Based on the novel by Tim Tharp and written for the screen by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber — whom you may know as the men behind the Joseph Gordon-Levitt charmer “(500) Days of Summer” — “The Spectacular Now” follows hard-partying high-school senior Sutter (Miles Teller), who’s just living in the moment … whiskey tumbler and all.
But as this MTV News exclusive trailer shows, things change for Sutter when he’s dumped by his popular girlfriend (Brie Larson) and discovered by Aimee (Woodley) passed out on a stranger’s lawn.
The two begin a tentative friendship (they do come from different social strata, after all), but as relationships of this sort are wont to do, it quickly evolves into so much more.
“Do you not see that I’m bad for you?” Sutter pleads with Aimee after she declares her love for the aimless teen. “You need to get away from me.” Can a future exist for the young loves outside of the spectacular now?
Woodley and Teller have been garnering plenty of praise for their turns in this coming-of-age drama, including a Special Jury Prize for Acting at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where the movie debuted.
When we spoke with Teller and Woodley in Park City, Utah, they placed much of the credit with the story: one that captures the teen experience — warts and all.
“It’s a tough time to be a kid,” Teller said. “This is very real. You see the behind-the-scenes. It’s great. It’s beautifully written.”
“The Spectacular Now,” directed by James Ponsoldt, hits theaters in August. In the meantime, be sure to check out the trailer and the exclusive one-sheet, too!