I love movies that feel like real life. The Perks of Being a Wallflower has that real life feel to it. It’s like Garden State or The Last Kiss in a high school setting with the same amount of depth. There’s a little bit of Orange County and Good Will Hunting thrown in for good measure.
Someone wise once told me that it’s not reading the book that matters, it’s how it changes you. Will you grow, make a change, share or take away something valuable from what you read? If you consider movies to be the technological evolution of literature then it’s easy to see that transformative element carry over.
I’m glad when movies like this do well; I think the perspective, hope and inspiration they give helps us accept whatever situations we are in; they help make our life journey a little more enjoyable.
A taste from the end of the movie:
“I don’t know if I will have the time to write anymore letters because I might be too busy trying to participate. So if this does end up being the last letter I just want you to know that I was in a bad place before I started high school and you helped me. Even if you didn’t know what I was talking about or know someone who has gone through it, you made me not feel alone. Because I know there are people who say all these things don’t happen. And there are people who forget what it’s like to be 16 when they turn 17. I know these will all be stories someday. And our pictures will become old photographs. We’ll all become somebody’s mom or dad. But right now these moments are not stories. This is happening, I am here and I am looking at her. And she is so beautiful. I can see it. This one moment when you know you’re not a sad story. You are alive, and you stand up and see the lights on the buildings and everything that makes you wonder. And you’re listening to that song and that drive with the people you love most in this world. And in this moment I swear, we are infinite.”