Real is subjective. There are a lot of things that aren’t actually real to everyone.
Charlie Plummer has three friends in his head. They all defend him from this deep threatening voice that always wants him to be engulfed in darkness. When he meets Maya Arnez, the brilliant student in class, he is forced to choose between opening up his heart or living with a secret for the rest of his life.
Based on Julia Walton’s novel of the same title, “Words on Bathroom Walls” stars Charlie Plummer, the guy from “Looking for Alaska.” Plummer plays Adam Petrazelli, a high school senior with schizophrenia. On his mind, he was accompanied by three individuals: Rebecca who is a combination of the Dalai Lama and Coachella, Joaquin, who represents his sexual desires, along with a bodyguard. Adam has plans to go to culinary school and have a normal life. But his plans are threatened by his illness.
Plummer’s superb performance carries the story, from his issues with his stepdad to his dream of being a chef. Even though the topic of the film is mental health, it was not too heavy to watch with the writers maintaining a touch of reality for such an issue. Thor Freudenthal, the director of the second “Percy Jackson” movie, was a weird choice for this film, but he did bring some touch of realness when it comes to teenage high school stuff.
The typical happy ending did not take away the fact the reality about mental illness that the film bravely portrayed.
Sun god Worthy (4 out of 5 stars).“Words on Bathroom Walls” is adapted from a YA book, so of course, there’s an element of high school life here. The film shines best when it highlights the daily challenges Adam faces as he struggles to live what most people call a “normal life,” whatever that means.
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