Friday, August 2, 2013

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The Spectacular Now movie
The Spectacular Now: This young-adult romance has garnered rave reviews and it sounds lovely, though credited screenwriting duo Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber give me pause, because they wrote (500) Days of Summer, the kind of quirky indie-ish movie often acknowledged for its screenplay even though its screenplay is by far the worst thing about it (see also: Little Miss Sunshine). I actually like Summer fine, but despite, not because of, its smug screenwriter conceits about relationships and how the world works. I fear something similarly fake and cutesy from Spectacular Now, but it's based on a novel so hopefully that provided some guideposts keeping the writers from, say, inventing a ridiculous and pseudo-satirical non-job at a greeting card company, just for the sake of pretending this made-up job that looks insanely easy and lucrative is the epitome of soul-crushing, and simultaneously giving off the vibe that the creators of this non-job have maybe never worked a day in their lives. You know, just as an example. Spectacular Now stars Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller, who are both charming but may be falling victim to that new Hollywood thing where you play a teenager for a Zachery Ty Bryan length of time just as a matter of course. For now, though, they can luxuriate in their approximation of youth and play teenagers in love—which, frankly, is probably one of the more fun things to do as an actor.

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