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7 Movies to Watch If You're Going Through a Quarter-Life Crisis

Jul 6 2014 - 6:00am

Quarter-life crises are a real thing. In the decade between 20 and 30, we have to figure out how to manage our relationships, finances, friendships, family dynamics, the job world, and anything else life decides to throw at us postgraduation. If you are in the midst of a quarter-life crisis [1], you're not alone. Comfort yourself by watching these movies with protagonists who feel your pain. Solidarity, sisters! And for more help, here's a quarter-life crisis reading guide [2].

Source: IFC Films [3]

In a World

From writer and director Lake Bell, In a World follows an aspiring female voice actor on her path to success, made more difficult by the male-centered profession. Her main competition: her famous father, who kicks her out of the house at the start of the movie.

Hello I Must Be Going

Amy, a recent divorcée living back at home with her parents in suburban Connecticut, rediscovers her passion for life with the help of a secret relationship with a 19-year-old actor.

Girl Most Likely

Kristen Wiig plays a failed playwright who reluctantly moves back home after suffering a nervous breakdown. Unfortunately, her mother is part of the reason for her issues, so she must navigate her recovery by reviving relationships with both her family and herself.

Lola Versus

Lola thought she had it all: best friends, a fiancé, and an upcoming wedding [4] to plan for. When she gets dumped weeks before she's supposed to get married, it seems like it’s Lola versus the world. She goes on a series of adventures as she navigates the waters of being newly single and nearly 30.

The Lifeguard

Kristen Bell [5] stars in this Summer story about a successful New York City writer who, disillusioned with her current life, abruptly leaves her job and boyfriend without explanation. She returns to her hometown where she has an adventurous but dangerous affair with a younger guy.

Frances Ha

This quirky dramedy follows a modern dancer, Frances, all over the US (and a brief stint in Paris) as she copes with various things all 20-somethings can relate to: best friend issues, relationship troubles, wanderlust, money problems, and the big question mark about where life is leading her.

Tiny Furniture

A predecessor to Girls but similar in sentiment, Lena Dunham’s writing and acting debut follows a girl’s postcollege path as she struggles to figure out who she is and what she wants from life.


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