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The Spectacular Now ()


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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
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Aimee
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Cassidy
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Ricky
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Marcus
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Tommy
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Sara
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Tara (as Nicci Faires)
Ava-Marie London ...
Bethany (as Ava London)
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Aimee's Mom
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Mr. Aster
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Dan
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Holly
Levi Miller ...
Erik Wolff
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Doctor
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Kristal
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Joe
Logan Mack ...
Cody
Valerie Payton ...
Bus Driver
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Shane
Tory Willis ...
Bartender (as Troy Willis)
Mike Hickman ...
Drunk Man
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Roberta (as Whitney Christopher King)
Wayne Dean ...
Customer
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Keith Silverstein ...
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Pedestrian (uncredited)
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Student (uncredited)
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Cassidy's Brother (uncredited)
David Fritsch ...
Dinner guest (uncredited)
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Walter's Mom (uncredited)
Abigail Jackson ...
Krystal's Mom (uncredited)
Brad Langford ...
Bouncer (uncredited)
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Dinner Party Guest (uncredited)
Drew Orey ...
High Schooler / Party Kid (uncredited)
Andre Pith ...
High Schooler / Party Kid (uncredited)
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Randy (uncredited)
Porter Spicer ...
Walter (uncredited)

Directed by

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James Ponsoldt

Written by

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Scott Neustadter ... (screenplay) &
Michael H. Weber ... (screenplay)
 
Tim Tharp ... (novel)

Produced by

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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

Music by

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Rob Simonsen

Cinematography by

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Jess Hall ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Darrin Navarro

Editorial Department

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Paul Carlin ... digital conform
Mike Chiado ... digital intermediate technologist
Sean Coleman ... dailies / 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)

Casting By

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Angela Demo
Barbara J. McCarthy

Production Design by

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Linda Sena

Set Decoration by

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Jess Royal ... (as Jessica Royal)

Costume Design by

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Peggy Stamper

Makeup Department

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Moe Coles ... hair department head (as Moe!)
Caprice Green ... key hair dresser
Gindy Martin ... key makeup artist
Denise Tunnell ... makeup department head
Mandrill Hardge ... hair stylist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Beau J. Genot ... post-production supervisor
Michael J. Urann ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Nicolas Harvard ... first assistant director (as Nicolas D. 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

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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

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Henry Auerbach ... dialogue editor
Wade Barnett ... adr recordist (as Wade Barrett)
Ryan Collins ... re-recording mixer / 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

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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

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Marcelle Coletti ... stunt double
Scott Dale ... stunt coordinator
Jason Kehler ... stunt rigger
Andy Rusk ... stunt double

Camera and Electrical Department

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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 / camera operator: "a" camera, second unit / 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) / loader: second unit (as Paul Woods)
Alfeo Dixon ... "b" camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Sean Engel ... grip (uncredited)

Casting Department

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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

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Asia Baxter ... key set costumer
Judy Chang ... seamstress
Rhonney Greene ... wardrobe supervisor
Ali Steen ... set costumer

Location Management

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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

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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

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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

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Cassandra Barbour ... rights and clearances: Entertainment Clearances
Jo Barnett ... post production accountant / 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
Nat McCormick ... International Sales Executive
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

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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
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines Hits You Like A Shot In The Heart. See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Spectacular Now: Perfekt ist jetzt (Germany)
  • Aquí y ahora (Spain)
  • Ici et maintenant (Canada, French title)
  • Tukaj in zdaj (Slovenia)
  • Захватывающее время (Russia)
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Runtime
  • 95 min
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Budget $2,500,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $197,415, 04 Aug 2013

Did You Know?

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Trivia According to the director, he was worried that Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley wouldn't get along after he saw them interact at a lunch he arranged. Teller (who was late to meeting because he had been in Las Vegas with friends the night before) was outgoing and energetic, while Woodley, though amused by Teller, was quiet and for the most part kept to herself unless she was spoken to. After the lunch was over and the director was driving away, he noticed Woodley and Teller talking in the parking lot, but decided to leave them alone - he later found out that the two of them spent two hours talking and getting to know each other in the parking lot. Teller and Woodley are now close friends. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in The 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards (2014). See more »
Soundtracks Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young See more »
Quotes Sutter: The best thing about now, is that there's another one tomorrow.
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