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The Spectacular Now
Sutter Keely lives in the now. It’s a good place for him. A high school senior, charming and self-possessed, he’s the life of the party, loves his job at a men’s clothing store, and has no plans for the future. A budding alcoholic, he’s never far from his supersized, whisky-fortified 7UP cup. But after being dumped by his girlfriend, Sutter gets drunk and wakes up on a lawn with Aimee Finicky hovering over him. Not a member of the cool crowd, she’s different: the “nice girl” who reads science fiction and doesn’t have a boyfriend. She does have dreams, while Sutter lives in a world of impressive self-delusion. And yet they’re drawn to each other.
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…
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…
''If I were your father, I guess this would be the part where I give you a lecture about what you're doing with yourself.''
I had heard some rumblings about this film. They said that Miles Teller is a bright and shining beacon, Brie Larson is not in it enough and that this was going to be this years The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Those rumblings bounced me all the way to the bank here, because film charmed the absolute pants off me. Note perfect in all areas; from the razor script, the healthy array of talent dotted throughout (Larsen, Chandler and Odenkirk to name a few), in the way it brings the truth and lays it all out…
The Good: Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley are absolutely perfect in this. I can't imagine anyone else as Sutter and Aimee. They both breathe life into their characters, infusing their performances with loads of charm and personality. Their chemistry is so spot-on, I could just watch them talk all day. Two of the finest performances of the year. Wonderful supporting turns from Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Brie Larson, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Fantastic screenplay by Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber, the duo responsible for the 2009 indie hit (500) Days of Summer. Near-perfect balance of comedy and drama. Everything is believable and naturalistic, from the lack of makeup right down to…
The Spectacular Now is much more than the romantic film about a teenage love story, it's a film about self-destruction. Self-destruction that ruins the life of the one who is in a destructive process but the lives of other people around.
Miles Teller plays a selfish guy, who can deeply inside can actually be a great guy but his carelessness about life and his alcohol addiction doesn't let him see the reality of what his true life is. Everybody loves him, he is popular and he can be the perfect friend for anyone but no one really knows that behind that mask he is actually a very sad person.
In my opinion both Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley might be…
A grown-up take on the teen indie flick. Well fleshed out characters and meaningful, sincere drama. If only the ending didn't feel so rushed.
"With the story and characters that it offers, it's predictable, but still undeniable, nonetheless. It shows maturity in a way that the entire generation just refuses to understand."
I was excited to see this film at first. All of the reviews said that it was "original" and "different" from other films of its genre. Unfortunately, I had a hard time of being convinced of this. The first half had a lot of bad, cheesy lines. I also couldn't be convinced of the numerous plot holes that the film possessed. Other than this, I'd say that it was pretty well made, I enjoyed the music, and the ending, though it was predictable, was good and satisfactory for the audience. It's a fantastic story. This is probably the best love story of 2013. I'm still not convinced that 'Before Midnight' and 'Blue Jasmine' are to be considered love stories.
The leads Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller are fantastic. I believe this is one of 2013's underrated films. The Spectacular Now is poignant and wonderful.
Sutter Keely a pillanatnak él, népszerű gimis srác, de túl sokat bulizik és túl sokat iszik, majd egy reggel részegen Aimee nevű iskolatársának háza előtt ébred. Aimee nem népszerű, nem bulizik és nem pasizik, Sutterrel mégis elkezdenek közel kerülni egymáshoz, de kapcsolatuk a fiú problémái miatt nem alakul simán.
Romantikus vígjátéknak van beharangozva, de szerintem a romantikus dráma jelző jobban illik rá.
this only showed up on my radar bc miles teller is supposed to play dan aykroyd in an upcoming biopic but im SO GLAD this baby boy has entered my life. he's so talented he's so imperfect and flawed but he's talented and i just want to GRAB HIS FACE AND affirm his ever whim goSH. everyone in this movie was great the plot was mediocre bc it was very boy/girl/fall in love but it was different. it was about adolescent alcoholism/broken families/self loathing/finding yourself. because this movie wasnt just about amy and sudder (fuckin however you spell it) falling in love, it was about them finding themselves and growing up and not idolizing what they did when they were kids and just wow i really loved this film ok
Excentric, sad and achingly real. This film deals with the challenges of being a teenager on the edge of adulthood with a sense of grace and reality that hasn't been seen in a long time.
Charming movie with a great main cast, but could have been much better story wise. Also Kyle Chandler was sadly miscast in this role.
I can totally understand why everybody loves this film. Great performances by the two leads (Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley) , as well as the solid direction by James Ponsoldt- who perfectly captures the relationships of teenage romance. I dug the tone, I dug the realness, I dug the chemistry (at first...I'll vaguely explain later), but I couldn't help but feel slightly underwhelming.
There's one primary reason I cannot love this film, like many film buffs: the script. Firstly, there's the film's rushed resolution simply to deliver an ending the audience wants, instead of the ending it truly deserves. The second issue with the script, which ties into the film's resolution, is Shailene Woodley's character being to reliant on having…
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