Now playing in limited release and expanding next weekend is Stephen Chbosky’s fantastic movie The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Chbosky wrote the adaptation of his own novel and also directed the feature. In the film, Logan Lerman plays an introverted high school freshman who finds acceptance in two senior students, played by Emma Watson and Ezra Miller. The film also stars Mae Whitman, Kate Walsh, Dylan McDermott, Nina Dobrev, and Paul Rudd. Over the past few years I’ve seen a number of coming of age movies. Usually they play out the same way and touch on the same themes. What makes Perks so special is that it tackles serious issues with honestly and believability. In addition, all the actors are great and it’s Lerman’s best work to date. I strongly recommend checking it out.
At the Toronto International Film Festival Perks premiered to glowing reviews. Shortly before the premiere I spoke to Emma Watson and Stephen Chbosky. They talked about what it means to premiere at TIFF, how they collaborated to make sure everything felt real, and more. In addition, Chbosky reveals 15 minutes of deleted scenes should be on the Blu-ray. Hit the jump to watch.
Finally, click here to watch my video interview with Ezra Miller, Johnny Simmons and Mae Whitman.
Emma Watson and Stephen Chbosky:
- What does it mean to be premiering at the Toronto Film Festival
- How did they collaborate to make sure everything felt real
- Deleted scenes talk. Stephen Chbosky 15 minutes of deleted scenes should be on the Blu-ray