See the First Trailer for James Ponsoldt’s ‘The Spectacular Now’

Director James Ponsoldt’s first feature Smashed, the adult coming-of-age story about a woman’s struggle with alcoholism, struck a chord with us back in the fall. The raw and humanistic film that amalgamated tender emotion with the comedy inherent in the foibles of everyday life established Ponsoldt as a filmmaker to be excited for. And with his second film The Spectacluar Now—which premiered to rave reviews at Sundance—he seems to be swimming through very similar thematic tones and emotional textures as his first feature with an honest and witty look at the the flawed beauty in everyday life.   

Based on the novel of the same title by Tim Tharp, The Spectacular Now is a collaboration between Ponsoldt and the film’s writers Michael H. Weber Scott Neustadter (the dudes that brought you 500 Days of Summer) and stars promising newcomers Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley, alongside the wonderful Brie Larson and Jennifer Jason Leigh. A coming-of-age story once again, this time Ponsoldt tackles the teen arena with the story of a hapless high school senior with an affinity for strong booze, who, after a break up with his popular ideal girlfriend, meets the shy and lovingly sweet girl next door.    In speaking with the director for Smashed, he told me that:

 The stories that I like the best are ones that are about really flawed, screwed up people who want to try to fix themselves or make themselves better and it doesn’t matter whether they’re doing it for the right reasons or the wrong reasons or whether they’re total fools and struggling to try to make themselves whole. There’s something very human and hopeful about that—and not in succeeding, because I don’t know what success means, but it’s like trying to love yourself more so you can love other people better and just be decent to the people around you. 

And now, the first trailer for the film has been released, giving you a pretty solid taste of the film, which is set to premiere August 2nd. Take a look below.  

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