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* CoolBigSis: this seems to be how Jamie views Abbie, most notably in the enthusiasm with which he takes up feminist literature after she recommends it to him.


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* LikeBrotherAndSister: How Julie seems to view Jamie, explicitly telling him on multiple occasions that she can't date or have sex with him because she's too emotionally close to him. Jamie is notably frustrated by this.
* NewAgeRetroHippie: William spent a fair amount of the Sixties in a hippie commune, and it shows.


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* ParentalAbandonment: inverted, Julie seems to spend as little time as possible with her actual blood family, sneaking over to sleep in Jamie's bed every night.


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* TrueCompanions: Jamie, Julie, Dorothea, Abbie, and William become a sort of surrogate family for one another over the course of the film. [[spoiler: Although by a few years after the film ends they have drifted apart]]


* {{Landlord}}: Dorothea is the proprietor of a boarding house.


* Abbie (Greta Gerwig), an artist dealing with a recent cervical cancer diagnosis;

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* Abbie (Greta Gerwig), (Creator/GretaGerwig), an artist dealing with a recent cervical cancer diagnosis;


* SiblingYingYang: With director Mike Mills's previous film ''Beginners''. While both focus on the impact of a parent on a child, ''Beginners'' is about a father's impact on his grown-up son, while ''Women'' is about a mother's impact on her teenage son.

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* SiblingYingYang: SiblingYinYang: With director Mike Mills's previous film ''Beginners''. While both focus on the impact of a parent on a child, ''Beginners'' is about a father's impact on his grown-up son, while ''Women'' is about a mother's impact on her teenage son.

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* SiblingYingYang: With director Mike Mills's previous film ''Beginners''. While both focus on the impact of a parent on a child, ''Beginners'' is about a father's impact on his grown-up son, while ''Women'' is about a mother's impact on her teenage son.

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* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: [[spoiler: Jamie's feelings for Julie are unrequited, and as shown in the epilogue, the two eventually drift apart and marry different people]].


* Jill (Creator/ElleFanning), Jamie's {{childhood friend|s}} and object of his affection;

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* Jill Julie (Creator/ElleFanning), Jamie's {{childhood friend|s}} and object of his affection;



* ChildhoodFriends: Jamie and Jill have been friends since their early youth.

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* ChildhoodFriends: Jamie and Jill Julie have been friends since their early youth.



* RelationshipUpgrade: Jamie is romantically interested in Jill. [[spoiler:His feelings aren't reciprocated]].
* ReallyGetsAround: Jill is pretty much sleeping with every guy Jamie knows ''but'' Jamie, to his chagrin.

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* RelationshipUpgrade: Jamie is romantically interested in Jill.Julie. [[spoiler:His feelings aren't reciprocated]].
* ReallyGetsAround: Jill Julie is pretty much sleeping with every guy Jamie knows ''but'' Jamie, to his chagrin.



** [[spoiler:Jill moves to UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity for college, stops speaking to her mother, and loses contact with The Fieldses]].

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** [[spoiler:Jill [[spoiler:Julie moves to UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity for college, stops speaking to her mother, and loses contact with The Fieldses]].

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:While the main characters are still shown as supportive and caring towards one another, they all eventually drift away from one another save Jamie and Dorothea, while the latter dies 20 years later.]]


'''''20th Century Women''''' is a 2016 {{coming of age}} film written and directed by Mike Mills.

Set in [[UsefulNotes/TheSeventies 1979]], the film centers on a group of five characters living in a [[UsefulNotes/{{California}} Santa Barbara]] boarding house:
* Dorothea (Creator/AnnetteBening), the boarding house's proprietor and a single mother
* Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann), Dorothea's teenage son who's struggling with adolescence
* Jill (Creator/ElleFanning), Jamie's {{childhood friend|s}} and object of his affection
* Abbie (Greta Gerwig), an artist dealing with a recent cervical cancer diagnosis
* William (Creator/BillyCrudup), a {{handy man}} who helps maintain the boarding house

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'''''20th [[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/20th_century_women.jpg]]

''20th
Century Women''''' Women'' is a 2016 {{coming of age}} ComingOfAgeStory film written and directed by Mike Mills.

Set in [[UsefulNotes/TheSeventies [[TheSeventies 1979]], the film centers on a group of five characters living in a [[UsefulNotes/{{California}} Santa Barbara]] Barbara, UsefulNotes/{{California}} boarding house:
* Dorothea (Creator/AnnetteBening), the boarding house's proprietor and a single mother
mother;
* Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann), Dorothea's teenage son who's struggling with adolescence
adolescence;
* Jill (Creator/ElleFanning), Jamie's {{childhood friend|s}} and object of his affection
affection;
* Abbie (Greta Gerwig), an artist dealing with a recent cervical cancer diagnosis
diagnosis;
* William (Creator/BillyCrudup), a {{handy man}} who helps maintain the boarding house
house.



* UsefulNotes/TheGreatDepression: Dorothea grew up during the Depression.

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* UsefulNotes/TheGreatDepression: TheGreatDepression: Dorothea grew up during the Depression.



* OhAndXDies / PosthumousNarration: [[spoiler:Dorothea tells the audience she'll die of lung cancer in 1999]].
* PeriodPiece: Set at the tail-end of UsefulNotes/TheSeventies leading into UsefulNotes/TheEighties.

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* OhAndXDies / PosthumousNarration: OhAndXDies: [[spoiler:Dorothea tells the audience she'll die of lung cancer in 1999]].
* PeriodPiece: Set at the tail-end of UsefulNotes/TheSeventies TheSeventies leading into UsefulNotes/TheEighties.UsefulNotes/TheEighties.
* PosthumousNarration: [[spoiler:Dorothea tells the audience she'll die of lung cancer in 1999]].


'''''20th Century Women''''' is a 2016 {{dramedy}} film written and directed by Mike Mills.

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'''''20th Century Women''''' is a 2016 {{dramedy}} {{coming of age}} film written and directed by Mike Mills.
Mills.

Set in [[UsefulNotes/TheSeventies 1979]], the film centers on a group of five characters living in a [[UsefulNotes/{{California}} Santa Barbara]] boarding house:
* Dorothea (Creator/AnnetteBening), the boarding house's proprietor and a single mother
* Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann), Dorothea's teenage son who's struggling with adolescence
* Jill (Creator/ElleFanning), Jamie's {{childhood friend|s}} and object of his affection
* Abbie (Greta Gerwig), an artist dealing with a recent cervical cancer diagnosis
* William (Creator/BillyCrudup), a {{handy man}} who helps maintain the boarding house



* ChildhoodFriends: Jamie and Jill have been friends since their early youth.
* DisappearedDad: Jamie's father skipped out on him and Dorothea, and he never got to know him.
* UsefulNotes/TheGreatDepression: Dorothea grew up during the Depression.
* HandyMan: William is skilled with his hands and helps with repairs and renovations around the boarding house.
* {{Landlord}}: Dorothea is the proprietor of a boarding house.



* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: Each of the primary characters tell the audience what happens to them later in their lives, via narration:

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* OhAndXDies / PosthumousNarration: [[spoiler:Dorothea tells the audience she'll die of lung cancer in 1999]].
* PeriodPiece: Set at the tail-end of UsefulNotes/TheSeventies leading into UsefulNotes/TheEighties.
* PunkRock: Jamie and Abbie are interested in this genre of music. Via narration, Dorothea points out that the punk movement --in its purest form-- is dying out by 1979.
* RelationshipUpgrade: Jamie is romantically interested in Jill. [[spoiler:His feelings aren't reciprocated]].
* ReallyGetsAround: Jill is pretty much sleeping with every guy Jamie knows ''but'' Jamie, to his chagrin.
* StarvingArtist: Abbie is a photographer.
* SwitchingPOV: The film doesn't really focus on any one of the five primary characters, and they're all given POV narrations at different points throughout.
* TheTopicOfCancer: Abbie is diagnosed with cervical cancer because [[{{Irony}} her mother took a drug meant to promote fertility]].
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: Each of the primary characters tell the audience what happens to them later in their lives, after the film's end, via narration:

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'''''20th Century Women''''' is a 2016 {{dramedy}} film written and directed by Mike Mills.

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* ICouldaBeenAContender: Dorothea trained to be a fighter pilot in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, but the war ended before she could begin service.
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: Each of the primary characters tell the audience what happens to them later in their lives, via narration:
** [[spoiler:Dorothea finds a new boyfriend in 1983 and dates him until she dies of lung cancer in 1999]].
** [[spoiler:Jill moves to UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity for college, stops speaking to her mother, and loses contact with The Fieldses]].
** [[spoiler:Abbie marries and has two children with her husband, despite the cervical cancer]].
** [[spoiler:Jamie has a son of his own, after Dorothea's death]].
** [[spoiler:William lives with Dorothea for another year before moving to Sedona, Arizona, and is briefly married]].
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