A wallflower is an introverted person who prefers to observe and study people rather than interact with them. They are usually shy people who tend to just 'fade into the background' and go unnoticed, when really they are probably one of the most interesting type of person you could speak to, but no one would give them the time of day.
Handsome Logan Lerman plays the troubled, mentally unstable, introverted 16 year old CHARLIE, not exactly how I would picture a mentally unstable teen but hey when would a movie ever be about an unattractive person, but whatever he played the character beautifully in my eyes.
Ever since Charlie's best and only friend Michael committed suicide, Charlie has been competely lost and alone. He went through a tonne of psychiatric care, got happy pills, the whole package. Ever since Michael's death Charlie strayed away from any interaction outside of his family or his own house. Charlie has never felt that anyone understood him apart from his Auntie Helen who he had a strong connection with and has fond memories of, she was also mentally unstable as she had being abused in her past, but she died in a car crash when Charlie was young and he had always blamed himself for that.
Granted he isn't looking forward to starting high school as it is something so foreign and out of his comfort zone and he knows he has to face this whole new experience alone. He becomes an invisible figure floating through the halls just counting the days till graduation, but that lasts about 5 minutes before meeting good old gay Patrick and his beautiful step sister Sam (American Emma Watson) who took him under their fried chicken wings and welcomed him to a whole new life and with a handful of drugs he takes it in his stride. His world basically begins to spiral through drugs, partying, heartache, love, heartbreak and good taste in music. THAT IS HOW IT WAS DONE IN THE NINETY'S.
It wasn't really fully declared in the film that he was mentally unstable, I just thought he was a bit of a misfit, but when good old gay Patrick gets in a lover's quarrel with closet gay jock, all of his jock friends start beating up Patrick in the canteen so Charlie steps in but he didn't realise the damage he could cause. The camera goes dead and all we see are the jocks on ground in pain and the bruises on Charlies knuckles seconds later.
During the film Charlie continues to have strong flash blacks of his Auntie Helen, I initially just thought it was because he never got over her death and has always blamed himself. Until one day him and Sam are fooling around when she puts her hand on his thigh then it all comes rushing back to him. He remembers everything, he remembers how his Aunt Helen use to sexually abuse him. The reason why he always loved his Aunt so much is because he had suppressed the memories of what she did to him, he didn't have any recollection of them, all he remembers were all the positive memories of her.
Overall, this film is heartwarming and heartbreaking.
I would recommend it to anyone.
'We accept the love we think we deserve.'