“The Spectacular Now” follows the life of Sutter (Miles Teller) and his hard partying ways. A high school senior who’s care-free ways cost him his relationship with long time girlfriend Cassidy (Brie Larson). His life seems to spiral out of control and his drinking only intensifies. He has a chance encounter with Aimee (Shailene Woodley) the average good girl.
At first their relationship seems awkward to many. In the beginning it seems Sutter is using Aimee to make Cassidy jealous. Eventually those feelings seem to change and the pair find they have a lot in common. Sutter and Aimee both have family issues that they must confront. Aimee faces her mother about moving away for college. Sutter must confront his mother to find out where his father is.
Sutter has not visited or spoke to his father in years. After a visit to his sister he is given his father Tommy’s phone number and reaches out. Planning a visit to reunite with him. The reunion does not go as planned. The father Sutter remembers turns out to be a childhood memory. Tommy (Kyle Chandler) is an obvious alcoholic who has other interest then spending time with his children. Sutter has a wake up call that he is going down this same track and a change needs to happen and the sooner the better.
“The Spectacular Now” felt like a PSA for alcoholism. From the writers of 500 Days of Summer I expected more. A sluggish moving film that seemed to be going nowhere. The dialogue was boring, the story was endless and it was hard to keep my interest. I kept hoping it would go in a stronger direction, but it didn’t. Nothing spectacular, skip it.