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30 Essential Movies To Watch Before Turning 30

26. In Her Shoes (2005)

Synopsis: Toni Colette plays older, frumpier sister to Cameron Diaz's wild and irresponsible twenty something. When the two have a fight, Diaz disappears and Colette begins to have a life of her own without the worry of her little sister. However, as time goes on, Colette seeks out Diaz and finds her living with their estranged grandmother. Lesson: There is no fight worth losing a family member for. There will always be room in your heart to forgive as long as you can admit your own faults against theirs. It is okay, however, to admit when enough is enough and the second you realize someone is taking advantage of you, nip it in the bud.

25. (500) Days of Summer (2009)

Synopsis: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel play lovers who work at the same company. When Levitt's feelings end up being stronger than Deschanel's, though, she breaks it off, leaving him miserable and confused. Lesson: Don't let outside influences hide a miserable career. If you hate your job until you start dating a co-worker, the inevitable break up will not yield you liking your job any more. Have fun in your life, but don't depend on another person to provide that for you.

24. Grandma's Boy (2006)

Synopsis: Allen Covert plays a video game tester/designer who is living with his grandmother and her two old lady roommates. In an attempt to win the heart of Linda Cardellini, Joel David Moore, the company's golden game designer, steals Covert's original game and passes it off as his own. Lesson: Even in your thirties, there are people who will drop to wildly childish depths to get what they want. Don't ever underestimate the immaturity or desperation that lurks behind everyone's success and drive.
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I am a college graduate of Penn State with two bachelors in the arts. When I'm not writing or performing, I am an SFX make-up artist for local up and coming films in the Houston area. I love horror movies, James Spader, and will watch anything suggested to me.