The Spectacular Now
Out Now On-Demand
The writers of (500) Days of Summer and the director of the acclaimed indie drama Smashed bring this coming-of-age comedy about a charming drunk of a high school senior whose live-in-the-now philosophy is challenged upon meeting the not-so-typical 'nice girl'. Special Jury Prize winner at Sundance Film Festival 2013.
Sutter Keely (Miles Teller, 21 & Over) is 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 thirst-master cup. But after being dumped by his girlfriend, Sutter gets drunk and wakes up on a lawn with Aimee Finicky (Shailene Woodley, The Descendants) hovering over him. She’s different: the 'nice girl' who reads science fiction and doesn’t have a boyfriend. While Amy has dreams of a future, Sutter lives in the impressive delusion of a spectacular now.
Special Jury Prize winner at Sundance Film Festival 2013.
Rating: M Sex scenes and offensive language
Not as genre-defining great as the Sundance praise made it out to be, but a solid, well-acted coming-of-age pic with two terrific leads who aren’t your traditionally pretty H-wood up-and-comers. Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley’s moments together, often shot in long takes, bristle with impressive intimacy.
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