There's been a little semi-independent film that's been floating through Film Festivals and getting lots of positive press and attention, but when it came to the Academy Award nominations, apparently not enough of their members saw the film. That has to be the only explanation why "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" did not receive any nominations.
"Wallflower" definitely deserves attention, if not Academy Awards. It's a wonderful, heartfelt film that has understatement, truth and a caring soul at it's core. It's a coming-of-age story that illustrates how difficult it can be to "come of age" for some. Even at it's best, adolescence is a period of unstable transition; when a person tries to figure out where they fit it and who they should be. It doesn't help when one is friendless, shy and burdened with a past that makes it difficult to move on.
"The Perks of Being a Wallflower" is not a glib, caricatured teen comedy. It's not a comedy at all. It has many humorous moments but, like life, it also has pain and problems for the protagonists to overcome. It has wonderful things to say about individualism, loyalty to friends and staying true to who you are. It's a genuine movie about real kids, played by very believable and skilled actors and it definitely deserves your time and attention. It's available for rent at any Redbox. This film deserved to be nominated for Best Picture of the Year. It's that impressive.