“The Spectacular Now” is a 2013 coming-of-age film directed by James Ponsoldt with and script by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber and is based on the novel of the same name by Tim Tharp. It stars Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley. It follows a charismatic 18-year-old boy, Sutter, through his senior year who has spent most of that time partying. He finds his opposite in a girl, Aimee, he asks to help tutor him. Sutter has a stimulation seeking personality and only lives in the present. His behavior helps Aimee loosen up, but then puts him at odds with her. This parallels the story of Sutter’s parents. Sutter and Aimee end up visiting his father who also lives only in the moment. Sutter’s mom kicked his father out of the house and forbid them from getting together because of his behavior. It plays out badly for Sutter. Sutter’s world soon falls apart, Aimee breaks up with him, he does not graduate, he loses his job, and wrecks his car. It ends with Sutter understanding the consequences of his behavior and comes of up with a plan. The film got great reviews because everyone working on the film was dedicated to making sure that actor’s behavior is true to actual high school seniors. Teller and Woodley come across as that high school couple we all knew as they capture the splendor and scariness of first love.
The Beer Lover’s Guide To The Movies pairs this film with Georgetown Brewing Company’s Manny’s Pale Ale. This is an American Pale Ale with an ABV of 5.4%. It is a hazy gold orange color with a thin white head. It smells of bready with hints of caramel. It tastes bready and of caramel with hints of grass, herbs, sugar cookie and oranges. It has such a well-balanced mouthfeel to it with a bit more weight to it than most pale ales. I chose this beer because it also captures the splendor love and you will want to live in the moment and enjoy this beer.