The Spectacular Now

‘The Spectacular Now': Meet the “Nerdy Doormat Dream Girl”

When I was in grade school I knew an older girl, C., who was widely considered to be a mathematical genius. She got the highest grades in every math class; she won competitions. She seemed to love it. It didn’t make her super-popular but she was hardly tormented either — just ignored, as a lot of smart kids are, in my experience. And at 15, she met a guy I can only describe as some kind of 1990s incarnation of a greaser. They started going out, she ended up pregnant, they got married, and she dropped out. One day the summer after I’d graduated, I ran into her on a bus somewhere in our mutual suburb, with her kid. She kept talking about how much she meant to get back to school, but there was the kid, and the guy was, at that moment anyway, out of the picture. I don’t know if she ever did manage it. … Read More

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‘The Spectacular Now’ Is the 21st Century’s ‘Say Anything’

This is how I remember it. The trouble with movies about high school is that they’re too often told from a remove, from the viewpoint of adults that look back either with a surplus of nostalgia or an overdose of sleaze. But The Spectacular Now, James Ponsoldt’s new teen drama (based on Tim Tharp’s novel), gets it exactly, positively right. I was in high school something like two decades ago, but there are scenes, moments, and dialogue in this film that ring so true that it all comes rushing back, a flood of memories and emotions and a little bit of pain. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Flicks to See in August

We’re almost there, you guys. We’re almost there. Soon the summer movie season — which this year seemed even louder, uglier, and dumber than ever, though that could just be me getting old — will draw to a close, and the fall will begin. Hollywood, with an eye on those little gold statues, will release movies with, oh, nuance and complexity and that sort of thing. But you don’t have to wait until September; the indies are getting a jump on the majors, countering Blockbuster Fatigue™ with some truly marvelous limited… Read More

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Weird Girls, Rejoice: The Reign of Shailene Woodley Is Coming

In the next few months, you’re going to hear a lot about the actress Shailene Woodley. She is about to begin a reign as a teen queen at the box office. The first wave will come with a movie out on August 2, based on a YA bestseller called The Spectacular Now, where she plays the nerd girl to Miles Teller’s bro-coming-of-age, that netted both its stars a Special Jury Prize at Sundance. She was just at Comic-Con because she’s filming the big-screen adaptation of the YA series Divergent, a Hunger Games rip-off that has a few tricks of its own up its sleeve. And finally, she was recently cast as Hazel in the adaptation of the bestselling (and truly excellent) John Green novel The Fault in Our Stars… Read More

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Flavorwire’s Endearingly Exhaustive 2013 Summer Movie Preview

It’s the first weekend in May, so you know what that means: there’s a new Marvel movie in theaters, and the summer movie season has officially begun. It’s a tricky minefield to navigate, rife with sequels and reboots and sequels and adaptations and sequels, but Flavorwire is here to help: our summer movie guide takes you through the entire season, month by month, spotlighting the films that might be worth seeing (Might! Maybe! No promises!) and delicately averting your eyes from the certain dogs. Take a deep breath and put on your 3D glasses; here we… Read More

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