INT. CRAIG’S LOFT APARTMENT – NIGHT
Truth or dare. The gang is seated in a circle, drinking from plastic cups. Charlie sits between Mary Elizabeth and Sam.
PATRICK: Who are you talking to?
BOB: I dare you to kiss Alice.
PATRICK: (licks his lips) Get ready, breeder.
As Patrick approaches an apprehensive Alice…
CRAIG: Mary Elizabeth? Samantha told me that you got into Harvard. Congratulations.
MARY ELIZABETH: Thank you. (re: Charlie) This one still hasn’t gotten me flowers. (to Charlie) But I forgive you.
She kisses him. Charlie bites his cheeks. Sam looks a little depressed.
CRAIG: (to Sam) Don’t worry about Penn State. You’re just wait-listed.
PATRICK: Excuse me, everyone, but you’re missing some hot “fag on goth” action.
Anticipation. Patrick is getting ready to plant the biggest kiss on Alice when she jumps him. Everyone groans. Ew! Laughter. Patrick looks for the next person. Charlie’s heart pounds. Don’t pick me! Please!
PATRICK: Okay. My turn. Um… let’s think… Charlie… truth or dare?
Silence. Thinking. Finally…
PATRICK: How is your first relationship going?
CHARLIE: It’s so bad that I keep fantasizing that one of us is dying of cancer, so I don’t have to break up with her.
PATRICK: Charlie? Truth or dare?
Charlie blinks. It was all fantasy.
PATRICK: I dare you to kiss the prettiest girl in the room on the lips. Notice I charitably said girl and not person because let’s face it… I’d smoke all you bitches.
Alice hits him. Laughter. Charlie thinks. He looks at Mary Elizabeth, then turns to Sam. Before Sam can even react… Charlie plants a kiss right on her lips. When he opens his eyes, he looks around, and realizes the magnitude of his mistake. Everyone stares. After a horrible silence…
PATRICK: Now that’s fucked up.
Without a word, Mary Elizabeth just stands, dignified, and goes into the kitchen.
CHARLIE: Mary Elizabeth, I’m sorry. I’m–
Alice follows Mary Elizabeth. Sam is close behind.
CHARLIE: Sam?! Sam! I’m sorry. I didn’t mean anything by it. I’m sorry.
Sam turns and looks at him. She doesn’t even recognize him.
SAM: What the hell is wrong with you?
Charlie is devastated.
— The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012), screenplay by Stephen Chbosky, based on his book
The Daily Dialogue theme for the week is breakup, courtesy of a suggestion by Liri Nàvon. Today’s suggestion by Mark Walker.
Trivia: Stephen Chbosky knew he wanted to cast Emma Watson once he saw her in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in the scene after the Yule Ball where she is crying on the stairs. Chbosky said: “She broke my heart in that scene. She is crying and I just felt that she had all of the vulnerability that Sam needed.”
Dialogue On Dialogue: Commentary by Mark: “The scene works doubly well as this film could have fitted into the discussions about voice over (and flashback). The V.O. in the film is used effectively to convey some of Charlie’s thoughts, helping us understand how he feels as the film progresses. In the lead up to this scene we have shared his realisation that the relationship is one-sided and not going anywhere.
On a slight tangent, the voice over also helps us share headspace with Charlie and mirrors the “voices” he may be hearing.”