''I Vitelloni'' is a 1953 film directed by Creator/FedericoFellini.

It involves five slackers living in a small town on the Adriatic coast of Italy, and their supposedly carefree lives. One of them, Fausto, blows this when he leaves his girlfriend pregnant [[ShotgunWedding and is forced to marry her]]. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t try [[TheCasanova to seduce other women]], though.

Fausto's friends ''try'' to be supportive while keeping their lifestyles: Alberto is supported by his mother and sister, Leopoldo writes a play, Riccardo tries to keep his singing act and Moraldo, Fausto’s brother-in-law, tries to get away from it all.

Breakthrough hit for Federico Fellini. It was one of Creator/StanleyKubrick's and Creator/MartinScorsese's favorite movies.
!!This movie provides examples of:

* AnythingThatMoves: Fausto seems to have a compulsion. He's fired from his job after crudely hitting on his boss's wife, who looks to be 20 years older than he is.
* AuthorAvatar: Moraldo is usually considered to be one for Fellini himself.
* BettyAndVeronica: For Fausto, Sandra is Betty and the woman in the movie theater is Veronica.
* BrokenPedestal: Leopoldo has the eccentric actor Sergio in high regard, but then he tries to insinuate to him.
* CampGay: Sergio Natali, the vaudeville performer who makes a pass at Leopoldo.
* TheCasanova: All of them, but Fausto is the most noticeable.
* DontMakeMeTakeMyBeltOff: Francesco, Fausto’s father, loses his patience with his son by the end of the film.
* LikesOlderWomen: Fausto becomes attracted to the much older wife of his boss.[[note]]Random trivia: Lída Baarová, the actress who plays the boss's wife, was 15 years prior to this movie TheMistress of the Nazi minister of propaganda, Joseph Goebbels.[[/note]]
* MasqueradeBall: Carnival, although not many people are wearing masks.
* MonsterClown: Alberto, while drunk, sees some clown faces like this.
* ObnoxiousInLaws: Not that obnoxious actually, but Moraldo feels scorn to his brother-in-law because he sees how he cheats on his sister.
* TheOneWhoMadeItOut: All of the five Vitelloni want to get out of town and make it big in the wider world and they keep making plans to escape but most of them stumble and fail to act on their plans. Moraldo is the only one who manages it, and the finale is a poignant montage of him in the train leaving the town intercut with small vignettes showing his friends adjusting to their small time lives, surrendering their dreams and hopes forever.
* OutOfFocus: There are five ''Vitelloni'', but Alberto and Riccardo largely disappear in the second half of the film, as the story centers on Fausto and Moraldo, plus Leopoldo to a lesser extent.
* ShotgunWedding: Fortunately for Fausto, Sandra is a nice-looking girl.
* TheSlacker: The five protagonists.
* SmallTownBoredom: Moraldo wants to go out of his little town. He does it at the end.
* TheSmartGuy: Leopoldo.
* SpiritualSuccessor:
** All movies about slackers and young kids trying to make something of their lives are ultimately descended from Fellini's TropeCodifier including ''Film/MeanStreets''.
** Fellini revisited the Adriatic coastal village setting two decades later in ''Film/{{Amarcord}}''.
* UntranslatedTitle: ''I Vitelloni'' ("The slabs of veal") was an insulting term for [[TheSlacker Slackers]] in the dialect of Fellini's home region of Romagna. The original American release retitled it ''[[CompletelyDifferentTitle The Young and the Passionate]]'', but it's gone by the original title since then. Interestingly, this trope also applied for ''I Vitelloni'' in most regions of Italy, where they'd never heard that bit of slang before.
* YourCheatingHeart:
** Fausto ditches his wife in the middle of a movie to go chasing after the woman who was sitting in the other seat.
** Alberto's sister Olga runs off with a married man.
* ZanyScheme: Fausto's plan to steal the statue and sell it to a church.