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New Movie Review

"The Spectacular Now"

Comedy, Drama, Romance. Rated R. 1 hour, 39 minutes.

Photo by A24 Films

Still of Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller in "The Spectacular Now" - 2013

 

by Jason Rzucidlo
americajr@americajr.com

 

: : : Official Sundance Selection (2013) : : :

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Miles Teller stars as Sutter Keely, a high school senior in the process of writing his college admissions essay. A few days earlier, he broke up with his girlfriend Cassidy (played by Brie Larson). After a night of drinking, Sutter woke up on the front lawn of his schoolmate’s house, Aimee Finecky (played by Shailene Woodley, “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”).

Aimee told Sutter that she was in the process of delivering newspapers for her mother’s route. Sutter said, ‘maybe we can help each other’ since he was in need of help studying for his Geometry class. He had a blast helping Aimee with her paper route and she enjoyed showing him how to do Geometry.

Sutter invited Aimee to a high school party near a lake. She agreed and they went. Everyone was drinking beer and talking to each other. Meanwhile, Sutter spotted his former girlfriend, Cassidy, whom he still had feelings for. Sutter introduced Aimee to another boy so he could chat with Cassidy.

Later on, Aimee told Sutter that she never had a boyfriend before. Sutter decided to fill that void and be her first boyfriend. He invited her to several parties and asked her to be his prom date. They both went to prom, but Aimee said she isn’t a dancer. She said Sutter could dance with Cassidy instead.

Shortly after prom, the Sutter and Aimee got intimate. They took their clothes off, started kissing and then had sex for the first time.

Aimee admitted that she got accepted to a college in Philadelphia, but figured that her mother wouldn’t let her move out. Meanwhile, Sutter said that he hasn’t seen his father since he was a little boy and wanted to meet him. The two agreed to a deal that they would both face their challenges head on.

Sutter taught Aimee how to be more confident and tell her mother that she was indeed going to move out. He told Aimee to look her mom in the eye and use some profanity to get the point across.

Later on, Sutter called his father, Tommy (played by Kyle Chandler, “Friday Night Lights”) and made plans to visit him. Aimee agreed to go on a three-hour long car ride to meet him. When both of them arrived at his apartment, Tommy acted like had a hangover and wasn’t expecting them.

The three of them agreed to meet at a local bar to have some drinks and talk. Tommy drove separately from Aimee and Sutter. They had a few pitchers of beers and then Tommy said he didn’t have any money and that Sutter would have to pick up the tab. Then, Tommy left the table and talked to one of the women at the bar. He told Aimee and Sutter to leave the bar and that he would join them in an hour back at this apartment. The time kept ticking, but Tommy never showed up. He officially ditched his own son for another woman.

Will Sutter pass his Geometry class in order to graduate? If so, does he make it into college? You’ll have to see the movie for yourself to find out. I’m not going to reveal that now.

Scenes for this movie were shot in Athens, Ga. “The Spectacular Now” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 18, 2013. It won the Special Jury Award for Acting. The film had a nationwide release on Aug. 28.

I really enjoyed this new film. It featured several of my favorite actors including Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Brie Larson and Kyle Chandler. The plot kept moving to keep the motion picture exciting. It ended on a cliffhanger so don’t be surprised if a sequel is made in a few years.

OVERALL RATING: A

 


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