Talking Bout My Generation
How does one define a generation? It could be by decade or by style or by music. For me I think it’s movies but it’s hard to fit one movie for my generation.
This article suggests films like Reality Bites, Trainspotting and Garden State that speak for Generation X. From what it seems to me Generation X is somewhere between people born in the mid 1960s to people born in the mid 1980s, it’s a very wide gap. So wide, in fact, that it includes my brother, which is just weird. Pretty much anyone after the babyboom generation and anyone who was not born with a computer in their crib.
Anyway, I think those 3 movies say a lot for the entire generation or rather the beginning, the middle and the end. Maybe Reality Bites spoke for the youth growing up in the late 80’s and early 90s with the grunge and the apathy. Trainspotting is like a darker more twisted Reality Bites for the generation in Europe that, let’s face it, were a decade behind to begin with.
Talking with my friend the other day we came to the conclusion that our generation is probably closest to American Pie, which might be really depressing. She also suggested American Beauty or Empire Records.
Then there is Garden State, which I think spoke more for those coming of age in the last decade. Kids that have been on anti-depressants and ritalin for as long as they could remember. Personally I think the generation behind me, who were born in the 80’s (not you Gwen) are defined to me with Superbad.
It seems to me the concept of “generations” is a very loose term that nobody can really pinpoint. Some feel it has to do with when you were born and some think it is when your parents were born. Personally I feel it has more to do with the music, television, movies, etc. you grew up with, to me that’s what really defines a generation now.
What do you think defines a generation?
What movie do you think defines your generation?
Listen to us discuss this topic on our show Off Topic a couple weeks ago.