'The Perks of Being a Wallflower' Clip Welcomes Charlie to the Island of Misfit Toys

Monday, 27 August 2012 09:11 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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'The Perks of Being a Wallflower' Clip Welcomes Charlie to the Island of Misfit Toys

A clip from next month's The Perks of Being a Wallflower has quietly shuffled online, where it will stand in a corner observing the rest of the internet and having a crush on Emma Watson.  It's a clip familiar to fans of the novel, and it sticks close to the basics, but also demonstrates some basic alterations that will hopefully ensure that Stephen Chbosky's novel makes a good movie.

The clip, which clocks in at less than a minute, is from early in the story, as young Charlie, played by Logan Lerman, finds himself being lauded at a party, an entirely new experience here.  I may be getting the scenes muddled, but if I'm not mistaken, in the novel this scene took place in Bill the misanthrope's basement around the time that Charlie accidentally gets high for the first time.  Here, it's a more conventional party setting.  Watson's Sam gets to put a little button on the scene, and Charlie does not indulge in a good cry, as his literary counterpoint is wont to do with great frequency.

You're looking at this bad boy thanks to MTV, where the official clip debuted as part of the site's Fall Movie Preview Week.  No big surprise there, as MTV books actually published the novel.


If you haven't read the book, you can probably guess that Charlie is in love with Sam, Watson's character.  Charlie is a high school freshman whose only real friend committed suicide during middle school.  Alone and not inclined to participate too much, Charlie eventually falls in with Sam and Patrick, step-siblings and seniors who bring Charlie into a brave new world of socialization.

Does anybody else get the impression that Ezra Miller is going to pretty much walk away with this movie?  The character of Patrick is very different from the malicious hellspawn that Miller played so well in We Need to Talk About Kevin, but it looks as though Patrick will give this movie its pulse.  He's probably the most outgoing character in Chbosky's book, and Miller's take on him is even more boisterous.

Sitting next to Lerman's Charlie in the clip you can see Mae Whitman as Mary Elizabeth, who becomes important later in the story.  The film's cast also includes Paul Rudd, Johnny Simmons, Reece Thompson, Dylan McDermott, Kate Walsh, Nina Dobrev, Nicolas Braun, and Melanie Lynskey.

In a truly rare occurrence, Chbosky was not only able to adapt his own novel into screenplay form, but he also directed the damn movie.  It's always intriguing to see how a novel is changed to function as a movie, but with the guy behind the original material writing and directing, it's downright fascinating.  In addition to Charlie's nigh-endless crying, there are some elements of the novel that could play oddly onscreen.  That includes Charlie's relationship with his Aunt Helen, memories of which are behind much of his psychological distress.

Either way, The Perks of Being a Wallflower will play at the Toronto International Film Festival, after which it'll arrive in theaters nationwide on September 21st.


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