'Tis the season of caps and gowns and commencement addresses, and furiously searching for a first job. And Hollywood knows what you’re going through. While someone in your family probably gave you a copy of Oh, The Places You’ll Go!, here are a few movies about graduating and post-grad life you may want to add to your queue.
If you’re pondering life and love: The Graduate
If you’ve never seen the classic 1967 film, post-graduation is the perfect time to catch up with Ben Braddock (Dustin Hoffman), who, maybe like you, is disillusioned with what life has to offer after he gets his diploma. Things get interesting when he begins an affair with an older woman, Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft). You’ll probably have Simon & Garfunkel’s Mrs. Robinson stuck in your head after watching, but that’s not a bad thing.
Stream it on Amazon.
If you miss Girls already: Tiny Furniture
Hannah Horvath has nothing on Aura, the flailing protagonist of Lena Dunham’s film Tiny Furniture, which helped put her on the map before Girls. Dunham wrote, directed and stars in the film about a college grad who moves home after graduation and has no idea where her life is headed. Though the film verges on “too real” territory, it’s an entertaining look at the mistakes you can make when you’re just starting out.
Stream it on Netflix.
If you love 90s teen films: Can’t Hardly Wait
Although it’s about a high school graduation and takes place at a party on grad night, this film homes in on the feeling of regret you can have when something is ending. Everyone in the cast -- which includes Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ethan Embry, Seth Green, Lauren Ambrose and more -- has a different agenda, but finds resolution in increasingly comedic ways. Come for the laughs, stay for the ridiculous fashion (including Green’s big yellow goggles).
If you love 90s almost-adult films: Reality Bites
It’s all right there in the title. Sometimes reality does bite, especially for this group of Gen X twenty-somethings including Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke, Steve Zahn and Janeane Garofalo. The film follows Ryder’s Lelaina and her friends on their post-graduate adventures, which aren't that glamorous. Ben Stiller also makes an appearance as a suave yuppie who wants to help push Lelaina to success.
If you’re worried about your first job: The Devil Wears Prada
So you’ve got a job, great. But how terrible is that job? Probably not as bad as Andy’s (Anne Hathaway) in this delightful comedy about the world’s worst boss. Meryl Streep, as usual, gives it her all as the Prada-wearing devil, aka fashion magazine editor-in-chief Miranda Priestly. No one else could deliver her lines with quite as much shade. “Florals for spring? Groundbreaking.”
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