Fifteen-year-old Charlie is coping with the suicide of his friend, Michael. To lessen the fear and anxiety of starting high school alone, Charlie starts writing letters to a stranger, someone he heard was nice but has never met in person. (Kind of like when we write letters to Paul Rudd before we go to sleep.)
At school, Charlie finds a friend and mentor in his English teacher, Bill. He also overcomes his chronic shyness and approaches a classmate, Patrick, who, along with his step-sister Sam, become two of Charlie's BFFs.
Ezra Miller, who plays Patrick in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, is a surprising yet appropriate choice. “It's such a beautiful movie, because it expands out to encompass… many different characters. In understanding them, we find these little whispers of a blueprint for how to juggle the fucking nightmare of adolescence.” He said and laughed.
It seems that the nineteen year old knows what it is to be a troubled teenager. Ezra said, concerning his abdication of High School, that he found that his life outside of school, with his work, was much more fulfilling. “There...