A depressing teen movie with slight fluctuations of joy and angst perpetuate within this one. I liked it—kinda.
I find myself relating quite a lot to the main protagonist—the Logan Lerman character. He is quite shy and really just fearful of being unliked by anyone that surrounds him. He is smart but does not put on an ostentatious display. He is also quite troubled because of two devastating past tragedies. You feel bad for him and are happy he finally finds some friends that like him and make him feel... infinite? It's a touch corny and is one of those movie epiphanies that seem cathartic and nice for the character but if it were to be translated into real life—it would just be silly.
The film tries hard at bringing us into a teenage universe of veracity. It does a pretty good job. Although, why do these movies always contain outrageous bullying—have you ever seen anyone walk by another person and just rip a cover off their book and then laugh at them? This kind of thing seems to be a filmic fabrication but maybe I'm wrong—I just find it rather funny. The overall story is decent as well. Just please don't celebrate mediocrity for it's own sake—come to a subjective realization of the truth of your abilities, for better or worse, and make the best of it. We are not all Einsteins and Newtons, Mozarts and so on but we all are cognitively distinct in some fashion and that is cause for celebration.
Recommended Viewing: Heathers - Clueless - Flirting
Bob Scale: The Critic: 6.8 - The Fan: 7.0
Rotten Tomatoes: 84