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'13 Reasons Why' Fans Will Love Katherine Langford's New Dark Comedy

'13 Reasons Why' Fans Will Love Katherine Langford's New Dark Comedy

Critics have given it a rare 100 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Ciara Sheppard

Ciara Sheppard

A new dark comedy is coming starring 13 Reason Why's Katherine Langford in the lead role - but it's hardly your typical high school rom com.

Spontaneous, which is being released in the US on 6th October and in the UK later, centres on feisty teen Mara Carlyle (Langford) whose high school finds itself in the middle of a mysterious pandemic.

Don't worry, it's not coronavirus. Instead, this pandemic sees students explode - blood, guts and everything in between - completely spontaneously.

(Yep, we told you this wasn't you typical teen movie affair.) You can watch the trailer here:

The film follows Mara, whose burgeoning romance with her classmate Dylan (Charlie Plummer) is tested as they navigate this strange pandemic - and you know, all their mates exploring in front of them.

With no one knowing the cause, or indeed, if they'll be next the next to explode, Mara and Dylan decide to live every day as if its their last.

While the film is yet to be released to the general public, critics have been watching the movie in advance - and already its ranking at a rare 100 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Katherine Langford and Charlie Plummer star (

Hollywood Reporter called Spontaneous "explosively funny and touching" while Screen Rant said it was "bloody, fun and achingly heartfelt."

Many critics praised Langford's performance, with What to Watch saying: "Spontaneous is a bold adaptation that shines a spotlight on Katherine Langford, balancing horror and heart without sacrificing either."

The film is also being widely compared to 1989 teen dark comedy Heathers, starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater.

'Spontaneous' is being compared to 1898 dark comedy 'Heathers' starring Winona Ryder (credit: New World Pictures)
'Spontaneous' is being compared to 1898 dark comedy 'Heathers' starring Winona Ryder (credit: New World Pictures)

"Katherine Langford's captivating performance guides this modern day Heathers through an unpredictable journey of life, love, and combustible high school students," says Aaron Peterson of Hollywood Outsider.

"Starts off as the best teen-centred dark comedy since Heathers, then evolves into something unexpectedly profound," says Film Racket's Mike McGranaghan.

Elsewhere, reviews were glowing. "Spontaneous is going to become the next big cult sensation and deservedly so," said Peter Sobczynski of

"Spontaneous is the perfect teen rom-com for our current moment. It could, and should, be one of the best cinematic gems of this unpredictable year," added's Jenna Anderson.

'Spontaneous' currently has 100 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes (

Flickering Myth's Robert Kojder added: "Don't let Spontaneous fly under the radar, it needs to explode in popularity. With or without the pandemic, it's an emotional teen drama where nearly every scene is packaged with poignant subtext."

Spontaneous is being released in limited cinemas in the US on 2nd October, followed by a video on demand release on 6th October 2020.

There's currently no word yet on a UK, but we hope Paramount don't keep us waiting too long - this looks amazing.

Featured Image Credit: Paramount

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