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YMMV: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: It's Time by Imagine Dragons for the trailer.
    • Also, Charlie's playlist is pretty awesome too.
    • Not to mention "Heroes" by David Bowie as the "tunnel song".
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Arguably Sam. Her mania manifests as a preference for unsafe seating arrangements in trucks and the music of The Smiths. Also she used to bang a lot of guys. Sam is a little less over-the-top than most uses of this trope, possibly in an attempt to ground the fiction in reality. She helps Charlie get over his issues and learn to live life to the fullest. Also literally has a pixie haircut.
    • However, Charlie's perception and treatment of Sam may show he sees her as a MPDG. From a narrative perspective and based on her scene near the end when she tells him to make himself happy, she could be seen as a aversion or a subversion of this trope.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Charlie's phone call to his sister is one for anyone who's ever had a sibling, friend, or relative with emotional issues
  • Tear Jerker: Let's count the ways:
    • After Brad's goons beat up Patrick and Charlie intervenes, Brad quietly approaches Charlie in the principal's office and softly thanks him for doing what he did before leaving, revealing how torn up he is. While it doesn't excuse his actions, it still stings to know how bad he feels.
    • Patrick's breakdown in Charlie's arms, right after the aforementioned fight.
    • Charlie's anguished call to Candace, where he flatly asks if he's responsible for his aunt's passing.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Because "family-friendly" actress Emma Watson appears here doesn't mean the film isn't rated R for "teen drug and alcohol use, and some sexual references."
    • As of 9 March 2012, the film was re-certified with a PG-13 certificate.
  • The Woobie: Charlie.

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