“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” film is a an adaptation of the book by the same title, written by Stephen Chbosky and published in 1999. It’s a coming of age story about Charlie (played by Logan Lerman), a socially awkward teenager finding his way through life and high school. He is mostly reclusive and stays to himself until he meets Sam (Emma Watson) and Patrick (Ezra Miller), two outgoing, eccentric step-siblings who know what it’s like to be a wallflower and have fun being one. They take Charlie under their wings, starting his journey to self discovery and self expression.
Through his story, many interesting, funny, sweet and sad words were said. Written below are only a handful of quotes from this beautiful movie. Continue reading for the quotes.
1. “We accept the love we think we deserve.”
Probably one of the most notable and well-known quotes from the movie. Charlie’s English teacher, Mr. Anderson (Paul Rudd), drops this pearl of wisdom on Charlie when he asks him, “Why do nice people choose the wrong people to date?” Charlie then repeats this to Sam later on in the film when she asks a similar question. Some people know in their heart the way they should be treated, but not all think they deserve that respect in a relationship due to past experiences or low-self esteem.
2. “Oh my God. My life is officially an after-school special.”
“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” has many comedic aspects, and one of the biggest ones is Patrick. His love life is on the rocks due to his most recent relationship, where he is forced into secrecy and publicly belittled by the person he thought loved him. He compares his life to an after-school special because of the heavy drama. Despite all of this, he still seems to be comedic, which may just be a defense mechanism for him.
3. “Charlie, take off your clothes.”
Something Mary-Elizabeth says when Sam’s current boyfriend, Craig, bails on the group right before the “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” performance. This line was so simplistic, yet so humorous because we all know what happens next. Cut to the next scene and Charlie is on the stage, half naked.
4. “I saw this tree, but it was a dragon. Then it was a tree again and it just lied to me.”
Charlie says this to Sam at a party after he took some sort of substance. He is shoveling the snow off the driveway and hallucinates that a tree is a dragon and feels decieved when the tree returns to its normal form. He probably keeps shoveling (slowly, but surely) to keep his focus on anything other than the “dragon/tree.” The scene is actually pretty sweet, because you can hear in Charlie’s voice that he is happy for Sam’s happiness in her new relationship, passing her SATs and that she will be graduating soon, but he is very fond of her and will miss her. So it’s a mix of jealousy, sadness and genuine happiness for her.
5. “Mary Elizabeth is really interesting because she’s a Buddhist and a punk. But somehow she always acts like my father at the end of a long day.”
Charlie says this quote in one of his narration sequences about Mary Elizabeth being a punk Buddhist. Throughout the entire movie, people take little jabs at her, confused about how she can be a Buddhist, but be mean at the same time, because Buddhism is generally associated with peace.
6. “You’re cruisin’ for a bruisin’.”
An underrated quote that Charlie’s dad says in the movie, mostly to Charlie’s sister, Candace. Towards the end of the movie, this line also represents the ‘okay-ness’ with Charlie’s family. When he first gets back from Mayview Hospital (a psychiatric hospital), there an awkward tension in the air. It was luckily diffused when Charlie broke the silence by asking his dad a question. Watch the movie to see the full scene.
7. “But you wore that toasty costume. It’s not like it’s cute or original, you’d hope it would be warm.”
This is apart of one of Sam and Patrick’s little sibling quibbles throughout the movie. Sam was complaining about the cold weather after the dance, and Patrick responds with this quote. She then came back with, “P*ss off, Tennessee tuxedo.”
8. “You can’t just sit there and put everybody’s lives ahead of yours and think that counts as love.”
Charlie has a tendency to put others before him. While this isn’t bad, he does it quite often and fails to think about his happiness. During the holidays, a get together is held at Sam and Patrick’s house and Sam brings Charlie into her room to give him a gift. He’s surprised because he doesn’t expect anything in return for the favors he does for other people. The conversation soon turns to her asking him why he never said anything and he says he wants her to be happy. This is her response.
9. “Welcome to the island of misfit toys.”
This quote truly symobolises the beginning of the friendship and journey to the new Charlie Kelmeckis. At his first party, after getting high after eating “brownies,” he reveals to Sam that a friend of his took his life the spring before. Charlie saying this makes Sam realize he doesn’t have any friends. Sam tells Patrick and he raises a toast to Charlie, saying “We just want to toast to our new friend. You see things. And you understand. You’re a wallflower.” After the toast, Sam “officially” welcomes him in by saying this.
10. “We are infinite.”
This is Charlie’s last line of the film. Kind of hinting at the beginning when he says, “I feel infinite” at his first time being in the tunnel. Being in the tunnel and listening to “Heroes” by David Bowie, which in the movie is dubbed “the tunnel song.” It makes him feel free and like anything is possible. It’s in this moment he forgets his reality and just enjoys being in the present.
Hope you enjoyed this list! Feel free to drop your favorite quotes and moments from “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” in the comment section.