5 reasons why ‘The Spectacular Now’ should be on your must-see list

Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller in THE SPECTACULAR NOW (Image Credit: A24 Films)
Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller in THE SPECTACULAR NOW (Image Credit: A24 Films)

Growing up can be hard. Scratch that, growing up is almost always never easy, unless you’re Daniel Craig. Can you imagine that guy as a teenager? With the recent release of its trailer, the comedy- drama The Spectacular Now takes on the hardships of growing up and “living in the moment.” It looks to fill the shoes that The Perks of Being a Wallflower previously wore last year, as a coming-of-age tale about a high-school senior whose outlook on life changes when he meets a pretty, unique female classmate. The film premiered to rave reviews at this year’s Sundance Film Festival where it won the “Special Jury Award for Acting.” Here are five reasons why it should definitely been on your “must-see” list of films for 2013.

Miles Teller

Anyone who has seen the heartbreaking Rabbit Hole or 2011’s Footloose knows this guy has an on-screen presence that just won’t quit. Teller, who plays the film’s protagonist Sutter Keely, seems to put his comedic talent and dramatic chops to the test here and the results look to be spectacular.

Shailene Woodley

Where did she come from?! Okay yes, ABC Family’s The Secret Life of An American Teenager (which I brushed off way back when) but after her Golden Globe-nominated performance in 2011’s The Descendants, Woodley has definitely become one of the breakout young actresses in Hollywood. Her character, Amy Finicky, seems grounded and real and the connection she pursues with Sutter seems very compelling.

James Ponsoldt

Ponsoldt is the director of last year’s critically-acclaimed Smashed, featuring the wonderful Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Live Free or Die Hard), so the man knows how to handle a dramedy. It’s always nice to know you can count on a director to deliver, especially when he or she takes on a generic premise and turns it into something meaningful and fresh.

Coming-of-age stories

C’mon, who can’t relate to confronting adulthood and “finding yourself?” It’s a theme John Hughes explored in many of his films, and who doesn’t love a John Hughes film? If done correctly, it’s a topic that can be uplifting and inspirational. If early reviews reveal anything, this movie successfully follows in Hughes’ footsteps!

The writers of 500 Days of Summer

One of my favorite rom-coms of all time – poignant, stylish, charming and unpredictable. If you haven’t seen it, stop what you’re doing, find a copy of the movie and proceed to your television. And these guys are taking on similar material once again? Oh yeah.

Check out the trailer below and catch The Spectacular Now in theaters this August.


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Jesse Tabit is a native of Charleston, WV. He studies journalism at West Virginia University.
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