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Spectacular Now [Blu-ray] (2013)

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  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: January 14, 2014
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00G3DA5VC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,120 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Based on the beloved book by Tim Tharp, THE SPECTACULAR NOW is the story of Sutter Keely (Miles Teller), a high school senior and self-proclaimed "life of the party," who unexpectedly falls in love with "nice girl" Aimee Fineky (Shailene Woodley). While Aimee dreams of the future, Sutter lives in the now, and yet somehow, they're drawn together. What starts as an unlikely romance becomes a sharp- eyed, straight-up snapshot of the heady confusion and haunting passion of youth. Costarring Brie Larson, Kyle Chandler and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 stars: Spectacular Wow! August 31, 2013
Format:DVD
This is a theatrical review. There may be spoilers.

I think I will have to clear room on my Top Ten list for 2013 for this beautiful little film about two teenagers finding each other. Director James Ponsoldt has affectionately taken Tim Tharp's novel and slowly allows the characters to fall in love while the audience watches. I can't say enough about Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley's strong chemistry together which results in strong performances. Nothing seems like dialog, just extemporaneous words flowing from their mouths.

Sutter (Teller) is a high school senior who is perhaps best known as the class clown. He's funny, easily approachable and fun to be around. He's not a jock nor the smartest kid in school. But he likes school. His biggest problem is that he is drunk most of the time. Sometimes just pleasantly drunk, sometimes very drunk. One day after a party, he shows up on the lawn of a classmate he barely knows. Aimee (Woodley) helps her mom deliver newspapers and her never-seen mom got in late, so Aimee scoops up Sutter and off they go delivering papers at 6 AM.

The casting is perfect for this movie. Both actors (and supporting actors as well) look and talk like high school seniors. Neither are the traditional Hollywood studs and starlets you typically find in movies like this. Shirts do come off, but the setting is right when they do. While I suspect their looks were purposely dressed down, they look...well...average. So does Sutter's ex-girlfriend and his best friend. So does Aimee's friend. How refreshing.

As the shy Aimee and extroverted Sutter spend more time together, bad and good characteristics rub off on each other. Each helps the other confront their mothers.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Teenagers growing up: "The real hardship is me" August 23, 2013
Format:DVD
"The Spectacular Now" (2013 release; 95 min.) brings the story of Sutter (played by Miles Teller), a HS senior who is enjoying life in the moment, with no worry in the world as long as he has his whisky flask or other alcoholic beverages nearby (which is all the time). One day Sutter gets dumped by his girlfriend Cassidy and after a drunken night out, he wakes up in someone's front yard (not knowing how he got there). He gets found by Aimee (played by Shailene Woodley), a HS classmate of his. Aimee is the complete opposite of Sutter in every which way: withdrawn, smart, considerate. Yet Sutter takes an interest in her. Along the way, we learn that Sutter is dealing with `daddy issues'. His dad left when he was a little kid. Sutter confronts his mom to try and get his dad's contact details. Will Aimee fall for Sutter? what about the other way around? And what's with this mysterious past of Sutter's dad? why did Sutter's parents really break up? To tell you much more of this plot would surely ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Several comments: this is the third feature film from director James Ponsoldt, who just last year brought us another top quality indie movie called Smashed (starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul). Interestingly, alcohol dependency also plays a critical role in this movie. The script is based on the book by Tim Tharp (I did not read the book, so cannot comment to what extent, if any, the movie's plot deviates from the book). Despite the gorgeous movie poster and the cute trailer for the movie, "The Spectacular Now" is at times not an easy movie to watch, in the sense that Sutter is a mostly unlikeable and self-absorbed jerk whom you'd like to give a slap in the face and yell "wake up!".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Every year many indie films come out. My problem with these indie films is the level of varying consistencies of the characters. Most inevitably result in the character TRANSFORMING, there is something that changes the "poor thing" into "something else" While such films may also be entertaining, they lack a much needed continuity in characters. Often many films don't even scratch the root level of their own theory and work on sheer amusement and drama purposes. To add to that ragatag they go ahead and introduce a catchy soundtrack. But seldom are they confident enough to express a determination to grab the full five stars.

THIS IS WHERE "Spectacular Now" shines. The protagonist isn't your run of the mill jock. Instead of frowning about his break up with his beautiful girlfriend, he's excited to see how life will turn out different now. He is happy, ecstatic and anything but nervous right from the get go. Nothing can dampen his spirits. I thought the guy who played Sutter was very intriguing to watch. He is always drinking and is very self assured and comfortable with himself.

The film never jumps out of its frame to grab your attention though it will keep you waiting for that moment where it will surprise you. What really worked for me was the likability of the actors and how different they were from one another and always remained so. The music is lovely, the sets are wonderful, the acting is very good and the director nailed it right from the get go. You will love it, trust me. Worth owning.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Slow and stupid
I sincerely hope teens are not drinking all the time, every day. I would rather see a film about the many good things teens are into.
Published 2 days ago by R. Travelstead
2.0 out of 5 stars Parents should proceed with caution!
I was a little shocked at the extensive teen drinking and especially the drunk driving. While there are consequences, they don't seem at all harsh enough. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Lynn Little
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring.
Having read the book, there were some parts that were changed or completely missing(as I expected for book to movie). This movie was soooo boring. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Rebecca Briggs
5.0 out of 5 stars SPECTACULAR NOW
BEST movie I've seen since a while ago good movie! Beginning middle and end i loved it since beginning to end
Published 6 days ago by Alejandro
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved this movie
Shailene did a great job in this movie. Miles is also a great actor and their relationship seemed very real. Read more
Published 7 days ago by julie Natonabah
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely loved it!
This movie is super cute! The love story is amazing and the hardships are tear jerkers, would watch this movie over and over again! Must see if you are a hopeless romantic :)
Published 7 days ago by Alexis
1.0 out of 5 stars Book readers beware
*Spoilers*

If you have read the book, PLEASE, I BESEECH YOU, DO NOT WATCH THIS MOVIE. It will ruin you, as it did me. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Jasmine
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
Watched the previews before renting and the movie and thought it would be entertaining. I wish I had my money back. Would not recommend this film.
Published 10 days ago by Espisu
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Amazing film! One of the most real movies I've seen to date. Great story with a lot of touching moments.
Published 10 days ago by Rick B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie for Adults and Teens
This is a much more meaningful story than your average teen love story. A modern yet timeless film. Very well done!
Published 10 days ago by KR Atlanta
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