Review Round-up: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
From School Library Journal:
Part of the film’s appeal lies is its timelessness. It could’ve taken place anytime in the last 30 years as long as some theater somewhere still has a midnight screening ofThe Rocky Horror Picture Show or there are eccentric teens that feel like they don’t quite fit in with the popular crowd. The dialogue occasionally drops pop culture references, but the wardrobe and hairstyles aren’t too specific.
From Forever YA:
Well, my fellow life participators, you can breathe easy, because with author Stephen Chbosky at the helm, this film is a gorgeous, wildly compelling tribute to the novel we all adore and cherish. Allow me to prove to you, with scientific precision, why this movie does justice to its source material, and why you need to head to a theater and see it IMMEDIATELY.
Actually, the fact that reformed bad girl Sam (Emma Watson), her gay stepbrother Patrick (Ezra Miller) and their posse of friends aren’t painfully hip or terribly far from the mainstream – just a little bit alienated from their surroundings, and more than a little bit stranded between eras – is precisely the source of the power in Chbosky’s story.