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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

Writers:

Scott Neustadter (screenplay), Michael H. Weber (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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9 wins & 32 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Trivia

Saoirse Ronan was originally offered the role of Aimee. See more »

Goofs

When Bethany and Tara drive up next to Sutter and Ricky, a view from behind both cars reveals that they both have the same license plate number. See more »

Quotes

Cassidy: You'll always be my favorite ex-boyfriend.
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Connections

Featured in The 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards (2014) See more »

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Dolce Ed Ostinato
Written by Piero Umiliani
Performed by Moo Industries Collective
Courtesy of Moo Industries
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Brilliant and painfully honest
29 August 2013 | by rivertam26See all my reviews

You know when you see those movies and you say they just don't make these anymore. Well this is that type of movie. Joining the ranks of the best teen movies ever made and possibly the most honest of the bunch The Spectacular now is absolutely brilliant. The film centers on Sutter played charmingly by Miles Teller a charming teenage alcoholic who after a breakup with his girlfriend Cassidy befriends a painfully Naive young girl names Aimee played effortlessly by the mega talented Shailene Woodley. Both of the characters are so complex and so is their story. Like so many other films concerning this age group it is coming of age but unlike most others it doesn't fall into any clichés and offers no easy answers. Equally moving, touching, hilarious and even a little shocking this film is painfully genuine. A true testament to the choices and experiences that shape you as a person. Miles Teller is brilliant as Sutter he's charming and damaged you go back and forth between loving and hating him and easily relatable sometimes in the worst ways and very reminiscent of a young John Cusack in his hey day. Shailene Woodley is so confident in her portrayal of Aimee so naive, vulnerable and insecure desperately in search of acceptance and love because of her home situation. But that's not where the great performances end. Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Sutter's sister Holly steals her scenes, Brie Larson as his girlfriend Cassidy, Jennifer Jason Leigh as his hard working mother Sara, Kyle Chandler as his father and just the whole cast feels so real. The Spectacular Now isn't just the bets film of the year it's an incredible experience. It's the type f film you leave haven't learned something. A film that inspires you to make changes. 5/5


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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

Gross USA:

$6,854,611

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,918,591
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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