Wish You Were Here – Avril Lavigne
The song I Wish You Were Here represents how Charlie misses his best friend Algernon. It was really difficult for Charlie to know that his friend died. Algernon was the only loyal friend that Charlie had, and it was the only one who understood him. They both went through the same process, and the same operation to become smarter. It was difficult for Charlie because he knew that if Algernon died maybe he could die too. We will place this song in the part were Charlie began to work on his project “The Algernon-Gordon Effect”.
Lucky – Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat Charlie’s best friend was Alice; she was always there for him, even when his IQ wasn’t increase yet. Alice believes they couldn’t be together because of his condition but they still could be friends. This song is appropriate because it shows how Charlie is in love with his best friend “lucky I’m in love with my best friend”, and he is really happy that she is always by his side. We will place this song when Charlie and Alice went on their first date, when Charlie said “I told you I liked you. I should have trusted myself to say I love you.” I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz
This song represents that even thought Charlie can’t be with Alice because that is what she thinks is best for him. Charlie really loves her so he tried many times to be with her, no matter what people say, like in this quote “My feeling for you won’t change because I’m becoming intelligent. I’ll only love you more”. The name of this song explains everything, which is that Charlie won’t give up trying to be in a relationship with Alice. The lines “I’m giving you all my love” in the song represent Charlie situation with Alice. We will place this song in the part were Alice said to Charlie that is better to stay just friends because he may be “confused”.
Who’s Laughing Now – Jessie J
This song shows how everyone used to laugh about Charlie before the operation. The lines “Mummy they called me names, they wouldn’t let me
play”, shows Charlie’s situation because kids around Charlie called him dumb and wouldn’t let him join their games when he was young. But as soon as he got operated people stop laughing at him because now he was smarter than the rest “People at the bakery are changing. Not only ignoring me. I can feel the hostility.” After Charlie got his IQ increase he can laugh about others because of his intelligence. We will place this song when Charlie goes to the bakery and he can make the machine work and everyone is amazed by it.
Just The Way You Are – Bruno Mars
Alice and Charlie had always loved themselves the way they are. Before the operation, when Alice was his teacher, she still had loved Charlie. The lines “Oh, her eyes, her eyes make the stars look like they’re not shinin’” in the song represents perfectly what Charlie discover when he got operated. “Why haven’t I ever noticed how beautiful Alice Kinnian is? She has pigeon-soft brown eyes and feathery brown hair down to the hollow of her neck.” We will place this song in the part where they go to the movies, and had a romantic moment. Fix You – Coldplay
This part of the song “when you try your best, but you don’t succeed” fits perfectly for Charlie. Although Charlie has mental retardation, he had always tried his best and always wants to learn even more. When Charlie went to the school for retarded adults he was the best in the class, and Alice was really proud of him. We will place this song in the part were Charlie goes into the operation room.
Maze – Phish
The lines “embarrassed with failure, I try to reverse” fits perfect for Charlie situation when he began to compete against Algernon in the maze. Charlie felt frustrated because he was really confuse about the paper he had in front of his eye, “I dint understand the amazed and we used up a lot of papers.” Every time Charlie lost he tried to go back and make it right. He didn’t want to disappoint the doctors, because he thought maybe they wouldn’t operate him anymore. We will play this song when Charlie and Algernon are racing. Other Side – Red Hot Chili Peppers
The song Other Side represent Charlie’s mistake through his life. “I thought it up it brought up the past/Once you know you can never go back” make representation of the regrets Charlie had because of his childhood. Through the book we can see that Charlie makes mistakes, after and before the operation, so this song represent it perfectly. The song could be played at the end of the movie, as a conclusion.
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