[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
The Spectacular Now
From the Writers of (500) Days of Summer
A hard-partying high school senior's philosophy on life changes when he meets the not-so-typical "nice girl."
2013 seems to be the year of the coming of age film. First Mud, then The Kings of Summer and finally I had the pleasure of allowing the nostalgic honesty and painful recognition of The Spectacular Now wash over me. And of the three it is my favourite.
When I was about protagonist Sutter's age, life was complex and pretty tough for me. I sort of lived by an 'it's better to burn out than to fade away' mentality. At that age, not knowing where you're going isn't that big of a problem, not seeing anything worth going towards is awful. It's not that I recognised anything in Sutter's character or situation, but his plight and outlook on life and…
The best thing about now is that there's one tomorrow.
I wasn't too eager to believe that The Spectacular Now managed to capture real high school environments, characters, and most importantly, romance.
Capturing those three things seems to be something that Hollywood just can't do. With the way they clumsily and sloppily handle the lives of teens on screen you would almost think they are searching for the fucking Holy Grail. Like they are observing foreign people in a foreign land. Even some of Hollywoods best outings at capturing teen life still unfortunately succumb to stupid pitfalls and romanticization.
Teenagers aren't always special little snowflakes. They aren't always 100% self aware or junior philosophers trying to wade through people who…
Life changes drastically for a person who loses a loved one. Be it parting by way of death or separation, from a lover, a soul mate or from a parent, it is a loss that is irrevocable and has a telling effect on the person's perception of life, of the people around him and most importantly his approach and interpretation of love itself. The potency of the consequence that losing in love brings to a person can be evaluated based on when it happens in a person's life time. Fortunately or unfortunately if it occurs at a very young age, time and memory heal the scars very soon. If it occurs at middle or old age, the efficacy of the…
Totally get why everybody I know only has positive things to say about this movie. Really nice performances by Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley (more on them in a sec), sensitive, solid direction by James Ponsoldt, a familiar story that somehow seems fresh and new...
So what's holding back that extra half (or full) star I'd love to tack on? I guess what lingers for me is Teller's extremely rushed epiphany and Woodley's Aimee being too much of a cypher. She may be "the film’s true lynchpin," as Scott Tobias put it, but her need for Sutter's approbation and affection -- how her will is consistently suppressed -- doesn't necessarily make her a great dramatic character, even if it all…
The Spectacular Now gets it. It gets the heartbreak, it gets the disillusion, it gets the lifestyle, it gets the emotion, it gets the tragedy; wonderfully honest, beautiful, and unbearably tragic, The Spectacular Now is one of the finest films ever made about 'teenagers.'
However, this isn't a surface level teen movie. Sure, there's a prom scene and some cliche discussions, but the film is about so much more. It just feels so goddamn real in every aspect. The subtle direction, the slight use of makeup, the way the story unfolds, the screenplay; It all culminates in a work that feels raw, personal, and yet utterly engrossing.
Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley. Holy shit. Their chemistry is so electrifying that…
"I want - I want more than a moment. I want the future."
I turned nineteen a few days ago. I guess I know what I’m doing with my life – go to university, become something, get married – but does it ever get easier? Do you ever stop second-guessing yourself, wondering if you’re going to accomplish anything at all? Or do you always remain the same person you were when you graduated high school: scared and exultant and fully aware of the fact that yes, you have your whole fucking life ahead of you right now?
The Spectacular Now is that feeling you have when you’re standing on the edge of a cliff and you don’t know if you’ll…
the ending had me dead it was so annoying
What makes this movie different from any other is the heartfelt rawness of it all. This is the type of film that makes you feel something when you look back at it in the future. It has an unexplainable charm that makes you fall in love with the story and the characters. To be honest, I wasn’t too excited about the main actors, but by the end, I absolutely adored each and every one of them – especially Shailene Woodley. Her performance alone makes me want to watch the movie a second time. A pitch-perfect script, an ethereal soundtrack, and raw performances make this film a must see. If you want a place to escape for an hour and a half, I definitely recommend delving into The Spectacular Now.
A fairly thin story held in place by relatable and charming performances. Also has one of the best opening sequences I've seen in a while.
awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww and FUCK YOU MILES TELLER FOR NOT APPRECIATING THE ADORABLENESS THAT IS SHAILENE WOODELEY UNTIL THE LAST QUARTER BECAUSE YOU HAVE DADDY ISSUES!!!!!!
(side note: it was very difficult for me to believe Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley and Brie Larson were teenagers...it was sorta taking me out of the film...they just look too old...but still...good movie!)
This movie feels so authentic, a pleasant surprise.
A lovely romance that does not make its teenagers blithering idiots like too many teen movies do. Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley are both wonderful and real as the two main characters.
"the best thing about now, is there's another one tomorrow."
The Spectacular Now is an adorable coming-of-age film that, frankly, represents the faults of being a teenager most accurately than any other high school or YA movie I've seen.
It treats time in the same way as the protagonist, Sutter Keely, a charming and narcissistic eighteen-year-old life-of-the-party who has just been dumped by the self-professed 'love of his life', Cassidy. He is unaware of everyone viewing him as a joke; not serious about any kind of future whatsoever. Sutter is easygoing; his philosophy is to live in the now, contrasting to Aimee, the 'nice girl' he meets after waking up wasted on her lawn. Seventeen-year-old Aimee lives for the future…
I'm a huge fan of coming-of-age stories, and this is one of the finest.
I hated nearly everything about this film and want 1 1/2 hours of my life back
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