The Spectacular Now

I recently watched a film called “Spectacular Now” and let me tell you it was amazing.  It’s one of those movies where it makes you think about life as a whole and where you are as a person in the society around you.  This movie isn’t your typical high school romance movie.  I don’t want to spoil anything for you because I really want you to watch it, but it’s simply about how a cool, life-of-the-party boy meets a quirky, smart, pretty girl whom he never though he would fall in love with.  He did.  We see all of the ups and downs that Sutter Keely and Aimee Finicky face through senior year as they bide their time until senior year.  That’s all I can tell you.  Watch it!

But, what really hits home for me is the overall theme of Spectacular Now.  Sutter advocates to live in the now and to stop worrying about the future.  He knows that he does not know what the future holds for him, but what he does know is that “life is a series of moments called now.”  He believed that people should live in the moment, but to also remember your past to help you move forward to tomorrow.


Now compare this to the American novel, The Great Gatsby.  Jay Gatsby never lost love for Daisy Buchanan.  Although Daisy had a husband, Gatsby still believed and hoped for a chance to be back together with Daisy like the times before.  That was Gatsby’s biggest flaw.  He tried going back to the past to a place where they were together.  He went against the current just for the sake of Daisy as he became absorbed into the past as he forgot about the now as well as the future.

To sum up, don’t wallow in the past and don’t worry too much about the future.  Live in the present as you love others around you.  Live in the now.  The Spectacular Now.

– Nick

3 thoughts on “The Spectacular Now

  1. Sweet post! I personally didn’t like The Spectacular Now but reading what you thought about it and your view on the movie’s deeper meaning kind of made me understand the theme of the movie better. Ps I like the Sutter quote you included about how “life is a series of moments called now”!

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