The Spectacular Now Movie Review

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Starring: Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Brie Larson, Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Jason Leigh


Directed by:James Ponsoldt


Rated: R Run Time: 95 mins Genre: Comedy/ Drama


Opens August 9th


By Lisa Minzey of The Reel


Hey Phoenix Film Fans! If you missed it the first time around at this year’s festival "The Spectacular Now” is opening this week at Harkins Camelview 5. Winning the prize for Best Acting at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, “The Spectacular Now” stars Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley and Kyle Chandler.

High School student Sutter (Miles Teller) is living the good life. He has an amazing girlfriend, he's popular and he the life of any party. As Sutter begins his senior year, he loses the girl, his drinking consumption rises and he feels completely lost on what to do for his future.

After one night of binge drinking, he passes out in a random front lawn in a neighborhood he's unfamiliar with. He's awaken by Aimee (Shailene Woodley), a classmate who takes him home while working her paper route. After that day, Sutter and Aimee become close as friends and then eventually as a couple, which is a surprise to Sutter. Aimee is not Sutter's type but catches his eye is a different, more special way.

As they get closer to graduation, Sutter's insecurities rise and his bad habits of drinking are wearing off on Aimee. Sutter constantly feels like there's this impending dark cloud of doom following him, but is his feelings for Aimee enough to change him to be a better man?

From the writers that brought the world “500 Days of Summer”, “The Spectacular Now” is this generation's “Say Anything”. The performances of Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley are reminiscent of John Cusack and Ione Skye, with more drinking and irresponsible behavior. Teller's and Woodley's chemistry and performances are so dynamic that they are ones that will be exciting to watch as their careers progress. Be sure to catch "The Spectacular Now" when it opens at Harkins Camelview 5 Starting Friday August 9, 2013.