Review(s): ‘Junebug’ and ‘The Spectacular Now’


Junebug (2005) and The Spectacular Now (2013): two films, made at different times, and very different from each other, indeed. Still, I watched them in succession and found them to be rather fitting compatriots.

Tense, intimate dramas tinged with humor (one more so than the other), showcasing stellar, star-making performances—fun fact: both films won special jury acting awards at Sundance—and set, I believe, in the southeastern United States—one, at least, in North Carolina, my home state. Nostalgia was the tip of the emotional iceberg with this fantastic twosome; you can read a few of my thoughts below.

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