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The Perks of Being a Wallflower is one of the best YA movies of this decade. I didn’t read the book, but I know it was very popular with people my age. The story behind my viewing of this movie is an interesting one. I won’t get too detailed, but when I was a Senior, I participated in something called a “Drama Competition.” The Perks of Being a Wallflower was the story that my crew members did as a “Dramatic Interpretation.” That was my first introduction to the story (in the weirdest way possible). So I figured I should watch the movie since I was already pretty familiar with the story. So I rented the movie and watched it one day when my brother was gone. Ironically the very next day when I was off to Springfield to compete with other schools, I saw the movie again on one of those buses that had TV’s on them. Then a year or two later, I watched the movie again with my brother who wanted to watch it. So yeah, I’ve seen The Perks of Being a Wallflower three times already. Good thing I really like the movie. It’s filled scenes that capture the dramatic, but also charming nature of High School. Which is only supported by strong performances by its leads. Logan Lerman effectively plays charlie, the titular wallflower. Emma Watson uses an American accent for the first time in a post-Hermione performance. Her accent needed some work, but over all it was a strong performance. The breakout performance however, was Ezra Miller. He’s one of the more better written gay characters that I’ve seen. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a must watch for fans of this genre. “We are Infinite.”

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Charlie (left) and Sam (right) being wallflowers

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