There was a really good movie that wound up being a blip in theaters a couple years ago called Like Crazy. It was a pretty honest portrayal of college-age love and angst that could rip your still-beating heart out. See it. And see The Spectacular Now, which likewise captures the unique experience of young love and all its highs and lows. The film stars Miles Teller and The Descendants’ Shailene Woodley as high school seniors who discover each other in some nowhere town. The film is directed by James Ponsoldt, and this is finding a larger audience than did his previous Smashed. The thing about romance at the movies is, when it’s phony, you can really tell. How many awful love stories have you seen? Spectacular Now feels genuine in its performances, stories and direction. That makes all the difference.
Director: James Ponsoldt
Producer: Michelle Krumm, Andrew Lauren, Shawn Levy, Tom McNulty, Scott Neustadter, Michael Weber and Marc Shmuger
Cast: Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Brie Larson, Jennifer Leigh, Mary Winstead, Kyle Chandler, Kaitlyn Dever, Bob Odenkirk, Andre Royo, Dayo Okeniyi, Gary Weeks, Masam Holden, Nicci Faires and Whitney Christopher