Reflecting on the film, it does well on portraying the idea behind this mental disorder is it interferes the patient from distinguishing reality from trauma. People affected are unable to live their life in a normal way like other people without having some kind of trigger warning occurring because they have heard a certain noise or get into a vehicle. In this case of the film, Charlie is living at a certain point of his teenage life where sexuality is explored.
Everyone is getting emotionally aroused; unfortunately, except for Charlie. Every time he tries to do so, he gets flashbacks of the time when he was younger and his aunt was touching him. Whether it was Sam that he couldn’t continue kissing or the girl in middle school that let all the boys touch breasts. We also see these triggers when he notices physical abuse as well. In the cafeteria he sees his best friend Patrick getting corned by football players and he goes to protect him, eventually blacking out and without any recollection of what just happened.
However, one thing that caught my attention while watching this movie was how sociable Charlie was from the beginning. He’s described as this person that is socially inept, shy, and has spent the entire three months of summer vacation not speaking with anyone else besides his parents. Yes, he builds up the courage weeks later to speak to Patrick and Sam at the football game, but when he agreed to going to a party so easily and then at the party he is talking with people he has not met before.
I might not have feelings of detachment and I understand that everyone is different, but I like to think of myself as a very shy person. Have you noticed any form of participation from me this semester? I don’t do well in social situations and would remain quiet.
Despite some of it’s unrealistic moments, I loved this movie. Originally, I wanted to see it years ago when it first released not only because of Emma Watson, but I remember seeing the trailer and identifying with Charlie as a shy and introverted character. I am so glad I finally had the chance to see this. And aside from finally watching the film, having to analyze and pay attention to certain details for this paper enhanced my viewing experience. As the plot and the characters developed, I was hooked. It depicts Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in such a way that allows the audience to get a glimpse of understand what it is like to live a life with a mental disorder that stemmed from a terrible experience that could happen to anyone. At the same time, this movie shows how beneficial psychiatrist, and hospitals can be for people who are struggling with mental disorders. This movie helps eliminate the disgrace, ignorance and stigma that is associated any mental disorders by society by displaying what the world needs to see about psychiatric disorders. The Perks of Being a Wallflower exemplifies the perks of realizing oneself and appreciating exactly who one was meant to be regardless of abnormalities.