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You Might As Well Live is a dramedy film about Emily Quinn, a twentysomething who attempts to navigate relationships after a family friend averts her suicide.

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This film contains examples of:

  • Bungled Suicide: The plot is kicked off with one of these. Towards the end of the film, Emily tries to do it again.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Emily doesn't end up with either of the girls she's attracted to.
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  • Doting Grandparent: Emily's grandfather was a sweet man whom she was incredibly close to. She never emotionally recovered from his death five years prior to the start of the film.
  • Girls Like Musicians: Emily's reasoning for why her mother Judy should hook up with Desmond.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Implied with Lisa, Emily's coworker, who won't commit to a relationship with Emily because she's seeing someone else. Emily asks if it's a guy, but Lisa says nothing.
  • Literary Allusion Title: The title comes from a quote by Dorothy Parker, which is recited by Desmond close to the end of the film.
  • Parental Substitute: Over the film, Desmond becomes one to Emily, with the two exchanging several frank conversations about such topics as love, death and God that Emily feels are too taboo to discuss with her own mother.
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  • Platonic Declaration of Love: Desmond delivers one to Emily in the wake of her second suicide attempt.
  • Slice of Life:
  • Suicide by Sea: Emily's preferred method for taking her own life. She claims this is because her grandfather's ashes were scattered on the ocean of that very beach, and she wants to join him.
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