Risky road scenes in 'Perks of Being a Wallflower' spark debate on social media

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When "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" opened in local theaters on Sept. 28, staff reporter Anya Sostek wrote about signature scenes in the movie in which two characters stand up in the back of a pickup truck as it flies through the Fort Pitt tunnel and onto the bridge at 50-60 mph ("The 'Perks' Fort Pitt Tunnel stunt: Don't try it").

The scene was merely a figment of the imagination of Stephen Chbosky, an Upper St. Clair native who wrote the 1999 novel of the same name and was writer and director of the movie. Still the scene drew quite a response from readers who debated whether it was too risky to include in the movie and would encourage viewers -- especially teens -- to try this illegal maneuver.

Here were some of the Facebook comments on the story:

Constance Huntoon · Realtor at Keller Williams Realty

"This part of the movie should be removed. A warning statement isn't enough."

Josh Bayer · Pittsburgh

"I agree. Also, all future movies shot in Pittsburgh should only feature characters wearing orange reflective safety vests and being perfectly responsible and prudent in their actions."

Ami Lytle · Charlotte, N.C.

"Actually it shouldn't be removed at all! How about people take responsibility for their actions. If you're stupid enough to reenact scenes from movies, then you should be prepared for the consequences. THE HUMAN RACE SHOULD NOT BE BABYSAT 24/7. Seriously ... remove the scene?? Why? Cause of the potential of people being stupid? Come on man! If you're dumb enough to actually stand in the back of a pick up truck traveling 50-60 mph, or lay in the middle of a busy road because you saw it in a movie, then you deserve the repercussions. There are more people out there that watch these scenes, enjoy these scenes, appreciate the art and storytelling and 'DO NOT TRY THESE THINGS AT HOME' "

Keith Jackman · Wexford

"I agree with not removing it from the movie. If we use the same logic should we take killing, fighting, smoking, stealing, swearing, sex and every other thing that someone has a problem with out of movies? That might probably only leave 'Dora the Explorer' and 'SpongeBob' on TV. Let's use some common sense people."

Samuel Kessler · Point Park

"Thanks for the warning. I was going to try this after work. Now I won't."

Jamie Lee · Penn State

"If I did everything I saw on TV I'd be pregnant by 16, have an abortion, get drunk all the time, do drugs, mouth off to the general public, be rude, ignorant and protest everything and everyone, be intolerant of everything from carnivores to homosexuals to banks to any and all religions, etc.

"We can't blame other people's behavior on what they see on TV. Control only what you can and should, the rest can be left to natural selection."

Greg Coticchia

I will be looking for this to be duplicated by high schoolers and college students over the next few weeks for sure despite the warning ...

Todd Pungratz · Pittsburgh

"I agree, they should remove the scene from the movie. Actually, they shouldn't release the movie at all. Actually, they shouldn't release any movies at all. And end TV, and books, and the Internet. Wait a minute, doesn't that sound kind of familiar? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nineteen_Eighty-Four."


First Published October 7, 2012 4:00 AM


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