Sutter (Miles Teller) is semi-popular and figuring out life after he meets the impressionable and book smart, Amy (Shailene Woodley). Teen drinking is a coping mechanism as they deal with hardships and triumphs that shape their now (hence the title).
Miles Teller’s performance as a humorous, emotional and misunderstood young man was excellent especially as a fresh-faced actor. Shailene Woodley continues to impress and command into more adult roles although she is playing a teenager. Brie Larson, Andre Royo (!!!!), Kyle Chandler, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jennifer Jason Leigh round the strong supporting cast.
I didn’t know until the end credits that the film was based off a novel. The film is lighthearted tackling hardships for the adults as well. There are scenes synonymous with firsts: first time leaving home, first time having sex, first drink, etc. The beautiful scenery of Athens, GA compliments the quiet and longing for more in life for each of the characters.
The most pressing question of this film: How were Sutter and Amy seniors in high school but were taking Geometry?