Spectacular Now, The

Lists: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Coming of age

Brief Synopsis: "Sutter Keely lives in the now. It’s a good place for him. A high school senior, charming and self-possessed, he’s the life of the party, loves his job at a men’s clothing store, and has no plans for the future. A budding alcoholic, he’s never far from his supersized, whisky-fortified 7UP cup. But after being dumped by his girlfriend, Sutter gets drunk and wakes up on a lawn with Aimee Finicky hovering over him. Not a member of the cool crowd, she’s different: the “nice girl” who reads science fiction and doesn’t have a boyfriend. She does have dreams, while Sutter lives in a world of impressive self-delusion. And yet they’re drawn to each other."

Overall Ranking: 582 (Rank from 2013: # 20)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 50%
Regular 43.75%
Half-Popped 6.25%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Andrew Crump of Go, See, Talk!97(full review)
Sober Film Critic James Brown97(full review)
Gorgon Reviews97(full review)
Bryan Lienesch93 - 'The Spectacular Now' is not a coming-of-age tale. No, it is THE coming-of-age tale. No film to date has so perfectly captured the excitement and confusion of one's teenage years. And it is a bold proclamation that Miles Teller has arrived.
Lisa Marie Bowman90 - The Spectacular Now is a Say Anything for my generation.
(full review)
Angry Vader88(full review)
Dan O'Neill85(full review)
Minnesota Man85(full review)
Rob from GuysFilmQuest83
Tom Little of Digital Shortbread82(full review)
Nathan Adams and the Temple Of Reviews80(full review)
Fast Film Reviews Mark Hobin80(full review)
Dave Examines Movies80(full review)
Entertainment Blur Rob78(full review)
Patrick Devitt70
David Baruffi52(full review)

People Involved

  • Miles Teller (Sutter Keely)
  • Shailene Woodley (Aimee Finicky)
  • Brie Larson (Cassidy)
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh (Sutters Mother)
  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Holly Keely)
  • Kyle Chandler (Sutters Father)
  • Kaitlyn Dever (Krystal)
  • Bob Odenkirk (Store Manager)
  • Andre Royo ()
  • Dayo Okeniyi (Marcus)
  • E. Roger Mitchell (Doctor)
  • Masam Holden (Ricky)
  • Nicci Faires (Tara)
  • Gary Weeks (Joe)
  • Christian Higgins (High School Student)
  • James Ponsoldt (Director)