Family Movie Review: The Spectacular Now (R)

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MPAA Rating: R         Length: 95 minutes

Age Appropriate For: 15+. Yes, the film is rated R because it includes cursing, underage drinking and some drug use, and teens having sex. But none of it is exploitative or over-the-top; instead, it's all very much grounded in the reality of the school experience and is a challenging look at the dangers of substance abuse and parental abandonment. The film is honest in its presentation of the struggle of adolescence and of trying to discover your identity, and it will be a good conversation starter for parents and teens. See it with your kids and be prepared for a talk afterward.

'The Spectacular Now' is, like most teen romances, a boy-meets-girl scenario that pairs two unlikely people together. But it rejects typical high school movie clichés for a realistic, grounded observation of adolescence, young love, and familial disappointment. 'The Spectacular Now' is a meaningful, honest film.

By Roxana Hadadi

"The Spectacular Now," in its examination of young love and disappointment, is equally invigorating and challenging, the kind of film that will enthrall and unsettle you. You'll want to reach into the screen and hug these kids, then shake some sense into them—impart some wisdom about the challenges of "real life." It's an important film for parents to watch with their teens because it rejects so many of the Hollywood clichés of this genre, because it refuses to settle for a typically happy—and false—ending. "The Spectacular Now" is more searing, and more meaningful, than that.

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