New in Theaters: ‘The Spectacular Now’

Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller cuddle up in 'The Spectacular Now'.
Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller cuddle up in ‘The Spectacular Now’.

spectacular_now-posterThe new teen romantic melodrama from the writers of 500 Days of Summer and the director of Smashed opened yesterday and it’s definitely worth checking out … particularly if the words “teen romantic melodrama” didn’t immediately turn you off.

My review is at PopMatters; here’s part:

The Spectacular Now eases sublimely into the love story, from Aimee and Sutter’s meet-drunk through the expected senior-year trials. As he did in Smashed, director James Ponsoldt pays attention to the details of everyday ebbing and flowing, to the ways that moments of light comedy can help to ease us—viewers and characters—through crises. He teases warm, naturalistic performances from Woodley and Teller, both of whom have the bright eyes and quick give-and-take of born wits, but not that angular and underfed look of so many young actors. Their faces, their contemplations as well as their delights and disappointments, are set off by smart cinematography that is somehow both lush and nonshowy…

Here’s the trailer:

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