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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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Hits You Like A Shot In The Heart. 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

Gross USA:

$6,851,969
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One scene containing almost continuous movement and conversation between Miles Teller & Shailene Woodley's characters runs for approximately 3 minutes and 37 seconds. See more »

Goofs

The maths question to Sutter after he is held back after class: "one acute angle is twice the other, what is their sum?" is an impossible one. The question should have begun with "In a right angled triangle...". The answer is 90º. See more »

Quotes

Sutter: Compared to other kids, I haven't had that many hardships... not really. Shit's... Stuff's happened, sure, but stuff always happens right? But the real challenge of my life, the real hardship is me. It's always been me.
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Private Comfort
Written by Roberto Benozzo, Massimo Salvagnini, Andrea Valfre
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The best coming-of-age romantic drama comedy film of 2013
28 December 2013 | by YJLcoolSee all my reviews

Last year, we have the spectacular Perks of Being of Wallflower. This year, we have The Way, Way Back and most of all, The Spectacular Now. It is a lovely, heartfelt, sweet, gentle and sincere film. The Spectacular Now focuses on most teen experiences: first love relationship, 'living in the now' attitude towards life, fear of the future, alcohol and family issues. The story is about a charming, crude but troubled boy meets a reserved, shy, naive...yet sweet, smart girl/wallflower and managed to find a connection in each other. As the film progresses, it was shown that they enjoy hanging out together, helping and complementing each other. Sutter, the lead guy, plagued by alcoholism and family issues, must learn to confront his fears and face who he really is and learn what loving someone really means. Aimee, the lead girl, need to learn to stand up for herself against her controlling mother who might be potentially ruining her college future because she's responsible for partially paying the bills. The film may seem to be an average love story, but it carries a genuine believability to it. The film takes the first-love romance seriously but never falls to become the typical weepy Asian melodramas that Koreans are so fond of making. The two lead actors are great on screen, deliver strong convincing performance to let us believe that the love chemistry between them is real and managed keep the audience engaged throughout the film. There are some subtle humor throughout the film as well. What a deeply affecting film this is. It's the best coming-of-age romantic drama comedy film of the year. Rating: 9/10 "But the real challenge in my life, the real hardship, is me. It's always been me. As long as I can remember, I've never not been afraid. Afraid of failure. Of letting people down. Hurting people. Getting hurt. I thought if I kept my guard up and focused on other things, other people...If I couldn't even feel, well, then no harm would come to me. I screwed up. Not only did I shut out the pain, I shut out everything. The good and the bad. Until there was nothing. It's fine to just "live in the now". But the best part about "now" is there's another one tomorrow. And I'm gonna start making them count"


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