The Spectacular Now

The Spectacular Now ★★★★★

★★★★

[Editor's note: Roger Ebert filed this review for use at Ebertfest. It was not the last review he ever wrote—that would be his piece on "To the Wonder"—but it's one of them.]

Here is a lovely film about two high school seniors who look, speak and feel like real 18-year-old middle-American human beings. Do you have any idea how rare that is? They aren't crippled by irony. They aren't speeded up into cartoons. Their sex lives aren't insulted by scenes that treat them cheaply. The story requires them to make love, but it doesn't insist we see her tits. Sutter and Aimee are smart, but they make dumb mistakes. They're more confident on the outside than on the inside. They're very serious about life, although Sutter, the boy, makes an effort to conceal that.

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Read Roger Ebert's full review:

https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/the-spectacular-now-2013