Saturday, May 30, 2015

Trailer: 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower'

Beloved teen book hits the big screen with "Harry Potter's" Emma Watson doing her best American accent

Trailer: 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower'

The trailer for the long-awaited adapatation of Stephen Chbosky's "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" debuted last night during the "MTV Movie Awards." Logan Lerman ("Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief") stars as Charlie, a shy, damaged teen trying to make his way through high school. He finds salvation in the form of siblings Emma Watson's Sam and Ezra Miller's ("We Need to Talk about Kevin") Patrick.

We loved this book when we were but youts, but haven't read it since. Could the material go all "Catcher in the Rye" on us and be not as good as we remember it being? Watson's Sam troubles us in particular, and that's no fault of Watson's. The trailer shoe-horns the character into this Manic Pixie Dream Girl archetype and we hope they travel beneath the shallow surface to find an actual character underneath. We could do without Lerman, but we're psyched about the rest of the cast, especially Miller, who was fantastic in "We Need to Talk About Kevin," and Mae Whitman ("Arrested Development," "Parenthood") as Charlie's first girlfriend, Mary-Elizabeth.

But perhaps we're being too sensitive due to the nature of the material. What do you think of the trailer?

"The Perks of Being a Wallflower" hits theaters September 14.

Inquirer Staff Writer
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