The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Movie and Pizza!

Oliver La Grone

Free pizza. A great movie. Followed by good conversation. Who could ask for more?

After watching The Perks of Being a Wallflower, I immediately wrote what a wonderful, delightful, magnificent, awesome, brilliant, marvelous, fabulous, and fantastic movie to my friend who recommended it. The movie addresses the central questions of adolescence and young adulthood. Who am I? Where am I going? How do I relate to others? Am I competent? Am I normal? Am I lovable? How much responsibility do I have for the adversity in my life?

Charlie, a confirmed wallflower, is entering high school with much trepidation. His best friend committed suicide the previous year. He is befriended by Patrick and Sam (Patrick stepsister), who are seniors. He connects with Sam romantically, but she has a boyfriend, who is in college. Patrick and Sam introduce Charlie to other students, and suddenly, he has friends. He has difficulty navigating social interaction. Some of the students introduce him to drugs. Charlie learns that Patrick has a romantic relationship with a star football player. In addition, Charlie forms a bond with his English teacher, who is a writer, which is Charlie's dream.

Charlie's romantic relationship with Mary Elizabeth and Sam activate memories of a dark past with which he has not dealt.

If you are interested in psychological issues, if you know an adolescent, if you ever were an adolescent, this is a must see movie.

--- Alan Babcock, M.Ed.

MTV Movie Awards’ Favorite Drama Movie



06:30pm — 09:00pm

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Oliver LaGrone Cultural Arts Center, Olmsted Building