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The Spectacular Now is an adroit, sensitive film that avoids typical coming-of-age story trappings. Read critic reviews

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An innocent, bookish teenager (Shailene Woodley) begins dating the charming, freewheeling high-school senior (Miles Teller) who awoke on her lawn after a night of heavy partying.

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  • Jul 04, 2016
    An emotional story of the journey through The end of adolescence into adulthood. Miles Teller plays his character of Sutter, a free spirit with no care in the world to perfection. Shailene Woodley is also great as his rebound after a breakup who Sutter eventually falls for.
    Kameron W Super Reviewer
  • May 10, 2016
    Teller and Woodley are excellent and have an impressive chemistry together in this sincere coming-of-age drama that feels more real and mature than most films alike, and it even ventures into a surprisingly bleak territory without the need to go for clichés and contrivances.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 21, 2015
    A popular boy befriends and loves a mawkish girl, but will his demons and the pains of adolescence spoil their burgeoning love? The first act of this film is so drenched in cliche that it's difficult to take the rest of the film seriously. But it should be taken seriously because parts of it are really good, carried by a passable performance by Miles Teller and a strong supporting turn by Shailene Woodley. The film's carpe diem message is muddled though, and the film doesn't take any real risks. For example, the scene by the car after Sutter meets his estranged father should have greater consequences than it does (that's an abstrusely constructed sentence to avoid spoilers). Overall, now, it's not all that spectacular.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Nov 03, 2014
    Run-of-the-mill rom-com.
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