The Spectacular Now

 
photo for A delightfully warm and honest teen romance based on the Tim Tharp book about Sutter Keely (Miles Teller), a high school senior and effortless charmer whose “live in the moment” outlook on life begins to wear thin as he nears graduation. Content to float through school and work, with no plans for the future, Sutter unexpectedly falls for a “nice girl” who has dreams– and their relationship changes both their outlooks on life. “The Spectacular Now” is a pretty cogent look at growing up teen and middle-class in America, and doesn’t pull too many punches as passions, failures, yearnings and successes are revealed and dissected. Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Extras: Deleted scenes, commentary with director James Ponsoldt, “Now to Then: Making The Spectacular Now” four part featurette: “Inception — Defying Hollywood,” “Cast — Finding the Voice,” “Aesthetic — Authenticity Counts” and “Real — Bringing It All to Life.” Vitals: Director: James Ponsoldt. Stars: Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Brie Larson, Bob Odenkirk, Dayo Okeniyi, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kyle Chandler. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 100 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $6.836 million, Lionsgate. 3 stars

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