The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Sunday, December 11 th, 2016 at 00:12 am 

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

JOY REVIEW

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is kind of an offbeat story that takes a while to warm up to.  It’s got the wonderful Ezra Miller in it, who plays kind of an offbeat loner who’s taking shop for the fourth time, it has Emma Watson in it, who is playing what everyone assumes is his girlfriend but is actually his step-sister, and they sort of coalesce around our hero, who feels that he doesn’t fit in any place and he’s had bad times.  As a psychologist, I figured out what his bad times were probably in the first five minutes.  You may not, and it really doesn’t matter either way —there’s no particular advantage in figuring it out.  But this is really a charming movie about friendship and about resilience and about sex and about memories, and all sorts of very interesting things.  It’s based on the novel by the same name, and it’s clearly autobiographical. It’s a nice little movie, with some interesting ideas.  Three and a half stars.

Joy Meter