The presence of Emma Watson (better known as Hermione Granger) ensures that The Perks of Being a Wallflower will appeal to the Harry Potter set, but will the film also appease the now-adult outsiders who embraced Stephen Chbosky’s YA novel back in 1999? The fact that Chbosky both wrote and directed the adaptation bodes well. Sure, the trailer contains a few stale teen movie tropes (the kind English teacher, the outcast sitting alone at a cafeteria table), but if Chbosky can replicate the insight, emotional depth and humour of the book, all will be forgiven. If not, the ’90s-era soundtrack should still make for a pleasant bout of nostalgia.
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