Set in 1992, a young and clinically depressed boy named Charlie has recently been discharged from a mental health care institution. Despite feeling uneasy about starting his freshman year, two free-spirited students, Sam and Patrick, befriend Charlie and welcome him into their group of friends. The two help him discover, among other things, the joys of youth. As his friends prepare to leave for college, Charlie's new found confidence is threatened as his symptoms begin to resurface.Read more
The film's writer and director, Stephen Chbosky, also wrote the book which the film is based on. He says in an interview that, 'watching people like Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller, and Mae Whitman who never had prom, never really had a proper graduation, because they were always working, and watching those kids get to have a high school experience that we all take for granted, was very special.' To add to the experience, the cast all lived in the same hotel in Pittsburgh while filming the movie. Logan Lerman, who plays the film's lead, says '[We] were kind of living in a dorm environment.'
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) is an American coming-of-age drama film based on Stephen Chbosky’s 1999 novel of the same name. The film is also written and directed by Chbosky. It stars Logan Lerman as Charlie, Emma Watson as Sam, and Ezra Miller as Sam's stepbrother, Patrick. Other cast members include Mae Whitman, Kate Walsh, Dylan McDermott, Nina Dobrev, Johnny Simmons, Erin Wilhelmi, Melanie Lynskey, Paul Rudd, and Joan Cusack. The film premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and was released in theaters in the United States shortly after. It received several accolades, including the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature, Critic's Choice Movie Award's Best Adapted Screenplay, and the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film - Wide Release.