The Perks of Being a Wallflower

3 stars (out of 4)

Released 2012

A coming-of-age story about an awkward high school freshman (just released from a mental hospital) who is taken under the wings of a pair of fun-loving but troubled seniors.

Realistic characters and good acting distinguish this film from other high school movies, although it does explore familiar themes.  I thought the director/writer did a tasteful job of not sensationalizing the main character’s mental illness.