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Watching "The Spectacular Now"
Published on September 24, 2013 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I review the new coming-of-age film "The Spectacular Now."

Here's an excerpt:

"I love coming-of-age films, and the new movie 'The Spectacular Now' is a very good one — unusually sensitive and perceptive, with lead characters who are endearing and flawed and worth rooting for. Critics have compared “The Spectacular Now” to the great coming-of-age teenage romance 'Say Anything,' and though it’s not quite as good as the earlier film, it’s certainly in the same league.

Much of the film’s success hinges upon Sutter Keely and Aimee Finicky, who fall in love during their senior year. Sutter (Miles Teller) is funny, bright and likable, but lacking in ambition: He’s a heavy drinker who cares little about schoolwork or responsibility — about anything other than having fun, right now. Aimee (Shailene Woodley) is smart and geeky and shy, but not exactly lacking in confidence — it’s just that her interests and goals lie outside of the high school mainstream. One of the nice things about this film is that becoming cool isn’t Aimee’s primary goal in life, as it would be in a lesser teen film: She’s content to do her own thing, and is drawn to Sutter because she senses that he’s a good person, not because he’s popular and goes to cool parties. Sutter and Aimee are a mismatch, but the film doesn’t dwell on this, and the plot is about much more than whether they get together, or go to prom. They do get together, and they do go to prom, but 'The Spectacular Now' is more interested in how their relationship changes them, and what it might mean for their future."

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