The Spectacular Now (Blu-ray + Digital HD)
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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.Read more ›
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Also, the main girl, Aimee, in this movie gets treated horribly and keeps coming back for more. He turns her into almost as much of an alcoholic as him. She gets hit by a freaking car because they are fighting, and he's drunk driving as usual. Still, Aimee's supposed best friend is the only one that tries to stand up to Sutter for the way he's treating her (ironically, also Sutter's best friend tells him to stay away for the same reason). So basically, they rarely ever see their friends after that. Then Aimee's attitude is just that it's okay, he can do whatever to her, he can be reckless and stupid and generally an awful human being [under the guise of "coming of age"], and she's fine with it. Not to mention, he never gets over his ex Cassidy the entire movie, even at the graduation he's still obsessed with her. Again, Aimee takes a backseat to this.
Before Sutter, Aimee had a pretty quiet life. She had never even kissed a boy. She was responsible and took on her mom's paper route and paid her own bills. Yet, he turns her into a reckless, impulsive person just like him.Read more ›
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!".Read more ›
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A very great movie about two soon to be high school graduates from different sides of the social and popularity crowd. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Timothy Ray
One of those movies that you love but can't pinpoint exactly why. I love the cast but the movie was kind of anti-climatic yet I still loved it. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Keshia
Miles Teller really shows his acting chops beyond comedy in this movie. His scene in his mother's kitchen toward the end of the movie will break your heart.Published 20 days ago by HMS
We loved it. Subtle acting, great photography, simple lines, and a compelling tension between the two leads.Published 21 days ago by Mike in Boxborough