Director: James Ponsoldt. Cast: Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Kyle Chandler, Brie Larson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Bob Odenkirk. 95 min. Rated R. Comedy/Drama/Romance.
Recently watched Love Story, and was amazed how fake, contrived and predictable this popular movie was. Fast-forward to 2013, and similar to The Perks of Being a Wallflower, we have high-schoolers who are real people - with real emotions, and real problems that are dealt with in a very authentic, heart-breaking manner. Starts as a comedy and ends in deep drama, with believable performances by Teller, and three up-and-coming actresses: Woodley (The Descendants), Larson (Short Term 12), and Winstead (Smashed). Think of Before Midnight and The Spectacular Now, and you realize romantic movies will never be the same.