The Five Spot: 'Spectacular Now' and more

  • Updated: August 17, 2013 - 2:00 PM

1 Sutter Keely, an easygoing high school senior, is a slightly sad jester with a growing drinking habit. Aimee Finicky is a good-hearted A student who gets no recognition from her peers. One morning on her paper route, she retrieves the passed-out Sutter from a stranger’s lawn. As their flirtation turns into a relationship, “The Spectacular Now” becomes a race-against-time thriller: Can she save his life before he ruins hers? The film, which stars Miles Teller (“Footloose”) and Shailene Woodley (“The Descendants”), has a depth of feeling, emotional subtlety and intelligence that transforms your notions about high school romances. It is as poignant as a first kiss and as painful as a first hangover.

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