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The Spectacular Now (2013)

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A hard-partying high school senior's philosophy on life changes when he meets the not-so-typical "nice girl."



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Sutter Keely lives in the now. It's a good place for him. A high school senior, charming and self-possessed, he's 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, whiskey-fortified thirst-master cup. But after being dumped by his girlfriend, Sutter gets drunk and wakes up on a lawn with Aimee Finecky hovering over him. She's different: the "nice girl" who reads science fiction and doesn't have a boyfriend. While Aimee has dreams of a future, Sutter lives in the impressive delusion of a spectacular now, yet somehow, they're drawn together. Written by Production

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for alcohol use, language and some sexuality - all involving teens | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 September 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aqui e Agora  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$197,415 (USA) (2 August 2013)


$6,851,969 (USA) (22 November 2013)

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The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2009 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year. See more »


Throughout most of the movie, Sutter's car is a 1995-97 Honda Accord, but when he and Aimee sit on the back of the car, it is a 1993-94 Accord - note the smaller taillights. See more »


Sutter: You think beauty's in some classroom or some textbook, and it's not. That's not what it's about. This right here. This is beautiful. All of this. That's all you need.
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Written and Performed by Kurt Vile
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A high school romance with more emotion and truth than any other
24 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A high school romance between an alcoholic, party boy and a more reserved, shy, girl. This movie did an exceptional job of hitting reality. Everything about this movie was believable, and all the actors fit their roles. This movie had a similar feel in style to Ruby Sparks, in that at the heart it was a romance, but there was a lot more too it. Family drama, fear of the future, alcohol, and even friend drama were all in this, just like most teens experience.

In a Q&A afterwords an audience member asked why this was such a idealistic school, and why it didn't have any bullying and the truth is, because even though those exist, most schools don't have a serious problem with it.

Another audience member said they didn't recognize anyone in the movie, and that the lack of makeup made it feel more real. While the lack of makeup is true, this movie has quite the cast list.

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