The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, based on the novel by Stephen Chbosky, was one of the most popular coming-of-age movies released in 2012. Starring Logan Lerman and Emma Watson, it is a heartwarming story about an introvert trying to make new friends in his freshman year of high school.
Throughout the film, Lerman and Watson are seen as two unique and special characters who bring out the best in each other. It is this kind of chemistry that makes the movie so effective and memorable.
A Star-Casting Success: The Perks Of Being A Wallflower was a hit with critics. It was praised for its realism, and the strong performances of Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Ezra Miller helped it receive an 85% approval rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.
Actor-Shared Background: The film was filmed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Most of the locations used are within Pittsburgh city limits, including a theater that is where Charlie and his friends see the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Scenes from the school were filmed at Peter Township High School, located in Upper St. Clair, where director Stephen Chbosky grew up.
Another set of scenes was filmed in a local restaurant called Kings Family Restaurant. This particular branch of the chain was especially special to Chbosky, who's parents had been regular customers at the restaurant.
A few other places in Pittsburgh are also featured in the movie. The Fort Pitt Tunnel is a famous landmark in the city, and it was used as a backdrop for the film. Other notable landmarks in the film include the Fort Pitt Bridge, which crosses over the Monongahela River and is part of Interstate 376.