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A Serious Man (2009)
Comedy, Drama

A Serious Man (2009)

Bloomington, Minnesota, 1967: Jewish physics lecturer Larry Gopnik is a serious and a very put-upon man. His daughter is stealing from him to save up for a nose job, his pot-head son, who gets stoned at his own bar-mitzvah, only wants him round to fix the TV aerial and his useless brother Arthur is an unwelcome house guest. But both Arthur and Larry get turfed out into a motel when Larry's wife Judy, who wants a divorce, moves her lover, Sy, into the house and even after Sy's death in a car crash they are still there. With lawyers' bills mounting for his divorce, Arthur's criminal court appearances and a land feud with a neighbour Larry is tempted to take the bribe offered by a student to give him an illegal exam pass mark. And the rabbis he visits for advice only dole out platitudes. Still God moves in mysterious - and not always pleasant - ways, as Larry and his family will find out. (Read More)

Themes:divorce, unemployment, paranoia, seduction, voyeurism, funeral, fear, religion, drugs, marriage, friendship, surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:usa, cave, motel, rooftop, office, canada, lake, snow, restaurant, beach
Characters:jewish, student, jew, professor, bully, lawyer, policeman, detective, nurse, teacher, singer, doctor, friend, nudity
Period:summer, 1960s
Story:mathematics class, jew gentile relationship, university professor, physics student, physics teacher, neighbor neighbor relationship, university student, divorce lawyer, heisenberg uncertainty principle, lawn mowing, hebrew school, bar mitzvah, quantum physics, topless sunbathing, physics, krakow poland, nude sunbathing, jacobs ladder, golf club, teacher student relationship

21 Grams (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

21 Grams (2003)

This is the story of three well-meaning but flawed people: Paul Rivers, an ailing mathematician lovelessly married to an English emigre; Christina Peck, an upper-middle-class suburban housewife, happily married homemaker with two young daughters, with hiding a secret past; and Jack Jordan, an ex-convict who has found in his Christian faith the strength to live a law-abiding life and raise a family. They will be brought together by a terrible accident that will change their lives. By the final frame, none of them will be the same as they will have learnt harsh truths about love, faith, courage, desire and guilt, and how chance can change our worlds irretrievably, forever. (Read More)

Themes:religion, drugs, marriage
Locations:motel, snow, restaurant
Characters:professor, lawyer, policeman, nurse, teacher, doctor
Story:swimming pool, car accident, mortality, bleeding, stoned, mathematics, marital separation, medical examination, golf, heart attack, obscene finger gesture, class, drawing, toilet, swimming, bathroom, cafe, reference to god, shooting, watching tv

Pineapple Express (2008)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Pineapple Express (2008)

Lazy court-process clerk and stoner Dale Denton has only one reason to visit his equally lazy dealer Saul Silver: to purchase weed, specifically, a rare new strain called Pineapple Express. But when Dale becomes the only witness to a murder by a crooked cop and the city's most dangerous drug lord, he panics and dumps his roach of Pineapple Express at the scene. Dale now has another reason to visit Saul: to find out if the weed is so rare that it can be traced back to him--and it is. As Dale and Saul run for their lives, they quickly discover that they're not suffering from weed-fueled paranoia: incredibly, the bad guys really are hot on their trail and trying to figure out the fastest way to kill them both. All aboard the Pineapple Express. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, fear, drugs, friendship
Locations:motel, restaurant
Characters:jew, policeman, teacher, doctor, friend
Story:motel room, car crash, car accident, classmate, wristwatch, pot smoking, subtitled scene, obscene finger gesture, pursuit, prologue, best friend, toilet, handcuffs, bathroom, marijuana, running, shooting, arrest, cat, black comedy

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Comedy, Drama

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

Three grown prodigies, all with a unique genius of some kind, and their mother are staying at the family household. Their father, Royal had left them long ago, and comes back to make things right with his family.

Themes:divorce, funeral, marriage, friendship
Characters:professor, lawyer, nurse
Story:car crash, swimming pool, car accident, phonograph record, boy with glasses, marital separation, medical examination, record player, heart attack, man with glasses, bra, dysfunctional family, watching tv, brother sister relationship, brother brother relationship, cigarette smoking, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship

Garden State (2004) is one of the best movies like A Serious Man (2009)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Garden State (2004)

Andrew Largeman is a semi-successful television actor who plays a intellectually disabled quarterback. His somewhat controlling and psychiatrist father has led Andrew ("Large") to believe that his mother's wheelchair bound life was his fault. Andrew decides to lay off the drugs that his father and his doctor made him believe that he needed, and began to see life for what it is. He began to feel the pain he had longed for, and began to have a genuine relationship with a girl who had some problems of her own. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, voyeurism, funeral, drugs, friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:jew, jewish, policeman, student, singer, doctor, friend
Story:swimming pool, phonograph record, stoned, classmate, medical examination, pot smoking, golf, record player, storytelling, suburb, best friend, journey, bra, dysfunctional family, swimming, bathroom, marijuana, cafe, reference to god, watching tv

Lat Den Ratte Komma In (2008)
Drama, Horror, Romance

Lat Den Ratte Komma In (2008)

Oskar, a bullied 12-year old, dreams of revenge. He falls in love with Eli, a peculiar girl. She can't stand the sun or food and to come into a room she needs to be invited. Eli gives Oskar the strength to hit back but when he realizes that Eli needs to drink other people's blood to live he's faced with a choice. How much can love forgive? Set in the Stockholm suburb of Blackeberg in 1982. This is why Lat Den Ratte Komma In (2008) is one of the best movies like A Serious Man (2009). (Read More)

Themes:divorce, fear, friendship
Locations:lake, snow
Characters:bully, policeman, teacher, friend, nudity
Story:boys' bathroom, suburb, swimming pool, transistor radio, bleeding, snowing, listening to music, recording, record player, class, female pubic hair, swimming, classroom, neighbor, bathroom, arrest, cat, underwear, telephone call, cigarette smoking

Disturbia (2007)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Disturbia (2007)

After his father is killed in a car accident, things unravel for Kale Brecht and he is placed under house-arrest for punching his Spanish teacher. Having nothing better to do, Kale occupies himself by spying on his neighbors. But one night, he witnesses what appears to be a murder going on in Mr. Turner's house. Kale becomes obsessed with uncovering the truth behind these murders but, after a few unsettling run-ins with Mr. Turner, it becomes a matter of life and death. And the ominous question: Who is watching whom? (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, voyeurism, friendship
Locations:rooftop
Characters:teacher, policeman, student, friend
Story:house, arrest, car accident, lawn mowing, swimming pool, car, dead deer, earphones, classmate, listening to music, subtitled scene, obscene finger gesture, class, suburb, stabbed in the chest, swimming, classroom, handcuffs, neighbor, bathroom

The Departed (2006)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Departed (2006)

In South Boston, the state police force is waging war on Irish-American organized crime. Young undercover cop Billy Costigan is assigned to infiltrate the mob syndicate run by gangland chief Frank Costello. While Billy quickly gains Costello's confidence, Colin Sullivan, a hardened young criminal who has infiltrated the state police as an informer for the syndicate is rising to a position of power in the Special Investigation Unit. Each man becomes deeply consumed by their double lives, gathering information about the plans and counter-plans of the operations they have penetrated. But when it becomes clear to both the mob and the police that there is a mole in their midst, Billy and Colin are suddenly in danger of being caught and exposed to the enemy - and each must race to uncover the identity of the other man in time to save themselves. But is either willing to turn on their friends and comrades they've made during their long stints undercover? (Read More)

Themes:funeral, drugs, friendship
Locations:rooftop, restaurant, beach
Characters:lawyer, policeman, detective, singer, friend
Story:golf club, school bus, car crash, swimming pool, car accident, unsubtitled foreign language, doubt, earphones, wedding ring, convenience store, golf, heart attack, obscene finger gesture, uncle nephew relationship, pursuit, prologue, drawing, man with glasses, stabbed in the chest, old man

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) is one of the best movies like A Serious Man (2009)
Drama, Music

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

Follow a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles -- some of them of his own making.

Themes:friendship
Locations:snow, restaurant
Characters:singer, professor, jewish, policeman, doctor, friend
Period:1960s
Story:toilet stall, driving a car, snowing, listening to music, recording, record player, uncle nephew relationship, pursuit, storytelling, wine, handcuffs, cafe, reference to god, arrest, bus, cat, black comedy, underwear, song, crying

Cloud Atlas (2012)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi

Cloud Atlas (2012)

Everything is connected: an 1849 diary of an ocean voyage across the Pacific; letters from a composer to his lover; a thriller about a conspiracy at a nuclear power plant; a farce about a publisher in a nursing home; a rebellious clone in futuristic Korea; and the tale of a tribe living on post-apocalyptic Hawaii far in the future. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:snow, restaurant, beach
Characters:jew, lawyer, policeman, nurse, singer, doctor, friend
Story:car crash, swimming pool, snowing, uncle niece relationship, recording, eyeglasses, record player, uncle nephew relationship, pursuit, prologue, old man, handcuffs, cafe, running, reference to god, shooting, letter, arrest, cat, horse

Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

New Rochelle, the 1960s. High schooler Frank Abagnale Jr. idolizes his father, who's in trouble with the IRS. When his parents separate, Frank runs away to Manhattan with $25 in his checking account, vowing to regain dad's losses and get his parents back together. Just a few years later, the FBI tracks him down in France; he's extradited, tried, and jailed for passing more than $4,000,000 in bad checks. Along the way, he's posed as a Pan Am pilot, a pediatrician, and an attorney. And, from nearly the beginning of this life of crime, he's been pursued by a dour FBI agent, Carl Hanratty. What starts as cat and mouse becomes something akin to father and son. This is why Catch Me If You Can (2002) is one of the best movies like A Serious Man (2009). (Read More)

Themes:divorce
Locations:usa, motel, snow, restaurant
Characters:lawyer, nurse, singer, doctor
Period:1960s
Story:swimming pool, year 1967, phonograph record, unsubtitled foreign language, attorney, eyeglasses, record player, toilet, bra, classroom, handcuffs, letter, arrest, cat, black comedy, car, teenage boy, chase, singing, cigarette smoking

The Lobster (2015)
Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sci-fi

The Lobster (2015)

A love story set in a dystopian near future where single people are arrested and transferred to a creepy hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal and released into the woods.

Themes:fear, marriage, friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:policeman, singer, doctor, friend
Story:swimming pool, earphones, medical examination, rowboat, listening to music, golf, eyeglasses, subtitled scene, pursuit, widower, prologue, best friend, bra, swimming, handcuffs, running, shooting, bus, underwear, song

Accepted (2006) is one of the best movies like A Serious Man (2009)
Comedy

Accepted (2006)

After being rejected from every college he applied, Bartleby Gaines decided to create a fictitious university, South Harmon Institute of Technology, with his friends, to fool their parents. But when their deception works too well and every other college rejects starts to apply to his school, B. must find a way to give the education and future his students and friends deserves, including his own, while trying to win the heart of the girl next door. (Read More)

Themes:fear
Characters:bully, student, teacher, singer
Story:swimming pool, immaturity, boy with glasses, class, uncle nephew relationship, university, man with glasses, bra, classroom, bathroom, letter, song, teenage boy, brother sister relationship, telephone call, singing, title spoken by character, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, father son relationship

An Education (2009)
Drama

An Education (2009)

In the early 1960's, sixteen year old Jenny Mellor lives with her parents in the London suburb of Twickenham. On her father's wishes, everything that Jenny does is in the sole pursuit of being accepted into Oxford, as he wants her to have a better life than he. Jenny is bright, pretty, hard working but also naturally gifted. The only problems her father may perceive in her life is her issue with learning Latin, and her dating a boy named Graham, who is nice but socially awkward. Jenny's life changes after she meets David Goldman, a man over twice her age. David goes out of his way to show Jenny and her family that his interest in her is not improper and that he wants solely to expose her to cultural activities which she enjoys. Jenny quickly gets accustomed to the life to which David and his constant companions, Danny and Helen, have shown her, and Jenny and David's relationship does move into becoming a romantic one. However, Jenny slowly learns more about David, and by association Danny and Helen, and specifically how they make their money. Jenny has to decide if what she learns about them and leading such a life is worth forgoing her plans of higher eduction at Oxford. (Read More)

Themes:seduction, friendship
Locations:snow, restaurant
Characters:jew, jewish, student, teacher, singer, friend
Period:1960s
Story:teacher student relationship, playing catch, snowing, listening to music, woman with glasses, recording, record player, class, pursuit, suburb, old man, classroom, neighbor, cafe, letter, bus, song, crying, teenage boy, singing

16 Blocks (2006)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

16 Blocks (2006)

Jack Mosley, a burnt-out detective, is assigned the unenviable task of transporting a fast-talking convict from jail to a courthouse 16 blocks away. However, along the way he learns that the man is supposed to testify against Mosley's colleagues, and the entire NYPD wants him dead. Mosley must choose between loyalty to his colleagues and protecting the witness, and never has such a short distance seemed so long... (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, friendship
Locations:rooftop, office
Characters:detective, lawyer, policeman, friend
Story:car crash, car accident, notebook, snowing, heart attack, pursuit, prologue, old man, handcuffs, shooting, letter, bus, cat, watching tv, brother sister relationship, telephone call, chase, title spoken by character, police, blood

Almost Famous (2000)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Music

Almost Famous (2000)

William Miller is a 15-year-old kid hired by Rolling Stone magazine to tour with and write about Stillwater, an up and coming rock band. This wonderfully witty coming-of-age film follows William as he falls face first to confront life, love, and lingo. This is why Almost Famous (2000) is one of the best movies like A Serious Man (2009). (Read More)

Themes:drugs, friendship
Characters:teacher, singer, friend
Story:swimming pool, parking lot, listening to music, recording, pot smoking, record player, obscene finger gesture, prologue, swimming, bathroom, marijuana, running, love triangle, bus, watching tv, car, underwear, song, crying, teenage boy

Blue Valentine (2010) is one of the best movies like A Serious Man (2009)
Drama, Romance

Blue Valentine (2010)

Dean Pereira and Cindy Heller Pereira are a young, working class married couple - Dean currently working as a painter, and Cindy working as a nurse in a medical clinic - with a young daughter named Frankie. Despite their relatively tender ages, they are both ravaged by the life they've eked out together and by the experiences they've had leading into their marriage. Dean, a high school drop out, comes from a broken home, where he never really had a mother figure. He never saw himself getting married or having a family despite falling in love at first sight with Cindy. He doesn't have any professional ambition beyond his current work - which he enjoys since he feels he can knock off a beer at 8 o'clock in the morning without it affecting his work - although Cindy believes he has so much more potential in life. Cindy also comes from a dysfunctional family, with her own mother and father not setting an example of a harmonious married or family life. One of her previous serious relationships was with Bobby Ontario, that relationship which has a profound affect on many aspects of her marriage to Dean. Dean and Cindy head off on an overnight getaway together without Frankie, the getaway which may provide a clearer picture if their marriage can survive its many issues. (Read More)

Themes:divorce, marriage
Locations:motel, restaurant
Characters:nurse, singer, doctor
Story:motel room, wanting a divorce, unhappy marriage, earphones, wedding ring, listening to music, eyeglasses, class, man with glasses, old man, dysfunctional family, classroom, bathroom, cafe, running, bus, car, song, crying, telephone call

Doubt (2008)
Drama, Mystery

Doubt (2008)

It's 1964, St. Nicholas in the Bronx. A charismatic priest, Father Flynn, is trying to upend the school's strict customs, which have long been fiercely guarded by Sister Aloysius Beauvier, the iron-gloved Principal who believes in the power of fear-based discipline. The winds of political change are sweeping through the community, and indeed, the school has just accepted its first black student, Donald Miller. But when Sister James, a hopeful innocent, shares with Sister Aloysius her guilt-inducing suspicion that Father Flynn is paying too much personal attention to Donald, Sister Aloysius sets off on a personal crusade to unearth the truth and to expunge Flynn from the school. Now, without a shard of proof besides her moral certainty, Sister Aloysius locks into a battle of wills with Father Flynn which threatens to tear apart the community with irrevocable consequences. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, fear, religion
Mood:nightmare
Locations:snow
Characters:student, teacher, singer
Period:1960s
Story:teacher student relationship, transistor radio, dutch angle, doubt, ambiguous ending, woman with glasses, recording, record player, class, storytelling, prologue, ritual, wine, classroom, cat, dream, song, crying, brother sister relationship, telephone call

Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan (2006)
Comedy

Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan (2006)

Borat Sagdiyev is a TV reporter of a popular show in Kazakhstan as Kazakhstan's sixth most famous man and a leading journalist. He is sent from his home to America by his government to make a documentary about American society and culture. Borat takes a course in New York City to understand American humor. While watching Baywatch on TV, Borat discovers how beautiful their women are in the form of C. J. Parker, who was played by actress Pamela Anderson who hails from Malibu, California. He decides to go on a cross-country road trip to California in a quest to make her his wife and take her back to his country. On his journey Borat and his producer encounter a country full of strange and wonderful Americans, real people in real chaotic situations with hysterical consequences. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, religion, friendship
Characters:jew, jewish, singer, friend
Story:jewish stereotype, journey, horse and cart, swimming pool, american midwest, sunbathing, redneck, culture clash, woman with glasses, pursuit, man with glasses, gambling, toilet, handcuffs, neighbor, bathroom, running, reference to god, arrest, bus

Pi (1998)
Drama, Horror, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Pi (1998)

Max is a genius mathematician who's built a supercomputer at home that provides something that can be understood as a key for understanding all existence. Representatives both from a Hasidic cabalistic sect and high-powered Wall Street firm hear of that secret and attempt to seduce him.

Themes:paranoia, religion, drugs, surrealism
Locations:beach
Characters:professor, jew, singer, friend
Story:torah, teacher student relationship, orthodox jew, mathematical equation, kabbalah, hebrew, rabbi, mathematics, mysticism, coffee, neighbor, bathroom, running, reference to god, song, telephone call, chase, singing, title spoken by character, cigarette smoking

Brooklyn (2015) is one of the best movies like A Serious Man (2009)
Drama, Romance

Brooklyn (2015)

In late 1951, Eilis Lacey, a young Irish girl, emigrates to Brooklyn. Sponsored by Father Flood, a priest from her native town Enniscorthy, she is assured to find a full-time job there. But the early days are tough, seasickness being soon replaced by loneliness and homesickness, two feelings all the more acutely felt by Eilis for having had to leave behind her widowed mother and her dear sister Rose. She nevertheless little by little manages to find her footing by adapting to her job as a salesgirl, by studying bookkeeping at Brooklyn College as well as with a little help from both Father Flood and Mrs. Kehoe, the owner of the boarding school she now lives in. And not only does graduation follow but love shows its face in Tony, an Italian-American plumber, full of adoration and respect for her. They end up marrying, although keeping the thing secret. It is at that point that tragedy strikes inciting Eilis to return to Enniscorthy to support her mother morally. And there a strange thing happens : she gradually gets lured by the charms of her native place, going far as to let herself be wooed by Jim Farrell, a young local. This is why Brooklyn (2015) is one of the best movies like A Serious Man (2009). (Read More)

Themes:marriage, friendship
Locations:usa, snow, restaurant, beach
Characters:student, teacher, singer, friend
Period:summer
Story:golf club, pipe smoking, snowing, listening to music, golf, eyeglasses, class, prologue, best friend, journey, old man, swimming, classroom, bathroom, reference to god, letter, love triangle, song, crying, telephone call

The Reader (2008)
Drama, Romance

The Reader (2008)

THE READER opens in post-war Germany when teenager Michael Berg becomes ill and is helped home by Hanna, a stranger twice his age. Michael recovers from scarlet fever and seeks out Hanna to thank her. The two are quickly drawn into a passionate but secretive affair. Michael discovers that Hanna loves being read to and their physical relationship deepens. Hanna is enthralled as Michael reads to her from "The Odyssey," "Huck Finn" and "The Lady with the Little Dog." Despite their intense bond, Hanna mysteriously disappears one day and Michael is left confused and heartbroken. Eight years later, while Michael is a law student observing the Nazi war crime trials, he is stunned to find Hanna back in his life - this time as a defendant in the courtroom. As Hanna's past is revealed, Michael uncovers a deep secret that will impact both of their lives. THE READER is a story about truth and reconciliation, about how one generation comes to terms with the crimes of another. (Read More)

Themes:divorce, fear, friendship
Locations:snow, restaurant
Characters:student, jew, lawyer, policeman, teacher, friend
Period:summer, 1960s
Story:teacher student relationship, classmate, snowing, morality, listening to music, class, university, possession, female pubic hair, wine, bra, swimming, classroom, cafe, letter, underwear, crying, teenage boy, brother sister relationship, telephone call

Lars And The Real Girl (2007)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Lars And The Real Girl (2007)

In this comedy, Lars Lindstrom is an awkwardly shy young man in a small northern town who finally brings home the girl of his dreams to his brother and sister-in-law's home. The only problem is that she's not real - she's a sex doll Lars ordered off the Internet. But sex is not what Lars has in mind, but rather a deep, meaningful relationship. His sister-in-law is worried for him, his brother thinks he's nuts, but eventually the entire town goes along with his delusion in support of this sweet natured boy that they've always loved. (Read More)

Themes:funeral, fear, friendship
Locations:office, lake, snow, restaurant
Characters:singer, doctor
Story:phonograph record, earphones, snowing, record player, dark comedy, neighbor, cafe, love triangle, small town, black comedy, song, telephone call, brother brother relationship, singing, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, family relationships, death, sex

Batoru Rowaiaru (2000)
Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Batoru Rowaiaru (2000)

Forty-two students, three days, one deserted Island: welcome to Battle Royale. A group of ninth-grade students from a Japanese high school have been forced by legislation to compete in a Battle Royale. The students are each given a bag with a randomly selected weapon and a few rations of food and water and sent off to kill each other in a no-holds-barred (with a few minor rules) game to the death, which means that the students have three days to kill each other until one survives--or they all die. The movie focuses on a few of the students and how they cope. Some decide to play the game like the psychotic Kiriyama or the sexual Mitsuko, while others like the heroes of the movie--Shuya, Noriko, and Kawada--are trying to find a way to get off the Island without violence. However, as the numbers dwell down lower and lower on an hourly basis, is there any way for Shuya and his classmates to survive? (Read More)

Themes:unemployment, drugs, surrealism, friendship
Mood:nightmare
Locations:cave, restaurant, beach
Characters:teacher, student, doctor, friend
Story:class, teacher student relationship, bleeding, ambiguous ending, classmate, wristwatch, obscene finger gesture, uncle nephew relationship, pursuit, storytelling, prologue, drawing, classroom, cafe, running, reference to god, shooting, bus, cat, dream

Bad Teacher (2011) is one of the best movies like A Serious Man (2009)
Comedy

Bad Teacher (2011)

When her wealthy fiance breaks it off, gold digger Elizabeth Halsey returns to middle school: she's an awful teacher but wants to save for breast-implant surgery. She brightens when Scott, a new teacher, turns out to be rich, and she stops showing films and sleeping in class when told there's a bonus for the teacher whose class scores highest on the state exam. Her competition for Scott and the bonus is cheery and tightly wound Amy. Amy digs for dirt on Elizabeth who cheats her way toward Scott's bed and the money. Honesty with students seems to be her only skill. She ignores Russell, a droll gym teacher, who looks on. Will she succeed with Scott and get those new breasts? (Read More)

Themes:seduction, voyeurism, drugs
Locations:snow, restaurant
Characters:teacher, professor, policeman, doctor, friend, nudity
Story:black bra, school bus, car crash, car accident, blackboard, bribery, bribe, woman with glasses, pot smoking, class, coffee, man with glasses, bra, classroom, handcuffs, marijuana, love triangle, arrest, bus, watching tv

Old School (2003)
Comedy

Old School (2003)

Mitch, Frank and Beanie are disillusioned with their personal lives begining when Mitch's nymphomanic girlfriend, Heidi, cheats on him, then former party animal Frank gets married, but unwilling to let go of his wild life, and Beanie is a family man seeking to reclaim his wild and crazy youth. Beanie suggests that they form their own fraternity in Mitch's new house on a college campus to re-live their glory days by bringing together a variety of misfit college students, losers, middle-aged and elderly retirees as their new friends and later try to avoid being evicted by the new Dean of Students, Pritchard, whom still holds a personal grudge against all three of them. This is why Old School (2003) is one of the best movies like A Serious Man (2009). (Read More)

Themes:divorce, funeral, friendship
Locations:office
Characters:lawyer, singer, friend
Story:university student, swimming pool, car accident, dreaming, immaturity, bribery, heart attack, university, man with glasses, house, old man, bathroom, dream, chase, singing

Zodiac (2007)
Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller

Zodiac (2007)

A serial killer in the San Francisco Bay Area taunts police with his letters and cryptic messages. We follow the investigators and reporters in this lightly fictionalized account of the true 1970's case as they search for the murderer, becoming obsessed with the case. Based on Robert Graysmith's book, the movie's focus is the lives and careers of the detectives and newspaper people. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, divorce
Locations:lake, restaurant
Characters:lawyer, policeman
Period:1960s
Story:school bus, marital separation, attorney, wristwatch, woman with glasses, obscene finger gesture, prologue, coffee, man with glasses, stabbed in the chest, wine, cafe, running, shooting, letter, arrest, watching tv, underwear, teenage boy, telephone call

Milk (2008)
Biography, Drama, History, Romance

Milk (2008)

Using flashbacks from a statement recorded late in life and archival footage for atmosphere, this film traces Harvey Milk's career from his 40th birthday to his death. He leaves the closet and New York, opens a camera shop that becomes the salon for San Francisco's growing gay community, and organizes gays' purchasing power to build political alliances. He runs for office with lover Scott Smith as his campaign manager. Victory finally comes on the same day Dan White wins in the city's conservative district. The rest of the film sketches Milk's relationship with White and the 1978 fight against a statewide initiative to bar gays and their supporters from public school jobs. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, fear, friendship
Locations:office, restaurant
Characters:jew, jewish, lawyer, policeman, teacher, singer, friend
Story:swimming pool, minnesota, midlife crisis, morality, listening to music, recording, eyeglasses, record player, drawing, swimming, marijuana, cafe, running, reference to god, shooting, watching tv, underwear, song, crying, telephone call

The Devil's Advocate (1997) is one of the best movies like A Serious Man (2009)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Devil's Advocate (1997)

Kevin Lomax, a ruthless young Florida attorney that never lost a case, is recruited by the most powerful law firm in the world. In spite of his mother's disagreement, which compares New York City to Babylon, he accepts the offer and the money that comes along. But soon, his wife starts feeling homesick as she witnesses devilish apparitions. However, Kevin is sinking in his new cases and pays less and less attention to his wife. His boss and mentor, John Milton, seems to always know how to overcome every problem and that just freaks Kevin right off. (Read More)

Themes:seduction, fear, religion, marriage
Locations:usa, snow
Characters:lawyer, jewish, student, nurse, teacher, singer
Story:attorney, teacher student relationship, car accident, ambiguous ending, morality, ritual, female pubic hair, bra, bathroom, running, reference to god, arrest, watching tv, small town, dream, crying, singing, cigarette smoking, sex scene, husband wife relationship

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)
Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)

Jordan Belfort is a Long Island penny stockbroker who served 22 months in prison for defrauding investors in a massive 1990s securities scam that involved widespread corruption on Wall Street and in the corporate banking world, including shoe designer Steve Madden.

Themes:divorce, fear, drugs, marriage, friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:lawyer, policeman, teacher, friend, nudity
Story:golf club, car crash, swimming pool, car accident, mortgage, bribery, sunbathing, bribe, attorney, wristwatch, golf, eyeglasses, heart attack, obscene finger gesture, female pubic hair, handcuffs, marijuana, cafe, running, reference to god

Body Of Lies (2008)
Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller, War

Body Of Lies (2008)

Roger Ferris is a CIA operative in the Middle East; Ed Hoffman is his control at Langley. Cynicism is everywhere. In Amman, Roger works with Hani Salaam, Jordan's head of security, whose only dictum is "Don't lie to me." The Americans are in pursuit of a cleric who leads a group placing bombs all over Europe. When Hani rebukes Ed's demand that Jordan allow the Americans to use one of Jordan's double agents, Roger and Ed hatch a plan to bring the cleric to them. The plan is complicated by its being a secret from Hani and by Roger's attraction to a local nurse. Satellites and cell phones, bodies and lies: modern warfare. This is why Body Of Lies (2008) is one of the best movies like A Serious Man (2009). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, divorce, religion, friendship
Locations:rooftop, restaurant
Characters:lawyer, nurse, doctor, friend
Story:school bus, driving a car, car crash, subtitled scene, obscene finger gesture, pursuit, prologue, man with glasses, wine, cafe, running, reference to god, watching tv, car, crying, telephone call, brother brother relationship, chase, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship

Into The Wild (2007)
Adventure, Biography, Drama

Into The Wild (2007)

Based on a true story. After graduating from Emory University, Christopher McCandless abandoned his possessions, gave his entire savings account to charity, and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters who shape his life.

Themes:marriage
Mood:nightmare
Locations:cave, office, lake, snow, restaurant, beach
Characters:policeman, singer, nudity
Period:summer
Story:mortality, listening to music, shaving, eyeglasses, subtitled scene, university, widower, prologue, journey, old man, swimming, cafe, running, arrest, bus, watching tv, small town, horse, car, underwear

The Spectacular Now (2013) is one of the best movies like A Serious Man (2009)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Spectacular Now (2013)

Sutter Keely lives in the now. It's a good place for him. A high school senior, charming and self-possessed, he's the life of the party, loves his job at a men's clothing store, and has no plans for the future. A budding alcoholic, he's never far from his supersized, whiskey-fortified thirst-master cup. But after being dumped by his girlfriend, Sutter gets drunk and wakes up on a lawn with Aimee Finecky hovering over him. She's different: the "nice girl" who reads science fiction and doesn't have a boyfriend. While Aimee has dreams of a future, Sutter lives in the impressive delusion of a spectacular now, yet somehow, they're drawn together. (Read More)

Themes:divorce, marriage, friendship
Characters:teacher, friend
Story:teacher student relationship, swimming pool, car accident, lawn, convenience store, class, storytelling, prologue, best friend, bra, classroom, reference to god, crying, teenage boy, brother sister relationship, telephone call, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship

Erin Brockovich (2000)
Biography, Drama

Erin Brockovich (2000)

'Erin Brockovich-Ellis' (qv) is an unemployed single mother, desperate to find a job, but is having no luck. This losing streak even extends to a failed lawsuit against a doctor in a car accident she was in. With no alternative, she successfully browbeats her lawyer to give her a job in compensation for the loss. While no one takes her seriously, with her trashy clothes and earthy manners, that soon changes when she begins to investigate a suspicious real estate case involving the Pacific Gas & Electric Company. What she discovers is that the company is trying quietly to buy land that was contaminated by hexavalent chromium, a deadly toxic waste that the company is improperly and illegally dumping and, in turn, poisoning the residents in the area. As she digs deeper, Erin finds herself leading point in a series of events that would involve her law firm in one of the biggest class action lawsuits in American history against a multi-billion dollar corporation. (Read More)

Themes:unemployment, marriage
Locations:restaurant
Characters:lawyer, doctor
Story:car accident, car crash, swimming pool, car, mortgage, attorney, pot smoking, class, prologue, neighbor, marijuana, cafe, watching tv, small town, crying, telephone call, title spoken by character, cigarette smoking, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship

Big Fish (2003)
Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Big Fish (2003)

United Press International journalist Will Bloom and his French freelance photojournalist wife Josephine Bloom, who is pregnant with their first child, leave their Paris base to return to Will's hometown of Ashton, Alabama on the news that his father, Edward Bloom, stricken with cancer, will soon die, he being taken off chemotherapy treatment. Although connected indirectly through Will's mother/Edward's wife, Sandra Bloom, Will has been estranged from his father for three years since his and Josephine's wedding. Will's issue with his father is the fanciful tales Edward has told of his life all his life, not only to Will but the whole world. As a child when Edward was largely absent as a traveling salesman, Will believed those stories, but now realizes that he does not know his father, who, as he continues to tell these stories, he will never get to know unless Edward comes clean with the truth before he dies. On the brink of his own family life beginning, Will does not want to be the kind of father Edward has been to him. One of those stories from Edward's childhood - that he saw his own death in the glass eye of a witch - led to him embracing life since he would not have to fear death knowing when and how it would eventually come. The question is whether Will will be able to reconcile Edward's stories against his real life, either directly from Edward before he dies and/or from other sources, and thus allow Will to come to a new understanding of himself and his life, past, present and future. (Read More)

Themes:funeral, fear, religion, surrealism
Locations:cave, lake
Characters:student, nurse, teacher, singer, doctor, nudity
Period:1960s
Story:swimming pool, unsubtitled foreign language, wedding ring, accidental death, heart attack, class, pursuit, storytelling, journey, house, swimming, classroom, shooting, letter, cat, small town, car, dream, crying, teenage boy

Gone Girl (2014)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Gone Girl (2014)

On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife? This is why Gone Girl (2014) is one of the best movies like A Serious Man (2009). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, marriage
Locations:motel, snow
Characters:lawyer, detective
Story:university student, female neighbor, house, swimming pool, small town, wedding ring, woman with glasses, record player, drawing, man with glasses, neighbor, bathroom, letter, arrest, cat, watching tv, car, crying, brother sister relationship, telephone call

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) is one of the best movies like A Serious Man (2009)
Action, Adventure, Comedy

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

After the Kingsman headquarters are blown up by a psychotic criminal named Poppy Adams. The surviving agents find their way to an allied secret organisation based in Kentucky, named Statesman. The two agencies must now work together in order to save the world and take down the so called 'Golden Circle'. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, seduction, fear, drugs, friendship
Locations:snow
Characters:lawyer, singer
Story:driving a car, car crash, car accident, redneck, culture clash, wristwatch, woman with glasses, shaving, eyeglasses, subtitled scene, obscene finger gesture, journey, man with glasses, toilet, bra, handcuffs, arrest, watching tv, horse, black comedy

American Wedding (2003)
Comedy, Romance

American Wedding (2003)

Jim Levenstein has finally found the courage to ask his girlfriend, Michelle Flaherty to marry him. She agrees to get married, but the problems don't stop there for Jim. Now along with Paul Finch and Kevin Myers, Jim must plan the wedding. Unfortunately Steve Stifler is in town and won't let the wedding go past without having some fun himself, which includes setting up a secret bachelor party. (Read More)

Themes:voyeurism, marriage, friendship
Locations:restaurant, beach
Characters:jewish, friend
Story:jew gentile relationship, school bus, goy, gentile, angst, wedding ring, record player, obscene finger gesture, old man, handcuffs, bathroom, love triangle, small town, underwear, teenage boy, telephone call, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, father son relationship, family relationships

What Lies Beneath (2000)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

What Lies Beneath (2000)

Norman Spencer, a university research scientist, is growing more and more concerned about his wife, Claire, a retired concert cellist who a year ago was involved in a serious auto accident, and who has just sent off her daughter Caitlin (Norman's stepdaughter) to college. Now, Claire reports hearing voices and witnessing eerie occurrences in and around their lakeside Vermont home, including seeing the face of a young woman reflected in water. An increasingly frightened Claire thinks the phenomena have something to do with the couple living next door, especially since the wife has disappeared without apparent explanation. At her husband's urging, Claire starts to see a therapist; she tells him she thinks the house is being haunted by a ghost. His advice? Try to make contact. Enlisting the help of her best friend, Jody, and a ouija board, Claire seeks to find out the truth of What Lies Beneath. (Read More)

Themes:voyeurism, fear, marriage, friendship
Locations:lake, snow, restaurant
Characters:professor, student, teacher, friend
Story:teacher student relationship, swimming pool, car accident, university, possession, house, wine, neighbor, bathroom, cat, watching tv, crying, telephone call, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, death, blood

Munich (2005)
Crime, Drama, History, Thriller

Munich (2005)

After Black September's assassination of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972, Prime Minister Golda Meir okays a black-box operation to hunt down and kill all involved. A team of five gathers in Switzerland led by Avner, a low-level Mossad techie whose father was a war hero and whose wife is pregnant. It's an expendable team, but relying on paid informants, they track and kill several in Europe and Lebanon. They must constantly look over their shoulders for the CIA, KGB, PLO, and their own sources. As the body count mounts -- with retribution following retribution -- so do questions, doubts, and sleepless nights. Loyalties blur. What does it mean to be a Jew? (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, funeral, religion, marriage
Mood:nightmare
Locations:restaurant, beach
Characters:jew, jewish, singer, doctor, friend, nudity
Period:summer
Story:swimming pool, tv set, pipe smoking, wedding ring, accidental death, listening to music, eyeglasses, female pubic hair, wine, cafe, running, reference to god, shooting, arrest, bus, cat, watching tv, underwear, song, crying

Sleepers (1996) is one of the best movies like A Serious Man (2009)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Sleepers (1996)

As children, Lorenzo Carcaterra - Shakes to his friends - Michael Sullivan, Tommy Marcano, and John Reilly were inseparable. They grew up in Hell's Kitchen, a far from perfect neighborhood, one filled as Shakes says with scams and shake downs, but one where the rules were known by its residents. The one adult who they admired was Father Bobby Carelli, who understood them as kids more than most adults and more than he himself would like to admit. In 1967, their lives would change forever when a typical teenage prank went wrong which led to the four of them being sentenced to various terms at Wilkinson Home for Boys, a reformatory. There, they were physically, emotionally and sexually abused primarily by Sean Nokes, the head guard of their cell block, and fellow guards Ralph Ferguson, Henry Addison, and Adam Styler, although there were other caring figures of authority at the home including other guards. Their time at the home affected the four, not all who were able to emerge from the experience to regroup their lives. In their want to forget about the experience, they made a vow not to talk about it either between themselves or with others. Fast forward thirteen years, with Tommy and Johnny being career criminals, Michael an assistant district attorney and Shakes a newspaper writer, their friendship on the surface more loose than it was when they were children. When Tommy and John spot Nokes, it leads to Shakes and Michael banding together to exact revenge not only on Nokes but all four of the guards who abused them. Michael had long mapped out a plan even before Tommy and John saw Nokes, but that sighting and its aftermath alters the plan. Beyond the precarious position Tommy and John place themselves into, Michael has the most to lose even if the plan succeeds. Most of the plan implementation is left to Shakes who has to enlist the machine of Hell's Kitchen, including mob boss King Benny, and their childhood friend, social worker Carol Martinez, who currently is John's girlfriend. Beyond co-opting aging lawyer Danny Snyder, who admits he may not be the best choice as an alcoholic who is no longer near the top of his game, the plan is threatened by a key piece, the need for an unreproachable figure to perjure him or herself, that person who Michael and Shakes hopes will be Father Bobby. Father Bobby, even if he knew of the abuse, may not be able to do his friends this enormous favor of an illegal nature, he who has to balance the morality of the situation in his own mind in deciding what to do. This is why Sleepers (1996) is one of the best movies like A Serious Man (2009). (Read More)

Themes:funeral, marriage, friendship
Locations:rooftop, snow, restaurant
Characters:lawyer, policeman, teacher, singer, friend
Period:summer, 1960s
Story:attorney, morality, golf, record player, class, storytelling, drawing, man with glasses, swimming, classroom, bathroom, cafe, shooting, arrest, bus, watching tv, song, crying, teenage boy, telephone call

Hairspray (2007)
Comedy, Drama, Family, Music, Musical, Romance

Hairspray (2007)

Tracy Turnblad, a teenager with all the right moves, is obsessed with the Corny Collins Show. Every day after school, she and her best friend Penny run home to watch the show and drool over the hot Link Larkin, much to Tracy's mother Edna's dismay. After one of the stars of the show leaves, Corny Collins holds auditions to see who will be the next person on the Corny Collins show. With all of the help of her friend Seaweed, Tracy makes it on the show, angering the evil dance queen Amber Von Tussle and her mother Velma. Tracy then decides that it's not fair that the black kids can only dance on the Corny Collins Show once a month, and with the help of Seaweed, Link, Penny, Motormouth Maybelle, her father and Edna, she's going to integrate the show.....without denting her 'do! (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:policeman, student, nurse, teacher, friend, singer
Period:1960s
Story:boys' bathroom, school bus, phonograph record, blackboard, record player, class, best friend, dysfunctional family, classroom, running, bus, watching tv, song, crying, teenage boy, brother sister relationship, telephone call, singing, title spoken by character, cigarette smoking

The Tree Of Life (2011)
Drama, Fantasy

The Tree Of Life (2011)

The impressionistic story of a Texas family in the 1950s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father ('Brad Pitt' (qv)). Jack (played as an adult by 'Sean Penn (I)' (qv)) finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. (Read More)

Themes:fear, religion, marriage
Locations:restaurant, beach
Characters:bully, policeman
Story:swimming pool, playing catch, notebook, ladder, listening to music, recording, eyeglasses, record player, class, storytelling, suburb, journey, man with glasses, house, dysfunctional family, swimming, classroom, cafe, running, reference to god

Man Som Hatar Kvinnor (2009)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Man Som Hatar Kvinnor (2009)

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle suspects murder and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, ruthless computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from almost forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history; but, the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves. (Read More)

Themes:fear, religion, drugs
Mood:nightmare
Locations:motel, snow
Characters:jewish, lawyer, policeman
Story:golf club, car crash, car accident, dreaming, sodomy, rowboat, uncle niece relationship, heart attack, pursuit, coffee, ritual, old man, dysfunctional family, handcuffs, bathroom, running, shooting, bus, watching tv, woman on top

The School Of Rock (2003) is one of the best movies like A Serious Man (2009)
Comedy, Family, Music

The 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)

Themes:friendship
Locations:snow
Characters:teacher, student, singer, friend
Story:teacher student relationship, school bus, blackboard, boy with glasses, woman with glasses, class, best friend, toilet, classroom, small town, song, telephone call, singing, title spoken by character, family relationships, police

The Blues Brothers (1980)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Music, Musical

The Blues Brothers (1980)

After the release of Jake Blues from prison, he and brother Elwood go to visit "The Penguin", the last of the nuns who raised them in a boarding school. They learn the Archdiocese will stop supporting the school and will sell the place to the Education Authority. The only way to keep the place open is if the $5000 tax on the property is paid within 11 days. The Blues Brothers want to help, and decide to put their blues band back together and raise the money by staging a big gig. As they set off on their "mission from God" they seem to make more enemies along the way. Will they manage to come up with the money in time? This is why The Blues Brothers (1980) is one of the best movies like A Serious Man (2009). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:usa, motel, office, restaurant, beach
Characters:singer
Story:car crash, car accident, firearm pointed at the camera, needing money, pipe smoking, convenience store, wristwatch, record player, obscene finger gesture, man with glasses, handcuffs, cafe, running, shooting, arrest, black comedy, car, song, brother brother relationship, chase

The Brothers Grimm (2005)
Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Thriller

The Brothers Grimm (2005)

Folklore collectors and con artists, Jake and Will Grimm, travel from village to village pretending to protect townsfolk from enchanted creatures and performing exorcisms. They are put to the test, however, when they encounter a real magical curse in a haunted forest with real magical beings, requiring genuine courage. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, fear, surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:cave, snow
Characters:friend
Story:curse, snowing, storytelling, possession, prologue, ritual, drawing, man with glasses, stabbed in the chest, old man, wine, running, love triangle, arrest, cat, small town, horse, black comedy, underwear, brother brother relationship

Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)
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:divorce, marriage, friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:jew, jewish, singer, friend
Story:golf club, suburb, car accident, earphones, wedding ring, wristwatch, eyeglasses, subtitled scene, best friend, gambling, wine, bra, handcuffs, neighbor, bathroom, cafe, running, shooting, watching tv, black comedy

American Beauty (1999) is one of the best movies like A Serious Man (2009)
Drama, Romance

American Beauty (1999)

After his death sometime in his forty-third year, suburbanite Lester Burnham tells of the last few weeks of his life, during which he had no idea of his imminent passing. He is a husband to real estate agent Carolyn Burnham and father to high school student Janie Burnham. Although Lester and Carolyn once loved each other, they now merely tolerate each other. Typical wallflower Janie too hates both her parents, the three who suffer individually in silence in their home life. Janie tries to steer clear of both her parents. Carolyn, relatively new to the real estate business, wants to create the persona of success to further her career, she aspiring to the professional life of Buddy Kane, the king of the real estate business in their neighborhood. Lester merely walks mindlessly through life, including at his job in advertising. His company is downsizing, and he, like all the other employees, has to justify his position to the newly hired efficiency expert to keep his job. Things change for Lester when he falls in love at first sight with Janie's more experienced classmate, Angela Hays. Both Janie and Angela can see Lester's sexual infatuation with Angela, who courts such attention from any man as a sign that she is model material, she having once appeared in Seventeen and it a career to which she aspires. Lester's infatuation with Angela gives him a reenergized view on life, where he openly doesn't care anymore what anyone thinks about what he does, anyone except Angela. This infatuation coincides with the Fittses moving in next door: homophobic disciplinarian US Marine Colonel Frank Fitts who rules the house with a military fist (that fist being both figurative and literal), his semi-comatose wife Barbara Fitts, and their bright and quietly subversive eighteen year old son Ricky Fitts, who openly abides by his father's rules while behind the scenes lives by his own quite different perspective. Much like Lester's infatuation, Ricky immediately becomes infatuated with Janie, he who considers girls like Angela as ordinary. The entry of Angela and the Fittses into the Burnhams' lives ultimately leads to each of the players confronting what is truly in his or her heart. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, seduction, drugs, friendship
Locations:motel, restaurant
Characters:student, friend, nudity
Story:motel room, spying on neighbor, house, swimming pool, unhappy marriage, man hugging a man, spying on someone, insecurity, midlife crisis, classmate, pot smoking, obscene finger gesture, suburb, best friend, bra, dysfunctional family, dark comedy, neighbor, bathroom, marijuana

Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)

Cal (Steve Carell) and Emily (Julianne Moore) have the perfect life together living the American dream... until Emily asks for a divorce. Now Cal, Mr Husband, has to navigate the single scene with a little help from his professional bachelor friend Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling). Make that a lot of help... (Read More)

Themes:divorce, marriage, friendship
Mood:nightmare
Characters:lawyer, policeman, student, teacher, friend
Story:playing catch, midlife crisis, marital separation, wedding ring, listening to music, recording, record player, obscene finger gesture, class, pursuit, coffee, classroom, reference to god, watching tv, dream, crying, teenage boy, brother sister relationship, telephone call, chase

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