This movie is a breather from the usual coming-of-age genre in the tradition of Mean Girls and Clueless. It's more bohemian than that. The story brought to life some memorable characters that defy stereotypes and made it look cool to just be. Case in point - Patrick. How many gay characters have we stumbled upon who's as blithe, smart, cool, dauntless and unapologetic as him. He's way ahead of his time. He did not drown us on the usual gay melodrama and transfix us on equating the words "gay" and "victim." Occasionally, he gets lost just like the rest of us but remains as strong and uniquely-charming gay persona that I don't usually see depicted on film.
|"I'm below average!" Now, isn't that liberating, Patrick?!|
Charlie is another story. On the surface, he's the exact opposite of Patrick's extroverted stance. But his introversion is never boring though. It gives us an element of surprise every time he strips off a layer to reveal the person within. He is the kind that you'll most likely end up being BFF with. "He sees things and he understands." Patrick couldn't be more right with the introduction.
Sam is the misunderstood textbook definition of a slut with low self-esteem, as the Mean Girls would readily dissect it. But far from being it, she is struggling to keep it together and get pass through high school with renewed sense of rebuilding herself. I specially like her relationship with music as she channels it to access the deep recesses of her soul. She's the bohemian vibe of the movie.
What is a teen flick without amazing sound track?! It's the 90s alternative music brought to life. Yey! I'm a 90s kid. It was a full nostalgia down the memory lane with every song played on film (e.g. Heroes by David Bowie, Asleep by The Smiths, Daydream by Smashin' Pumpkin and Scarborough Fair by Simon and Garfunkel). And the more recent one like It's Time by Imagine Dragons (my new favorite band) is just as soulful.
|Every relevant film has an iconic scene, this might be it for The Perks.|
And then there's one statement, quotable and all, that sealed-in the deal. "We only accept the love we think we deserve." Ouch! With this, I officially love this movie!