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The Spectacular Now

The Spectacular Now


by Tim Tharp

The Spectacular Now Theme of Friendship

Questions About Friendship

  1. Why does Ricky break off his friendship with Sutter? Is it really because of his new girlfriend, or is he troubled by Sutter's life choices?
  2. Is alcohol more important to Sutter than Ricky's friendship? If so, why? What does it say about Sutter's approach toward friendship?
  3. Do we see Sutter rejecting overtures of friendship in The Spectacular Now? Why does he seem suspicious of friendship?

Chew on This

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In The Spectacular Now, friendship is a fundamentally superficial relationship.

Ricky ended his friendship with Sutter because he matured and Sutter didn't.

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