Watch & Learn: 3 Coming-of-Age Movies You Haven’t Seen (And Need To)

Too often “coming-of-age” is used to describe that awkward transition from child to teen or teen to adult. Though for us, friends in crisis, coming-of-age would more aptly be applied to our growing from twenty somethings into thirty somethings, and the travels of somewhere in between.

Thankfully, when Now and Then and The Breakfast Club becomes less relatable than they once were—whilst still remaining thoroughly enjoyable—there are still those movies that can strike a chord and teach us lessons about the process of becoming an adult. These are the movies for when you’re looking for some on-screen characters who have left their mid-twenties, but still haven’t grasped how they fit into the socially constructed norms of adulthood. Maybe, like us, they’re still searching. These movies also have the characters who, perhaps, have found their place in society—or thought they had—and yet something is still not quite right. Maybe they they have good careers, and successful relationships, and own homes, but their struggles to hold it together takes more effort than it’s worth. Or maybe they aren’t even holding it together at all.

If you can identify with these scenarios like I can, here are the movies you need to stream pronto:

1. Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts

I get it. I SO get it. Undergrad was the best. The opportunities to reinvent yourself. The conversations about books, and music, and life. The bonds created with roommates and friends that will last through this crisis and the next, and the next, and the next. Who doesn’t wish they could just go back?

2. It’s a Disaster

It's a Disaster

It’s a Disaster

If brunch means you’re a grow-up, then “couples” brunch means you’ve totally got your shit together, right? Right?

3. Happy-Go-Lucky



This one came out a few years ago, but remains less well known that it should be. The message: It’s okay if you still love to party, and if you have roommates, and haven’t yet found love. Everything’s okay, really. And if it’s not, that’s okay too.


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