"The Spectacular Now" ( based off the novel by Tim Tharp of the same name) is about Sutter Keely, a high school senior who lives in the moment. He's funny and charming but also hides a dark side. The film is directed by James Ponsoldt, written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber and starring Miles Teller (Sutter Keely) and Shailene Woodley (Aimee Finecky).
There are a lot of things right about "The Spectacular Now". The film wonderfully demonstrates the life of a functional alcoholic in Teller's portrayal of Sutter. Throughout the whole movie he remains sweet and funny and it's easy to see why the people in his life are content with letting him drink his life away. The movie also shows the darker side of this illness through Sutter's father (the always fantastic Kyle Chandler). However, the other people mixed up in Sutter's life, including Woodley's Aimee are where the movie goes a bit astray.
Shailene Woodley does a good job acting in her role as Aimee Finecky, a shy, awkward girl who unexpectedly finds herself dating the much more popular Sutter. However, she's essentially just window dressing to Miles Teller's Sutter. After a while Aimee's idiosyncrasies get annoying and she becomes pathetically attached Sutter towards the end of the movie.
The film itself is slow moving and doesn't quite reach a satisfying conclusion. It's worth seeing, Hartford, but perhaps after it come out on DVD or Blu-ray.