Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
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…
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…
"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?
What if I waste all this time I’ve got? What if I never find anyone special, what if nobody finds me special? 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…
Making a teen romantic-comedy that doesn't look lusty, stupid, nasty or cliched is among the most difficult things in the world, I always approach those kind of films with caution because from the previous experiences I can guess where the things will eventually go, sadly most of the times it is only 16 year old girls who find those films “sweet” and “lovely”. But The Spectacular Now is a pleasant surprise, it never overlooks its subject, it has some of the best written characters of the year and what makes it even more engaging is its masterfully smooth transition from a typical high school rom-com to a more serious and more settled type of love story, The Spectacular Now is…
All of the themes, and plot elements from this film have been explored many times before in the "coming of age" genre, but what sets this film apart from the rest is the surprisingly real emotions captured by the characters. At no point in this film did I think these characters were anything but real. All the dialogue and situations points to this as well. If you're a fan of the genre, this is a must watch.
Plotwise, it's just another high school romance of a happy-go-lucky, drunk teen who recently broke up, falling for a bit reserved and shy girl. But it's much more than that and a refreshingly sensitive take on the coming-of-age genre. Even while illustrating an inspiring romantic story, it also delves into the awkwardness of growing up during the teenage years when many of us had a pretty utopian view on how we should carry forward our life before reality hits us.
Direction was pitch perfect barring few minor pacing issues. The duo who wrote '500 Days of Summer' continues their good form with yet another adorable screenplay that is painfully honest and devoid of the usual cliches like portraying teens as…
This is not your typical teen coming of age movie. It's smart, has good acting, and a solid story to back everything up.The only thing I didn't like was I thought it was a little unrealistic in its portrayal of teenage drinking. How could a single parent or adult not realize this guy is clearly an alcoholic and it is ruining his life? The fact that he goes to bars when he is 17 and no one questions it really irked me. Obviously this happens in the real world, but you can't tell me this guy has the entire town wrapped around his finger and no one knows or realizes he is abusing alcohol and taking this girl down with…
This film is about a boy who is on the way to nowhere with his life. He lives in the moment, but he also has something buried deep inside of him - he has emotional problems and uncertainty about his life that seem to stem from his parents' separation. Then he meets a girl, who is sweet and lovely and has dreams for her future and she goes on to have a major impact on his life, as James Ponsoldt's The Spectacular Now unravels the truths of love and self-worth in this coming-of-age romantic-dramedy.
This is very relatable to me as I am at the right age. Also because I know what it's like to live through your childhood and…
Finally, I've seen a good Shailene Woodley movie. Now I see why people have been praising her as an actress (as well as Miles Teller). Very effective and affecting teenage drama.
The first part of the film is very good, then it goes down in the middle, but the end is very good again.
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- Spring Breakers
- A Field in England
- Ferris Bueller's Day Off
- Teen Wolf
- The Breakfast Club
- American Pie
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