It’s that time of year again, that time when recent graduates are stricken with anxiety as they enter month three of an extremely difficult job search. Fittingly, the media is rife with terms to describe the unemployed 20-something: Boomerang Generation, No Collar, and now, thanks to a recent Newsweek article, #GenerationScrewed. The piece, which has created quite the online firestorm, blames earlier generations’ fiscal irresponsibility for the unemployment epidemic among young people. So, who’s an aimless, jobless former humanities major to look to as a role model? Thankfully, the idle and undirected graduate is no new character in movies. The older, slightly grittier sister of the high school coming-of-age film, the post-grad film perfectly encapsulates the period of aimlessness that sets in when graduates return to their childhood bedrooms and think, “So what’s next?” To ease the pain (and boredom), we’ve gathered our favorite post-collegiate movies after the jump.
The Graduate (1967)
“Would you mind telling me then what those four years of college were for? What was the point of all that hard work?” — Mr. Braddock
The ultimate post-college movie, The Graduate follows über-accomplished Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman), who returns home after graduation with no aim or plan for the future. Despite pressure from his parents to figure out some type of plan, Benjamin, in a quarter-life crisis fashion, spends his days by the pool and begins an affair with the much older wife of his father’s business partner (Anne Bancroft). It’s the timeless classic about searching for a different future in all the wrong places.