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The Spectacular Now

Introduced by director James Ponsoldt and producer Billy Rosenberg

“A rare coming-of-age film.” —Film Stage

Adapted from Tim Tharps’s novel, The Spectacular Now captures the insecurity and confusion of adolescence without looking for tidy truths. The film tells the story of a high school senior and effortless charmer (Miles Teller) who unexpectedly falls in love with “the good girl” (Shailene Woodley). What begins as an unlikely romance becomes a sharp-eyed, straight-up snapshot of the heady confusion and haunting passions of youth.

Written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber (500 Days of Summer), the film follows director James Ponsoldt’s 2012 hit Smashed. Featuring wonderful supporting turns from Brie Larson, Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. 2013, DCP, 95 minutes.


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