20th Century Women Movie Quotes 

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January 15, 2017 85 votes 54 voters 3.9k views 8 items

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20th Century Women movie quotes help tell the story portrayed in the film about one woman in the late 1970s trying to raise her son. The comedy-drama was written and directed by Mike Mills and was inspired by his own childhood. 20th Century Women opened theatrically in the United States on January 20, 2017.

In 20th Century Women, it's 1979 in Santa Barbara, California, and Dorothea (Annette Benning) is trying her best to raise her teenage son, Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann). When Jamie was first born, when Dorothea was 40, she had big plans for the boy. But now that Jamie is coming into his own as a young teen, Dorothea feels distant from him and lost about how to best raise him.

So Dorothea enlists the help from two other women, Abbie (Greta Gerwig) and Julie (Elle Fanning), to help guide Jamie through life. While it isn't always easy for any of them, especially when Dorothea and Jamie butt heads, they each learn that those who make the biggest impact on your life may not be the most obvious people, but those who are there for you.

20th Century Women is just one of several great movies in theaters in January 2017 along with the likes of The Founder, xXx: Return of Xander Cage, Split, and Monster Trucks.

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Nothing Means Anything

Dorothea: When you were born, I told you life was very big and unknown. There were animals and cities and music. You'd fall in love, have passions, have meaning. But now it's 1979 and nothing means anything and I know you less everyday.

Dorothea speaks to son Jamie about her plans for him in this 20th Century Women movie quote. While she wanted him to live in the wonderful world she once knew, the world has changed and so has her son.

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The People Who Help You

Dorothea: So, sweetie, I don't know if we ever figure our lives out and the people who help you, they might not be who you thought or wanted. They might just be the people who show up.

Dorothea offers son Jamie some life advice in this 20th Century Women movie quote. She explains that many people will impact his life, though those people might be the ones we least expect to have that affect.

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Having a Kid Seems Like the Hardest Thing
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Dorothea: Having a kid seems like the hardest thing. How much you love the kid, you're just pretty much screwed. You get to see him out in the world as a person. I never will.

Reflecting on parenthood, Dorothea talks about how Abbie has something that she, as a mother, never will. Abbie can see Dorothea's son Jamie as just a person, not someone of her own flesh and blood. 

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It's Just Me and You

Jamie: You just feel guilty because it's just me and you.
Dorothea: You don't know what I'm feeling.

Jamie thinks he understand why his mother is feeling the way she does, that she feels guilty about raising him on her own, but Dorothea denies that thought. Jamie is probably not far off, but she isn't willing to admit that to him at this time.

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