Directed by: Stephen Chbosky
Starring: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller
A movie about how great high school is for an awkward nerd who has trouble controlling his emotions? Yeah, nothing about that sounds appealing at all. I guess I don’t have a bunch of wish-fulfillment fantasies about high school, though.
A quiet freshman (named Gary Sue, I think) gets in with a crowd of wacky and fun seniors and falls in love with one of them, but it’s the unrequited kind of love that nerds dig so he mostly just mopes around about it. They do drugs and act out the Rocky Horror Picture Show and get in fights and everybody kisses everybody else and there’s an 80’s alt rock soundtrack for the whole thing that’ll make hipsters get weak at the knees.
Clearly I don’t enjoy fun or joy or anything nice and happy in the world, but I especially hated this movie. It’s all saccharine-sweet, boring platitudes about the wonders of adolescence. It has teen issues in it, which are called that because nobody else gives a shit. I guess if you’re a boring teenager and you feel like you don’t belong (which is everybody) you can watch this to feel better about yourself.