The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
The Perks of Being a Wallflower Poster Image

Common Sense says

age 15+

Book-based drama for mature teens tackles tough subjects.

PG-13 2012 103 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 26 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 131 reviews

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

A Lot or a Little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+
age 17+

Very Mature but Fantastic Movie

This is a fantastic movie. I will watch with my teens when they are older teens. It has very, very mature themes woven in but are dealt with very well. Drugs, sexual abuse, homosexuality, suicidal topics are all dealt with but again, not graphically & very well. I will use this as a discussion point with my teens when appropriate age. Late teens. Teens do deal with this, those who suffer & those who are friends who suffer. I was an adult when I watched it & really liked the movie. I will watch WITH my older teens to discuss topics dealt with in this movie. Teens need parental guidance when dealing with these topics & feelings.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Movie Details

Our Editors Recommend

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

  • Cartoon picture of a book
    Book Characters
    See all

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate