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A Christmas Story (1983)
Comedy, Family

A Christmas Story (1983)

Christmas is approaching and 9 year-old Ralphie wants only one thing: a Red Ryder Range 200 Shot BB gun. When he mentions it at the dinner table, his mother's immediate reaction is that he'll put his eye out. He then decides on a perfect theme for his teacher but her reaction is like his. He fantasizes about what it would be like to be Red Ryder and catch the bad guys. When the big day arrives he gets lots of present under the tree including a lovely gift from his aunt that his mother just adores. But what about the BB gun? (Read More)

Themes:blindness,  childhood,  bullying,  obsession,  memory,  christmas,  marriage
Locations:snow,  school
Characters:bully,  boy,  children
Period:1940s
Story:childhood memory,  boy with glasses,  broken lamp,  child narrator,  bar of soap,  broken eyeglasses,  animal costume,  bunny costume,  witch costume,  tongue stuck on a pole,  sticking out one's tongue,  dinner table,  radio show,  listening to a radio,  family dinner,  bully comeuppance,  decorating a christmas tree,  christmas day,  christmas season,  christmas carol,  christmas present,  christmas tree,  little boy,  hound dog,  reference to little orphan annie,  little orphan annie,  window shopping,  face in food,  reference to the lone ranger,  fire fighter,  changing a tire,  fruit basket,  child crying,  mall santa,  shop window,  hubcap,  reference to the wizard of oz,  nine year old,  boyhood,  daydreamer,  bb gun,  barter,  queue,  cabbage,  slide,  lamp,  reference to mickey mouse,  bowling ball,  crate,  child swearing,  daydreaming,  dare,  indiana,  chinese american,  family home,  toy gun,  chinese food,  telegram,  code,  meat cleaver,  essay,  chinese restaurant,  accidental shooting,  department store,  prize,  female teacher,  narrator,  flat tire,  daydream,  child protagonist,  power outage,  child's point of view,  nostalgia,  target practice,  bloody nose,  soap,  playground,  parade,  lifting someone into the air,  cowboy hat,  slow motion,  eyeglasses,  profanity,  glasses,  fantasy sequence,  costume,  looking at the camera,  spanking,  tongue,  radio,  dream sequence,  dinner,  f word,  competition,  classroom,  bathroom,  punched in the face,  small town,  beating,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  cult film,  three word title,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  dog

Parenthood (1989)
Comedy, Drama

Parenthood (1989)

The story of the Buckman family and friends, attempting to bring up their children. They suffer/enjoy all the events that occur: estranged relatives, the "black sheep" of the family, the eccentrics, the skeletons in the closet, and the rebellious teenagers.

Themes:memory,  marriage
Locations:school
Characters:children
Story:childhood memory,  little boy,  nine year old,  power outage,  cowboy hat,  eyeglasses,  dinner,  punched in the face,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid (2010)
Comedy, Family

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid (2010)

To Greg Heffley, middle school is the dumbest idea ever invented. It's a place rigged with hundreds of social landmines, not the least of which are morons, wedgies, swirlies, bullies, lunchtime banishment to the cafeteria floor - and a festering piece of cheese with nuclear cooties. To survive the never-ending ordeal and attain the recognition and status he feels he so richly deserves, Greg devises an endless series of can't-miss schemes, all of which, of course, go awry. And he's getting it all down on paper, via a diary - "it's NOT a diary, it's a journal!" Greg insists, preferring the less-sissyfied designation - filled with his opinions, thoughts, tales of family trials and tribulations, and (would-be) schoolyard triumphs. "One day when I'm famous," writes Greg, "I'll have better things to do than answer people's stupid questions all day." So was born the Wimpy Kid's diary. (Read More)

Themes:bullying,  christmas
Locations:snow,  school
Characters:bully,  boy,  children
Story:boy with glasses,  listening to a radio,  little boy,  reference to the wizard of oz,  child protagonist,  child's point of view,  fantasy sequence,  competition,  classroom,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel

Peter Pan (1953)
Adventure, Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical

Peter Pan (1953)

An adaptation of J. M. Barrie's story about a boy who never grew up. The three children of the Darling family receive a visit from Peter Pan, who takes them to Never Land, where an ongoing war between Peter's gang of rag-tag runaways and the evil Pirate Captain Hook is taking place.

Themes:childhood
Characters:boy,  children
Story:boy with glasses,  animal costume,  little boy,  narrator,  child protagonist,  lifting someone into the air,  brother brother relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  dog

Home Alone (1990) is one of the best movies like A Christmas Story (1983)
Comedy, Family

Home Alone (1990)

It is Christmas time and the McCallister family is preparing for a vacation in Paris, France. But the youngest in the family named Kevin got into a scuffle with his older brother Buzz and was sent to his room which is on the third floor of his house. Then, the next morning, while the rest of the family was in a rush to make it to the airport on time, they completely forgot about Kevin who now has the house all to himself. Being home alone was fun for Kevin, having a pizza all to himself, jumping on his parents' bed, and making a mess. Then, Kevin discovers about two burglars, Harry and Marv, about to rob his house on Christmas Eve. Kevin acts quickly by wiring his own house with makeshift booby traps to stop the burglars and to bring them to justice. (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  christmas
Locations:snow
Characters:boy
Story:christmas carol,  christmas tree,  little boy,  child swearing,  toy gun,  child protagonist,  power outage,  child's point of view,  lifting someone into the air,  slow motion,  costume,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  cult film,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

Radio Days (1987)
Comedy

Radio Days (1987)

Woody Allen's sentimental reminiscence about the golden age of radio. A series of vignettes involving radio personalities is intertwined with the life of a working class family in Rockaway Beach, NY circa 1942.

Themes:blindness,  childhood,  memory
Period:1940s
Story:boy with glasses,  accidental shooting,  nostalgia,  spanking,  radio,  classroom,  voice over narration,  family relationships

E.t. The Extra-terrestrial (1982)
Family, Sci-fi

E.t. The Extra-terrestrial (1982)

After a gentle alien becomes stranded on Earth, the being is discovered and befriended by a young boy named Elliott. Bringing the extraterrestrial into his suburban California house, Elliott introduces E.T., as the alien is dubbed, to his brother and his little sister, Gertie, and the children decide to keep its existence a secret. Soon, however, E.T. falls ill, resulting in government intervention and a dire situation for both Elliott and the alien. (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:boy,  children
Story:little boy,  child swearing,  child protagonist,  child's point of view,  playground,  lifting someone into the air,  eyeglasses,  costume,  radio,  brother brother relationship,  cult film,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  dog

Bad Santa (2003)
Comedy, Crime, Drama

Bad Santa (2003)

Willie T. Stokes is a convicted con man who's led a miserable life. He drinks heavily and constantly embarrasses himself publicly. He only works once a year dressed as Santa. But then come Christmas Eve, he and his pint-sized helper dwarf Marcus stage elaborate robberies and take their department stores for everything they got. This year, they hit a mall in suburban Phoenix, Arizona. This time around, Willie gets distracted by having sex with large women, a bartender who is attracted to Santas, and a kid who's convinced he's the real deal. However, this time around Marcus must once again put up with Willie's heavy drinking and a series of incidents that constantly shoot themselves in the foot. Not to mention a nosy department store security guard who's onto them and wants his cut of the loot. Will Willie and Marcus make it to next Christmas? Or will this be the year the dynamic duo finally face justice? (Read More)

Themes:bullying,  christmas
Locations:snow
Characters:bully,  boy,  children
Story:bully comeuppance,  christmas season,  christmas carol,  christmas tree,  mall santa,  department store,  profanity,  f word,  voice over narration,  brother brother relationship,  cult film,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship

Hook (1991) is one of the best movies like A Christmas Story (1983)
Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Hook (1991)

Peter Pan (Williams) has grown up to be a cut-throat merger and acquisitions lawyer, and is married to Wendy's granddaughter. Captain Hook (Hoffman) kidnaps his children, and Peter returns to Never Land with Tinkerbell (Roberts). With the help of her and the Lost Boys, he must remember how to be Peter Pan again in order to save his children by battling with Captain Hook once again. (Read More)

Themes:christmas
Locations:snow
Characters:boy,  children
Story:little boy,  child's point of view,  lifting someone into the air,  slow motion,  costume,  telephone call,  cult film,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  dog

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Musical

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

A retelling of the classic Dickens tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, miser extraordinaire. He is held accountable for his dastardly ways during night-time visitations by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and future.

Themes:childhood,  memory,  christmas
Locations:snow
Story:christmas season,  christmas carol,  christmas present,  little boy,  voice over narration,  cult film,  based on novel

Bridge To Terabithia (2007)
Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy

Bridge To Terabithia (2007)

Jesse Aarons trained all summer to become the fastest runner in school, so he's very upset when newcomer Leslie Burke outruns him and everyone else. Despite this and other differences, including that she's rich, he's poor, and she's a city girl, he's a country boy, the two become fast friends. Together, they create Terabithia, a land of monsters, trolls, ogres, and giants and rule as king and queen. This friendship helps Jess deal with the tragedy that makes him realize what Leslie taught him. (Read More)

Themes:childhood
Locations:school
Characters:bully,  boy
Story:little boy,  female teacher,  child's point of view,  lifting someone into the air,  fantasy sequence,  classroom,  punched in the face,  three word title,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  dog

The Iron Giant (1999)
Action, Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family, Sci-fi

The Iron Giant (1999)

This is the story of a nine-year-old boy named Hogarth Hughes who makes friends with an innocent alien giant robot that came from outer space. Meanwhile, a paranoid U.S. Government agent named Kent Mansley arrives in town, determined to destroy the giant at all costs. It's up to Hogarth to protect him by keeping him at Dean McCoppin's place in the junkyard. (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:boy
Story:bb gun,  toy gun,  daydream,  child's point of view,  dinner,  classroom,  bathroom,  small town,  cult film,  three word title,  mother son relationship,  based on novel

This Is Where I Leave You (2014) is one of the best movies like A Christmas Story (1983)
Comedy, Drama

This Is Where I Leave You (2014)

When their father passes away, four grown siblings, bruised and banged up by their respective adult lives, are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens. Confronting their history and the frayed states of their relationships among the people who know and love them best, they ultimately reconnect in hysterical and emotionally affecting ways amid the chaos, humor, heartache and redemption that only families can provide-driving us insane even as they remind us of our truest, and often best, selves. (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  marriage
Story:childhood memory,  radio show,  little boy,  family home,  classroom,  punched in the face,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel

Children Of Heaven (1997)
Drama, Family, Sport

Children Of Heaven (1997)

Zahra's shoes are gone; her older brother Ali lost them. They are poor, there are no shoes for Zahra until they come up with an idea: they will share one pair of shoes, Ali's. School awaits. Will the plan succeed?

Locations:school
Characters:boy,  children
Story:little boy,  prize,  child's point of view,  slow motion,  competition,  classroom,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  dog

Peter Pan (2003)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Romance

Peter Pan (2003)

In stifling Edwardian London, Wendy Darling mesmerizes her brothers every night with bedtime tales of swordplay, swashbuckling, and the fearsome Captain Hook. But the children become the heroes of an even greater story, when Peter Pan flies into their nursery one night and leads them over moonlit rooftops through a galaxy of stars and to the lush jungles of Neverland. Wendy and her brothers join Peter and the Lost Boys in an exhilarating life--free of grown-up rules--while also facing the inevitable showdown with Hook and his bloodthirsty pirates. (Read More)

Locations:snow,  school
Characters:boy,  children
Story:boy with glasses,  child protagonist,  child's point of view,  lifting someone into the air,  glasses,  classroom,  voice over narration,  brother brother relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  dog

The Sandlot (1993)
Comedy, Drama, Family, Sport

The Sandlot (1993)

Scotty Smalls moves to a new neighborhood with his mom and stepdad, and wants to learn to play baseball. Rodriguez, the neighborhood baseball guru, takes Smalls under his wing - soon he becomes part of the local baseball buddies. They fall into adventures involving baseball, treehouse sleep-ins, the desirous lifeguard at the local pool, the snooty rival ball team, and the travelling fair. Beyond the fence at the back of the sandlot menaces a legendary ball-eating dog called The Beast, and the kids inevitably must deal with him. (Read More)

Themes:childhood
Characters:boy,  children
Story:boy with glasses,  child swearing,  lifting someone into the air,  profanity,  dream sequence,  voice over narration,  cult film,  family relationships,  dog

Ted (2012) is one of the best movies like A Christmas Story (1983)
Comedy, Fantasy

Ted (2012)

John makes a Christmas miracle happen by bringing his one and only friend to life, his teddy bear. The two grow up together and John must then choose to stay with his girlfriend or keep his friendship with his crude and extremely inappropriate teddy bear, Ted.

Themes:christmas
Locations:snow
Characters:boy
Story:christmas present,  christmas tree,  child swearing,  toy gun,  fantasy sequence,  spanking,  f word,  punched in the face,  beating,  voice over narration

Welcome To The Dollhouse (1995)
Comedy, Drama

Welcome To The Dollhouse (1995)

Seventh-grade is no fun. Especially for Dawn Weiner when everyone at school calls you 'Dog-Face' or 'Wiener-Dog.' Not to mention if your older brother is 'King of the Nerds' and your younger sister is a cutesy ballerina who gets you in trouble but is your parents' favorite. And that's just the beginning--her life seems to be falling apart when she faces rejection from the older guy in her brother's band that she has a crush on, her parents want to tear down her 'Special People's Club' clubhouse, and her sister is abducted.... (Read More)

Themes:bullying
Locations:school
Characters:bully
Story:boy with glasses,  child's point of view,  glasses,  classroom,  telephone call,  cult film,  family relationships,  dog

School Of Rock (2003)
Comedy, Family, Music

School Of Rock (2003)

Down and out rock star Dewey Finn gets fired from his band, and he faces a mountain of debts and depression. He takes a job as a 4th grade substitute teacher at an uptight private school where his attitude and hijinx have a powerful effect on his students. He also meets Zack, a 10-year-old guitar prodigy, who could help Dewey win a "battle of the bands" competition, which would solve his financial problems and put him back in the spotlight. (Read More)

Locations:snow,  school
Characters:boy
Story:boy with glasses,  eyeglasses,  competition,  classroom,  small town,  telephone call,  cult film,  family relationships

C.r.a.z.y. (2005)
Comedy, Drama

C.r.a.z.y. (2005)

Born Christmas Day 1960, Zac Beaulieu is the fourth of five sons of Gervais and Laurianne Beaulieu. Zac feels somewhat disconnected to his brothers, all of whom are different from each other. They include the bookworm Christian who is the eldest, the dumb jock Antoine who is third, and the youngest Yvan. But Zac has the most contempt for his second eldest brother, the shiftless druggie Raymond. To his devout Catholic mother, Zac is her miracle son, both for being born the same day as Jesus Christ (a fact which Zac has always hated), and because a Tupperware-selling mystic once told her that he has the power to heal. Laurianne has always coddled Zac, the two who have a special if unspoken bond. But Zac wants more to please his father, who wants more than anything in his sons that they grow up to be man's men and not sissies. As Zac goes through his mid-teens to early twenties, Zac isn't sure if he can live up to the ideals of either his mother or especially his father. A young man with stress-induced asthma, Zac just wants to be what he considers normal, which includes getting rid of his asthma. But more importantly, he wants to get rid of the underlying thoughts that he has and which most going through puberty have, but that for him are becoming more prevalent as he grows older. (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  obsession,  christmas,  marriage
Locations:snow,  school
Characters:boy
Story:christmas day,  christmas tree,  little boy,  fantasy sequence,  punched in the face,  beating,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

Happiness (1998) is one of the best movies like A Christmas Story (1983)
Comedy, Drama

Happiness (1998)

A woman breaks up with her boyfriend, he thinks it's because he's fat. A man is unable to tell her next door neighbor he finds her sexually attractive. An old couple wants to split up, but they don't want to get a divorce. A therapist masturbates to teen magazines. An 11 year old kid is insecure about the fact that he hasn't cum yet. Office workers try to recall the face of a coworker who recently died. A woman is sure she has everything she could ever want. The lives of these individuals intertwine as they go about their lives in their own unique ways, engaging in acts society as a whole might find disturbing in a desperate search for human connection. (Read More)

Themes:marriage
Characters:boy
Story:boy with glasses,  little boy,  glasses,  fantasy sequence,  costume,  dinner,  telephone call,  cult film,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  dog

Like Stars On Earth (2007)
Drama, Family

Like Stars On Earth (2007)

Ishaan Awasthi is an eight-year-old child whose world is filled with wonders that no one else seems to appreciate; colours, fish, dogs and kites are just not important in the world of adults, who are much more interested in things like homework, marks and neatness. And Ishaan just cannot seem to get anything right in class. When he gets into far more trouble than his parents can handle, he is packed off to a boarding school to 'be disciplined'. Things are no different at his new school, and Ishaan has to contend with the added trauma of separation from his family. One day a new art teacher bursts onto the scene, Ram Shankar Nikumbh, who infects the students with joy and optimism. He breaks all the rules of 'how things are done' by asking them to think, dream and imagine, and all the children respond with enthusiasm, all except Ishaan. Nikumbh soon realizes that Ishaan is very unhappy, and he sets out to discover why. With time, patience and care, he ultimately helps Ishaan find himself. (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  bullying
Locations:school
Characters:bully,  children
Story:little boy,  reference to mickey mouse,  prize,  child protagonist,  child's point of view,  lifting someone into the air,  eyeglasses,  competition,  classroom,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  dog

The Witches (1990)
Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

The Witches (1990)

A young boy, recently orphaned, is taken to England by his grandmother. At a hotel in which they are staying, a group of witches have gathered to prepare a plot to rid England of all children.

Locations:snow,  school
Characters:boy,  children
Story:little boy,  meat cleaver,  lifting someone into the air,  eyeglasses,  fantasy sequence,  radio,  small town,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel

Inside Out (2015)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy

Inside Out (2015)

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley's main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school. (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  memory
Locations:school
Characters:boy,  children
Story:childhood memory,  chinese food,  female teacher,  eyeglasses,  glasses,  classroom,  cult film,  family relationships

A Little Princess (1995) is one of the best movies like A Christmas Story (1983)
Drama, Family, Fantasy

A Little Princess (1995)

When her father enlists to fight for the British in WWI, young Sara Crewe goes to New York to attend the same boarding school her late mother attended. She soon clashes with the severe headmistress, Miss Minchin, who attempts to stifle Sara's creativity and sense of self-worth. Sara's belief that "every girl's a princess" is tested to the limit, however, when word comes that her father was killed in action and his estate has been seized by the British government. (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  bullying
Locations:school
Story:narrator,  child protagonist,  child's point of view,  lifting someone into the air,  slow motion,  classroom,  voice over narration,  three word title,  based on novel

Home Alone 2: Lost In New York (1992)
Adventure, Comedy, Family, Crime

Home Alone 2: Lost In New York (1992)

Kevin McCallister is back. But this time he's in New York City with enough cash and credit cards to turn the Big Apple into his very own playground. But Kevin won't be alone for long. The notorious Wet Bandits, Harry and Marv, still smarting from their last encounter with Kevin, are bound for New York too, plotting a huge holiday heist! Kevin's ready to welcome them with more battery of booby traps the bumbling bandits will never forget! (Read More)

Themes:memory,  christmas
Characters:boy
Story:christmas tree,  little boy,  child protagonist,  power outage,  playground,  lifting someone into the air,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  cult film,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

Scrooged (1988)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Scrooged (1988)

Frank Cross runs a US TV station which is planning a live adaptation of Dickens' Christmas Carol. Frank's childhood wasn't a particularly pleasant one, and so he doesn't really appreciate the Christmas spirit. With the help of the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, Frank realises he must change. (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  christmas
Story:christmas carol,  christmas present,  lifting someone into the air,  slow motion,  cult film,  based on novel,  dog

Varsity Blues (1999)
Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport

Varsity Blues (1999)

In small-town Texas, high school football is a religion. The head coach is deified, as long as the team is winning and 17-year-old schoolboys carry the hopes of an entire community onto the gridiron every Friday night. In his 35th year as head coach, Bud Kilmer (Jon Voight) is trying to lead his West Canaan Coyotes to their 23rd division title. When star quarterback Lance Harbor (Paul Walker) suffers an injury, the Coyotes are forced to regroup under the questionable leadership of John Moxon (James Van Der Beek), a second-string quarterback with a slightly irreverent approach to the game. "Varsity Blues" explores our obsession with sports and how teenage athletes respond to the extraordinary pressures places on them. (Read More)

Themes:obsession
Locations:school
Characters:boy
Story:boy with glasses,  female teacher,  cowboy hat,  profanity,  classroom,  small town,  beating,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships

Step Brothers (2008) is one of the best movies like A Christmas Story (1983)
Comedy

Step Brothers (2008)

Brennan Huff and Dale Doback are both about 40 when Brennan's mom and Dale's dad marry. The sons still live with the parents so they must now share a room. Initial antipathy threatens the household's peace and the parents' relationship. Dad lays down the law: both slackers have a week to find a job. Out of the job search and their love of music comes a pact that leads to friendship but more domestic disarray compounded by the boys' sleepwalking. Hovering nearby are Brennan's successful brother and his lonely wife: the brother wants to help sell his step-father's house, the wife wants Dale's attention, and the newlyweds want to retire and sail the seven seas. Can harmony come from the discord? (Read More)

Themes:blindness,  christmas
Characters:bully,  children
Story:family dinner,  christmas tree,  fantasy sequence,  spanking,  f word,  punched in the face,  beating,  brother brother relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

Kicking & Screaming (2005)
Comedy, Family, Romance, Sport

Kicking & Screaming (2005)

Themes:obsession,  marriage
Characters:boy
Story:boy with glasses,  little boy,  eyeglasses,  glasses,  voice over narration,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  dog

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
Comedy

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)

It's Christmas time and the Griswolds are preparing for a family seasonal celebration, but things never run smoothly for Clark, his wife Ellen and their two kids. Clark's continual bad luck is worsened by his obnoxious family guests, but he manages to keep going knowing that his Christmas bonus is due soon. (Read More)

Themes:christmas
Locations:snow
Story:family dinner,  christmas tree,  child swearing,  dinner,  punched in the face,  family relationships,  dog

Keeping Mum (2005)
Comedy, Crime

Keeping Mum (2005)

Walter Goodfellow, the vicar for the small English country parish of Little Wallop, has allowed his marriage to Gloria go stale, and he is so detached from his family that he has not taken notice that his 17-year-old daughter Holly is going through a succession of relationships with unsuitable boyfriends, and his son Petey fears going to school owing to being bullied. Out of desperation for affection, Gloria begins to fall for the advances of Lance, an American golf pro who is giving her "private" lessons. The problems upsetting the family start to fade away after Grace Hawkins, the new housekeeper, arrives and starts tending to matters as an older, and rather darkly mysterious version of Mary Poppins. (Read More)

Themes:memory,  marriage
Locations:school
Characters:bully,  boy
Story:bully comeuppance,  little boy,  meat cleaver,  small town,  beating,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  dog

Dan In Real Life (2007) is one of the best movies like A Christmas Story (1983)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Dan In Real Life (2007)

Single father Dan Burns dedicates his life to his children, but one day he meets Marie at a bookstore. They get to know each other, but then Dan finds out that Marie is actually dating his brother, Mitch.

Locations:school
Characters:boy,  children
Story:family dinner,  bloody nose,  dinner,  punched in the face,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships

Fred Claus (2007)
Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Fred Claus (2007)

During childhood, Fred Claus suffered his younger brother Nick's saintliness. Jump ahead: Fred is a fast-talking, genial but self-centered guy in Chicago looking for $50,000 to open an off-track-betting shop. When one scam goes awry, he calls Nick at the North Pole for a loan: Nick will give him the money only if Fred comes up to help a few days with the Christmas rush. After his girlfriend dumps him, Fred heads north. Santa's facing an audit from an efficiency expert, and it's not pleasant. Fred's job is to review charts and determine who's naughty and who's nice. Is there any fraternal feeling left, can either learn from the other, and what about Santa getting fired? (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  christmas
Locations:snow
Story:christmas present,  christmas tree,  power outage,  glasses,  brother brother relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  dog

While You Were Sleeping (1995)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

While You Were Sleeping (1995)

Lucy's life consists of constant loneliness that is until she saves Peter's life. Now she is a part of his family, and with a strong heart and fate on her side, others begin to realize what a terrific person she is, especially Jack, Peter's brother. An extraordinarily true-to-life sequence of events begin to take place as Lucy and Jack become closer and learn more about each other and themselves than one would ever expect from such coincidental, yet believable events. (Read More)

Themes:christmas
Locations:snow
Story:childhood memory,  family dinner,  christmas day,  christmas present,  christmas tree,  family home,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

Friends With Kids (2011)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Friends With Kids (2011)

Julie and Jason have been best friends for years with no romantic interest in each other. He sleeps with someone new every few days, and she's looking for Mr. Right. Now in their thirties, they notice that their friends seem to lose all their good qualities when they have children - child rearing and the spark of Eros don't seem to co-exist. So, they decide to have a child together, share in child rearing, but pursue their own romantic lives. Things go well until he meets Mary Jane and she meets Kurt. Both seem like perfect mates. What could go wrong? (Read More)

Locations:snow
Characters:children
Story:christmas tree,  little boy,  child swearing,  chinese food,  dinner,  telephone call,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  dog

The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert (1994) is one of the best movies like A Christmas Story (1983)
Comedy, Music

The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert (1994)

Two drag-queens (Anthony/Mitzi and Adam/Felicia) and a transgender woman contract to perform a drag show at a resort in Alice Springs, a resort town in the remote Australian desert. They head west from Sydney aboard their lavender bus, Priscilla. En route, it is discovered that the woman they've contracted with is Anthony's wife. Their bus breaks down, and is repaired by Bob, who travels on with them. (Read More)

Themes:memory,  christmas
Story:childhood memory,  little boy,  profanity,  f word,  telephone call,  cult film,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  dog

Jack (1996)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Jack (1996)

The movie is about a boy with a unique aging disorder: one that makes him age 4 times faster than normal. It picks up when Jack (Robin Williams) is 10 years old, but looks 40. He tries to go to public school for the first time, and to become friends with kids his own age. His physical appearance causes him lots of problems, however. (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:boy
Story:little boy,  essay,  child's point of view,  playground,  classroom,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

The Boss Baby (2017)
Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Adventure

The Boss Baby (2017)

Seven-year-old Tim Templeton has always been a boy of an overactive imagination, and for the past seven years, life was all peaches for him, getting all the love and affection from his caring parents. However, life will never be the same and Tim won't be the centre of attention anymore as the arrival of an improbable new brother named Boss Baby, dressed in a black suit complete with a tie and a briefcase, will shortly rob him of all love, as he takes over the whole Templetons' house. Nevertheless, although this may be true, soon, Tim and the new Boss in a diaper will need to put differences aside and join forces, as a sneaky scheme involving the head of Puppy Co. threatens to tilt the balance of power towards their insidiously adorable furry antagonists, not to mention that the next Pet Convention is in only two days.. Brothers, hurry up. (Read More)

Characters:boy
Story:christmas tree,  little boy,  slide,  chinese food,  glasses,  fantasy sequence,  costume,  voice over narration,  brother brother relationship,  three word title,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  dog

My Girl (1991)
Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance

My Girl (1991)

1972. Vada Sultenfuss (played by Anna Chlumsky) is an intelligent, bubbly, hypochondriacal 11-year old girl. Her father, Harry (Dan Aykroyd), is a mortician and a widower. Her best friend is Thomas J Sennett (Macaulay Culkin). Then her father hires a new receptionist, Shelly (Jamie Lee Curtis), and life will never be the same again. (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  memory,  marriage
Characters:boy,  children
Story:boy with glasses,  little boy,  lifting someone into the air,  classroom,  small town,  brother brother relationship,  family relationships

Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) is one of the best movies like A Christmas Story (1983)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Romance, Thriller

Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)

John and Jane Smith are a normal married couple, living a normal life in a normal suburb, working normal jobs...well, if you can call secretly being assassins "normal". But neither Jane nor John knows about their spouse's secret, until they are surprised to find each other as targets! But on their quest to kill each other, they learn a lot more about each other than they ever did in five (or six) years of marriage. (Read More)

Themes:memory,  christmas,  marriage
Characters:boy
Story:toy gun,  meat cleaver,  department store,  target practice,  eyeglasses,  dinner,  bathroom,  punched in the face,  telephone call,  cult film,  mother son relationship,  dog

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune -- all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent. (Read More)

Themes:marriage
Locations:snow
Characters:boy
Story:little boy,  toy gun,  telegram,  code,  bloody nose,  eyeglasses,  looking at the camera,  f word,  punched in the face,  telephone call,  mother son relationship,  dog

The Secret Garden (1993)
Drama, Family, Fantasy

The Secret Garden (1993)

Living in India, Mary Lennox, a young, privileged girl, is left orphaned when her parents are killed in an earthquake. She is sent back to England where she goes to live on her uncle's estate. It is a fairly isolated existence and she has to find things to keep herself occupied. She finds a sickly young boy...and a secret garden. (Read More)

Themes:childhood
Characters:boy
Story:little boy,  child's point of view,  lifting someone into the air,  dream sequence,  voice over narration,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  dog

A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (2011)
Adventure, Comedy

A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (2011)

Six years have elapsed since Guantanemo Bay, leaving Harold and Kumar estranged from one another with very different families, friends and lives. But when Kumar arrives on Harold's doorstep during the holiday season with a mysterious package in hand, he inadvertently burns down Harold's father-in-law's beloved Christmas tree. To fix the problem, Harold and Kumar embark on a mission through New York City to find the perfect Christmas tree, once again stumbling into trouble at every single turn. (Read More)

Themes:christmas,  marriage
Story:christmas tree,  mall santa,  slow motion,  fantasy sequence,  punched in the face

Dinner For Schmucks (2010) is one of the best movies like A Christmas Story (1983)
Comedy

Dinner For Schmucks (2010)

Tim (Rudd) is a rising executive who "succeeds" in finding the perfect guest, IRS employee Barry (Carell), for his boss's monthly event, a so-called "dinner for idiots," which offers certain advantages to the exec who shows up with the biggest buffoon.

Themes:blindness,  bullying
Characters:bully
Story:dare,  eyeglasses,  dinner,  competition

Elf (2003)
Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance

Elf (2003)

Buddy was a baby in an orphanage who stowed away in Santa's sack and ended up at the North Pole. Later, as an adult human who happened to be raised by elves, Santa allows him to go to New York City to find his birth father, Walter Hobbs. Hobbs, on Santa's naughty list for being a heartless jerk, had no idea that Buddy was even born. Buddy, meanwhile, experiences the delights of New York City (and human culture) as only an elf can. When Walter's relationship with Buddy interferes with his job, he is forced to reevaluate his priorities. (Read More)

Themes:christmas
Locations:snow,  school
Characters:boy
Story:christmas carol,  christmas tree,  department store,  classroom,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

October Sky (1999)
Biography, Drama, Family

October Sky (1999)

In a 1950's mining town called Coalwood, Homer Hickam is a kid with only one future in sight, to work in the local coal mine like his father. However in October 1957, everything changes when the first artificial satellite, Sputnik goes into orbit. With that event, Homer becomes inspired to learn how to build rockets. With his friends and the local nerd, Homer sets to do just that by trial and a lot of error. Unfortunately, most of the town and especially Homer's father thinks that they are wasting their time. Only one teacher in the high school understands their efforts and lets them know that they could become contenders in the national science fair with college scholarships being the prize. Now the gang must learn to perfect their craft and overcome the many problems facing them as they shoot for the stars. (Read More)

Locations:school
Story:listening to a radio,  prize,  target practice,  radio,  competition,  classroom,  small town,  brother brother relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)
Family, Fantasy, Musical

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)

The world is astounded when Willy Wonka, for years a recluse in his factory, announces that five lucky people will be given a tour of the factory, shown all the secrets of his amazing candy, and one will win a lifetime supply of Wonka chocolate. Nobody wants the prize more than young Charlie, but as his family is so poor that buying even one bar of chocolate is a treat, buying enough bars to find one of the five golden tickets is unlikely in the extreme. But in movieland, magic can happen. Charlie, along with four somewhat odious other children, get the chance of a lifetime and a tour of the factory. Along the way, mild disasters befall each of the odious children, but can Charlie beat the odds and grab the brass ring? (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:boy,  children
Story:prize,  child protagonist,  child's point of view,  lifting someone into the air,  cult film,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel

Mean Girls (2004) is one of the best movies like A Christmas Story (1983)
Comedy

Mean Girls (2004)

Her parents being zoologists, homeschooled Cady Heron lived in Africa for 15 years. Attending a Chicago public high school for the first time, she starts out by befriending the "best people you will meet", Janis, a supposedly lesbian girl; and Damian, a boy "too gay to function". Cady is warned to avoid the "worst people you will ever meet", the Plastics--a clique comprised of three girls: Gretchen Wieners, a girl who's rich because her father invented toaster strudel; Karen Smith, the "dumbest girl you will ever meet"; and Regina George, the unofficial leader and the meanest one. She becomes a hit with the Plastics and eventually assimilates into the clique, only for Janis to ask her sabotage them. After conflicts involving Regina's ex-boyfriend, Aaron Samuels, Cady later becomes tied between being part of them or sabotaging them. Whilst eventually becoming one, she sabotages them. She tricks Regina into eating fattening candy bars that she claims will make her skinny, tries to break her and Samuel up, and tries to turn her fellow Plastics, Karen and Gretchen against her. Will she be caught? Will she become too Plastic and become the fourth Plastic? (Read More)

Themes:bullying,  christmas
Locations:school
Characters:bully,  boy
Story:boy with glasses,  bunny costume,  bully comeuppance,  female teacher,  classroom,  cult film

Jingle All The Way (1996)
Comedy, Family

Jingle All The Way (1996)

Meet Howard Langston, a salesman for a mattress company is constantly busy at his job, and he also constantly disappoints his son, after he misses his son's karate exposition, he tries hard to come up with a way to make it up to him, this is when his son tells Howard that he wants for Christmas is an action figure of his son's television hero, Turbo Man. Unfortunately for Howard, it is Christmas Eve, and every store is sold out of Turbo Man figures, now Howard must travel all over town and compete with everybody else including a mail man named Myron to find a Turbo Man action figure, and to make it to the Wintertainment parade which will feature Turbo Man. (Read More)

Themes:christmas
Story:christmas present,  christmas tree,  parade,  profanity,  glasses,  costume,  father son relationship

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