The perks of buying a matinee ticket

Well, the perk of that would be not learning the hard way that movie tickets in the city are $14.

But anyway, on Sunday night I stashed away 3 Hershey Kisses in my purse (one of which was not eaten…snack fa latah?) and braved the rain to go see The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Our first choice was to go see Zefron and Nicole Kidman do the deed in The Paperboy, but after reading multiple reviews referring to the movie as “trash,” we picked a new one. Worth $14.

I didn’t get the chance to read the book before seeing The Perks of Being a Wallflower, but the movie stands on it’s own, which is sometimes hard for book-to-movies. It’s the story of Charlie, a high school freshman who is a little off even aside from the fact that he’s already been through two traumatizing experiences. The thing that saves him is becoming friends with a group of seniors, mainly Emma Watson and her step brother. Really, it’s a story about a bunch of kids who have seen and gone through way too much and need to get back to where they should be as teenagers – whether it’s by letting out a secret, getting into college or shedding someone else’s burden.

All the actors do a really great job, and they are able to make a really poignant story hilarious at times. Logan Lerman – best known for his role in the WB’s Jack and Bobby … anyone?? – plays Charlie perfectly, which is difficult because he is both innocent and deeply messed up. Emma Watson struggles with her Hermione Granger English accent, but she’s also great as Sam, Charlie’s crush. And she wears sweet clear straps with her homecoming dress. I’ve never heard of Ezra Miller, but he’s very funny and very sweet as Sam’s sassy gay step brother and the first person to recognize that Charlie desperately needs friends. Even Nina Dobrev is good in her small role as Charlie’s brother, and more importantly, Ponytail Derek’s girlfriend. Also, Joan Cusack is randomly in it.

It’s just good all around, so go see The Perks of Being a Wallflower if you’re interested in an extremely enjoyable 2 hours.

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