"Mo' money, mo' problems." The Notorious B.I.G.'s now-ancient wisdom still holds true, and seems even more pertinent as we enter into yet another new year with the economy still flailing. While having a job and getting paid is important, anyone who's held down a 9-to-5 knows that being gainfully employed is not necessarily the key to happiness.

Director Michael Cuesta (L.I.E.) explores this theme in Roadie, his new film opening this Friday. A modern unemployment tale, the movie follows the titular roadie, Jimmy (Ron Eldard), in the 24 hours after his 20-year stint on the road with the band Blue Öyster Cult comes to an abrupt end, as he strives to make sense of his failure and what "success" actually means.

Jimmy's may be the first fictional-job-casualty of 2012, but dozens of other characters have joined the unemployed ranks before him, and their advice-ripe cautionary tales could put even the shakiest economies and the dustiest wallets in perspective. Consider the hard-earned wisdom we've extracted from cinema's most memorable down-and-out characters: 10 Important Lessons We Learned From Unemployed Characters. Being jobless doesn't pay, but it can teach you a thing or two.

Written by Shanté Cosme (@ShanteCosme)

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