It takes a village to raise a child, and if that village consists of a few confident women, all the better. That's the premise of director Mike Mills' new film 20th Century Women, and, if the new trailer for is any indication, it's bound to be a story that showcases strong, independent women in many of their forms. The new movie, which is set in Santa Barbara, California, in the late '70s, follows the ever-independent Dorothea Fields (Annette Bening), a single mom who is helping her teen son Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann) navigate the complicated world of adolescence. Though she's a single mom, she's not raising Jamie totally alone: Dorothea recruits her boarder Abbie (Greta Gerwig) a 20-something free spirit with pink hair, to help teach Jamie the ropes of growing up. These women are definite tribe goals and just one of the many reasons for actual 20th century women to see the new movie.
Jamie will need all the help he can get from the different women in his life, especially if he's falling for his neighbor Julie (Elle Fanning), another recruit of Dorothea's league of strong ladies. But as much as the film showcases Jamie's own coming-of-age story, it also shows the women themselves dealing with their own struggles. Dorothea may be in her 50s, but she can't understand why her peers don't appreciate President Jimmy Carter's "Crisis Of Confidence" speech while she finds it so beautiful. However, Dorothea isn't sullen about what she believes is a deeper understanding of the world: as she tells Jamie, asking yourself if you're happy is a surefire way to make sure that you become depressed.
What else can you look forward to in 20th Century Women? Come for the feminism, but stay for the sweeping shots of the gorgeous Santa Barbara, the quirky '70s fashion (I, for one, am loving how Gerwig appears to channel Ariel from The Little Mermaid years before the movie would come out in this film) and Billy Crudup. As with the women teaching Jamie how to survive this thing called life, there's a lot to love.
20th Century Women hits theaters Christmas Day.