7 Hipster Movies You Don't Have To Be A Hipster To Love
For proof that you do not need to be a hipster to love these 7 hipster movies, look no further then the premier king of movie critics – Roger Ebert. He is not the first gentleman that comes to mind when you think "hipster," yet Mr. Ebert's precious stamp of approval has been granted on all 7 of these hipster flicks. The moral of the story is that you do not need a rock star wardrobe and a million and one redeemable "cool points" to appreciate any of these hipster motion pictures.
"Lost in Translation"
Director Sofia Coppola's Tokyo-based film will have hipsters, and the less hip alike, identifying with feeling like nothing more than their significant other's significant other. Scarlett Johansson plays Charlotte, a newlywed bored with her hipper-than-thou husband John's (Giovanni Ribisi) photography world. She begins hanging out with the much older movie star Bob (Bill Murray), who's own marital crisis makes his need to feel "alive" of paramount importance. Bob did not have to be young and cool to get Charlotte's attention–nor do you have to be to enjoy their story.
Hipsters were given a quotable remix of the English language thanks to "Juno." Ellen Paige plays a precocious teen whose unplanned pregnancy interrupts her carefree lifestyle. The dialogue was so cutting edge that first-time screenwriter Diablo Cody became an instant celebrity. But, skeptical adults that are concerned that this film is only for their offspring should be aware that it also won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. If the Academy was able to translate it–so can you.
"500 Days of Summer"
Whether you are the music-encyclopedia-minded-hipster-dude or the station-wagon-driving-family-man, failed relationships hurt. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Tom, a greeting card writer trying to function with a heart broken by Summer, a woman who does not believe in love to begin with. There is nothing hip about rejection, so the more Summer beats Tom at the game called "playing hard to get", the easier he is to relate to.
"The Royal Tenenbaums"
This melancholy hipster comedy has a situation any age group can connect with–divorce. The separated parents in this hipster favorite include a mother who's fallen for her accountant and a father that lies about having cancer in a desperate attempt for sympathy in order to reconcile with his estranged family. When these two separated, their acidic love spilled over and singed the hearts of their three eccentric ex-over-achieving kids: a playwright prodigy with a missing finger, a paranoid Donald-Trump-in-training with infinite Adidas track suits, and a tennis sensation whose unfulfilled love for his step sister ruined his career. Maybe they are not so hip anymore, so stop feeling intimidated and enjoy the movie.
"Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"
Some relationship are so unfortunate, that they may lead you to the desire to wipe the memory of them completely out of your mind forever. Jim Carrey's character actually gets this impossible opportunity to do just that in this romantic fantasy hipster favorite. But as his memories of Clementine (Kate Winslet) get erased–he struggles to preserve them after being reminded of just how cool their relationship was. Losing precious memories is a fear that no audience member would forget to be afraid of.
"Little Miss Sunshine"
This hipster movie tackles how the concept of winning and losing can pull a family with multiple generations of competitive spirit apart. Grandpa is losing a battle with heroine; his son is failing at becoming the next self-help guru, while his son refuses to speak until he joins the US Air Force Academy. They all become unified by someone else's goal: their youngest family member's beauty pageant. Everyone has a relative that they think is fighting a losing battle, but would be ready to raise hell if anyone else said so.
A court-process clerk (Seth Rogan) and his half-baked marijuana dealer (James Franco) find themselves being chased by a drug lord's entourage. The beauty of this hipster comedy is that it is not a requirement to be proverbially high everyday to find this bizarre adventure humorous–because people that are high look funny anyway. There is even an action movie within this high-flying stoner film, if you are un-hip and have no sense of humor.