“Be aggresive. Passive aggressive.”
Often, we remember movies because of one line. Sometimes two or three, in the case of Jerry Maguire or Casablanca. If you’re jonesing to see The Perks of Being a Wallflower, the above sentence in quotations is that line. It perfectly sums up what we can only assume is a movie about youth, angst, and creativity. There will be indie music. There will be 20-year-old actors posing as 16 year olds who will turn their low-paying roles into ones worth much more.
But, that line… that will be the reason you remember Wallflower. It will also be the reason you pay to see it.
Oh, sure. There may be more than one. The song by Imagine Dragons. The scene where dude is lying in the snow making an angel. (Honestly, snow angels used to be big in movies. Where have they gone?) And, of course, there’s Emma Watson’s smile. And, Emma Watson’s voice. And, Emma Watson’s everything.
But, that line… lines or scenes like that are why we remember Almost Famous and “Tiny Dancer”. It may not always be five seconds long, but we remember films because of a lasting impression they leave on us.
As for Wallflower, it may not be your cup of tea… but cups of tea aren’t anyone’s cups of tea.
It’s also a best-selling book, FYI. Anybody who claims to have a soul probably already knew this.
Will you see The Perks of Being a Wallflower?