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The Spectacular Now -- The tale of Sutter Keely, a high school senior and effortless charmer, and of how he unexpectedly falls in love with "the good girl" Aimee Finecky.
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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Scott Neustadter (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
13 September 2013 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Hits You Like A Shot In The Heart. See more »
Plot:
A hard-partying high school senior's philosophy on life changes when he meets the not-so-typical "nice girl." Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
11 wins & 30 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Gentle, Almost Say Anything See more (183 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Miles Teller ... Sutter

Shailene Woodley ... Aimee

Brie Larson ... Cassidy

Masam Holden ... Ricky

Dayo Okeniyi ... Marcus

Kyle Chandler ... Tommy

Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Sara

Nicci Faires ... Tara

Ava-Marie London ... Bethany (as Ava London)

Whitney Goin ... Aimee's Mom

Andre Royo ... Mr. Aster

Bob Odenkirk ... Dan

Mary Elizabeth Winstead ... Holly
Levi Miller ... Erik Wolff

E. Roger Mitchell ... Doctor

Kaitlyn Dever ... Kristal

Gary Weeks ... Joe
Logan Mack ... Cody
Valerie Payton ... Bus Driver

Christopher Nathan Miller ... Shane
Tory Willis ... Bartender
Mike Hickman ... Drunk Man

Whitney Christopher ... Roberta (as Whitney Christopher King)
Wayne Dean ... Customer

Doug Haley ... Additional Voices (voice)

Keith Silverstein ... Additional Voices (voice)

Alex D'Lerma ... Additional Voices (voice)

Dina Sherman ... Additional Voices (voice)

Karen Strassman ... Additional Voices (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

William j Barry ... Pedestrian (uncredited)

Faith Blankenship ... Student (uncredited)

Nico Ford ... Cassidy's Brother (uncredited)
David Fritsch ... Dinner guest (uncredited)

Greer Howard ... Walter's Mom (uncredited)
Anniston Howell ... Bus Station Customer (uncredited)

Abigail Jackson ... Krystal's Mom (uncredited)

Wanda Morganstern ... Dinner Party Guest (uncredited)
Drew Orey ... High Schooler / Party Kid (uncredited)
Andre Pith ... High Schooler / Party Kid (uncredited)

Rodney Lee Rogers ... Randy (uncredited)
Porter Spicer ... Walter (uncredited)

Directed by
James Ponsoldt 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Scott Neustadter (screenplay) &
Michael H. Weber (screenplay)

Tim Tharp (novel)

Produced by
Dan Cohen .... co-producer
Michelle Krumm .... producer
Andrew Lauren .... producer
Shawn Levy .... producer
Tom McNulty .... producer
Matthew Medlin .... executive producer
Scott Neustadter .... executive producer
Billy Rosenberg .... co-producer
Marc Shmuger .... executive producer
Katie Willard Troebs .... associate producer
Michael H. Weber .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Rob Simonsen 
 
Cinematography by
Jess Hall (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Darrin Navarro 
 
Casting by
Angela Demo 
Barbara J. McCarthy 
 
Production Design by
Linda Sena 
 
Set Decoration by
Jess Royal  (as Jessica Royal)
 
Costume Design by
Peggy Stamper 
 
Makeup Department
Caprice Green .... key hair dresser
Gindy Martin .... key makeup artist
Moe! .... hair department head
Denise Tunnell .... makeup department head
Mandrill Hardge .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Beau J. Genot .... post-production supervisor
Michael J. Urann .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nicolas Harvard .... first assistant director (as Nicolas D. Harvard)
Nicolas Harvard .... second unit director (as Nicolas D. Harvard)
Matthew Medlin .... first assistant director: second unit
Rico Savage .... second assistant director
Brian Seth .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Deidra Lynn Currie .... on-set dresser
Stacey Hong .... art department assistant
Ryan Kutch .... leadman
Stephen Torres .... assistant property master
Nichole Wleklinski .... property master
Sean Britts .... set dresser (uncredited)
Michelle Caruso .... art department coordinator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Henry Auerbach .... dialogue editor
Wade Barnett .... adr recordist (as Wade Barrett)
Ryan Collins .... re-recording mixer
Ryan Collins .... supervising sound editor
Thomas Curley .... sound mixer
Tom Efinger .... adr recordist
Paul Hammond .... adr recordist
Jim Hawkins .... sound mixer
Perry Levy .... foley mixer
Tim Limer .... sound recordist
Travis MacKay .... adr mixer
Eric Milano .... foley artist
Matt Robinson .... boom operator
Leslie Shatz .... re-recording mixer
Callie Thurman .... assistant sound editor
Ben Whitver .... adr recordist
James Wright .... engineer: Dolby (as Jim Wright)
Amanda Ayres .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Jesse Ehredt .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Rob Embrey .... adr facility supervisor (uncredited)
Justin Herman .... sound engineer (uncredited)
Courtney Schade .... post-production sound coordinator (uncredited)
Jeff Seelye .... adr recordist (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Grant Beaudette .... compositor: Locktix
Matthew Bramante .... visual effects supervisor: Locktix (as Matt Bramante)
Winston Clark .... compositor: Locktix
Cory Jamieson .... visual effects compositor: Siren Digital & Barnstorm VFX
Gresham Lochner .... visual effects producer: Locktix
Nicholas Rosselot .... compositor: Locktix (as Nick Rosselot)
 
Stunts
Marcelle Coletti .... stunt double
Scott Dale .... stunt coordinator
Jason Kehler .... stunt rigger
Andy Rusk .... stunt double
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Josh M. Allen .... gaffer
Peyton Bartlett .... grip: second unit
Johnathan Brown .... key grip: second unit
Christian Burdett .... grip: second unit
Alex Calderon .... best boy grip
Sam Chuchic .... grip
William Darwin Conort .... dolly grip (as Darwin Conort)
Stephen Crocker .... first assistant camera: additional photography
Ross Davis .... first assistant: "a" camera, second unit
Jonathan Escobar .... set lighting technician: second unit
Ian Forsyth .... camera operator: "a" camera
Ian Forsyth .... camera operator: "a" camera, second unit
Ian Forsyth .... steadicam operator
Tai Graves .... video playback
Wilford Harewood .... still photographer
Mitch Heast .... grip: second unit
Matthew Kelly Jackson .... second assistant camera: additional photography (as Matt Jackson)
Nathaniel Kendrick Jr. .... best boy electric (as Nathaniel Kendrick)
Jamie Kendrick .... electrician
Sherri Angela Leger .... second assistant camera: "a" camera (as Sherri Leger)
Matthew Mccarthy .... director of photography: additional photography
Saul McSween .... loader
Craig R. Owens .... best boy grip: second unit (as Craig Owens)
J. Ryan Provence .... grip (as Ryan Provence)
Ron Sands .... electrician
Cody Sherman .... best boy electric: second unit
Benny Smyth .... key grip
John W. Snowden .... gaffer: second unit (as John Snowden)
Joseph Thomas .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as Joseph F. Thomas)
Paul Varrieur .... director of photography: second unit
Victoria K. Warren .... second assistant camera: "a" camera, second unit (as Victoria Warren)
Daivd Weisman .... set lighting technician: second unit
Paul E. Woods .... loader (as Paul Woods)
Paul E. Woods .... loader: second unit (as Paul Woods)
Alfeo Dixon .... "b" camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Sean Engel .... grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Gillian K. Drake .... casting assistant (as Gillian Drake)
Cynthia Fary .... casting assistant
Patrick Ingram .... extras casting coordinator
Tracy Kilpatrick .... local casting (as Tracy Kirkpatrick)
Cristina Micheli .... casting assistant
Kate Silverman .... casting assistant
Beau Tepper .... extras casting coordinator
Caty Zick .... casting assistant
Haley Peveto .... casting assistant (uncredited)
John Radcliff .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Asia Baxter .... key set costumer
Judy Chang .... seamstress
Rhonney Greene .... wardrobe supervisor
Ali Steen .... set costumer
 
Editorial Department
Paul Carlin .... digital conform
Mike Chiado .... digital intermediate technologist
Sean Coleman .... dailies
Sean Coleman .... digital intermediate colorist
Freddy Hernandez .... digital intermediate producer
Andy Kaplan .... digital intermediate production supervisor
Elana Joy Livneh Lessem .... first assistant editor (as Elana Livneh Lessem)
Steven Nevius .... assistant editor (as Steven John Nevius)
John Tripp .... color assistant
Joe Pestana .... dailies assistant (uncredited)
Jennifer Sparkman .... data io assistant: company3 (uncredited)
Lance Spindler .... color timer (uncredited)
Ian Sullivan .... digital intermediate accountant (uncredited)
 
Location Management
Kyle Carey .... location production assistant
Adam Pitchie .... location production assistant
Danielle Robarge Rusk .... assistant location manager (as Danielle Robarge)
Jason Underwood .... location manager
 
Music Department
James Blackwell .... musician: trumpet
Duncan Blickenstaff .... composer assistant
Marc Bolin .... musician: tuba
Allie Burbacher .... music coordinator
Isaac Carpenter .... musician: drums
Ben Devitt .... musician: trombone
Brad Haehnel .... additional score mixer
Gabe Hilfer .... music supervisor
Season Kent .... music supervisor
Jacob Nathan .... music coordinator
Erm Navarro .... musician: trombone
Michael Patterson .... score mixer
Rob Simonsen .... score producer
Walter Simonsen .... musician: trumpet
Erich Stratmann .... music editor
Christopher Wray .... musician: guitar
Matt Fausak .... music editor (uncredited)
Stephanie Lowry .... temp score music editor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Wayne Austin .... driver
John Carlisle .... transportation captain
Keith N. Collis .... transportation coordinator (as Keith Collis)
Sandy Davis .... transportation dispatch coordinator
Jeff Dennison .... driver
James Jordan .... driver
Thomas Van Schaick .... driver: second unit (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Cassandra Barbour .... rights and clearances: Entertainment Clearances
Jo Barnett .... post production accountant
Jo Barnett .... production accountant
Katie Baron .... assistant: Shawn Levy
Ashley Bartel .... stand-in: Shailene Woodley
Nicole Belisle .... assistant: Tom McNulty
David Boyle .... business affairs: Andrew Lauren Productions
David Cherof .... production assistant
Sarah Cossart .... production assistant
Ryan Dambro .... set production assistant
Josh Deal .... executive: Andrew Lauren Productions
Matt Evans .... production assistant
David Feldman .... account executive: CO3
Jeff Gardner .... caterer: Silver Screen Catering
Sam Hagerman .... production assistant
Eric Hollenbeck .... key set production assistant
Matt Jones .... production assistant
Jim Lanier .... production secretary
Gabriella Ludlow .... business and legal affairs: The B.A. Department
Jon Moore .... stand-in: Miles Teller
Stephanie Morales .... craft service
Susan Muir .... completion bond: Film Finances
Elissa Anne Nelson .... production assistant (as Elise Nelson)
Raines Plambeck .... production assistant
David Platt .... executive: Andrew Lauren Productions (as Dave Platt)
Bryan Redding .... epk producer
Melanie Rosenthal .... assistant to producers
Sia Sapoundjieva .... production coordinator
Laura Sevier .... rights and clearances: Entertainment Clearances
Gene Michael Smith .... set production assistant (as Gene Smith)
Stefan Sonnenfeld .... executive producer: CO3
Katherine Steets .... script supervisor
Devin Sterling .... head of production: CO3
Kelsey Tate .... production assistant
Brett Vaughn .... epk director
Roberto Villareal .... key set production assistant
Patrick Wilcox .... business and legal affairs: The B.A. Department
Laurent Boyé .... international publicist (uncredited)
Daniel Gusman .... marketing and publicity: international sales (uncredited)
Doug Haley .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Max Leeds .... legal counsel: international sales (uncredited)
Nate Patterson .... background production assistant (uncredited)
Kelly Spicer .... stand-in: Shailene Woodley (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Tanya Adams .... the producers wish to thank
Tiffany Anders .... the director wishes to thank
Kishi Bashi .... the producers wish to thank
A. Bierstadt .... the producers wish to thank
Carol Bishop .... the producers wish to thank
Jeremy Burkett .... the producers wish to thank (as Jay Marcus)
Erin Danger Campbell .... the producers wish to thank
Andrew Cannava .... the director wishes to thank
Patrick J. Don Vito .... the producers wish to thank (as Patrick Donvito)
Jeff Frankel .... the producers wish to thank
Aaron Fu .... the producers wish to thank
André Gallant .... the director wishes to thank
Patrick Gannon .... the producers wish to thank
Mark Gill .... the producers wish to thank
Ben Grasso .... the producers wish to thank
Jared Greene .... the producers wish to thank
Joseph Havasy .... the producers wish to thank
Karl Hofstetter .... the producers wish to thank
Andrew Hurwitz .... the director wishes to thank
Aaron Kaplan .... the producers wish to thank
Robert Katz .... the producers wish to thank
Melissa Kulik .... the producers wish to thank
Billy Lazarus .... the producers wish to thank
Ali Loewy .... the producers wish to thank
David Mack .... the producers wish to thank
Jim Leebens Mack .... the producers wish to thank
Michelle Leebens Mack .... the producers wish to thank
Justin Manask .... the producers wish to thank
Michael Manning .... the producers wish to thank
Debra Neil-Fisher .... the producers wish to thank
Scott Nemes .... the producers wish to thank
Brian O'Shea .... the producers wish to thank
Washed Out .... the producers wish to thank
Dean Pannell .... the producers wish to thank
Carrie Penley .... the producers wish to thank
Steve Penley .... the producers wish to thank
Sean Perrone .... the producers wish to thank
Brad Petrigala .... the director wishes to thank
Jim Ponsoldt .... the director wishes to thank
Megan Holloway Ponsoldt .... the director wishes to thank
Susan Ponsoldt .... the director wishes to thank
Lea Purvis .... the producers wish to thank
R.E.M. .... the director wishes to thank
Rena Ronson .... the director wishes to thank
Josie Rosen .... the producers wish to thank
Alan Sacks .... the director wishes to thank
Carolyn Sivitz .... the director wishes to thank
James W. Skotchdopole .... the producers wish to thank (as James Skotchdopole)
Bec Smith .... the director wishes to thank
Jeremy Steckler .... the producers wish to thank
Francis Sterrett .... the producers wish to thank
David Stubbs .... the producers wish to thank
Steve Tingle .... the producers wish to thank
Jeff Weiss .... the producers wish to thank
Ellen Wiley .... the producers wish to thank
Rob Winchester .... the producers wish to thank
Bill Zotti .... the producers wish to thank
 
Crew believed to be complete


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MPAA:
Rated R for alcohol use, language and some sexuality - all involving teens
Runtime:
95 min
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Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:14A (British Columbia/Ontario) | Germany:12 | Netherlands:AL | Singapore:M18 | Sweden:7 (DVD rating) | USA:R (certificate #48133)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Brie Larson and Shailene Woodley became close friends while shooting this film.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The maths question to Sutter after he is held back after class: "one acute angle is twice the other, what is their sum?" is an impossible one. The question should have begun with "In a right angled triangle...". The answer is 90º.See more »
Quotes:
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.See more »
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49 out of 82 people found the following review useful.
A Gentle, Almost Say Anything, 21 August 2013
Author: britishdominion from Las Vegas, NV

Sundance-darling "The Spectacular Now" is a curious one. With a script by the guys who wrote "500 Days of Summer", the movie is about as slice- of-life as they come, and it is interesting and well-acted.

As the film unspools, it may subconsciously remind viewers of the imperfect messiness of Cameron Crowe's teen ode "Say Anything" - complete with a Cusack-like performance by Miles Teller.

Teller's Sutter character is smooth, confident, charming, occasionally- unlikable and flawed. It's an accomplished balancing act.

The centerpiece performance is really Shailene Woodley, as Sutter's new girlfriend Aimee. She gives the most natural performance of a teenager on screen in ages. Her unaffected, open assignment elevates every scene she's in.

Both performances are in service of a film that drifts through the senior high students' last weeks before the end of high school, and takes a mutedly-pessimistic approach of the future before our two leads. These two kids are invisibly shackled to their town, in their home life, their pasts. Echoing the crux at the centre of 1989's "Say Anything", Aimee figures an escape plan; Sutter seems to be blindly comfortable in his 'spectacular' now.

Pulling "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" alum Jennifer Jason-Leigh into the film as Sutter's world-worn mother was a nice touch. Her vacant-eyed mother is in keeping with the film's less-glamorous take.

The picture labours a bit too much in over-emphasizing Sutter's crutch, and the mid-film scenes visiting Sutter's estranged father had trouble finding the right tone between character and caricature. The movie doesn't feel any urgency to build to a conclusion, but when it does, it is understated, uneventful - kind of like our two characters, and sort of like real-life, too.

Life is messy, as is "The Spectacular Now". It eschews the studio slickness and over-plotted determination of more polished teenage products. Despite two grounded, award-worthy lead performances, this film seemed a touch sketched and ever-so-slightly inert.

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