September 14, 2012

"He's a wallflower. You see things. You keep quiet about them. And you understand." -Stephen Chbosky-

Last night my dear friend Amy Fine Collins invited me to the NYC premiere of The Perks of Being a Wallflower at the Crosby St. Hotel sponsored by The Cinema Society, Lancome and Nylon magazine.

Run to see this movie, written and directed by American novelist Stephen Chbosky, that chronicles the senior year of a group of friends who call themselves "the island of misfit toys". The film has become one of the most buzzed about and acclaimed films of the year and for good reason - Ezra Miller, Logan Lerman and Emma Watson are the perfect leads in this topical and timely story about closeted gay youth, gay bullying, and the angst of being hurt and abused as children and teenagers.

The screening and after party were attended by the films young stars: Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller, Johnny Simmons, Erin Wilhelmi and Adam Higenbuch.

Also in attendance were Marina Rust Conner, Michael Stipe, Garrett Neff, Andrew Bevan, Cory Bond, Ed Westwick, Natasha Bedingfield, Heather Matarazzo, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Ben Shenkman, Debbie Bancroft and Nicole Miller with her son Palmer.

Ezra Miller and Amy Fine Collins at the NYC premiere of The Perks of Being a Wallflower at the Crosby Street Hotel

"It" boy Ezra Miller plays the flamboyantly gay Patrick who has a very big secret to keep from his fellow students. Photo: Bjorn Looss for L'Uomo Vogue

Logan Lerman plays Charlie the intelligent high school loner with a troubled past (aka the wallflower). Photo: Kai Z. Feng for Out Magazine

Emma Watson's character Sam is the sister all gay boys wished for.

Johnny Simmons plays the troubled high school quarterback Brad.

Stephen Chbosky wrote and directed the film adaptation from his novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

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