Movies For the Twenty-Something

Here is a large spectrum of movie genres (because I do not discriminate); blockbusters, indies, new, older and so forth.

1) Post Grad (2009)

“This is not how it’s supposed to go”. Ha. Right

We all have a plan -dream job out of college, fantastic apartment- and then life happens. You may have a bachelors’ degree, but you’ll discover ‘you’e not hot shit’. You will be reminded many many times in your twenties. But you can still wish to have a totally hot neighbour. Now, repeat after me: “I am not a loser, I am not a loser, I am not a loser”. Think positive thoughts.

(Funny enough, this came out the year of my graduation).

2) L’Auberge Espagnole (2002)

Because you make experiences, and sometimes realize you’re someone entirely different from the idea you had of yourself initially.

2b) Les poupées russes (2005)

The continuation of L’Auberge Espagnole. Love in your twenties will be complicated. Let go of your fantasies of the princess/prince charming, white knight on a white horse, and just learn to love people for who they are. Discover yourself in the process.

3) Reality Bites (1994)

What’s being a sellout about? And will you be one?

4) One Day (2011)

The ‘When Harry Met Sally’ of the noughties. Because you will have a confusing and ambiguous friendship with the opposite sex, without quite being able to figure out if you want more or not.

5) Lola Versus (2012)

This is about discovering yourself. Alone. When the world is crashing around you and you have to keep on going. And along the way, there will be a lot of awkward experiences… Just embrace them. It’s only life.

6) Upside Down (2012)

A fairytale for the twenty year olds. Because we need to be reminded about fairytales.

7) Liberal Arts (2012)

Because we need to be reminded to be our own age too.

8) Some girl(s) (2013)

Some men are utter self-absorbed unredeemable scumbags. They will play you. You might be the nicest person on earth, they won’t care for it, and they will have no justifiable reason for it either. Even if they do have issues- a terrible childhood, they’ve been cheated on- it does not excuse their terrible behaviour, and it’s also not your responsibility to fix them. And every woman needs to be reminded of that, because you will date at least one of those guys in your twenties. Remember to be kind with yourself (but not self-indulgent), because after all, a broken heart means you’ve tried.

9) Before Sunrise (1995)

Because, ah, fortuitous encounters, moments, you will have lots of those in your twenties, and this movie is about that. Your twenties are about collecting experiences, carpe diem, and about meeting new people and exploring the world. These moments will shape you and make you a more well-rounded person, so I guess the world truly is ‘your oyster‘.

10) 10 Years (2012)

Because now is the time we will have one of those awkward and awful reunions. And it begs the question; who outgrew the person they were in high school? Come on, I bet you’re dying to know.

11) Elizabethtown (2005)

In your twenties, you will fail; you’ll at least have one horrible boss, doubt yourself, get dumped, crash and burn, and watch your world goes up in flames. And that’s okay. Let it happen,  have a small pity-party, then stop. Pick yourself up and learn from it. It doesn’t matter if you screw up, it’s what you do after that counts. So use the opportunity to make a better life, become the better version of yourself.

12) Peace, Love & Misunderstandings (2011)

We all have messed up families to a certain extent. As you become an adult, you may begin to see your parents as humans, and in some cases, in a harsh light. As you become an adult, you sometimes make choices that shock your parents’ sensibilities, no matter how understanding they may be. But your parents aren’t you, and you aren’t them; you come from different generations, and sometimes have different views on life. Here’s the thing: make peace with your family in your twenties. Even if  you are estranged with your parents, even if your parents are terrible people, at least make peace with them within yourself. Don’t carry that baggage, and mostly, do it in your twenties before you get set in your ways.

13) Purple Violets (2012)

Find your way back to your teenage aspirations; often time your first instincts were right. Take a chance. Dreams mean hope, and hope means happiness. The secret to life isn’t any more complicated than that.

NB. The trailer is not very representative of the movie, though do still give it a try.

14) An Education (2009)

Should be seen if only for dazzling Carey Mulligan and the amazing soundtrack. Even the smartest girls will err. And if you don’t, you’re not experiencing your twenties right. It is a truth acknowledged that love makes us all do pretty stupid things at least once. But you should also watch this movie because being twenty is ultimately about making mistakes, owning to your choices, and sometimes about straying away from your planned course… to better find your way in the end.

15) Last Night (2010)

Everyone has wondered at least once about the differences between physical and emotional cheating; the lesser of slights. Watch the movie then ask yourself the question again.

Rediscover your preconceptions. Learn to live in grey; let go of black and white. Develop empathy, understanding; put yourself in other people shoes and learn to argue both sides of any position. From then on your life may be a hell-of-alot more complicated, but much closer to truth. And it will make you a much less judgmental person.

Honorable Mentions: 

Bachelorettes (2012)

Applicable to those who either still have frenemies or wondering what those mean girls from high school are up to now… (I’ll let you guess which category I fall into).


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