The Spectacular Now

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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.

Directed by

Written by

Comedy, Drama


Rating: M Sex scenes and offensive language


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Aaron Yap


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.

Guardian (UK)


Young adulthood is rarely portrayed with such conviction.

Hollywood Reporter


A sincere, refreshingly unaffected look at teenagers and their attitudes about the future.

Los Angeles Times


Culturally astute drama, spiked with enough comedy to make it splendidly intoxicating to watch.

New York Times


Ably charts a journey through the high stakes of adolescence, with both Sutter and Mr. Teller showing great promise. (Roger Ebert)


Here is a lovely film about two high school seniors who look, speak and feel like real 18-year-old middle-American human beings. Do you have any idea how rare that is?

Time Out New York


You watch the movie with your heart in your throat.

Variety (USA)


This bittersweet ode to the moment of childhood's end builds quietly to a pitch-perfect finale.