The first rule of modern moviemaking: If you’re adapting a bestselling YA book, you must — I repeat, must — cast Secret Life of the American Teenager refugee Shailene Woodley as your star.
The Fault in Our Stars did it. EW’s current cover star Divergent did it. And both are following in the celluloid footsteps of The Spectacular Now, a Sundance darling based on Tim Tharp’s eponymous 2008 novel. The story follows the romance between charming, popular, happy-go-lucky teenage alcoholic Sutter (Miles Teller) and shy, wise, pretty-but-doesn’t-know-it Aimee (Woodley, naturally), whom he meets after passing out on her lawn.
Though the plot may sound predictable, there’s more to Now than meets the eye — EW’s Owen Gleiberman praised the film’s “rich and exploratory psychological texture” in a Sundance review, as well as its talented cast, which includes heavy hitters like Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
The Spectacular Now hits theaters August 2.