“We Can’t Even: Millennials on Film” Reveals a Generation Plagued, Gay, and Aimless

Greta Rainbow was the writer for this Exit Poll piece, a series exploring the good, bad, and outright deranged films and events Interview staff are attending

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“People love to slap a millennial tag on basically everything mildly shitty. But our generation contains more multitudes than a mere shade of pink. To showcase all that we have to offer, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) presents “We Can’t Even: Millennials on Film,” on view through August 6. This must be the first time that Mean Girls, responsible for the universal death of the word “fetch” and the public’s inexplicable love of Glen Coco, is in conversation with police brutality. The movie many of us watched at every sleepover is presented alongside Whose Streets?, a collage of iPhone footage and Facebook posts reporting police brutality and citizen fightback in Ferguson, Missouri. Polarity is precisely how pop culture conceptualizes millennials—you are either checked out of the world (selfie-taking, brunch-eating) or blindly, desperately trying to change it (via Twitter). But if you are, in fact, one of the unfortunates born between 1981 and 1996, you’re likely just a person trying to make sense of all the mess.”