Shailene Woodley started her career as the lead character in Freeform’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager, before branching out into films, landing roles in features like The Descendants and The Spectacular Now. Her name got on the map in a big way when she starred in the popular movie The Fault in Our Stars, and then took on the main role in the YA action franchise Divergent. She’ll next be seen in the Oliver Stone film Snowden. Source: www.tracking-board.com
The Spectacular Now commences with Sutter’s girlfriend, Cassidy (Brie Larson), dumping Sutter (Miles Teller) over something that’s relatively minor but that we sense is just the latest in a series of disappointments. They had a lot of fun, and they’re popular in school, but apart from drinking and having sex, they never really worked as a couple. Reeling from the break-up, Sutter gets drunk at a party and wakes up the next morning on someone’s lawn.
These two central performances by Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley are key. Teller finds the kernel of realism that makes us sympathize with Sutter and root for his success. You can see why Sutter’s classmates love being around him but don’t respect him. He’s a fun guy, a people person – a douchebag, maybe, but never a bully. In his part-time job at a men’s clothing store (where his boss, played by Bob Odenkirk, is something of a father figure), he’s all the customers’ favorite.
Shailene Woodley, from “The Descendants” and TV’s “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” has an aura of kindness about her, a vulnerability that makes her a perfect counterpart for Teller’s cockiness. Spectacular it may not be, yet there’s so much tender, relatable emotion in these characters and their experiences, and so much underlying goodness in them. Source: www.ericdsnider.com