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Review: The Spectacular Now
Updated: Friday, August 16 2013, 11:52 PM CDT
By Ken The Critic @kenthecritic
Are you jonesing for another top notch teen angst movie like last year's The Perks of Being a Wallflower? The Spectacular Now was raved about at SXSW and was a winner at the Sundance Film Festival. In this comedy-drama, Sutter Keely (played by Miles Teller) believes there's a lot of perks to being a teenager, but deals with some of the disadvantages that face many that are his age.
In The Spectacular Now, Sutter is the life of the party and he is worry-free focusing on living in the now instead of thinking about the future. The truth is that he has a lot to be worried about. His girlfriend has broken up with him, he's estranged from his father, and he doesn't even know if he's going to graduate. His largest problem is that he's a functioning alcoholic, mainly because of the other things. Living in the "now" is working just fine for him until he meets Aimee, which changes everything.
The performances by Miles Teller and Austin-based Shailene Woodley are exceptional. One interesting characteristic of Sutter is that even though he's the life of the party, he's not surrounded by a large group of friends. Maybe writers Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber, along with novelist Tim Tharp are trying to convey that his fellow students may not associate with him because of his alcoholism, but yet it never shows them being affected by it. The Spectacular Now has some remarkable poignant moments painting an 18 year old guy with more layers than most you see in a coming of age film. It's somewhat of a gem.
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Ken's Movie Review Grading Scale
A - Superb and solid; a movie that will be etched in your mind 10 years from now
B - Good movie, so good in fact that you would want to see it again before it's out of the theaters; the story may drag in places
C - Average, entertaining at parts; you might want to wait and rent it
D - Lacks a lot from entertainment, plot, realism, development, etc.
F - Terrible and you will want to walk out of the movie; no redemptive qualities whatsoever