Opinion: No perks of waiting



Dan Jenkins

Dan Jenkins

Dan Jenkins is a freshman news major and columnist for the Daily Kent Stater. Contact him at [email protected].

After hearing incredible things about “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” from people for months, I finally got around to reading it last summer. Stephen Chbosky’s talent blew me away, as did the unconventional way in which he told Charlie’s story and all the twists and turns it took.

When I heard it was going to be turned into a movie, I was beyond excited to see it. I thought Emma Watson and Logan Lerman would be great actors to play Sam and Charlie, and I thought it would be great to see how they would interact on screen. Another cool factor was that the movie was being filmed mostly within 10 to 15 minutes of my house, and I knew three kids from high school who got to be extras in the film.

So, with all these reasons to be excited about seeing this movie, you’d imagine I went and saw it the day it came out, right? Unfortunately, you are wrong.

“Perks” was supposed to come out in theaters Sept. 14, but in August it was pushed back a week to the 21st. I thought, “Okay, that’s just one more week to wait; I can do that.” I went home the weekend of the 21st, and I planned on going to see it with my friend Caroline who loves the book as much as I do, but when I looked for movie times, there weren’t any. Apparently it only opened in four theaters on the 21st, and it was going to be released everywhere on Oct. 5.

Wrong again.

When I couldn’t find any movie times for it this past weekend, I did what most college students do: I took to the Internet to try to figure out what was happening. I didn’t find much, but people were claiming it was only being released in additional cities again. Needless to say, I was annoyed.

“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” may be one of the most highly banned modern books, but that hasn’t stopped it from touching the hearts of thousands of people, particularly teenagers and young adults such as myself. The entertainment industry might be a constantly changing animal of its own, unpredictable in just about every way imaginable, but release dates are generally supposed to be pretty solid within the last few weeks before they happen.

I don’t know why Summit Entertainment is continually pushing the nationwide release date of “Perks” back, but I do think an explanation would be highly appreciated. Early reviews of it have been extremely positive, and there was a ton of hype built around the movie, both because of the book as well as the cast itself (primarily with Lerman and Watson). It’s extremely unfair to deprive so many people who were looking forward to it the nationwide release they deserve. So Summit Entertainment, please get your act together and finally release “Perks” everywhere.