It's so interesting to me how many people view themselves as a wall flower, a misfit toy, an outcast. Whole genres of music are dedicated to this way of thinking. I might even argue that more people view themselves on the outside than in any type of inside. And I think I can lead this irrational logic all back to the junior high lunch time... but I won't go there.
So I went to see this movie, The Perks of being a Wall Flower. I was excited. This is the type of movie that I love. You know the movie where the high school misfits ban together and form a bond so powerful that they don't care if they get asked to prom or have a thousand signatures in their yearbook. The movie where a smart group of kids who have struggled to be popular or fit in finally realize that there is so much more to life than high school. I can list a whole slew of movies or books that are dedicated to this quite obvious reality.
But if you haven't seen The Perks of being a Wall Flower and plan on seeing it, I won't ruin it. I'll just say this. Yes, the movie does fit into this category... kinda. It's well on it's way to fit into this category until the end. Then comes the rude awakening of life. I feel like this is the type of movie that every teacher needs to watch. The fact is, kids go through horrible stuff and often times this is what causes them to act the way they do, feel the way they do, be idiots the way they do. And although this movie was pretty depressing, I think it's good every now and again for us to remember outward appearance rarely if ever tell the whole story.