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10 Movies Like "The Spectacular Now" (2013)

Craig is a bonafide cinephile, one who prefers watching both old and new films to get his mind thinking.

10 Movies Like The Spectacular Now

10 Movies Like The Spectacular Now

About The Spectacular Now (2013)

The Spectacular Now is an American romantic, comedy, drama film top-billed by Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley and Kyle Chandler. An adaptation of Tim Tharp’s novel, it is about a high school jock whose view about life changes when he comes across a unique, warm-hearted girl. The movie premiered on September 13, 2013. It is directed by James Ponsoldt, who has been acclaimed by movie critics for the film’s wide success.

The following are movies like “The Spectacular Now” that will surely remind you how fun it is to be a youth.

1. The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

Release Date: June 6, 2014

Director: Josh Boone

Cast: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff

Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus ‘Gus’ Waters are the future star-crossed lovers. They meet in a cancer support group, become friends and fall in love. Hazel is suffering from terminal lung cancer and brings around an oxygen tank. Gus, meanwhile, has lost a leg because of cancer, which has been cured. Gus knows about Hazel’s wish, to visit Amsterdam and meet Peter Van Houten, the author of her favorite novel. Gus makes a way to grant her wish. They fly to Amsterdam, only to be disappointed by Peter’s rudeness. However, they have enjoyed Amsterdam and each other’s company. But after their happy trip, Hazel learns that she will soon lose the man she loves.

2. It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010)

Release Date: October 8, 2010

Directors: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck

Cast: Keir Gilchrist, Zach Galifianakis, Emma Roberts

Craig is a depressed high-school junior who likes his best friend's girlfriend. He finds out that he is suicidal and brings himself into a psychiatric hospital. He supposes that he’s going to stay there for just a day, but the doctor advises him to stay for a week. Because of a renovation being done to the juvenile ward, he is admitted in the adults’ ward instead. There, he meets Bobby, a father, as well as Noelle, who is about his age. All he wants is for him to get cured, but what he has found is more than that.

3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

Release Date: October 12, 2012

Director: Stephen Chbosky

Cast: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller

15-year-old Charlie is a shy but endearing high school freshman. He is currently getting over with his first love, and dealing with his best friend’s suicide. His mental illness only adds to all of his seemingly huge problems. Now, everything Charlie wants is to find new friends who will understand him. Until he meets seniors Sam and Patrick, who willingly take him under their wings. They, too, has shown to him what life really is.

4. Submarine (2011)

Release Date: March 18, 2011

Director: Richard Ayoade

Cast: Craig Roberts, Sally Hawkins, Paddy Considine

Oliver Tate is a 15-year-old who wants to be popular in school. When he discovers that Jordana, a beautiful dark-haired girl, has a big crush on him, he struggles to be the best boyfriend for her. Oliver also has plans: to lose his virginity before his birthday, to put an end to her mother and her ex-boyfriend’s growing affair, and to keep his parents together. He is determined to fulfill all these while making sure that Jordana stays with him.

5. Stuck in Love (2013)

Release Date: May 2, 2013

Director: Josh Boone

Cast: Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, Lily Collins

William Borgens is a successful author who has stopped writing to spy on his cheating wife. He is also struggling to raise his two teenage kids, Samantha and Rusty, who both inherit his writing prowess. Samantha’s first novel will soon be published. After her parents’ separation, she does not believe in love anymore. However, she is being pursued by the kind-hearted Lou, who is willing to do everything to win her heart. Meanwhile, Rusty, a fantasy writer wannabe, falls for Kate, but only gets a broken heart in return. Is there any chance left for the Borgens to be together again?

6. The Way Way Back (2013)

Release Date: July 26, 2013

Directors: Nat Faxon, Jim Rash

Cast: Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney

Duncan is a shy 14-year-old. He and his mother are invited by his mother’s boyfriend on a summer vacation. Being a timid boy, he finds it hard to fit in, particularly around his mother’s boyfriend and his daughter. He chooses to wander alone in the Water Wizz, a local water park. Then, he unexpectedly meets Owen, the manager of Water Wizz, and immediately becomes his friend. Their friendship teaches Duncan to be more confident and to accept who he is.

7. Short Term 12 (2013)

Release Date: August 23, 2013

Director: Destin Daniel Cretton

Cast: Brie Larson, Frantz Turner, John Gallagher Jr.

Young counselor, Grace, is working in a facility for troubled teenagers. She is doing her best to help the kids who have been into the worst family situations while trying to get a life of her own. It has never been easy, especially since Grace is getting ready for her marriage to her long-time boyfriend. Thing is, some of the teens she is caring for are already in their recovery stage, and leaving them might hurt them emotionally. Now, Grace has to choose between the man she loves and the kids who need her.

8. 500 Days of Summer (2009)

Release Date: August 7, 2009

Director: Marc Webb

Cast: Zooey Deschanel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Geoffrey Arend

Tom Hansen ponders on an event a year ago when he meets Summer Finn in a greeting card company where they both work. He falls for her as soon as he has laid his eyes on her, and realizes, right there and then, that she is the woman he wants to spend the rest of his life with. The problem is, Summer does not believe that true love exists. But Tom manages to create a more-than-friends relationship with her. Tom, however, is used to listening to his teenage sister’s advice. But when it comes to the matters of the heart, Tom must only listen to what his heart says.

9. The Kings of Summer (2013)

Release Date: August 23, 2013

Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts

Cast: Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias

Teenage boy, Joe Toy, is desperate to escape from his single father’s authoritative hands. When summer finally comes, it occurs to him that he can now have a shot at independence. He goes into the woods with his best friend, Patrick. A weird boy named Biaggio joins them. They build a house in the woods, and soon the three young men declare their freedom, away from all the responsibilities. Now, they are their own masters, creating their own destiny.

10. What If (2014)

Release Date: August 15, 2014

Director: Michael Dowse

Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Megan Park

While everyone seems to be finding the right relationship with the right partner, med school dropout, Wallace, has grown dead tired of failed relationships. He decides not to fall in love again soon. But when he meets Chantry, it seems he will soon break his promise to himself. Chantry is an animator, living with Ben, her long-time boyfriend. A special friendship grows between them, and no one can deny their chemistry. What if the right person you have been looking for is actually your best friend?

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2015 Craig McCallaway


stella vadakin from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619 on November 27, 2015:

Hi, good hub and I like most of the movies. I think ,The Fault in Our Stars, is a really good story. Nice Hub.