20th Century Women

20th Century Women ★★★★

Damn....I really didn't expect to like this as much as I did.

This is so much more than just a generic coming-of-age film. I think what really set 20th Century Women apart is how it's story is told. The script (which is amazing), tells its story from the perspectives of a mother and a son, and delves into the relationship they have with one another, as well as how they relate to the changing world around them.

What amazes me about this film is how it's able to balance a sharp and witty tone with some of the dark (and very real) subject matter it discusses. The film never feels tonally unbalanced, truly flowing with the somewhat random structure of the plot.

In many ways, 20th Century Women is a grandiose "slice of life" film. It captures the era it's set in, develops fascinating and unique characters, and feels somewhat aimless. But what sets this film apart is how it uses the past, present, and future as a way to highlight its most important aspect of all: the relationship between mother and son. 20th Century Women, as aimless as it can seem, really hits hard in this respect. I may not have completely loved the film, but it stuck with me, and made me think about my own life and how my relationships with others have shaped me, and them, to be the people we are today.

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