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The Spectacular Now

  • Starring: Andre Royo, Bob Odenkirk, Brie Larson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kyle Chandler, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley
  • Director: James Ponsoldt
  • Genre(s): Drama, Comedy
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 95 min.

This is the tale of Sutter Keely, a high school senior and effortless charmer, and of how he unexpectedly falls in love with “the good girl” Aimee Finecky. What starts as an unlikely romance, becomes a sharp-eyed, straight-up snapshot of the heady confusion and haunting passion of youth – onone that doesn’t look for tidy truths. [A24]

"A marvel of well-rounded characters, strong performances and disarming chemistry, this deeply felt film is like a loving elegy to the end of childhood. It's easily one of summer's best films."
- Claudia Puig, USA Today
"The focus in James Ponsoldt’s affecting, intelligent drama is a pair of teenagers, and in them is so much complexity and heart that this casually paced gem feels rich in scope. They’re two of the most carefully created figures on screen this year, and yet their normalness takes us by surprise."
- Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley, as high school seniors Sutter and Aimee, bring such an authentic face of confidence and questioning, indifference and need, pain and denial, friendship and first love, that it will take you back to that time if you're no longer there, and light a path if you are."
- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
"Skillfully adapted from Tim Tharp's novel, evocatively lensed in the working-class neighborhoods of Athens, Ga., and tenderly acted by Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley, this bittersweet ode to the moment of childhood's end builds quietly to a pitch-perfect finale."
- Rob Nelson, Variety
"What an affecting film this is. It respects its characters and doesn't use them for its own shabby purposes. How deeply we care about them."
- Roger Ebert, RogerEbert.com

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