The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp

spectacular-now

This is a coming of age film  that was based on the novel by Tim Tharp. It is about a male teen called Sutter Keeley.  At the beginning, he breaks up with his girlfriend and is an alcoholic.  Sutter befriends a girl at school named Aimee Finecky and discovers that she is not what he expected. Usually he strolls through life pretending to not care. He is not taken seriously by his peers because of his nonchalant attitude, but he is really blocking out  pain. On a bet, Sutter is dared by his girlfriend to find out about his estranged father that he has not seen in over 10 years.

One thing I loved about this film was that it was real. It shows that life is not perfect, but people can change if they want to. Sutter develops a real conscious and finds a world where he can start fresh. When we are young it is important to revel in the moment, but the future also depends on the NOW. I enjoyed this independent film because it was not predictable and most of the actors I did not recognize as big names.  There was no pressure or real expectations, so I was able to judge honestly and freely. Overall, I think that this was a great film, so the book must be just as good or better.

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