Perks of Wallflower

 

A beautiful but disturbing movie about a group of high school misfits and how their friendship helps them through the hurtful problems they are dealing with. The movie deals with a number of very serious issues (sexual abuse, homosexuality, drug and alcohol abuse). It is not for younger teens, but it is very well done from an artistic point of view. It will probably leave you crying. Although the movie promotes some unhealthy attitudes (kind of a moral relativism), there still is goodness and beauty here, found especially in the way these wounded but talented young people find a way through their problems. A good movie for a discussion among older teens. Here are some possible questions.

 

  1. What do you think of the main character? Is he believable? Have you ever met someone like him? Do you think that what he went through was the best way to deal with the difficulties he was facing?
  2. What things did the main character do right? What things did he possibly do wrong?
  3. There is a phrase, “God can write straight using crooked lines.” Do you think that the healing that these young people needed was reached through their experiences?
  4. If you had friends like these, how would you help them?
  5. We are all wounded in one way or the other. Are there any lessons we can take from this movie in dealing with our personal brokenness? Are there any dangers that the movie does not address adequately?

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About the Author:

Father Ernest Daly was ordained a priest by Pope John Paul II in 1991. He has an MA in Philosophy from the Gregorian University in Rome, and an MA in Theology from the Regina Apostolorum in Rome. Fr. Ernest has spent the last 30 years of his life working in schools and with young people, and has been publishing Our Faith In Action® since its founding in 2003. He loves skiing, movies, and hanging out with his nieces and nephews (he has a ton!).

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