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Blu-ray Review: 'The Spectacular Now'

Jason Coleman Jason Coleman
January 14th, 2014 11:00am EST

Spectacular Now

Ready to go back to High School?  The follow us as we check out the coming-of-age teen story "The Spectacular Now" out on Blu-ray Jan. 14 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.  The ups and downs of teen life get reviewed below.

 

Spectacular Now Blu-ray

   

   Title: "The Spectacular Now"

   Grade: 4

   Cast: Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Brie Larson

   Director: James Ponsoldt

   Rating: R

   Runtime: 95 minutes

   Release Company: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

   Website: wwww.lionsgateshop.com

 

The Flick: I’ve never quite seen teen life shown in such a raw and real way more then what is portrayed in "The Spectacular Now."  Working from an honest bumps and all approach, "Smashed" director James Ponsoldt refreshingly makes anyone and everyone a multi-faceted person in this well written teen drama.  His cast is especially terrific with "Footloose" remake goofball Miles Teller perfect as the films’ inner demons-filled hero and both Jennifer Jason Leigh and Kyle Chandler shine bright as his flawed folks.  But at the end of the day it’s the layered work of lead gal Shailene Woodley that stands out here.  Her frail and earnest Aimee is a character turn that shows skill way beyond her years – she’s one to watch.

Best Feature: The '4-Part Making of Featurette' covers the gamut of getting the flick together – all with a surprising love by all involved towards the material.

Best Hidden Gem: "Mr. Show" alum Bob Odenkirk plays a low-key and memorable role as a humble shop owner.

Worth the Moola: Well executed and featuring a standout performance by Woodley, this one does have some spectacular – see it now.

Photo Credits: Photos Courtesy of Lionsgate Home Entertainment


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