The Spectacular Now (2013)
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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.
Teller and Woodley hum together, and the movie does their performances justice.
This coming-of-age movie should appeal to smart, sensitive young people who haven't been exposed to the better examples of the genre.
The film is engrossing all the way through, the sweetest, saddest, most humane movie I've seen all year.
So many films featuring teens seem overstimulated or familiar. This one strikes a deep, rich note and holds it.
Audience Reviews for The Spectacular Now
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.
The story of the misunderstood teenage boy has been done to death. There have been after-school specials, movies, television shows, plays, and shadow puppet performances on the subject since the dawn of time. I put off watching this film for so long, because I didn't want to watch another soapy, plaintive film about a boy who is lost, then found by love in the course of 90 minutes....and yet. And yet, this film surprised me the entire runtime. Read more at http://www.bluefairyblog.com/reviews/2015/8/21/the-spectacular-now
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.
The Spectacular Now Quotes
|Sutter Keely:||You think this beauty's in some classroom or some textbook, and it's not. That's not what it's about. This right here. This is beautiful. All of this. That's all you need.|
|Sutter Keely:||Compared to other kids, I haven't had that many hardships... not really. Shit's... Stuff's happened, sure, but stuff always happens right? But the real challenge of my life, the real hardship is me. It's always been me.|
|Sutter Keely:||P.S. - I don't know if this was due a long time ago. Probably was. That's fine. It may be too late for this essay. But it's not too late for me.|
|Cassidy:||You'll always be my favorite ex-boyfriend.|
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