The Spectacular Now

Posted on September 7, 2013


The Spectacular Now – High school senior Sutter Keely (Miles Teller) is just too cool.  He’s an underachiever at school and a borderline alcoholic.  Loves his job in a men’s clothing store where he gets to practice his BS’ing and cuts his Coke with something stronger.  Dumped by his girlfriend Cassidy (Brie Larson) who he felt was his perfect match, he takes up with Aimee (Shailene  Woodley..remember she was so great as George Clooney’s daughter in The Descendants) and more or less uses her, at least for a while.  When he takes her to the prom, he gives her her very own engraved flask.

 Aimee goes with him to see his dad, a good-looking no good drunk, played by Kyle Chandler.  Sutter finds out that his mom (Jennifer Jason Leigh) didn’t kick his dad out years ago,  dad left on his own.  It takes Sutter a couple of accidents before he finally gets it.  Living in the now is a fine thing, but tomorrow is another now.

 This was a 2013 Sundance winner so it’s, like, totally awesome.