his freshman year.

Unlike many movies about high school students, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” is sensitive and realistic without being preachy. With Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller, the acting is top-tier. Miller is especially good as the extroverted class clown, Patrick. 

With interesting, multidimensional characters and a killer classic rock soundtrack, the film allows viewers to live alongside Charlie as he finds a group of friends.

Despite exploring many difficult topics such as bullying, abuse, drugs and mental illness, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” is inspirational. Director Stephen Chbosky also wrote the book on which the movie is based.

“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” may not be a light drama, but it is a fantastic movie.

— By Sicily Schroeder

Originally published in the April 28 edition of the Octagon.

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