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1,291 Ratings

The Spectacular Now

Directed by James Ponsoldt
United States, 2013
Comedy, Drama


Sutter is a high school senior who lives for the moment; Aimee is the introvert he attempts to “save.” As their relationship deepens, the lines between right and wrong, friendship and love, and “saving” and corrupting become inextricably blurred.

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The Spectacular Now Directed by James Ponsoldt

Awards & Festivals

Sundance Film Festival

2013 | Winner: Special Jury Award for Acting (US Dramatic Competition)

The heart, soul, and natural intensity that Teller and Woodley give their acting is very much worth seeing. They’re fantastic, despite seeming too wise for parts this adolescent. That maturity only compounds your sadness for the characters: They should know better. It’s not that you stop caring about the two kids. It’s that the caring becomes overwhelming. You’re rooting for them to find a fairer movie.
August 23, 2013
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Tim Tharp’s lauded young-adult novel forms the basis for this nuanced and unsentimental coming-of-age film directed by James Ponsoldt (Smashed), from a screenplay by partners Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber (500 Days of Summer). Miles Teller stands out as a charming high school senior with little ambition but a large capacity for alcohol…
August 09, 2013
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An effort to capture how things really are, The Spectacular Now is an earnest coming-of-age film that avoids the glib reflexes symptomatic of the genre, and the sanctimony and staginess of overwrought addiction melodramas.
August 02, 2013
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