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The Perks of Being a Wallflower


Oct 12, 2012

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Feb 11, 2013

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Stephen Chbosky


Logan Lerman
Emma Watson
Ezra Miller
Paul Rudd


2012 Summit Entertainment

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Charlie (Logan Lerman) has felt invisible his whole life. But the quiet wallflower finds things changing when he is befriended by two other teens (Emma Watson, Ezra Miller). This movie is based on a novel by Stephen Chbosky.

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Why Is The Perks of Being a Wallflower Rated PG-13?

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is 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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Violence: Characters discuss a suicide, mental breakdowns and sexual abuse as a child. Characters are repeatedly and brutally bullied at school without any adult intervention. A boy slaps his girlfriend in the face after they argue. Characters are involved in risky behavior while driving. A character admits to stealing clothing from the store. A character dies in a car accident. A character is attacked and severely beaten in a school cafeteria. A character is seen covered with bruises after being beaten by his father. A female character admits to loving bulimia. A character deals with the after effect of spending time in a mental hospital.

Sexual Content: Characters dress and perform provocatively in a production of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Characters discuss the loss of virginity and other sexual activities in some detail. Both homo and heterosexual teen couples kiss on several occasions. Characters admit to being sexually abused as children. A boy comments on his girlfriend’s breasts. A character admits to cheating. Female characters wear some low cut clothing.

Language: The script includes numerous crude terms for sexual activity, a strong sexual expletive and frequent profanities, scatological slang and terms of Deity along with rude name-calling.

Alcohol / Drug Use: A character uses prescription medication. Teen characters repeatedly use illegal drugs and consume alcohol at house parties. A boy is unknowingly given a brownie laced with drugs. Portrayals of stoned teens are shown, often in a comedic way. A character admits to getting drunk in order to be able to offer sexual favors. Police officers find a character passed out in the snow after using drugs.

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Canadian Movie Ratings

PG Coarse and Sexual Language, Drug Use, Violence.
AB 14A
MB PG Language May Offend, Mature Theme.
ON 14A Substance Abuse, Disturbing Content.

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Home Video Notes: The Perks of Being a Wall Flower

Release Date: 12 February 2013

The Perks of Being a Wall Flower releases to home video (Blu-ray) with the following extras:

- Audio commentary with Screenwriter/Director Stephen Chobsky

- Audio commentary with Director Stephen Chbosky and the cast

- “Best Summer Ever” featurette

- Deleted scenes with optional audio commentary with Stephen Chbosky

- Dailies

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Rosemarie G Noriega says: Nov. 03, 2012

We went to see this movie with my 13+ and 15 year olds and had to leave the theater.  I wish we had left right when Charlie gets his first drug infused brownie at the first party he goes to. 
Don´t let the cast fool you.  This is not a PG13 movie.  What a disappointment!!  Highschool years can be tough, but this movie makes you believe that they are only about drugs and sex and awkwardness.  Parents are blatantly absent in these kids´lives while they are experiencing all sorts of hard core drugs and confusing situations regarding love and sex and sexual identity.  It is difficult to draw a line between friendship and total intrusion/disrespect for the individual at a very tender and vulnerable age.  I don´t recommend that children/teens watch this movie at all, and if they do, it should be with a responsible adult who can at least balance what they see.

momof2teens says: Feb. 15, 2013

Another heart wrenching movie. My son, 16 saw it with his friends and was so moved by it and said I had to see it because this is how things are in high school. But once I saw it, I regretted that he had seen it and I dont agree that every teenager is running around doing whatever they want without any parental supervision. I agree that it should have kept its R rating: with the vulgar scenes of high school kids reenacting Rocky Horror characters (mostly transvestites) while the movie played in the background; the suffering of the main kid who kept being given drugs unsuspectingly at parties even though he was a good boy- it was really hard to see him get “high”; and then his “girlfriend”(that was supposed to be just a friend) that had him come over when her parents werent home and started taking her clothes off and making him touch her, gag; and then all the gay kissing :(
It was mostly depressing throughout with a few glimmers of fun, and then had a good ending with all the characters being hopeful of their futures.

Owlspell says: Feb. 18, 2013

Ok I’m a teenager and Perk of Being a Wallflower changed my life. I read the book first(which by the way to you moms reading this is a lot better but there’s a lot more drugs and seems a lot more real) and the movie lived up to what Stephen Chebosky wrote 13 years ago. Yes there’s sex implied in the movie. Yes there’s drugs used in this movie. And you Want to know why it’s PG-13? Because like it or not teenagers use drugs. And teenagers have sex. Not all of them of course, but we do make sexual connections with everything so this movie by all means is not Harming us. Any kid past 13 who isn’t allowed to see this movie is sheltered just saying. There is drugs,sex and violence all around us all the time. This movie speaks with us and let’s teenagers know that we’re not alone. It lets us know that even though bad things may happen, that people just like you are also experiencing it and its not so bad.  There is nothing wrong with gay kissing. It’s just like regular kissing but there’s 2 guys. It should be accepted because there are gay people out there and they kiss. So what. For all those moms out there who have “never sat in a Parked car” -Lorraine Banes BTTF or don’t remember when they were a teen; let your kid watch this movie. It helps. I highly recommend it to any teenager because anyone can connect with these characters. The fact that seeing 2 snide comments speaking bad about this movie made me mad enough to make an account and comment so live life and let others live.

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