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The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

  • Rate: 8.3/10 total 36,607 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Romance
  • Release Date: 12 October 2012 (USA)
  • Runtime: 102 min
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  • IMDb page: The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
  • Rate: 8.3/10 total 36,607 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Romance
  • Release Date: 12 October 2012 (USA)
  • Runtime: 102 min
  • Filming Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Budget: $13,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $17,008,013(USA)(16 December 2012)
  • Director: Stephen Chbosky
  • Stars: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller|See full cast and crew
  • Original Music By: Michael Brook   
  • Soundtrack: Don't Dream It's Over
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | Datasat
  • Plot Keyword: Freshman | First Love | Suicide | Friend | Written By Director

Writing Credits By:

  • Stephen Chbosky (screenplay)
  • Stephen Chbosky (based on his book)

Known Trivia

  • Both Logan Lerman and Emma Watson have starred in a Chris Columbus film. Watson appeared in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Lerman appeared in Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief.
  • Was originally rated R by the MPAA for “teen drug and alcohol use, and some sexual references” but was later changed to PG-13 after an appeal for “mature thematic material, drug and alcohol use, sexual content including references, and a fight – all involving teens”
  • When Patrick holds up his report card, the name at the top says ‘Patrick Nothing’. In the book ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’, Patrick was called nothing because he was always called Patty and one day he said, “Listen, you either call me Patrick or call me nothing”, so his nickname became ‘Nothing’.
  • Though not explicitly shown on screen or mentioned, the film is set during the 1991-92 school year, just as it was in the book. Music, technology and clothing styles all reference this as well.
  • Stephen Chbosky knew he wanted to cast Emma Watson once he saw her in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in the scene after the Yule Ball where she is crying on the stairs.
  • The “Tunnel Song”, which is “Heroes” by David Bowie, was covered for the Godzilla soundtrack by none other than The Wallflowers.
  • Emma Watson has admitted that she refuses to watch her kissing scenes or the Rocky Horror scene.
  • In the novel the name of Charlie’s sister is never mentioned. In the movie Charlie’s sister is played by Nina Dobrev and her character is named Candace.

Goofs: Anachronisms: If the movie does indeed take place in the 1991-1992 school year as the book would suggest, during Bob's party the song "Here" by Pavement is played, which was not released until April 1992

Plot: An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world. Full summary »  »

Story: Based on the novel written by Stephen Chbosky, this is about 15-year-old Charlie (Logan Lerman), an endearing and naive outsider, coping with first love (Emma Watson), the suicide of his best friend, and his own mental illness while struggling to find a group of people with whom he belongs. The introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors, Sam and Patrick, who welcome him to the real world.Written by Anonymous  


Synopsis: The movie opens with Charlie (Logan Lerman) writing a letter to an anonymous pen pal, discussing his upcoming first day in high school. On his first day, he is harassed by classmates but befriends his English teacher, Mr. Anderson (Paul Rudd).

Charlie attends a school football game alone and notices the flamboyant Patrick (Ezra Miller), who is the only senior in his freshman shop class. Patrick asks Charlie to sit with him. They are joined by Patrick’s stepsister Sam (Emma Watson), and Charlie immediately notices her beauty. Upon arriving home, he witnesses Candace’s boyfriend hitting her, something Charlie is especially sensitive about as his Aunt Helen was also abused. Candace persuades him not to tell their parents. Charlie dances with Sam and Patrick at homecoming and goes to a party with them afterwards. There, he meets their other friends, Bob, Mary Elizabeth, and Alice. He also sees Sam with her boyfriend Craig, which makes him jealous. He eats a pot brownie, and the group is amused by his observations. While in the kitchen, Charlie tells Sam that his best friend Michael shot himself last May. He then goes upstairs to the bathroom, leaving Sam shocked.

Upstairs, Charlie sees Patrick and Brad (Johnny Simmons), the school’s star football player, kissing. Patrick tells Charlie that Brad doesn’t want anyone to know about their relationship (as his father would disapprove) and asks him to keep it a secret. Still high, Charlie agrees. Later, Sam whispers to Patrick about what Charlie has gone through and they welcome him in their group of friends.

While driving him home, Sam hears a song from the radio and demands that Patrick drive through a tunnel. She stands up in the back of the pickup truck and sways like she’s dancing. Again, Charlie is stunned by her beauty.

As Christmas draws closer, Charlie helps Sam to study for her SATs and their friends participate in a Secret Santa gift exchange. On the last night of the exchange, Sam takes Charlie into her room and shows him her gift for him, a typewriter. The two start talking about first kisses. Charlie says that he has never kissed a girl, and Sam reveals that her first kiss was from her father’s boss, who was molesting her. She and Charlie then share a kiss.

Charlie’s Birthday(which is on Christmas Eve) arrives, and he remembers his Aunt Helen, who died on the same night in a car accident after getting him a present. Later, at a New Year’s Eve party, he takes LSD and has more flashbacks to the night his aunt died. He is eventually found passed out in the snow by the police.

Charlie attends the Sadie Hawkins dance with Mary Elizabeth. Afterwards, they go to her house and make out. She then declares that he is her boyfriend. He has no interest in her but continues the relationship because he doesn’t know how to break up with her.

While playing truth or dare at a party, Patrick dares Charlie to kiss the prettiest girl in the room, and he kisses Sam rather than Mary Elizabeth. Both girls are enraged, and Patrick tells Charlie to stay away until things cool down.

Weeks pass and his friends are still ignoring him. In addition, his flashbacks to the night his aunt died are getting worse. Bob tells Charlie that Brad’s father caught him and Patrick kissing. Brad comes to school with a bruise on his face but claims he was jumped in a parking lot. Patrick and Brad fight in the cafeteria after Brad calls him a "faggot." Brad’s friends then begin to beat up Patrick, until Charlie intervenes. Afterwards, he reconciles with his friends.

Patrick is upset after breaking up with Brad and he and Charlie become closer. One night, Patrick kisses Charlie to no reaction, then breaks down because of his unhappiness. Sam breaks up with Craig after finding out he has been cheating on her.

Graduation nears and Sam is accepted to Penn State. After her going away party, Charlie helps her pack. They begin to kiss, but Charlie pulls away when Sam touches his inner thigh. She asks him what’s wrong, but he tells her that nothing’s wrong and continues to kiss her.

The next day, Charlie is unnerved as he watches Sam leave for school. When he arrives at his empty home, he begins to have a breakdown, flashing back to the memory of his Aunt Helen touching his thigh. He calls Candace and tells her it’s his fault their aunt died, and that maybe he wanted her to die. Candace tells her friends to dispatch police on their house. Before Charlie can hurt himself, the police arrives and he blacks out.

He wakes up in the hospital. His physician, Dr. Burton (Joan Cusack) explains to Charlie’s parents (Dylan McDermott and Kate Walsh) that his Aunt Helen was sexually abusing him, and that Charlie repressed the memory because he blamed himself for her death. After Charlie is discharged from the hospital a few weeks later, Sam and Patrick visit him and take him to their favorite restaurant.

They once again drive into the tunnel, and Sam tells Charlie that she finally found the song that was playing the last time they were there. Charlie climbs into the back of the truck and reminisces about life as whole. He kisses Sam, stands up and screams as they exit the tunnel.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Gillian Brown known as co-producer
  • Stephen Chbosky known as executive producer
  • Ava Dellaira known as associate producer
  • Chris Gary known as associate producer
  • Lianne Halfon known as producer
  • John Malkovich known as producer
  • Jim Powers known as executive producer (as James Powers)
  • Russell Smith known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Logan Lerman known as Charlie
  • Dylan McDermott known as Father
  • Kate Walsh known as Mother
  • Patrick de Ledebur known as Senior Bully
  • Johnny Simmons known as Brad
  • Brian Balzerini known as Linebacker
  • Tom Kruszewski known as Nose Tackle
  • Nina Dobrev known as Candace
  • Nicholas Braun known as Ponytail Derek
  • Julia Garner known as Susan
  • Ezra Miller known as Patrick
  • Tom Savini known as Mr. Callahan
  • Emily Marie Callaway known as Mean Freshman Girl (as Emily Callaway)
  • Paul Rudd known as Mr. Anderson
  • Chelsea T. Zhang known as Shakespeare Girl (as Chelsea Zhang)
  • Jesse Scheirer known as Freshman Boy
  • Justine Nicole Schaefer known as Twin Girl (as Justine Schaefer)
  • Julie Marie Schaefer known as Twin Girl (as Julie Schaefer)
  • Emma Watson known as Sam
  • Melanie Lynskey known as Aunt Helen
  • Leo Miles Farmerie known as 7-Year-Old Charlie
  • Isabel Muschweck known as 9-Year-Old Candace
  • Adam Hagenbuch known as Bob
  • Mae Whitman known as Mary Elizabeth
  • Erin Wilhelmi known as Alice
  • Jordan Paley known as Rocky MC
  • Reece Thompson known as Craig
  • Zane Holtz known as Chris
  • Timothy Breslin known as Policeman (as Timothy J. Breslin)
  • Mark McClain Wilson known as Emergency Room Officer
  • Atticus Cain known as Emergency Room Doctor
  • Stacy Chbosky known as Young Mom
  • Dihlon McManne known as Priest
  • Laurie Klatscher known as School Principal
  • Landon Pigg known as Peter
  • Jennifer Enskat known as Sam's Mom
  • William L. Thomas known as Patrick's Dad
  • Morgan Wolk known as Candace's Friend
  • Joan Cusack known as Dr. Burton
  • Tony Amen known as Hospital Visitor (uncredited)
  • Diedra Arthur-O'Ree known as Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
  • Tiffany Bell known as Girl at Clinic (uncredited)
  • Owen Campbell known as Michael (uncredited)
  • Daniel Clayton known as High School Senior / Dance Attendee (uncredited)
  • Joe Corrigan known as Tough Guy (uncredited)
  • Tim Curry known as Dr. Frank-N-Furter – A Scientist (archive footage) (uncredited)
  • Rick Dawson known as Tough Junior (uncredited)
  • Karley Ferlic known as Candace's Friend (uncredited)
  • Pat Frey known as Church Member (uncredited)
  • Ally Hydeman known as Teenage Girl (uncredited)
  • John W. Iwanonkiw known as Dr. John (uncredited)
  • Joanne Jeffers known as Church Member (uncredited)
  • William Kania known as Teacher (uncredited)
  • Sharyn Kmieciak known as Paying Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
  • Tiffany Sander McKenzie known as Theater Patron (uncredited)
  • Brenden Meers known as Senior Bully #2 (uncredited)
  • Doug Michaels known as Football Fan (uncredited)
  • Jeremy Moon known as Goth Partygoer (uncredited)
  • Phil Nardozzi known as Diner Patron (uncredited)
  • Dwayne Pintoff known as Teacher (uncredited)
  • Blake Reading known as Football Fan (uncredited)
  • Blake Reading known as Football Fan (uncredited)
  • Alexander Rhodes known as Millgrove Football Player #15 (uncredited)
  • Susan Sarandon known as Janet Weiss – A Heroine (archive footage) (uncredited)
  • Jerome Elston Scott known as Alasdair (uncredited)
  • Zoe Simek known as High School Student at Homecoming Dance (uncredited)
  • Andrew Stockey known as News Anchor in Park (uncredited)
  • Michelle Vezzani known as Hospital Visitor (uncredited)
  • James Werley known as Parent (uncredited)
  • Cathy Lynn Yonek known as Brad's Mom (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • Patty Bell known as key makeup artist
  • Doug Fairall known as makeup artist
  • Nancy Keslar known as key hair stylist
  • Geri Mataya known as assistant hair stylist
  • Suzy Mazzarese-Allison known as hair department head
  • Evelyne Noraz known as makeup department head
  • Christopher Patrick known as makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Matthew Carraher known as assistant props
  • Pete Dancy known as property master
  • Eugene Doyle known as set dresser
  • Ellie H. Ferrari known as set dresser
  • Jim Heastings known as carpenter
  • Joshua Hogan known as scenic charge
  • Norm Johnson known as greensman
  • Norm Johnson known as special effects
  • Gregory Jones known as key greens
  • Kenneth J. Kellers known as set dresser
  • Thomas F. Kelly known as buyer
  • Thomas F. Kelly known as set dresser
  • Koree Koloskee known as art department coordinator
  • Lara Lampenfield known as scenic gang boss
  • Jeff Lavezoli known as storyboard artist
  • Tim McGrane known as scenic foreman
  • Christina Myal known as graphic designer
  • Jordan Paley known as additional art department pa
  • Barbie Pastorik known as buyer
  • Brent Peelor known as construction foreman
  • Brandon A. Plonka known as on-set greensman
  • Gregory Puchalski known as on-set scenic
  • Mamie Stein known as on set dresser
  • Aaron Streiner known as set dresser
  • Louis P. Taylor known as shop craft foreman
  • Lance R. Walters known as leadman
  • Joseph Waterkotte known as construction coordinator
  • Michael 'Moe' Waterkotte known as construction utility




Production Companies:

  • Summit Entertainment (presents)
  • Mr. Mudd

Other Companies:

  • Atlantic Records  soundtrack
  • EFilm  digital intermediate
  • Ear Candy Post  post-production sound services
  • EarCandy  post-production sound services
  • Eye2Ear Music  music consultant
  • Lionsgate Records  score album
  • Marshall/Plumb Research Associates  script research
  • Sixteen19  Avid support
  • Todd-AO Studios  post-production sound services


  • Capelight Pictures (2012) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Entertainment One (2012) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Paradiso Entertainment (2012) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Shaw Organisation (2012) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Summit Entertainment (2012) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Ascot Elite Entertainment Group (2012) (Switzerland) (all media)
  • Aurum Producciones (2013) (Spain) (all media)
  • Deltamac Entertainment (2012) (Hong Kong) (all media)
  • Mongkol Major (2012) (Thailand) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2012) (India) (all media)
  • West Video (2012) (Russia) (all media)
  • Zon Audiovisuais (2012) (Portugal) (all media)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • LOOK! Effects (visual effects)
  • Tyrrell FX & Rentals

Visual Effects by:

  • Adam Avitabile known as visual effects supervisor: LOOK Effects
  • Chase Bickel known as digital compositor
  • Michael Capton known as 3D supervisor: LOOK Effects
  • Christian Cardona known as visual effects supervisor
  • Patrick Clancey known as digital opticals
  • Darrell Claunch known as digital compositor
  • Andrew M. Collins known as digital compositor: Look Effects (as Andrew Collins)
  • Andrew G. Cox known as visual effects coordinator
  • Steve Dellerson known as visual effects executive producer: LOOK Effects
  • Heather Fetter known as digital compositor: Look Effects
  • Jenny Foster known as additional visual effects producer: Look Effects
  • Phillip Hoffman known as visual effects producer: LOOK Effects
  • Brad Kalinoski known as digital compositor: Look Effects
  • Desiree Lunsford known as digital compositor: Look Effects
  • Philippe Majdalani known as digital intermediate assistant producer
  • Uros Otasevic known as digital compositor: Look Effects
  • Migs Rustia known as visual effects editor: LOOK Effects, Inc.
  • Gabriel Sanchez known as compositing supervisor: LOOK Effects
  • Tina Wallace known as digital compositor: Look Effects
  • Mike Wallner known as visual effects artist: Look FX
  • Rocco Passionino known as visual effects supervisor (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • Canada 8 September 2012 (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • Kazakhstan 20 September 2012
  • Lebanon 20 September 2012
  • Russia 20 September 2012
  • United Arab Emirates 20 September 2012
  • USA 21 September 2012 (limited)
  • Philippines 26 September 2012
  • Aruba 28 September 2012
  • Canada 28 September 2012
  • Ireland 3 October 2012
  • UK 3 October 2012
  • Netherlands 7 October 2012 (PAC Festival)
  • Taiwan 9 October 2012
  • Singapore 11 October 2012
  • Thailand 11 October 2012
  • USA 12 October 2012
  • China 18 October 2012
  • Hong Kong 18 October 2012
  • Israel 18 October 2012
  • Brazil 19 October 2012
  • Colombia 19 October 2012
  • Netherlands 25 October 2012
  • Serbia 25 October 2012 (Cinemania)
  • Mexico 26 October 2012
  • Netherlands 26 October 2012 (Leiden International Film Festival)
  • India November 2012
  • Serbia November 2012
  • Austria 1 November 2012
  • Germany 1 November 2012
  • Finland 2 November 2012
  • Peru 8 November 2012
  • Norway 9 November 2012
  • Portugal 22 November 2012
  • Argentina 29 November 2012
  • Australia 29 November 2012
  • Uruguay 7 December 2012
  • Greece 13 December 2012
  • Ecuador 14 December 2012
  • South Africa 28 December 2012
  • Belgium 2 January 2013
  • France 2 January 2013
  • Estonia 4 January 2013
  • Chile 17 January 2013
  • Latvia 18 January 2013
  • Sweden 23 January 2013 (DVD premiere)
  • Spain 1 February 2013
  • Bolivia 7 February 2013

MPAA: Rated PG-13 on appeal for mature thematic material, drug and alcohol use, sexual content including references, and a fight – all involving teens



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