Rough break up? Broken heart? Need some people to relate to? Look no further than cinema! What better way to make yourself feel better than to watch others going through the same thing and feeling the same pain?
Movies can be a bit dangerous though. The typical Hollywood love story situates the break up during the second act, leaving the third act open for the inevitable get back together and happy ending. Realise this; currently you're in the third act. Not the second. Avoid these movies like the plague.
Thankfully there are some less conventional films worth checking out to make yourself feel better. Here are my five movies to watch after a break-up.
5. Fight Club
"We're a generation of men raised by women. I'm wondering if another woman is really the answer we need."
Fight Club. The ultimate Men's movie. Maybe what you need right now is to realise you don't have to be so dependent on a partner (in this case women, but the theory works in reverse). Tyler points out that our whole lives are dictated by them.
Watching this also makes you realise that you're completely unimportant in the grand scheme of things and your problems are pretty redundant. Now isn't the time to question whether Tyler was actually right or not. Just sit back, watch the world burn for a moment, and worry about rethinking the point of the film at a later date.
4. The Loneliest Planet
This movie hasn't even come out yet, but when it does, it's worth checking out if you're still filled with regret over how things with your partner ended up. It is easily the most depressing film on this list, so be warned.
During a hiking trip around Russia, a split second moment / accident, completely tears apart the relationship of a loving couple. It's horrifically painful to watch both of them come to terms with what just happened during an almost speechless final act.
Things completely out of our control can cause massive rifts in our lives and our relationships. Sometimes, it's just simply no one's fault.
3. The Social Network
Breaking up with his girlfriend triggered a series of events leading Mark Zuckerberg to create Facebook and become the world's youngest billionaire. This probably won't happen to you, but it's helpful to keep in mind that a fresh start raises so many new opportunities. Use this chance of unrest in your life to go do something.
Don't be an asshole about the break-up. You probably aren't one and could be trying too hard to be one. This is something Zuckerberg learns a little too late. But who cares? He made Facebook.
2. High Fidelity
You think your life sucks because of your break-up? Try listening to John Cussack list his all-time top 5 break-ups without feeling a little bit better. The to-camera narration really helps to make him feel really relate-able as well. He's just a normal dude, who can't seem to hold down a girl for the life of him.
In the end though, you're bound to find a girl who's just going to give up looking for someone new and settle down with you. Don't mistake this for your current situation though, if you're reading this you're far too young for this to happen. Wait until you too have a top 5 break-ups list.
1. (500) Days of Summer
I know you all saw this coming. Who wouldn't? It's the ultimate break-up film. It stylistically cuts the timeline together showing Joe Levitt as the loveable Tom during various stages of the relationship, revealing that all might not be as you initially suspected.
"Look, I know you think that she was the one, but I don't. No, I think you're just remembering the good stuff, next time you look back, I, uh, I think you should look again. "
Take off the nostalgia glasses and try remembering some of the bad stuff. It may take a little bit of searching, but it's there.
Both hilarious, and painfully sad in parts, (500) Days is a must watch. Especially for the happy ending.
These films should give you a bunch of laughs to cheer you up, but will also help to open your eyes to certain things. In the end, don't worry too much about it, Autumn's yet to come.
By Brodie Marchant