The Perks of Being a Wallflower, ventures into a whole new world of teens growing up, trying to fit in and trying to escape from been a 'wallflower'. But needless to say, the film is about how being a wallflower has its perks and there is nothing to be ashamed of...
Charlie, a 15 year old boy who writes letters to an unknown recipient. He notes how he is starting high school. How without his best friend Michael, who committed suicide...it's going to be difficult.
Charlie is the definition of a wallflower. He shows this sort of excessive hurt, but shelters it with writing and trying to participating in the real world. He doesn't understand the outside world, just like a lot of people don't.
Soon enough Charlie finds a friend, Patrick. Patrick is...gay, he doesn't care. Patrick shows a new kind of flamboyant.
Sam. She's something. She has this broad outlook on life, and how it's more 'live in the moment' than 'over think it all'. She's someone who teaches everyone around her to love life, and that life is hard, but it's also inspiring, and you can learn so many things from it. She does have Patrick as a step-brother, so you can imagine how exciting they are together.
She claims she has a boyfriend, but that doesn't stop Sam from reaching out to Charlie. I think Sam sees how stuck Charlie is, all she wants to do is understand what this sheltered hurt is that Charlie holds.
The thing with Patrick is he seems all put together and acts like he understands himself. Brad, the 'popular' footballer at his school...he's gay. Patrick teaches him how to learn and love and admit that been 'gay' isn't bad. It's emotions...feelings. And it's NOT wrong to feel the way he does for someone of the same sex, especially because Brad loves Patrick. Patrick has to deal with the feeling of Brad having NOTHING to do with him at school, bullying him, manipulating him in front of others. Patricks ignores all that, because Patricks intense belief and love for Brad over rules all of the above.
A little more into the film, it shows how Brads dad didn't take too well to finding Patrick and Brad 'together'. As this intense 'disaster' happened, Patrick thinks that Brad might finally stand up for him and show who he is, and not hide...not hide from the fact he's gay.
Brad didn't take to this, in fact he proceeded in calling Patrick a 'fag'.
Patricks flamboyant world? Crushed.
Patrick: You gonna do anything?
Brad: What are you talking about?
Patrick: I'm talking about your pet ape just tripped me. Gonna say something?
Brad: Why would I?
Patrick: You know why.
Brad: I don't know what kinda sick shit you're trying to pull, but you better walk away right now. Nothing.
Patrick: Fine. Say hi to your dad for me.
Brad: Whatever, faggot.
Patrick: "There's this one guy, queer as a 3 dollar bill. The guy's father doesn't know about his son. So, he comes into the basement one night when hes supposed to be out of town. Catches his son with another boy, so he starts beating him. But not the slap kind, the real kind. So the boyfriend says Stop! You're killing him! But the son just yells Get out! So, eventually, the boyfriend just... did."
All Patrick did was say things to cover up, keep himself that little more numb, that little more shut out from the world. But it couldn't last for ever. And he knew that.
Charlie finds through his exploring of the outside world, that we except the love we think we deserve. Charlie tries to announce his feelings for Sam, but it's never being quite as easy as that.
We know Charlie has memories about his Aunt...his favourite Aunt, who died on his birthday, we know something happened, something more than what is shows.
It's Sam and Patricks last night before they go off to college.
Charlie find this to be the perfect time, to elaborate those feelings he's held in for so long.
Even though Charlie has finally been excepted, he's still so lost. He thinks the real world is so easy and that you can rely on it.
Sam: "You can't just sit there and put everybody's lives ahead of yours and think it counts as love"
Something between them make them kiss. Charlie describes how he isn't ready.
Charlie's emotions flood in as he is bombarded by these intensified memories of his beloved Aunt Helen. By Sam touching Charlie's thigh on the previous night when they kissed, these memories emerge of his Aunt Helen sexually molesting him when he was younger. But his love for his aunt made him repress these memories, making him have many more problems. Charlie is admitted to a mental hospital, when he is released he his greeted by Sam and Patrick.
Charlie relises his past, is his past...
"We don't get to choose where we came from, but we can choose where we go from here."
"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."
His letters stop. His attitude changes. He participates in the real world. And he appreciates...
'The Perks of Being a Wallflower'