The Spectacular Now Imagine Elvis Presley reincarnated as a very tall and brainy American high school dude with a quip for every occasion, and you'll have an idea… The Spectacular Now Imagine Elvis Presley reincarnated as a very tall and brainy American high school dude with a quip for every occasion, and you'll have an idea… 2013-08-02 R PT95M Comedy Kyle Chandler Jennifer Jason Leigh Shailene Woodley Mary Elizabeth Winstead A24
Movie Review

The Spectacular Now (2013)

MPAA Rating: R
SPECTACULAR WOW Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley sparkle, bringing an authentic feel to the teen genre
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SPECTACULAR WOW Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley sparkle, bringing an authentic feel to the teen genre
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Limited Release: Aug 02, 2013; Rated: R; Length: 95 Minutes; Genre: Comedy; With: Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Shailene Woodley and Mary Elizabeth Winstead; Distributor: A24

Imagine Elvis Presley reincarnated as a very tall and brainy American high school dude with a quip for every occasion, and you'll have an idea of the gently skewed charisma of Miles Teller, the gifted star of James Ponsoldt's The Spectacular Now. He plays Sutter, a graduating senior who at a glance would seem to have it all. Sutter already knows how to talk to the ladies — he looms over them — and he exudes a sweetness that can't be faked. He likes his job as a clothing-store clerk, and he seems to get off on every moment of every day. So what's the rub? During almost all of those moments, he's drinking (from a flask, or a soda cup he has secretly spiked with whiskey). He lives in the moment because he can't imagine a future.

One night, Sutter passes out on the lawn of Aimee (Shailene Woodley), a girl he's never noticed because she's bookish and quiet. He drifts into a rebound relationship, but is he falling in love or just using her? Maybe both, and the way he wakes up to what he's become — a lush — is darkly convincing. The Spectacular Now doesn't shrink from being an all-out teen movie (it has hookups and a senior prom). Yet it's one of the rare truly soulful and authentic teen movies. It's about the experience of being caught on the cusp and not knowing which way you'll land. A-

Originally posted Jul 31, 2013 Published in issue #1271 Aug 09, 2013 Order article reprints
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