Periodically I engage in a relationship with my high school years via film. My high school years were absolutely disappointing and embarrassingly painful thus my visits are brief and filled with angst. The high school films that touch on the outcast or disenfranchisement of individuals based on their own originality fill me full of anxiety and force me into reflecting on my own discouragement thus I attempt to dodge such films. In addition to the overall discomfort I find in watching these films, I am usually disappointed by their lack of original dialogue or a point of view that has not been completely bastardized by a long list of older films.
If you have seen films such as Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Juno, Mean Girls, Easy A, Election, or Superbad than you can usually piece together the plot and or dialogue setup/punch-line of most high school films. That being said, the overall feel and plot direction of the film The Perks of being a Wallflower seems rather fresh and original. The story stems from an individual high school boys point of view which is usually full of erection jokes and the chasing of poorly written sex objects.
However, in the film The Perks of being a Wallflower the scenes seem to work mainly because the entire group of main characters are flawed thus show a real genuine and fresh point of view is displayed. I thoroughly enjoyed the film and found myself really pulling for the characters. They seemed to have a real purpose on the screen. They seemed to have fears and a defined purpose. Overall, I recommend this film based on a few factors; genuine characters, well developed story-line, plot points that are original, and an overall feel that seems new.