What was spectacular about the Spectacular Now was the acting and the actors. Both sank into their roles in a way that I don’t often see in a movie with teenagers and for that alone this movie is worth seeing.* I had problems with the ending–it felt revised and tacked on in an unsatisfying way–and I didn’t feel a tremendous depth, a problem I solved by reading the novel, which was quite good.**
Where watched: Living Room Theaters with S. North.
*There were a lot of interesting non-standard teen movie things to like about this movie.
**In novel/book comparisons, I observed that it is very difficult to bring to the movie screen a book character like Aimee, the female protagonist/lead. I think the problem is that everything is shiny in the movies, making it difficult to project the inherent awkwardness/uncool persona that easily comes across on the page. Nerds live in books, easily. They don’t really exist well on the silver screen.