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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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James Ponsoldt

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Scott Neustadter (screenplay), Michael H. Weber (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Miles Teller ... Sutter
Shailene Woodley ... Aimee
Brie Larson ... Cassidy
Masam Holden ... Ricky
Dayo Okeniyi ... Marcus
Kyle Chandler ... Tommy
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Sara
Nicci Roessler ... Tara (as Nicci Faires)
Ava-Marie London 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 Levi Miller ... Erik Wolff
E. Roger Mitchell ... Doctor
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Storyline

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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A Pure Gem... Graced With Sparkling Acting. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Spectacular Now See more »

Filming Locations:

Athens, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$197,415, 4 August 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,851,969, 22 November 2013
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Nicholas Hoult was considered for the lead role before Miles Teller was cast. See more »

Goofs

When Sutter and Holly are talking on her porch, Holly is looking up in some shots as though Sutter is higher than her (standing?) whereas in others he is looking straight at Holly and not down like he would be if he was standing (or higher). Both their heads are level with the same part of the chairs they are sitting on. See more »

Quotes

Sutter: You're such a good listener.
Aimee: No.
Sutter: Um, alright. You go.
Aimee: I remember, um, I think it was sophomore year, you came to gym class and you were wearing the mascot head and you refused to take it off. Yeah.
[laughs]
Sutter: [laughs] Yeah it was funny.
[laughs]
Sutter: Yeah, no, I mean, like, uh, what's a story about you?
Aimee: About me? Um, I don't really have any stories.
Sutter: What do you mean? Everyone's got a story.
[...]
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The Riff
Written by Mitchell Dancik, Danny Rubin
Performed by Just Water
Courtesy of Fervor Records Vintage Masters
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A refreshing take
17 December 2013 | by thereisnothingleftSee all my reviews

I found The Spectacular now to be a very refreshing movie to watch. We've all seen the coming of age high school romance blahblahblah thing before, but the film takes you where you didn't expect it to go, and that is one of the qualities that makes it a great experience.

Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley are fantastic, particularly Woodley. I don't know how you can't be a fan of Teller, he is his usual self in this one and adds even more depth to himself. Woodley's as real as it gets in her performance. I didn't notice it until my second viewing in terms of how natural she was, but she was terrific.

Those two are already great to cast as leads, but it's always fun when the casting for anything is just all around fantastic. Tamper your expectations a bit because it's all about the leads in this one, but Coach Taylor, Bubbles, and Saul Goodman are great in the limited time they are on screen. I mean, Kyle Chandler, Andre Royo, and Bob Odenkirk.

The emotional impact of this film really hit me towards the end, and certain factors are very predominant in the movie that you definitely do not expect. Without spoiling anything, I'll just say take away a lot of the laughs you were expecting, and brace yourself for the feels and a very serious tone. This may damper some who came for this because it's from the dudes who did 500 Days of Summer, but It's still very good and the movie is actually funny in the spots it wants to be.

Overall, I think this is absolutely a film you want to see. Where the story goes widens the appeal of this movie by far in my opinion, so if you were just not going to see it or judged it by the trailers, don't. Give it a shot.


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