The Spectacular Now

This movie is real.

A hard-partying high school senior’s philosophy on life changes when he meets the not-so-typical “nice girl.” (

Now, this is the description that imdb gives the movie. I used their’s because I really didn’t know how to describe this movie because there’s so much to it. There’s a lot of depth, and honestly, this description doesn’t do it justice.

It’s a coming of age story, starring Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley. It takes place during their senior year of high school. A moment in life where there is so much future ahead of you, and you’re right on the brink of it. Everything is about to change. The movie shows flawed people. Real people. They have real issues and have messy pasts.

I love how the movie is shot. The close-ups on the actors’ faces don’t show smooth skin and perfect people. They show bumps and scars and freckles. The movie feels very real when you watch it. It feels like watching two people living in the world. Living their lives, and you happen to be watching it all unfold.

The movie evokes a lot of emotion. Sometimes, I felt like I was at the top of the world. Living in the moment. Enjoying life. Other times, I felt devastated or disappointed. But life has ups and downs, and that’s what I love about this movie. It’s about life, and it portrays life realistically.


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