The Spectacular Now: This is how I left my seat after the opening night movie:
Yeah, Spectacular was that good.
I’m learning to accept Shailene Woodley after being forced to watch her ABC Family show, The Secret Life of the American Teenager. And if you’re like, “But she was great in The Descendants, you haven’t watched past Season 1. Practically the same goes for lead actor Miles Teller. I have a lot to unsee after Project X, one of my least liked films of last year. But here we are, with two (personally) unlikable actors in a movie that won me over so much I wanted to give it a hug.
— Monica Castillo (@mcastimovies) April 24, 2013
Spectacular follows Sutter (Teller) as your typical boneheaded high school bro with the atypical problem of alcoholism. He loses his girlfriend, throwing him in the path of the less-popular girl at school with a cute face, Aimee (Woodley). It’s up to Sutter if he wants to wallow in the past, wander in a boozy haze, or embrace the present.
It’s human, soulful, and not at all what you’d expect a high school drama to be.
It’s Perks of Being a Wallflower with a little bit of the edge taken off. It’s a heartfelt ode to the difficulties of high school without too much nostalgia (it still sucks) and without too much sentimentality (it does not feel like a Hallmark movie). It’s a bittersweet movie that I can’t wait to see again. Props to director James Ponsoldt. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ao31Sqie3lo