What films dwell on the consequences of procrastination?
April 29, 2019 5:40 PM   Subscribe

What films/miniseries are there whose theme is the negative consequences of procrastination or making lazy choices vs. the positive outcomes from stepping up to responsibilities or having a Type A personality?

Not looking for educational or after-school films, of course, but themes in mass media.

The only two films I can think of are the 1970s TV series "Rich Man, Poor Man" (which really needs an official release, why is ABC sitting on the prints?), and the Albert Brooks movie "Defending Your Life" (kind of a superficial, cornball treatment though).

I'll also take answers for movies out there that you have found that are motivating and which have rallied you to make positive changes in your own life. The closing speech from Glengarry Glenn Ross comes to mind, but it was just a 7-minute scene.

Not sure about crime movies, since those tend to be over the top, and crime isn't a very difficult choice for most of us.
posted by crapmatic to Media & Arts (13 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
In Rocky III, Rocky is initially overconfident and does a half-assed training regime and gets his ass kicked by Clubber Lang.
posted by bondcliff at 6:11 PM on April 29, 2019 [1 favorite]

Barton Fink explores procrastination and writer's block through the glorious medium of slowly peeling wallpaper.
posted by Paragon at 7:07 PM on April 29, 2019 [6 favorites]

The House of Sand and Fog (2003)
posted by The Underpants Monster at 7:11 PM on April 29, 2019 [3 favorites]

It took Hamlet an awful long time to decide to kill Claudius.
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 7:21 PM on April 29, 2019 [9 favorites]

Ghost World
posted by mermaidcafe at 7:29 PM on April 29, 2019 [1 favorite]

A Cock and Bull Story maybe?

I feel like Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon covers this too.
posted by low_horrible_immoral at 4:51 AM on April 30, 2019

The Graduate.
posted by SemiSalt at 5:56 AM on April 30, 2019

Sideways kind of makes that contrast, if you don't require that the non-procrastinator is responsible or makes good choices.
posted by wps98 at 7:35 AM on April 30, 2019

The Future is about a couple who think about adopting a cat. Told from the point of view of the cat.

It made me think I need to get out more.
posted by BAKERSFIELD! at 7:59 AM on April 30, 2019

My hazy memory of Adaptation kind of fits what you're looking for.
posted by acidnova at 12:35 PM on April 30, 2019

I'll throw Limitless into the ring...and maybe Our Idiot Brother?
posted by rhizome at 3:19 PM on April 30, 2019

Laggies is follows a woman while she's flat out avoiding big life decisions. There's definitely some, "that wasn't a great idea" moments, but some are accompanied by eye rolls on her part.
posted by Margalo Epps at 8:37 PM on May 1, 2019 [1 favorite]

The Celebration might be appropriate for this.
posted by rhizome at 9:14 AM on May 2, 2019

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