The Spectacular Now ★★

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Exploring the lives of kids who grew up having shitty ideas about themselves because of their life circumstances is really interesting. The treatment of the alcohol use was valuable and unique in this movie, too. Usually underage drinking is a punch line or gets super goofy, this film showed a kid who has a serious problem with alcohol abuse and is able to hide it, for the most part.

The choices made for the characters made me ask, "Why?" one too many times, though. Sutter made Aimee get hit by a car and she's still ooey-gooey interested in him? Is there no limit to what she'll endure? Why??

Mary Elizabeth Winstead was perfection, as always, and I hope she can find some cool characters to play in future A24 films.