by Jessica Marshall
We love a good coming-of-age drama, and there's no time like "The Spectacular Now" to head to the theaters to satisfy that angsty thirst for witnessing the awkward experience of transitioning to adulthood.
"The Spectacular Now" serves up an unlikely love affair between two high school seniors (Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley) with a side order of darker subject matter (i.e. teen alcoholism). MIles plays Sutter Keely, a popular yet aimless kid living it up drinking hard liquor out of a super-sized cup and working a dead-end job at a clothing store. Shailene plays Aimee Finicky, a shy, forward-thinking, sci-fi geek who finds Sutter passed out on her lawn after a bender. The two begin a relationship that changes the direction of both their lives, for better and for worse.
The film has already generated a lot of buzz from its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this year, and comes out in select theaters this week. Here are five things to do before seeing this movie.
Read the book
The film is adapted from a 2008 National Book Award Finalist by author Tim Tharp. And at one point in the book, Sutter Keely's character uses the word "fandangulous." As in, we think that's fandangulous.
Have a "coming-of-age" movie marathon
Do we ever need an excuse to bust out some John Hughes films? Or to re-watch that epic boom-box scene at the end of Cameron Crowe's "Say Anything"? Some of the elements of "The Spectacular Now" are likely to be reminiscent of the moving moments that had us hooked in iconic coming-of-age movies from the '80s and '90s.
Watch "(500) Days of Summer"
Writers Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber penned the screenplay for "The Spectacular Now," having earned some major Hollywood chops as the writers of the indie darling "(500) Days of Summer." They're busy little writer bees too, planning to shoot their adaptation of John Green's "The Fault in Our Stars" later this year, as well as "Rosaline," a story about Romeo's first love (a fleetingly mentioned character at the start of Shakespeare's famous tragedy).
Live in the moment
It's a rite of passage in the teenage experience, and thusly is one of the central themes of the film. C'mon, all the kids are doing it.
Keep waiting for that "Divergent" trailer
Shailene Woodley is starring as Beatrice "Tris" Prior in the film adaptation of Veronica Roth's wildly popular YA series due out next year, and Miles Teller is playing Peter. The trailer for the film had a smashing debut at Comic-Con this year, and we're waiting with baited breath for it to be released nationwide!