The Spectacular Now


The Spectacular Now

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



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With sly humor and an intensity of feeling, THE SPECTACULAR NOW (directed by James Ponsoldt) creates a vivid, three-dimensional portrait of youth confronting the funny, thrilling and perilous business of modern love and adulthood. This is the tale of Sutter Keely (Miles Teller), a high school senior and effortless charmer, and of how he unexpectedly falls in love with "the good girl" Aimee Finecky (Shailene Woodley). What starts as an unlikely romance becomes a sharp-eyed, straight-up snapshot of the heady confusion and haunting passion of youth - one that doesn't look for tidy truths. The film was written by Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber (500) DAYS OF SUMMER and also features wonderful supporting turns from Brie Larson, Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. (c) a24 Films

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All Critics (161) | Top Critics (41)

  • [A] nuanced and unsentimental coming-of-age film.

    Aug 23, 2013 | Full Review…
  • This adaptation of Tim Tharp's novel, directed with delicate restraint by James Ponsoldt, sneaks up on you. It makes you laugh, then it breaks your heart.

    Aug 23, 2013 | Rating: 3/4
  • Teller and Woodley hum together, and the movie does their performances justice.

    Aug 23, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • This coming-of-age movie should appeal to smart, sensitive young people who haven't been exposed to the better examples of the genre.

    Aug 22, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • So many films featuring teens seem overstimulated or familiar. This one strikes a deep, rich note and holds it.

    Aug 16, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • By the end of The Spectacular Now, you're not quite ready to let these characters go.

    Aug 16, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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