The Spectacular Now is about a teenager who likes to live in the moment. Sutter Keely (Miles Teller) is a high school senior. He is known as the party animal. People go to him when they need a good laugh. As graduation nears, his girlfriend Cassidy (Brie Larson) breaks up with him because she said she wants to plan for the future.
Sutter fills out college applications unwillingly as he continues his wild ways. One day he wakes up on the front lawn of a classmate, Aimee (Shailene Woodley). She is about to go out and do her mother’s paper route when she finds him at 6 a.m. Sutter joins her and they end up eating lunch at school to the surprise of everyone. Aimee seems to like the attention she gets from Sutter. She agrees to go to the prom with him.
Sutter has a lot of issues to work on. He gets into spats with his overworked mother (Jennifer Jason Leigh). There is also the trip to see his father (Kyle Chandler). His ex-girlfriend seems to still have some interest in him. And he always carries a hip flask with him.
The Spectacular Now is written by the team that brought to us (500) Days of Summer. Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber tackle teen drinking. Sutter inherits the habit from his father the alcoholic. It keeps him from being serious with anything. This is why he only lives for the moment and not looking forward to the future.
The movie focuses on Sutter, who is not yet a full-blown alcoholic like his father. He has a good heart and thanks to Teller, the character is likable. His performance is natural and touches the audience. Woodley is the right person to play his counterpart. She is the right to be the wallflower that is waiting for the right moment to bloom. The Spectacular Now is a touching movie worth watching.