Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

I had a chance to watch this cute film the other night.  I am not even sure where I heard about it, but it eventually bubbled up in the Netflix queue.  It is a comedy/drama about a high school freshman who goes from being a wallflower without any friends to having a few close friends.  The underlying drama is about his childhood, relationship with his family and plans for the future.

I really enjoyed the movie which provided a chance to laugh and hold back a tear occasionally.  Some of us had fond high school memories and some of us recall high school as a struggle.  Looking back, it was probably a high point for me in terms of fitness and visible accomplishments.  In terms of fitting in and being social, I definitely fell into the wallflower camp.  I did not attend dances or get invited to parties.  I only found one new friend.  I was insecure.  Fortunately my family was and still is very supportive of me.

The movie also tells a tale of clinical depression.  Mental disease and addiction are being portrayed more often in movies.  Awareness is a first step in helping people with their struggles and the betterment of society.

The movie is paced well.  The flashbacks at times get confusing and I would certainly watch the movie again if I saw it on television.  If your version of the film has special features, I highly recommend viewing “The Poem.”

"We accept the love we think we deserve"

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