The Perks of Being A Wallflower: movie review
'Perks' shows that 'Harry Potter' star Emma Watson can stand on her own.
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Now that Emma Watson has moved on from the â€śHarry Potterâ€ť films, Iâ€™m looking forward to seeing this remarkably intelligent actress appear in movies not involving magic and potions and walking through walls. â€śThe Perks of Being a Wallflowerâ€ť isnâ€™t such a great showcase for her â€“ derived from the popular 1999 novel by writer-director Stephen Chbosky, itâ€™s an earnest indie about a troubled teen, Charlie (Logan Lerman), and his various troubled confederates â€“ but it does demonstrate that Watson can stand on her own.
As Sam, the wayward stepsister of Charlieâ€™s sardonic friend Patrick (Ezra Miller), Watson doesnâ€™t lose her cool, or her warmth, in a role that might easily have devolved into terminal sappiness.
Grade: B- (Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, drug and alcohol use, sexual content, and a fight.)