Before, We Thought: “The Spectacular Now,” James Ponsoldt’s follow-up to “Smashed,” emerged as one of the most acclaimed titles to play at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where it nabbed an acting award shared by both of the film’s lead stars, Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller, and a hot buyer in A24 Pictures, the company responsible for releasing the similarly teen-centric indies “Spring Breakers” and “The Bling Ring.”
And Now? From the looks of the just-released trailer, “The Spectacular Now” has all the makings of a John Hughes coming-of-age charmer with a dose of realism rarely seen in the teen genre and wholly welcome.
Teller looks to give a breakthrough performance as a troubled class clown whose life is turned upside down when he falls for a charming fellow high school student (Woodley) with a bright future who forces him to reevaluate his own goals. Jennifer Jason Leigh and “Friday Night Lights” coach Kyle Chandler co-star as Teller’s divorced parents.
A24 releases “The Spectacular Now” in select theaters August 2. Watch the trailer below: