VF FEATURE: What is it about the Smiths that makes the melancholic 80s band something of a Bat Signal for cultured and cute vintage-wearing dream girls? In writer-director Stephen Chbosky’s new
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, a wonderful film based on Chbosky’s own novel, the pixieish, Smiths-adoring love interest, Sam, is played by Emma Watson, in her first significant post-Hermione role. Sam’s suitor, Charlie, is played by Logan Lerman.
Perhaps inevitably, he is a clinically depressed introvert who befriends Sam and her punky stepbrother, Patrick, the inestimable Ezra Miller, at a high-school football game. Charlie and Sam soon reveal their shared love of British
glum-pop, including the Smiths’ ‘Asleep,’ which is ironic, or appropriate, because the film details how Charlie finally wakes up thanks to Sam’s tender, nonjudgmental companionship. The metaphor is not as heavy-handed as it sounds.