A beautiful tale of teen angst tops the week's movie releases.
"The Perks of Being a Wallflower" is a heartbreaking and emotionally authentic teen drama, directed and written by Stephen Chbosky, based on his 1999 novel. It tells of Charlie (Logan Lerman), a freshman whose adjustment to high school is eased when he falls in with a crowd of social outcasts, led by step-siblings Patrick (Ezra Miller) and Sam (Emma Watson). Chbosky captures the pain and humor of teen life better than anyone since John Hughes' glory days, and his cast particularly Lerman (from the "Percy Jackson" films), Miller ("We Need to Talk About Kevin") and Watson (in her first big post-"Harry Potter" role) is top-notch. (Read The Cricket's interview with Chbosky and Lerman.)
The box-office battle will be between a Halloween animated story and a gritty action thriller.