Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Learning the "Wallflower" perks

The girls introduced Jill and me to their favorite film last night, as we watched "THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER" on DVD.
Rising actor LOGAN LERMAN (we have seen him previously in "PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTNING THIEF") plays a shy high school freshman with undisclosed mental-health issues. Although it is difficult for him to make friends, he does meet a memorable pair of seniors.
EMMA WATSON plays Sam, an "alternative" type of girl into The Smiths and "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" and her stepbrother, EZRA MILLER as Patrick. Patrick's openly gay lifestyle is complicated by his closeted relationship with the high school football quarterback.
I can see why the girls love the film.
The primary characters are smart, flawed individuals, attempting to navigate the time-honored, dangerous waters of high school and the attendant peer pressure.
I liked it, because I like all movies where the hero of the piece is the ENGLISH TEACHER (played by PAUL RUDD).
Not only do the girls love the film, but they have both read the book -- heck, they each have their own copy of the book. KERSTIN has the book with the film-inspired cover, but ANNIKA just doesn't buy books with the film-inspired covers.
Oh dear God, they do both have a lot of their dad in them. Sorry.


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