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Product details

  • Actors: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Nina Dobrev, Paul Rudd
  • Directors: Stephen Chbosky
  • Writers: Stephen Chbosky
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: To be announced
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Feb. 2013
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (355 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008OQ037W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,708 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

Product Description

Based on the best-selling novel by Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a modern classic that captures the dizzying highs and crushing lows of growing up. Starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a moving tale of love, loss, fear and hope and the unforgettable friends that help us through life.

Bonus Features:
  • Audio Commentaries with writer/director Stephen Chbosky and Cast
  • "Best Summer Ever" featurette
  • Deleted Scenes with audio commentary by Stephen Chbosky
  • Dailies
  • Theatrical Trailer

Review

The Perks of Being a Wallflower maintains the fine tradition of movies like Running with Scissors and Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist in its savvy, sensitive telling of high schoolers coming of age and coming to terms. Though it enters some dark emotional territory as freshman Charlie (Logan Lerman) connects with a clique of older students, the smart sense of humor threaded throughout is as charming as the heavy stuff is powerful. Charlie enters high school with some serious yet indeterminate psychological problems that have clearly devilled him since childhood. We don't get to know about the extent of his difficulties until the movie's final scenes, but they've made it hard for him to find friends. A device that comes and goes is Charlie's voice-over of letters he's writing to an unknown and unnamed friend that describe the hard shell he's kept closed around himself. It all starts to change for Charlie--mostly for the better--when he hooks up with the eccentric, iconoclastic senior Patrick (Ezra Miller) and his popular step-sister Sam (Emma Watson). The energetic duo bring Charlie into their fold of friends and introduce him to a world outside himself that is probably exactly what he wanted, even though it's a place of loyalty, trust, and understanding that had previously been unimaginable in the small confines of his tortured head space. As with all friendships, there are rivalries, boundaries, rifts, and betrayals that ebb and flow as the school year unfolds. Charlie's inevitable breakdown and the healing that he experiences from having been exposed to such acceptance comes full circle in a neat little package at the end. But there's plenty of honesty, wit, and genuinely moving emotion expressed along the way. All the young actors commit fully to their well-drawn parts, especially the three leads. This may be the post-Potter role that breaks Watson free to revel in her talent, and Miller is a natural as a grown-up teenager who may have most of it figured out, even though the internal confusion he's tried so hard to bury still rears its head now and again. Set in the early '90s, the movie is tinged with peripheral period details that never overpower or insert themselves awkwardly into the action. Music is a big part of the characters' lives and is equally so in the spirit of the story. The writer-director is Stephen Chbosky, who adapted his own semiautobiographical young adult novel. He does right by his audience in presenting a movie that's fully adult and gets the little things right for anyone who is or ever was an angsty teenager embroiled in that horrible/wonderful search for self. --Ted Fry

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

97 of 101 people found the following review helpful By MyKeyReviews TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Oct. 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
From watching the trailer, I got a slight understanding of the film; guy has no friends when he starts his first year in high school and struggles to make them also, he then finally meets some nice people who befriend him, which to one he falls in love with.

Whilst the base of the story is just as I had predicted, the film as a whole was so much more.

Charlie who is the main character is extremely socially awkward, and you get hints close to the beginning that something in his past had caused him to be this way, eventually you start finding out Charlie has a very deep story in the past which is gradually explained through as the film goes on by flash-backs, you will eventually find out why he is the person he is today, this combined with the journey through his first year with his new friends who also have different personal issues makes this film an emotional roller-coaster.

I don't want to ruin the story for those who haven't seen it, so I'm not going to go into further detail.

On a final note, I do want to point out that the cast for this film was perfect, they were all brilliant at their roles and made the film very believable. I also want to say Emma Watson did an especially good job at portraying her character 'Sam'. As she's widely recognised for playing Hermione from the Harry Potter films, it must have been hard for her to shake off that image that has been imprinted into peoples minds throughout these years, which she has done so brilliantly in this film, this shows how good she is of an actress.

I would highly recommend this film for those who enjoy drama/romantic based films and I certainly will be buying this film when it comes out on DVD/Blu-ray.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER on 3 May 2013
Format: DVD
This is this generations' "Breakfast Club" as a group of western Pa. misfits come together and help each other deal with their issues.

Charlie (Logan Lerman imitating Jesse Eisenberg) is a loner who has issues with normal socializing. He is a freshman in high school and befriends Patrick (Ezra Miller) an in the closet senior who is also an outcast. Patrick introduces Charlie to his low self esteem step sister Sam (Emma Watson) who Charlie immediately takes to. Charlie ends up joining their circle of friends, one that includes the frequent use of drugs and alcohol. The drug and alcohol use is shown as being nonchalant, perhaps in a realistic sense, at least the one I grew up with.

The group has a number of colorful characters which add to the mix. The film has multiple themes including "We accept the love we think we deserve." The teens have heart and recognize the needs of each other and are able to give and accept. The weirdest thing of the film was the use of cassette tapes. Seriously?

The soundtrack reflected the feelings of Charlie. It starts out with an acoustical number that was sad, lame, and untalented. It picks up at the tunnel scene. At one point we listen to XTC "Dear God" a tune on my mix tape. There was a scene where I expected to hear J Geils chime in with "Love Stinks" but it didn't happen.

This is a film for older teens, which some parents would object to. Good acting. Decent plot, although the aunt thing wasn't that well developed.

Parental Guide: No sex or nudity. 1 f-bomb. Sexual themes including homosexuality. Another hit film from Pittsburgh.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William Mason HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 21 Mar. 2015
Format: DVD
This movie is an absolute gem. If you like highly superior teenage angst movies, films like The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Some Kind Of Wonderful and Say Anything, I'd be very surprised if you didn't love this movie - The Breakfast Club [Blu-ray], Sixteen Candles [Blu-ray] [1984], John Hughes Collection (Pretty In Pink / Some Kind of Wonderful / Ferris Bueller's Day Off) [DVD], Say Anything [Blu-ray] [1989].
Charlie is a sixteen year old High School student, fiercely bright, good looking, introverted, circumspect, highly likeable, and with a complicated past that he wants to keep buried. Starting out at a new school, he befriends two eighteen year old students, Patrick, who's an extroverted gay fellow full of mischief and with a rapier wit, and Sam (played by Emma Watson), who's a breathtakingly beautiful and intellectual young woman, and who bafflingly makes appalling choices in men.
The three of them become inseparable pals, and what follows then is a profoundly moving and involving tale of their trials and tribulations in the lead up to college.
It's very rare that I see a teen movie which can hold its own against the finest John Hughes movies, some of which I've mentioned above, but this is definitely one of them. The attractive young cast give spellbinding and entirely credible performances. As the friends went through the peaks and troughs of teenage life, I found myself irresistibly hooked. The film soundtrack is very cool, featuring the likes of David Bowie, The Smiths and Dexy's Midnight Runners. The pacing is energetic and perfectly judged, the script is moving and believable, the characters are wonderfully drawn and hugely likeable, and the story, which leaps between tearful melancholy and joyful happiness, unfolds very cleverly and satisfyingly.
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