As a young adult who has (essentially) no idea what she’s doing with her life, I am very partial to movies about people who don’t quite have their, um, shit together. Ones with characters who feel lost and out of place. Maybe some of you guys will like this sort of thing. Here are some recommendations of films about people who feel lost that perhaps you can relate to.
1. The Giant Mechanical Man (2012)
I’m a huge fan of The Office (US version), so I wanted to watch this simply because Jenna Fischer (Pam) stars in it. She and Chris Medina are both wonderful in their roles as Janice and Tim, 30-somethings whose lives haven’t quite worked out the way they’d hoped. Both are at a standstill. The story really tugs on those feelings that most (if not all?) of us have: that we’re behind and need to catch up, that we’re just aimlessly floating through life, that we are missing meaningful connections with people. It’s a film that really speaks to me, and I think it will speak to anyone who is lost, intimidated by adulthood, and doesn’t know what to do next.
2. Lost in Translation (2003)
I mean, the word ‘lost’ is right in the title. It’s about questioning how you’ve ended up where you are, wondering if you’ve made the right choices, and feeling disconnected from what, and who, is around you. It features fantastic performances by Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray, who portray characters in very different stages of their lives, but who connect through their being lonely and having lost their way. It is quiet, understated, and visually stunning.
3. Garden State (2004)
This classic romantic comedy/drama stars Zach Braff and Natalie Portman. Main character Andrew (Braff) is a depressed and detached 20-something who returns home after his mother’s death. He meets an eccentric girl named Sam (Portman), and they find solace in each other. The film confronts the difficulty of moving on from the past and opening up to people. It also has a wonderful soundtrack featuring The Shins and Frou Frou. I’m a sucker for movies with great soundtracks.
4. Up in the Air (2009)
This is a thoughtful film about human connections, questioning your priorities, and reevaluating your direction in life. It stars George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, and Anna Kendrick. Clooney plays 40-something Ryan who is a professional corporate ‘downsizer,’ meaning he fires people for a living. He travels all the time and has few real attachments, following his philosophy that it is best to have as few burdens as possible in the form of things and relationships. Spending time with Natalie (Kendrick) and Alex (Farmiga) makes him reassess the trajectory of his life. This film is certainly one to reflect on.
I hope you guys enjoy this list! Let me know if you’ve seen any of these or whether you have any recommendations for me.