The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a sweet, sad movie that hinges on the suddenly much-discussed topic of mental illness in young men. It sets one kid's mental health issues amid the fashion, mixtapes, and Rocky Horror Picture Show-screenings of teenagers dabbling in the counterculture in the late-'90s; the whole thing is a hell of a '90s nostalgia trip. (Cracker is on the soundtrack, for chrissakes.) It's a great little movie that stands alongside Dazed and Confused for its decade-in-a-bottle snapshot of suburban American teenagers. (Oh, and Paul Rudd is in this one, too!) It just opened at the Laurelhurst—take a date you can openly weep in front of, 'cause there was a lot of that going on at the theater last night.
And don't miss our interview with Stephen Chbosky, who wrote the book and directed the film. (The movie is considerably better than the book, by the way, and not just because Galaxy 500 is on the soundtrack.)