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question of the day: What movie most embodies the spirit of the 2000s?

As the first decade of the 21st century wraps itself up, the members of the Online Film Critics Society weighed in on which movies they felt best captured the feeling of the decade. Click over to the OFCS news blog for all the replies. Here’s mine as a teaser:

It’s coming right at the end of the decade, but I think Up in the Air might best capture what we’ve gone through over the last ten years: All the structures that we built up, with deliberate forethought and presumed cleverness, that keep us separated from one another — everything from financial shell games that pitted the rich against the poor to responses to terrorism that were more about firing up bigotry toward entire groups of people than about dealing with a crime by catching and prosecuting the specific, individual perpetrators — are collapsing around us. But we’re incapable, it seems, of finding another way to live. Very depressing.

What do you think? What movie most embodies the spirit of the 2000s?

As the OFCSers did, interpret “spirit of the 2000s” however you like, but be sure to include a brief explanation of why you chose your film and how it relates to what you see as that spirit. (And feel free to cheat just a little on the dating: If a film from 1999 anticipated what you see as the spirit of the 2000s, that’s fine.)

(If you have a suggestion for a QOTD, feel free to email me. Responses to this QOTD sent by email will be ignored; please post your responses here.)

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