Earnest, self-absorbed, prone to pseud-speak, a bit wet: Stephen Chbosky’s adaptation of his ’90s-set novel doesn’t get teenagers all wrong. Its easy charm makes up for shortfalls of zing and sting.
Logan Lerman is likeable as geeky outsider Charlie, while Emma Watson (hip chick) and Ezra Miller (GBF) don’t overcook the kook as his mates.
Darker strands are understated and formative experiences overstated, but Chbosky hits the required ‘relatable’ levels.
A retro-fit soundtrack (Sonic Youth, Dexys) softens things up for nostalgic oldsters.