What is it about the Smiths that makes the melancholic 80s band something of a Bat Signal for cultured and cute vintage-wearing dream girls? In writer-director Stephen Chbosky’s new The Perks of Being a Wallflower, a wonderful film based on Chbosky’s own novel, the pixieish, Smiths-adoring love interest, Sam, is played by Emma Watson, in her first significant post-Hermione role. Sam’s suitor, Charlie, is played by Logan Lerman. Perhaps inevitably, he is a clinically depressed introvert who befriends Sam and her punky stepbrother, Patrick—the inestimable Ezra Miller—at a high-school football game. Charlie and Sam soon reveal their shared love of British glum-pop, including the Smiths’ “Asleep,” which is ironic, or appropriate, because the film details how Charlie finally wakes up thanks to Sam’s tender, nonjudgmental companionship. The metaphor is not as heavy-handed as it sounds.
If Hollywood were a high-school cafeteria—a tremendous stretch of the imagination!—the three young leads would most certainly sit at the center of the cool table. Watson and Lerman will next star in Darren Aronofsky’s big-screen adaptation of Genesis chapters 6 to 9, Noah, while Miller will play opposite Mia Wasikowska in Madame Bovary, providing an even greater service to teenagers than showcasing the triumph of the loner: giving them a way around reading Madame Bovary.
- her time in Iceland
- filming Noah
- filming in Pittsburgh
- taking Zumba classes in college
pretty LOL @ the "infinite" line but i cant lie i love the use of Bowie
Roger Ebert's Journal
"The Perks of Being a Wallflower" premieres at Toronto on Saturday and Sunday, and offers the unexpected pleasure of an author directing the film of his own novel, and doing it perhaps as well as anyone could have. Stephen Chbosky's best-selling coming of age novel was published in 1999 and has taken on some of the cult status of The Catcher in the Rye. Unlike many movies about high school, this one is full-bodied and deeply knowledgeable about human nature. The actors make plausible teenagers. We care about them.
The movie, set in the early 1990s, is the story of Charlie (Logan Lerman), who tells it as a series of letters to a "friend." He enters high school uncertainly and without confidence, and is rescued from that great and universal freshman crisis: Which table in the lunchroom will they let me sit at? He's welcomed to the table of two smart and sympathetic seniors. These are Sam and Patrick, played by Emma Watson in a vast departure from the Harry Potter movies, and Ezra Miller, who was so remarkable as an alienated teenager in "We Need to Talk About Kevin." Charlie makes the mistake of assuming they are a couple, and Sam's laughter forgives him; actually, they're half-siblings.
Patrick is tall and gangly; Sam is--well, like Emma Watson but with a flawless American accent. We learn a lot about their high school crowd by finding out they're instrumental in the local midnight showings of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Their crowd is artsy, outsider, non-conformist. They become the influence that rescues Charlie from his deep insecurity and his depression over the suicide of a friend; essentially, they teach him it's okay to be who he is. In his first year he learns a little, very tentatively, about sex, drinking and drugs, and a lot about friendship. Watching this film was an unalloyed pleasure. The movie opens soon, on Sept. 21.