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"The Spectacular Now," showing as part of the Us Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival, is a high school movie.   The signpost events are all there.    There are booze-filled parties, a prom, a graduation, college applications, generational conflicts and budding love.    Those signposts, though, are purely structural. They're load-bearing plotpoints that are used to support what is actually a revealing and emotional character study and an intense romantic relationship, in which the characters not-coincidentally happen to be teens.   When I walked out of "Spectacular Now," I tweeted that in recent Sundance terms, "The Spectacular Now" is »

- Daniel Fienberg

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