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August 20, 2013

CALLERI: 'The Spectacular Now' is a small picture with large potential


Niagara Gazette — Sutter drifts to Aimee, an average girl also with parental issues, who is well-played by Shailene Woodley from “The Descendants.” Together the two explore their mutual attraction and some realistic problems associated with older teens today. You develop genuine care and concern about them. Director James Ponsoldt, who calmly and coolly builds his story, is willing to jolt the audience.

“The Spectacular Now” is nicely written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber and is drawn from Tim Tharp’s popular teen novel.

The movie starts off a bit wobbly, as it lays on the irresponsible teen material too thickly, but once it concentrates on Aimee and Sutter and their believable relationship, it develops into something utterly unafraid of showing the results of choices made and chances taken.

Michael Calleri reviews films for Night and Day. Contact him at

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