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February 23, 2014

Saturday Night at the Movies #102 – Tully and The Spectacular Now

Filed under: Movie reviews — Mike Kueber @ 12:09 pm
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Tully (2002) and The Spectacular Now (2013) are both wonderful coming-of-age movies that on the surface are terribly dissimilar, but underneath are remarkably similar.  Broadly, both star an outgoing, charismatic guy who is emotionally unavailable until he meets the reserved, substantive girl next door.

Tully stars Anson Mount and Julianne Nicholson (a dead ringer for Isabel Glaser’s Harley in Pure Country), and the movie is set on a farm in Nebraska.  Rotten Tomato critics liked it a lot at 81%, while the audience mostly liked it at 75%.  Because of my affinity for life in rural America, I agree with the critics and give the movie three and a half stars out of four.

The Spectacular Now stars Miles Teller and Shaileen Woodley and is set in suburbia.  Rotten Tomato critics loved it at 92%, while the audience liked it a lot at 80%.  Because of my luke-warmness toward suburbia, I agree with the audience and give it three stars out of four.

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