Nostalgia for the 90s

December 29, 2011 at 6:39 am (Uncategorized)

…NOT always a good thing.

Before the new year dictates the end of reflection check out another reason why 90s nostalgia can end badly: DiabloCody’s Young Adult.  Dark and fascinating this flick proves rewriting the past is as satisfying and nutritious as comfort food.  Unlike Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, a glossy history lover’s fantasy celebration of prior epochs, Young Adult focuses on personal, delusional nostalgia brought on by depression, loneliness, and one too many stiff drinks.  Both protagonists are struggling writers sharing a nostalgia-as-escape hobby.  [Spoiler alert] In the end, only one of them gets the girl.  The characters pick and choose aspects of historical record and their own story that expose just the exact angle and light they find most flattering.  Nostalgia is mac and cheese for the idle brain.

New Year is for new starts.  So the 90s are over.  So your youth is over.  The prom kings and queens have nowhere to go but down, reaching the height of their glory as teens, while the rest of us soar into adulthood where we know and learn things about the world and about ourselves.  We know things like to not vote for Newt Gingrich.

Oh, and Young Adult has some fun 90s references!

Happy New Year!


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