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Review: 'The Spectacular Now' is an intoxicating brew of teen angst
Review: 'The Spectacular Now' is an intoxicating brew of teen angst

In the opening moments of "The Spectacular Now," 17-year-old Sutter is trying to bluff his way through the infamous personal essay on a college application. He is fortified by drink as he tries out charm, wit, cynicism and insult — everything but honesty. It's a perfect start for this culturally astute drama, spiked with enough comedy to make it splendidly intoxicating to watch. In movies, coming-of-age has become convenient shorthand for the crush of stories about the high school crowd — sci-fi, drama, comedy, horror, take your pick. That's made it far too easy to lose touch with how complicated the sorting out of impending adulthood can be. PHOTOS:...

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