The Spectacular Now

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USA | 2013 | 95 minutes | James Ponsoldt

January 6, 2014

When good girl Aimee (Shailene Woodley) finds party boy Sutter (Miles Teller) passed out on her lawn, each of them get their worlds rocked in profoundly affecting ways. Director James Ponsoldt's sincere and refreshingly unaffected look at teenage life was winner of the SIFF 2013 Best FutureWave Feature award.

Based on the beloved book by Tim Tharp, The Spectacular Now is the story of Sutter Keely (Miles Teller) – high school senior, effortless charmer, and self-proclaiemd “life of the party” – and of how he unexpectedly falls in love with the “nice girl” Aimee Fineky (Shailene Woodley). While Aimee dreams of the future, Sutter lives in the now. And yet somehow, they’re drawn together. What starts as an unlikely romance becomes a sharp-eyed, straight-up snapshot of the heady confusion and haunting passion of youth – one that doesn’t look for tidy truths.

Watch the SIFFtv interview with director James Ponsoldt here.

  • Director: James Ponsoldt
  • Principal Cast: Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Brie Larson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kyle Chandler, Bob Odenkirk
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 95 minutes
  • Website: Official Website
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: A24