The Floyd Theater presents 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower'

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The Floyd Theater presents 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower'

I was introduced to a book in my late teens: Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower. It was a fast read – it only took me two days or so – and it was incredible to my young mind. It was, of course, written for my age group: awkward teenagers. Of course, as I was raised religious and stuck to it until I moved away from home, I didn't have to encounter much sex and drugs and alcohol like young Charlie and his friends in the book – but it wasn't about that stuff; it was about a kid who just didn't fit in and yet was able to find a niche for himself. For years, whenever I had a rough patch in my life, I would read the book and feel better.

Naturally, when the film adaptation was announced, I was hesitant. I knew that Chbosky himself would be writing and directing, and that was cause for some comfort, but then I saw the trailer and had serious doubts. Nevertheless, I saw it – and I loved it. It evoked all the same emotions that came from reading the book, and at the end of it, I was quite satisfied.

(A note about film adaptations of beloved books: everyone whines that “the book is always better” [which isn't true], but I have a personal policy of trying to forget the book when I watch its adaptation and let it stand on its own merits. Sometimes, though, it's hard not to compare, and so I was thankful that it had been years since I read the book, and thus many aspects had been forgotten. Thinking back to the book post-viewing, though, I realized that several key scenes had been omitted or toned down, and this led to an interesting train of thought. The film is rated PG-13, because it has a specific target audience Chbosky is trying to reach. A completely faithful adaptation would be rated R, thus much of his target would miss out; I ended up miffed at the censorship in place in our country via the ratings system [for more information, see: This Film is Not Yet Rated]. Nevertheless, it's a good adaptation.)

Tonight and tomorrow, Friday and Saturday, the Floyd Theater will be screening The Perks of Being a Wallflower at 5:00 and 8:00. The Floyd Theater is located on the third floor of the Student Activities Center on the U of L campus (look for the clock tower). Admission is $1.50 for students and $3 for the general public. Complete information can be found at the Facebook event page.

Image: Internet Movie Database

About Allan Day
My "real" job is bartending, but I'm a writer and a filmmaker, owner of Monkey's Uncle Productions LLC. I am also a single father, avid reader of books, watcher of movies, and listener of music. My idols include Kurt Vonnegut, Charlie Chaplin, Charlie Kaufman, Lloyd Kaufman, Lars von Trier, Ingmar Bergman, Thom Yorke, Jonsi, Don DeLillo, and David Foster Wallace.
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