Sutter Keeley (Miles Teller) is having fun. Parties, beer, sex, the whole “high school” experience. He lives for today and today only, slacking off in school, being in a constant state of intoxication. Until his girlfriend dumps him and he wakes up hungover on a stranger’s lawn. it is on this lawn that he meets Aimee Finicky (Shailene Woodley). She is the opposite of Sutter, mostly keeping to herself and never partying. The opposites become friends and quickly lovers, but are they really right for each other?
Sutter gives Aimee the courage to stand up to her mother and go to college, but he also gets her into his life of alcohol and recklessness. Sutter is usually never all in on the relationship, still hanging with his ex-girlfriend from time to time, even dancing with her at the prom he went to with Aimee. He refuses to change his ways and never looks to the future.
The most interesting thing about this film is how hard it is to root for Sutter. You certainly cannot hope for him to continue his slack-off alcoholic lifestyle, but as he makes more and more bad decisions, you can only hope that he changes in the end and doesn’t hurt too many people along the way.
The acting is incredible, both from Teller and Woodley, who’s chemistry on screen is perfect. Fantastic supporting characters come from the likes of Brie Larson and Kyle Chandler. The Spectacular Now is the most accurate depiction of teenage life that I have seen since The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Sutter’s fear of the future perfectly shows the issues that high schoolers go through everyday. This should be a must watch for every high school junior/senior, especially those in the party lifestyle.