One of the most honest and assured teen dramas in recent memory, writer/director Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower
feels in many ways like vintage John Hughes, only infused with a bit more substance and transplanted to the mid-’90s. Filled with expressive, well-rounded characters, directed with restraint but remarkable attention to detail, and possessing a distinctive sense of time and place that evokes nostalgia without wallowing in it, the movie portrays the universal truth of adolescence in a manner that speaks to multiple generations and possesses all the hallmarks of a contemporary teen classic.
Pittsburgh, PA: 1991. Smart and sensi...