For anyone who has been an outcast, an exile or stuck on the outside, particularly through those always awkward and tumultuous high school years, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” might be the movie for you. And for everyone else, it’s the leading trio of Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller and Emma Watson that provides hope that this will be an above-average romp through a familiar coming-of-age tale.
The first clip has dropped from the film, and serves a decent enough introduction to Charlie (Lerman), an overlooked kid who comes into the orbit of Sam (Watson) and Patrick (Miller) and their metaphorical “island of misfit toys.” All three looking to be hitting the right notes, and certainly, director Stephen Chbosky, who wrote the book on which this is based, knows exactly the tone he’s going for. But making it work on the page and on the big screen are two different things.
We’ll know whether it’s a winner or not soon enough when the film premieres at TIFF next week. As for everyone else, they can catch it in theaters on September 14th.