10 Great Movies About The Quarter-Life Crisis

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Movies often find ways to express and capture some of the crossroads of life that are difficult to explain or otherwise express. One of the common obstacles in life, which has become more important in recent generations of films, is the quarter-life crisis.



After graduating from college, getting your first “real” job, and your own roof over your head, did you get everything right? The following films assure us that this is not always the case, and that we are all, to some extent, still just “finding it out”.

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“Francis Ha” (2012)

Francis (Greta Gerwig) is a 27-year-old dancer who navigates the tiny apartments and volatile dating scene of contemporary New York City. Like everyone else, she just wants her dreams to come true, but of course, you need to know what those dreams are first.

Noah Baumbach A love letter to soul-seeking millennials that perfectly captures the sense of realizing that “growth” is not a single obstacle, but rather a lifelong process. The privacy of the text and Gerwig’s core performance lend each frame a sense of familiarity, making every awkward social interaction connected and intimate. Francis’ soliloquy in the dinner scene sums up the frustration of yearning for human contact without one really knowing beforehand.

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“Inside Llewyn Davis” (2013)

In the early 1960s, New York City, struggling musician Lewin Davis (Oscar Isaac) He surfs from couch to couch, getting any carts he can in an effort to make it big. Meanwhile, he is haunted by the death of his musician/partner friend and a past that he hopes won’t get in the way of his future.

Despite being one of the most live shows of Joel and Ethan CoenAnd the Inside Llewyn Davis Not without basic themes and sharp notes of everyday life. A late reveal shows Llewyn’s life has settled into a cycle, due to his habit of cutting corners in an attempt to fulfill his dreams. It’s an insight into the windows of opportunity we can miss, despite looking for them everywhere at every turn.


“Office Space” (1999)

Growing frustrated with his repetitive and soulful office job, Peter (Ron Livingston) is subject to hypnosis. After the operation, he becomes completely relaxed and goes to work when he wants, indifferent to the consequences. To Peter’s surprise, he was promoted, which only led to more unrest among the office’s colorful staff.

One of the most common causes of a quarter-life crisis is the daily grind in the workplace. Carrying the title as the definitive comedy in the office, office space He uses a mixture of absurd humor and dry wit to capture the existential malaise of the Nine-to-Five lifestyle. From these trivial reports, your boss won’t stop reminding you of your neighbor’s uniquely annoying voice, each viewer will find something to relate to in this classic comedy.


“Drunken Love” (2002)

Small Business Owner Barry Egan (Adam Sandler) goes about his quiet life selling funky toiletries and collecting candy coupons for air miles. His life is turned upside down, when his unit prompts him to call a phone sex line, and operators entrap him with a credit card.

Beneath the surface of this quirky rom-com is an intimate look at Sandler’s Barry as he comes to terms with his uncontrolled mental health, then wonders if it’s too late to address it. Multiple scenes see Pari boiling, as the commotion of the world around him erupts carelessly. The awkward pressure to address these feelings is beautifully encapsulated in Barry’s declaration: “I don’t know if anything is wrong, because I don’t know what others are like.”

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“Fight Club” (1999)

Depressed and the meanings of insomnia, an unnamed narrator (Edward Norton(Meet Tyler Durden)Brad Pitt), with whom he formed a fighting club for themselves and other men to exercise their repressed aggression. Fight Club expands, however, to become something outside the narrator’s control.

In addition to being a comment on misplaced male anger, David Fincher This turn-of-the-century masterpiece essentially traces the crisis of a man’s quarter-life to the extremes of explosiveness. Norton mixes the disgusting insecurity with the anxiety and delusion that plagued Gen-X at the time, creating one of the darkest images where life’s crossroads can lead to vulnerable people.

“The Worst Person in the World” (2021)

After sifting through jobs and partners in her early twenties, Julie (Rinat Rinsp) seems to have settled into a rhythm, but still doesn’t seem to feel good. As satisfaction settles in both her relationship and her job, Julie embarks on a journey of self-discovery.

The worst person in the world It takes the old tools of romance movies and quarter-life crises of the past and strengthens them with a modern perspective and a touch of naturalness. The film examines the idea that unhappiness does not always have a cause or cause, and in many cases is merely the result of a unique combination of time, place, and circumstances. Julie dips her toes into various hypothetical realities throughout the film, meticulously displaying the difficulties and fears that come with shattering your life before you can rebuild it.


“High Resolution” (2000)

Rob, owner of the Chicago-based record storeJohn Cusack(He is caught off guard when long-term girlfriend Laura)Ibn Hajjal) leaves him. Using his talent for the top five music charts, Rob takes a nostalgic journey through the top five ancient flames to see where he went wrong.

In addition to the stunning soundtrack and infectious energy, HD He distinguishes himself as a rom-com that is more about self-discovery than central romance. Rob (and the audience in turn) learns more about himself with each encounter, and slowly realizes his mistakes, which not only hurt his relationships, but stunted his emotional development. Director Stephen Frears Seamlessly blending witty comedy with touching drama, this cult classic is as relevant and relatable now as it was in 2000.

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“The Last Black Man in San Francisco” (2019)

Jimmy from San Francisco (jimmy failedand his best friend, Mont,Jonathan Majors) orchestrated a scheme to restore Jimmy’s family home that his grandfather had built. In the midst of improvement and price increases, this proved to be more difficult than Jimmy had expected.

The element of transition into the third decade of life that is not often addressed in the film is the connection to the place we call home. The last black man in San Francisco Beautiful details of the feeling of not knowing when to say goodbye to the past, and when the time comes, how hard it is. Jimmy’s desperate battle for his family’s home becomes even sadder as he slowly realizes that it will take more than four walls to make him feel at home again.


Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)

Still recovering from his latest breakup, slacker Scott Pilgrim (Michael CiraHe dates a high school student and indulges in his band to avoid confronting his feelings. When the mysterious and beautiful Ramona (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) in his life (first in the dream sequence), however, Scott finds himself in a real battle for her and himself, when she is challenged by her evil Seven Exodus.

Part of moving to the next stage in life as a 20-year-old is realizing that you’ve just moved past certain things. With the help of martial arts encounters, musical fights, and “devil-lover chicks,” Scott learns this lesson the hard way. Scott thinks that the real girl of his dreams will solve all his problems, and he takes a long and hard way to find that the solution has been within himself all along.


“Five Easy Pieces” (1970)

His upper-class family and background as a classically trained pianist, Bobby Dubya (Jack NicholsonIt works as an oil rig. He was forced to leave and finally come to terms with his past, however, when he received news of his father’s severe illness.

Sometimes a quarter-life reversal can reveal an ugly side of the self, as in the study of emotional personality. Most of the film’s runtime is spent watching Bobby go through terrible events for family and strangers alike, only to culminate in the revelation that his entire life has been spent criticizing his past. The film’s crushing final shot leaves us wondering what Bobby will do with this new perspective, or if he will change at all.

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