Year of Release: 2012
Starring: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Erza Miller.
High school is scary. Too many people, too many groups and you trying to fit in. That’s exactly how Charlie feels. He is insecure. He is an introvert. He is the wallflower. He becomes friends with siblings; the exciting and beautiful Sam and the eccentric Patrick who introduce him to the world. The story is told from Charlie’s perspective. Typical teenage scenarios involving abuse, sex, drugs and of course, love.
Emma Watson is a far cry from the bossy Hermione. She is strong yet vulnerable and gives the character of Sam a realism. Logan Lerman as Charlie is simply awesome. His portrayal of Charlie’s shyness comes across beautifully. Another plus is Erza Miller’s Patrick dealing with his homosexuality and love.
Supporting characters that stand out are Paul Rudd as Mr. Anderson, the English teacher who introduces Charlie to the wonderful joy of reading and Mae Whitman as Mary Elizabeth, Charlie’s short-lived girlfriend. Though their screen time is minimal all supporting characters perfectly fit into their roles and deliver aptly.
I am awaiting my copy of the book and I am sure it will be worth the read. This is youth at its sweetest and darkest.