The Best Movies About Millennials (So Far)

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Vote up the films that most accurately depict millennial characters dealing with millennial stuff.

Determining the best movies about millennials really isn't easy, as they're a tough generation to cover. While entitled, opinionated, and lazy are some common terms used to describe them, millennials are also known to be well educated and motivated—and they know that what they like. Nevertheless, some movies completely nail it when depicting the millennial stereotype and the kind of people they are. The films to follow are just a few great examples of how most of society views this complicated, meme-loving generation.

Considering the common take on millennials, films like Neighbors portray them quite well in this sense. Loud, obnoxious, and "just here to party" are just a few ways to describe the modern college kid, and so is the subject of this hilarious comedy. Then you have movies like Bad Moms, which shows another side of millennials. You know, hip, health conscious, and strong willed. Of course, we can't forget the darker side of millennials—the depressed and anxiety-filled side—displayed in the dramedy, The Edge of Seventeen. As it turns out, millennials aren't really all that hard to capture on film.

So, what movies about millennials have done it best? Vote up your favorites from the list below and vote any down that you feel "just don't get you".

Looking for more movies that define a generation? Check this list of the best Gen Z movies

Most divisive: The Kissing Booth
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  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower
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    Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller
    248 votes
    • Released: 2012
    • Directed by: Stephen Chbosky
    In The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Charlie (Logan Lerman), an introverted high-school freshman, navigates through the trials and tribulations of adolescence. His world opens up when he befriends two seniors, Sam (Emma Watson) and Patrick (Ezra Miller). As they introduce him to the real world beyond textbooks and tests, Charlie grapples with first love and deep-seated secrets. A coming-of-age drama, this movie shines a spotlight on the joys and heartbreaks of growing up. Garnering critical acclaim, it won the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature.

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  • Superbad
    2
    Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse
    226 votes
    • Released: 2007
    • Directed by: Greg Mottola
    Superbad is a coming-of-age comedy that navigates the tumultuous terrain of teenage life. Seth (Jonah Hill) and Evan (Michael Cera), high school seniors, aim to lose their virginity before graduation. Aided by their unpredictable friend Fogell (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), who adopts the infamous alias 'McLovin', they embark on a wild night of misadventures. Their quest for alcohol and female attention involves dodging irresponsible cops and navigating raucous parties. Directed by Greg Mottola and written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the film provides an honest, humorous glimpse into adolescent anxieties amidst chaotic circumstances.

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  • Juno
    3
    Elliot Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner
    225 votes
    • Released: 2007
    • Directed by: Jason Reitman
    Juno is a heartwarming drama-comedy that revolves around the life of Juno MacGuff (Elliot Page), a witty and independent 16-year-old who becomes pregnant by her friend, Paulie Bleeker (Michael Cera). Instead of opting for an abortion, she decides to give the baby up for adoption. The prospective parents are Mark and Vanessa Loring (Jason Bateman and Jennifer Garner), a seemingly perfect couple. As the story unfolds, Juno navigates through pregnancy while dealing with school, relationships, and the impending reality of motherhood. The film won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and was nominated for three others including Best Picture.

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  • 21 Jump Street
    4
    Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Brie Larson
    173 votes
    • Released: 2012
    • Directed by: Phil Lord, Chris Miller
    In 21 Jump Street, Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum), two underachieving cops, are sent back to high school in an undercover operation. Their mission is to bring down a synthetic drug ring run by the popular kid, Eric (Dave Franco). As they navigate teenage drama and old high school rivalries, they must avoid blowing their cover. This action-comedy, directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, won the Golden Trailer award for Best Comedy Poster. It's a comedic twist on crime dramas with a dash of nostalgic high school reminiscence.

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  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
    5
    Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin
    177 votes
    • Released: 2010
    • Directed by: Edgar Wright
    In the vibrant cinematic experience of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Scott Pilgrim, played by Michael Cera, is a bass guitarist for garage band Sex Bob-omb who falls head over heels for Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). However, to win her heart, he must confront and defeat her seven evil exes, each with their unique abilities. Directed by Edgar Wright, this action-comedy film skilfully blends elements of romance and video game culture while offering a visually striking representation of youth culture in Toronto. It's a movie that doesn't shy away from its comic book roots, showcasing dynamic fight scenes and quirky humor throughout.

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  • Neighbors
    6
    Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne
    171 votes
    • Released: 2014
    • Directed by: Nicholas Stoller
    New parents Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) move to the suburbs when they welcome an infant daughter into their lives. All goes well with the couple, until the Delta Psi Beta fraternity moves in next door. Mac and Kelly don't want to seem uncool, and they try their best to get along with frat president Teddy (Zac Efron) and the rest of the guys. However, when the couple finally call the cops during a particularly raucous frat party, a full-scale war erupts.

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