4 Times Reality Bites Spoke to Twentysomethings

Reality Bites is a 90’s movie gem. Winona Ryder was definitely my favorite and Ethan Hawke as an existentialist bum, frustrated you in a funny way. But most importantly, this movie speaks to every twentysomething’s life as they graduate college. I mean, it captures the anxiety of growing up, finding a job, and basically living in this limbo of young adulthood. Here are the top 4 things that every twentysomething can relate to from Reality Bites.

IMG_1285_2 Being done with college means paying back all that money you borrowed

Probably one of the most stressful things to think about and it comes to you before you know it and all the anxiety creeps in. Will I have enough to pay it back? Will I even have a job to be able to pay regularly? Can someone magically pay my loan so I can ride off into the sunset? It’s terrifying but it is something everyone must encounter. It’s also very symbolic of how the whole starts with this scene.

We’re still awkward and don’t know how to act like adults

I mean, we pretend to be adults most of the time but usually we’re terrible at reacting during specific situations and often don’t know how to handle them. We still don’t know how to make our own appointments and try to avoid human interaction as much as possible.

4 Times Reality Bites Spoke to Twentysomethings

You’ll do anything for a job

You’re just trying to pay your bills. This means you’re applying to every place that has an opening, even if it is nothing you’re interested in doing. You just know that you’ve been studying far too long and know it’s time to work so people don’t think you’re a slacker, plus, thinking of loans comes back to your mind, so you need a job asap.

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You just want to do something memorable

You’re still young and have big dreams, now it is time to put them into action. Being in our twenties is hard, but we know we want to make a name for ourselves, and we want it to happen now, not when we’re older and can’t enjoy it much. We’re all about living in the now and becoming something, which isn’t always the case.

Reality Bites definitely gets the struggles twentysomethings face, in every way. If you haven’t seen it, just stop now and go. Cheers to the years of self-doubt but great fun.

7 thoughts on “4 Times Reality Bites Spoke to Twentysomethings

  • 100% COMPLETELY AGREE. Whenever I get in that mid-20s funk I will guaranteed watch Reality Bites. It just makes me realize we’re all really lost and unsure at this age. It always makes me feel slightly better and less like WTF am I doing. Funny that I’ve been thinking about watching it again in the last few days and your post made me decent it’s definitely in order.

  • hahah this is so true!! Gah I’m turning 26 this month and I’m still over here like ” I feel 17 still though…” being in your mid-20’s is super awkward and it’s like an adult version of the “awkward stage” or something lol. thanks for this post!

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  • Seriously! I feel like this film makes me feel like less of a screw up. Everyone goes through this weird twenties down in the dumps thing and we’re not alone. Literally want to go watch it again right now.

  • Same! I feel like I’m a teenager (and I’ve been told I look like one) so it’s weird dealing with all this. Haha, that is the best way to describe the 20’s!

  • haha I’m glad I’m not alone in this weird feeling. It’s so bizarre lol. And someone tell me why the hell time goes by so fast now?! You know it’s all downhill when you start getting annoyed by high school kid antics and then realize you did the same thing… ugh I’ve become a hipocrite lol

  • I’d really love to avoid loan officers forever. :'( Definitely not looking forward to having to pay all this debt off, but hopefully it’ll all work out!! I’m turning 27 soon and I still use the phrase, “When I grow up…” Oh, real life… 😡

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