On its surface, The Spectacular Now looks like any other teenage drama you’ve ever seen. It’s about confused young people who fall in love, make mistakes, and generally just live in abject terror of the future. If word of mouth can be believed though, this is a movie that has a couple of tricks up its sleeve—a couple of tricks that keep it from being the same old, forgettable teenage drama that everybody always makes.
Okay, so they’re not so much tricks as they are two of the more promising young actors who have hit Hollywood in the past few years: Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley. Not only have these two already shown us that they have quite a bit to offer in movies like Rabbit Hole and The Descendants, but they both won the Special Jury Award for Acting at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and it was for the performances they give in this very film. Intrigued? Then click through to see what everyone was raving about back in January.
Though many might be initially turned off when they hear that The Spectacular Now is an adaptation of a popular YA novel, it shouldn’t take more than a few seconds of seeing the performances Teller and Woodley are giving in this trailer to erase most of those doubts and at least leave a lingering intrigue in their wake. Then, adding in the fact that this is the next project from director James Ponsoldt, who released the authentic, affecting, and underappreciated Smashed last year, should go one step further toward turning that intrigue into excitement. The Spectacular Now is definitely a film that should be near the top of everyone’s must-see movie list for the late summer/early fall of this year. It gets its release on August 2.