Meet acclaimed director James Ponsoldt (Smashed) and star Brie Larson (21 Jump Street, Scott Pilgrim vs The World) in person with his new film, The Spectacular Now, direct from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival!
Winner! Special Jury Prize: Dramatic Acting (Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley)
"The Spectacular Now is one of the rare truly soulful and authentic teen movies, like last year’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower or the classic one from 24 years ago that this one most reminded me of: Say Anything." - Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"A sincere, refreshingly unaffected look at teenagers and their attitudes about the future." - Hollywood Reporter
"The Spectacular Now manages to transcend its teen drama framework to become one of the most poignant and gratifying films of this year’s Sundance." - The Daily Beast
Don’t miss this very special SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL USA screening of the new drama The Spectacular Now, directed by James Ponsoldt (Smashed), written by Scott Newstadter & Michael H. Weber (500 Days of Summer) and starring Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Brie Larson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kyle Chandler and Bob Odenkirk! Director James Ponsoldt and star Brie Larson will be in attendance for a post-film Q&A.
In January, The Loft Cinema will once again be an official venue for SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL USA. The Loft is honored to be among the 10 independent theatres nationwide selected to participate in this exciting cinematic initiative, which gives audiences the opportunity to experience the thrill of discovery of a new film fresh from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, as well as hear directly from the filmmakers themselves about their work in a lively Q&A following the screening. Don’t miss this special event that brings Sundance to Tucson for one unique night of great film and fascinating dialogue!
The Spectacular Now (2012, 99 mins., USA, Director: James Ponsoldt, Screenwriters: Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber)
Sutter Keely lives in the now. It’s a good place for him. A high school senior, charming and self-possessed, he’s the life of the party, loves his job at a men’s clothing store, and has no plans for the future. A budding alcoholic, he’s never far from his supersized, whisky-fortified 7UP cup. But after being dumped by his girlfriend, Sutter gets drunk and wakes up on a lawn with Aimee Finicky hovering over him. Not a member of the cool crowd, she’s different: the “nice girl” who reads science fiction and doesn’t have a boyfriend. She does have dreams, while Sutter lives in a world of impressive self-delusion. And yet they’re drawn to each other.
Adapted from Tim Tharp’s novel, The Spectacular Now captures the insecurity and confusion of adolescence without looking for tidy truths. Young actors rarely portray teens with the maturity that Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley display, and they are phenomenal together. Funny, compassionate, and poignant, James Ponsoldt’s third feature again demonstrates his ability to lay bare the souls of his characters.
Cast: Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Brie Larson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kyle Chandler and Bob Odenkirk.
Synopsis courtesy of the Sundance Film Festival