The first trailer for director James Ponsoldt’s (Smashed) drama The Spectacular Now has been released online. The film premiered to wildly positive reviews at Sundance earlier this year, and stars Miles Teller as a young high school student who strikes up a friendship with a fellow student (Shailene Woodley) as graduation and some big life decisions loom closer. I loved the film when I saw it at Sundance, and you should definitely go see it. Please take my word on this, because the trailer will take you through the entire movie. If you can’t take my word, then go ahead and watch the trailer, but consider yourself warned.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster, and click here to watch Steve’s interview with Teller and Woodley from Sundance. The film also stars Brie Larson, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Kyle Chandler. The Spectacular Now opens on August 2nd.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Spectacular Now:
With sly humor and an intensity of feeling, THE SPECTACULAR NOW (directed by James Ponsoldt) creates a vivid, three-dimensional portrait of youth confronting the funny, thrilling and perilous business of modern love and adulthood. This is the tale of Sutter Keely (Miles Teller), a high school senior and effortless charmer, and of how he unexpectedly falls in love with “the good girl” Aimee Finecky (Shailene Woodley). What starts as an unlikely romance becomes a sharp-eyed, straight-up snapshot of the heady confusion and haunting passion of youth – one that doesn’t look for tidy truths. The film was written by Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber (500) DAYS OF SUMMER and also features wonderful supporting turns from Brie Larson, Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.