As the summer comes to an end, college students have a chance to reflect on the memories that have made the season what it is often known for: romance. Summer love can be equal parts baffling and enticing. Just like bug bites and sunburn, the dramatic perils of summertime romance may sting a little— but it’s worth it.
The writers of “500 Days of Summer,” Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, introduce a new film that explores the intricacies of love life between the period of adolescence and adulthood. While it’s quite different from the cult hit “500 Days,” there’s still plenty in this new debut for students to savor as tans fade and sweater season begins.
“The Spectacular Now” tells the familiar tale of young love: two people with opposite personalities meet and their lives are changed forever. Sutter Keely (Miles Teller), the free-spirited party boy, and Aimee Finecky (Shailene Woodley), the sweet-hearted, nerdy girl, take the predictable archetype and strip its flowery fantasy down to a more realistic state. Rather than subsist of romantic fluff, the main characters’ relationship exposes the beautiful, yet complicated world that young love truly is.
Ponsoldt believes many movies about teenage romance create a misconception as they over-sentimentalize the challenges of being young and in love.
“Things are really hallmark-y,” Ponsoldt says. “They don’t feel the pain and anxiety of feeling like you’re going to get heartbroken, or feeling like you’re going to be rejected, or the fear of not knowing what you’re going to do with your life in the future, or feeling inadequate.”
Although some of these experiences may hurt young people, the negative experiences also eventually allow them to learn to develop healthy relationships as an adult.
“When I was younger, I was completely lost and confused as a teenager,” Ponsoldt says. “And now, as a 40-year-old looking back, you know, things kind of remind me of how amazing it was, and also how terrifying it was.”
“The Spectacular Now” arrived in Ballantyne on August 23, and has since been released to other major theaters around Charlotte.