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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:unemployment,  paranoia,  divorce,  seduction,  voyeurism,  funeral,  fear,  religion,  drugs,  marriage,  friendship,  surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:usa,  cave,  motel,  rooftop,  office,  canada,  lake,  snow,  restaurant,  beach
Characters:jew,  professor,  bully,  jewish,  lawyer,  policeman,  detective,  student,  nurse,  teacher,  singer,  doctor,  friend
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,  quantum physics,  topless sunbathing,  krakow poland,  nude sunbathing,  jacobs ladder,  golf club,  teacher student relationship,  orthodox jew,  toilet stall,  motel room,  spying on neighbor,  nasty neighbor,  female neighbor,  boys' bathroom,  black bra,  jewish stereotype,  jewish humor,  wanting a divorce,  anonymous letter,  schrodinger's cat,  school bus,  horse and cart,  rear end car accident,  killed in a car accident,  driving a car,  car crash,  swimming pool,  unhappy marriage,  false friend,  car accident,  reference to jefferson airplane,  sudden death,  dental receptionist,  self repression,  firearm pointed at the camera,  man hugging a man,  shot at the camera,  south korean,  mathematical equation,  walking on a roof,  repressed anger,  reference to the old testament,  physical examination,  psychedelic rock,  merkin wig,  mazel tov,  marital breakup,  book of job,  ice tea,  tv antenna,  fleeing the country,  drug debt,  shtetl,  goy,  pushover,  cyst,  midrash,  dybbuk,  transistor radio,  tenure,  needing money,  ethnic stereotype,  cot,  nose job,  spying on someone,  overweight man,  envelope full of money,  playing catch,  grade school,  typhus,  gentile,  american midwest,  menorah,  shiva,  shabbat,  lawn,  abrupt ending,  defamation,  sleeping on a sofa,  kabbalah,  deer hunting,  picking a lock,  reference to jimi hendrix,  dead deer,  toothache,  torah,  talking to the dead,  loss of faith,  uncertainty,  yarmulke,  spoiled child,  chalk,  year 1967,  leg brace,  omen,  paradox,  bar mitzvah,  marital crisis,  yiddish,  phonograph record,  tv set,  dutch angle,  mortgage,  inner title card,  synagogue,  hebrew,  mortality,  neurotic,  dreaming,  angst,  minnesota,  station wagon,  unsubtitled foreign language,  bleeding,  physics,  immaturity,  soup,  blackboard,  stoned,  boy with glasses,  tornado,  x ray,  rabbi,  mathematics,  plastic surgery,  doubt,  insecurity,  mysticism,  notebook,  confusion,  earphones,  bribery,  parking lot,  pipe smoking,  midlife crisis,  sunbathing,  tragic hero,  ambiguous ending,  sodomy,  marital separation,  classmate,  wedding ring,  snowing,  poland,  medical examination,  convenience store,  bribe,  rowboat,  uncle niece relationship,  attorney,  dentist,  girl with glasses,  accidental death,  redneck,  morality,  culture clash,  ladder,  wristwatch,  hunter,  woman with glasses,  listening to music,  recording,  card game,  pot smoking,  golf,  shaving,  eyeglasses,  record player,  heart attack,  subtitled scene,  obscene finger gesture,  class,  uncle nephew relationship,  film within a film,  pursuit,  university,  storytelling,  possession,  widower,  suburb,  prologue,  curse,  coffee,  best friend,  journey,  ritual,  drawing,  man with glasses,  gambling,  female pubic hair,  stabbed in the chest,  house,  toilet,  old man,  wine,  bra,  dysfunctional family,  dark comedy,  swimming,  classroom,  handcuffs,  neighbor,  bathroom,  marijuana,  cafe,  running,  reference to god,  shooting,  letter,  love triangle,  arrest,  bus,  cat,  watching tv,  small town,  horse,  black comedy,  car,  underwear,  dream,  woman on top,  song,  crying,  teenage boy,  topless female nudity,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  chase,  singing,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  sex scene,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare breasts,  sex,  police,  death,  blood,  nudity

A Single Man (2009)
Drama, Romance

A Single Man (2009)

It's November 30, 1962. Native Brit George Falconer, an English professor at a Los Angeles area college, is finding it difficult to cope with life. Jim, his personal partner of sixteen years, died in a car accident eight months earlier when he was visiting with family. Jim's family were not going to tell George of the death or accident, let alone allow him to attend the funeral. This day, George has decided to get his affairs in order before he will commit suicide that evening. As he routinely and fastidiously prepares for the suicide and post suicide, George reminisces about his life with Jim. But George spends this day with various people, who see a man sadder than usual and who affect his own thoughts about what he is going to do. Those people include Carlos, a Spanish immigrant/aspiring actor/gigolo recently arrived in Los Angeles; Charley, his best friend who he knew from England, she who is a drama queen of a woman who romantically desires her best friend despite his sexual orientation; and Kenny Potter, one of his students, who seems to be curious about his professor beyond English class. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  fear,  friendship
Mood:nightmare
Locations:office,  snow,  beach
Characters:jew,  professor,  jewish,  student,  teacher,  friend
Period:1960s
Story:neighbor neighbor relationship,  teacher student relationship,  black bra,  car accident,  parking lot,  midlife crisis,  snowing,  listening to music,  recording,  shaving,  eyeglasses,  record player,  heart attack,  subtitled scene,  class,  man with glasses,  swimming,  classroom,  neighbor,  bathroom,  bus,  watching tv,  car,  underwear,  dream,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  blood,  nudity

The Squid And The Whale (2005)
Comedy, Drama

The Squid And The Whale (2005)

In 1986, In Brooklyn, New York, the dysfunctional family of pseudo intellectuals composed by the university professor Bernard and the prominent writer Joan split. Bernard is a selfish, cheap and jealous decadent writer that rationalizes every attitude in his family and life and does not accept "philistines" - people that do not read books or watch movies, while the unfaithful Joan is growing as a writer and has no problems with "philistines". Their sons, the teenager Walt and the boy Frank, feel the separation and take side: Walt stays with Bernard, and Frank with Joan, and both are affected with abnormal behaviors. Frank drinks booze and smears with sperm the books in the library and a locker in the dress room of his school. The messed-up and insecure Walt uses Roger Water's song "Hey You" in a festival as if it was of his own, and breaks up with his girlfriend Sophie. Meanwhile Joan has an affair with Frank's tennis teacher Ivan and Bernard with his student Lili. (Read More)

Themes:divorce,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:professor,  lawyer,  policeman,  student,  nurse,  teacher,  singer,  doctor,  friend
Story:university professor,  teacher student relationship,  sleeping on a sofa,  earphones,  marital separation,  listening to music,  recording,  record player,  heart attack,  obscene finger gesture,  class,  university,  toilet,  bra,  dysfunctional family,  classroom,  bathroom,  cafe,  letter,  cat,  watching tv,  underwear,  song,  crying,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  police,  sex

A Man Called Ove (2015)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

A Man Called Ove (2015)

59 year old Ove is the block's grumpy man who several years earlier was deposed as president of the condominium association, but he could not give a damn about being deposed and therefore keeps looking over the neighborhood with an iron fist. When pregnant Parvaneh and her family moves into the terraced house opposite and accidentally backs into Ove's mailbox it turns out to be an unexpected friendship. A drama comedy about unexpected friendship, love and the importance of surrounding yourself with the proper tools. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  friendship
Locations:snow,  restaurant
Characters:policeman,  nurse,  teacher,  doctor,  friend
Story:neighbor neighbor relationship,  teacher student relationship,  swimming pool,  unsubtitled foreign language,  snowing,  redneck,  ladder,  wristwatch,  listening to music,  eyeglasses,  heart attack,  pursuit,  widower,  prologue,  coffee,  house,  old man,  wine,  dark comedy,  neighbor,  cafe,  running,  reference to god,  letter,  bus,  cat,  crying,  teenage boy,  telephone call,  chase,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  blood,  death

Hesher (2010) is one of the best movies like A Serious Man (2009)
Comedy, Drama

Hesher (2010)

T.J., a high school freshman, lost his mother two months before in a car accident: his father pops pills and sits on the couch; his grandmother holds things together, chatting and cooking. T.J. wants the car back from the salvage yard where the owner's son is a bully. By happenstance, Hesher, a foul-mouthed squatter, moves in with T.J's family. T.J. also meets Nicole, a grocery clerk near poverty who helps him once. Hesher involves T.J. in crime, the bully is omnipresent, mom's car is slipping away, dad has checked out, T.J. watches Nicole at work, and his grandma invites him to join her morning walk: the odds are long that T.J. can assemble a family to help him thrive. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  friendship
Characters:bully,  policeman,  teacher,  singer,  doctor,  friend
Story:boys' bathroom,  killed in a car accident,  swimming pool,  car accident,  parking lot,  woman with glasses,  listening to music,  pot smoking,  shaving,  eyeglasses,  obscene finger gesture,  class,  uncle nephew relationship,  pursuit,  storytelling,  suburb,  prologue,  swimming,  classroom,  marijuana,  running,  arrest,  watching tv,  car,  underwear,  song,  crying,  teenage boy,  telephone call,  chase,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  sex scene,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  police,  death,  blood

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:policeman,  student,  teacher,  friend
Story:lawn mowing,  swimming pool,  car accident,  dead deer,  earphones,  listening to music,  subtitled scene,  obscene finger gesture,  class,  suburb,  stabbed in the chest,  house,  swimming,  classroom,  handcuffs,  neighbor,  bathroom,  running,  arrest,  watching tv,  black comedy,  car,  teenage boy,  telephone call,  chase,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  blood,  police

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
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:professor,  jewish,  policeman,  singer,  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,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  chase,  singing,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship

The Savages (2007)
Comedy, Drama

The Savages (2007)

Jon and Wendy Savage are two siblings who have spent their adult years trying to recover from the abuse of their abusive father, Lenny Savage. Suddenly, a call comes in that his girlfriend has died, he cannot care for himself with his dementia and her family is dumping him on his children. Despite the fact Jon and Wendy have not spoken to Lenny for twenty years and he is even more loathsome than ever, the Savage siblings feel obliged to take care of him. Now together, brother and sister must come to terms with the new and painful responsibilities with their father now affecting their lives even as they struggle with their own personal demons Lenny helped create. (Read More)

Themes:marriage
Locations:motel,  office,  snow,  restaurant
Characters:professor,  student,  nurse,  teacher,  singer,  doctor
Story:krakow poland,  sleeping on a sofa,  mortality,  x ray,  midlife crisis,  wedding ring,  snowing,  poland,  golf,  class,  man with glasses,  old man,  bra,  dysfunctional family,  classroom,  neighbor,  bathroom,  cafe,  running,  cat,  watching tv,  song,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  singing,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  sex scene,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  sex

The Believer (2001) is one of the best movies like A Serious Man (2009)
Drama

The Believer (2001)

"The Believer" explores a Jewish student's private journey to understand the meaning of Judaism in his life. Set in New York City, the Plot follows a morally confused young adult struggling with the conflict between his beliefs and his heritage. "The Believer" examines themes of religion, family, and self-loathing. It is a psychological examination into the forces of intolerance, both on the individual and society as a whole. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  fear,  religion
Locations:restaurant
Characters:jew,  jewish,  lawyer,  teacher
Story:jacobs ladder,  orthodox jew,  midrash,  gentile,  torah,  yarmulke,  bar mitzvah,  yiddish,  synagogue,  hebrew,  rabbi,  notebook,  earphones,  eyeglasses,  obscene finger gesture,  journey,  reference to god,  shooting,  horse,  underwear,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  sex,  blood

Lovelace (2013)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Themes:divorce,  voyeurism,  fear,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:motel,  restaurant,  beach
Characters:policeman,  singer,  friend
Story:car crash,  swimming pool,  station wagon,  sunbathing,  woman with glasses,  pot smoking,  eyeglasses,  pursuit,  coffee,  man with glasses,  swimming,  marijuana,  cafe,  running,  reference to god,  watching tv,  underwear,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  chase,  singing,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  death,  sex,  police,  blood,  nudity

Persepolis (2007)
Animation, Biography, Drama, War

Persepolis (2007)

In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah's defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. However as Marji grows up, she witnesses first hand how the new Iran, now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, has become a repressive tyranny on its own. With Marji dangerously refusing to remain silent at this injustice, her parents send her abroad to Vienna to study for a better life. However, this change proves an equally difficult trial with the young woman finding herself in a different culture loaded with abrasive characters and profound disappointments that deeply trouble her. Even when she returns home, Marji finds that both she and homeland have changed too much and the young woman and her loving family must decide where she truly belongs. (Read More)

Themes:divorce,  funeral,  fear,  religion,  marriage,  surrealism,  friendship
Mood:nightmare
Locations:rooftop,  snow,  restaurant
Characters:policeman,  student,  teacher,  doctor,  friend
Story:earphones,  bribery,  pipe smoking,  uncle niece relationship,  morality,  heart attack,  obscene finger gesture,  class,  uncle nephew relationship,  film within a film,  pursuit,  university,  storytelling,  toilet,  old man,  wine,  bra,  classroom,  neighbor,  marijuana,  cafe,  running,  reference to god,  shooting,  arrest,  cat,  watching tv,  dream,  crying,  teenage boy,  telephone call,  chase,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  police,  blood

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,  underwear,  crying,  teenage boy,  telephone call,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  blood,  police

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,  underwear,  song,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  sex scene,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  sex,  police

High-rise (2015)
Drama

High-rise (2015)

Class struggle becomes all too real as a young doctor moves into a modern apartment block in suburban 1975 London. Drugs, drink & debauchery dissolve into murder, mayhem and misogyny in this pseudo-post-apocalyptic breakdown of societal norms.

Themes:paranoia,  drugs,  surrealism
Characters:policeman,  doctor
Story:neighbor neighbor relationship,  golf club,  earphones,  parking lot,  pipe smoking,  sunbathing,  listening to music,  recording,  shaving,  eyeglasses,  record player,  class,  film within a film,  coffee,  stabbed in the chest,  wine,  swimming,  reference to god,  shooting,  watching tv,  horse,  underwear,  woman on top,  topless female nudity,  brother sister relationship,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  bare breasts,  sex,  nudity,  blood

Detroit Rock City (1999)
Comedy, Music

Detroit Rock City (1999)

Four members of a high school band called Mystery do everything they can to attend a KISS concert in Detroit. In order to make it to the show they must steal, cheat, strip, deal with an anti-rock mom and generally do whatever it takes to see the band that has inspired them to be musicians.

Themes:drugs,  friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:jewish,  policeman,  student,  teacher,  singer,  friend
Story:black bra,  school bus,  car accident,  station wagon,  stoned,  listening to music,  recording,  record player,  obscene finger gesture,  class,  wine,  classroom,  handcuffs,  bathroom,  marijuana,  cafe,  car,  underwear,  song,  teenage boy,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  chase,  singing,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  sex,  blood,  police

Mother (2009)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Mother (2009)

A mother lives quietly with her twenty-eight-year-old son, Do-joon, providing herbs and acupuncture to neighbors. One day, a girl is brutally murdered, and Do-joon is charged with the killing. Now, it's his mother's call whether to prove him innocent or to leave him imprisoned.

Themes:funeral,  fear,  friendship
Locations:rooftop,  restaurant
Characters:professor,  lawyer,  policeman,  detective,  friend
Story:golf club,  car crash,  car accident,  tv antenna,  soup,  bribery,  golf,  prologue,  coffee,  toilet,  old man,  bra,  handcuffs,  cafe,  running,  arrest,  bus,  watching tv,  small town,  black comedy,  underwear,  woman on top,  crying,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  death,  sex,  blood,  police

The Glass House (2001) is one of the best movies like A Serious Man (2009)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Glass House (2001)

When Ruby Baker's parents are killed in a car accident, she and her brother, Rhett, must travel to Malibu, to live with Terrence and Erin Glass, their former neighbors. At first, all seems well. Ruby is making new friends at school and Rhett is getting more video games and flashy toys than he's ever had in his life. When Ruby speaks to her family's estate lawyer, he tells her that her parents have left Rhett and her $4 million. Suddenly, Ruby begins to notice odd behavior from Terry and Erin. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  drugs,  friendship
Mood:nightmare
Locations:restaurant
Characters:lawyer,  policeman,  doctor,  friend
Story:car crash,  swimming pool,  car accident,  uncle niece relationship,  class,  uncle nephew relationship,  film within a film,  drawing,  house,  bra,  swimming,  classroom,  cafe,  watching tv,  car,  dream,  crying,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  blood,  police,  death

Greenberg (2010)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Greenberg (2010)

We like Florence: she's considerate, sweet, pretty, and terrific with kids and dogs. She's twenty-five, personal assistant to an L.A. family that's off on vacation. Her boss's brother comes in from New York City, fresh from a stay at an asylum, to take care of the house. He's Roger, a forty-year-old carpenter, gone from L.A. for fifteen years. He arrives, doesn't drive, and needs Florence's help, especially with the family's dog. He's also connecting with former band-mates - two men and one woman with whom he has a history. He over-analyzes, has a short fuse, and doesn't laugh at himself easily. As he navigates past and present, he's his own saboteur. And what of Florence? is Roger one more responsibility for her or something else? (Read More)

Themes:drugs,  friendship
Locations:usa,  motel,  restaurant
Characters:jew,  jewish,  nurse,  singer,  friend
Story:orthodox jew,  swimming pool,  neurotic,  notebook,  marital separation,  uncle niece relationship,  listening to music,  pot smoking,  eyeglasses,  storytelling,  best friend,  house,  bra,  swimming,  bathroom,  marijuana,  cafe,  letter,  watching tv,  underwear,  song,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  sex scene,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  sex,  death

Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
Drama

Mona Lisa Smile (2003)

Katherine Ann Watson has accepted a position teaching art history at the prestigious Wellesley College. Watson is a very modern woman, particularly for the 1950s, and has a passion not only for art but for her students. For the most part, the students all seem to be biding their time, waiting to find the right man to marry. The students are all very bright and Watson feels they are not reaching their potential. Altough a strong bond is formed between teacher and student, Watson's views are incompatible with the dominant culture of the college. (Read More)

Themes:divorce,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:office,  lake,  snow,  restaurant,  beach
Characters:jew,  professor,  jewish,  lawyer,  student,  nurse,  teacher,  singer,  friend
Story:teacher student relationship,  swimming pool,  physics,  mathematics,  class,  university,  storytelling,  coffee,  ritual,  wine,  swimming,  classroom,  cafe,  letter,  watching tv,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship

Across The Universe (2007)
Drama, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Across The Universe (2007)

Across The Universe is a fictional love story set in the 1960s amid the turbulent years of anti-war protest, the struggle for free speech and civil rights, mind exploration and rock and roll. At once gritty, whimsical and highly theatrical, the story moves from high schools and universities in Massachusetts, Princeton and Ohio to the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Detroit riots, Vietnam and the dockyards of Liverpool. A combination of live action and animation, the film is paired with many songs by 'The Beatles' (qv) that defined the time. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  drugs,  marriage,  friendship,  surrealism
Locations:rooftop,  snow,  beach
Characters:professor,  lawyer,  policeman,  student,  nurse,  teacher,  singer,  friend
Period:1960s
Story:golf club,  school bus,  physical examination,  snowing,  medical examination,  class,  uncle nephew relationship,  university,  journey,  drawing,  swimming,  classroom,  marijuana,  running,  shooting,  letter,  arrest,  bus,  watching tv,  song,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  chase,  singing,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  blood,  police,  death

Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011) is one of the best movies like A Serious Man (2009)
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,  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,  sex scene,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships

The Wackness (2008)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Wackness (2008)

Friendship, love, and coming of age in New York City, summer of 1994. Luke Shapiro has just graduated from high school, sells marijuana, and trades pot for therapy from a psychologist, Dr. Jeffrey Squires. Luke is attracted to a classmate, Stephanie, who's out of his league and Squires' step-daughter. By July, he's hanging out with Stephanie, taking her on his rounds selling pot out of an ice-cream pushcart. Then things take a turn. In the background, Squires and his wife as well as Luke's parents are having their troubles. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  divorce,  drugs,  friendship
Locations:rooftop,  lake,  beach
Characters:policeman,  friend
Period:summer
Story:wanting a divorce,  stoned,  midlife crisis,  classmate,  listening to music,  pot smoking,  obscene finger gesture,  prologue,  coffee,  best friend,  toilet,  dysfunctional family,  swimming,  bathroom,  marijuana,  arrest,  watching tv,  dream,  crying,  teenage boy,  telephone call,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  police,  sex

Kill Your Darlings (2013)
Biography, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

In the early 1940s, Allen Ginsberg is an English major at Columbia University, only to learn more than he bargained for. Dissatisfied by the orthodox attitudes of the school, Allen finds himself drawn to iconoclastic colleagues like Lucien Carr, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. Together, this gang would explore bold new literary ideas that would challenge the sensibilities of their time as the future Beat Generation. However, for all their creativity, their very appetites and choices lead to more serious transgressions that would mark their lives forever. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  seduction,  drugs,  friendship
Characters:jew,  professor,  jewish,  lawyer,  policeman,  student,  singer,  friend
Story:teacher student relationship,  classmate,  rowboat,  recording,  pot smoking,  eyeglasses,  record player,  pursuit,  university,  prologue,  best friend,  man with glasses,  wine,  dysfunctional family,  marijuana,  reference to god,  arrest,  cat,  underwear,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  chase,  singing,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  police,  nudity,  blood,  sex

Hustle & Flow (2005)
Crime, Drama, Music

Hustle & Flow (2005)

Aspiring emcee DJay works the angles to get his first record made with help from assorted people in his Memphis 'hood. And when he hears that hip-hop superstar Skinny Black is heading to his area, he throws together a supreme hustle to grab Skinny's attention.

Themes:religion,  friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:policeman,  singer,  friend
Story:school bus,  omen,  earphones,  midlife crisis,  classmate,  convenience store,  toilet,  neighbor,  marijuana,  cafe,  reference to god,  shooting,  arrest,  underwear,  dream,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  police,  sex,  blood

All Good Things (2010) is one of the best movies like A Serious Man (2009)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

All Good Things (2010)

A love story and murder mystery based on the most notorious unsolved murder case in New York history. The original screenplay uses newly discovered facts, court records and speculation as the foundation for a story of family, obsession, love and loss.

Themes:fear,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:motel,  lake,  restaurant
Characters:jew,  jewish,  lawyer,  student,  nurse,  singer,  friend
Story:motel room,  swimming pool,  ladder,  recording,  pot smoking,  eyeglasses,  record player,  old man,  wine,  swimming,  neighbor,  marijuana,  cafe,  running,  shooting,  underwear,  song,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  sex scene,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  police,  blood

Proof (2005)
Drama, Mystery

Proof (2005)

The daughter of a brilliant but mentally disturbed mathematician (recently deceased) tries to come to grips with her possible inheritance: his insanity. Complicating matters are one of her father's ex-students who wants to search through his papers and her estranged sister who shows up to help settle his affairs. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  funeral,  friendship
Locations:lake,  snow
Characters:policeman,  student,  teacher,  friend
Story:university professor,  university student,  teacher student relationship,  mathematics,  notebook,  snowing,  class,  university,  wine,  classroom,  watching tv,  crying,  telephone call,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships,  sex,  police,  death

Juno (2007)
Comedy, Drama

Juno (2007)

A tale told over four seasons, starting in autumn when Juno, a 16-year-old high-school junior in Minnesota, discovers she's pregnant after one event in a chair with her best friend, Bleeker. In the waiting room of an abortion clinic, the quirky and whip-sharp Juno decides to give birth and to place the child with an adoptive couple. She finds one in the PennySaver personals, contacts them, tells her dad and step-mother, and carries on with school. The chosen parents, upscale yuppies (one of whom is cool and laid back, the other meticulous and uptight), meet Juno, sign papers, and the year unfolds. Will Juno's plan work, can she improvise, and what about Bleeker? (Read More)

Themes:divorce,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:snow
Characters:bully,  lawyer,  student,  teacher,  singer,  doctor,  friend
Period:summer
Story:minnesota,  convenience store,  attorney,  listening to music,  obscene finger gesture,  class,  suburb,  prologue,  best friend,  toilet,  dark comedy,  classroom,  bathroom,  running,  underwear,  song,  crying,  teenage boy,  telephone call,  singing,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  sex

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,  dream,  woman on top,  song,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  chase,  singing,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  sex scene,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  blood,  death

Nowhere Boy (2009) is one of the best movies like A Serious Man (2009)
Biography, Drama, Music, Romance

Nowhere Boy (2009)

The story of John Lennon's childhood and teenage years from 1944 to 1960, his relationship with his aunt Mimi and his mother Julia -the two dominant women in the first part of his life-, his first meeting with Paul McCartney and George Harrison, their friendship, their love for music and the birth of The Beatles. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  friendship
Mood:nightmare
Locations:restaurant
Characters:student,  teacher,  singer,  friend
Period:1960s
Story:boys' bathroom,  boy with glasses,  woman with glasses,  listening to music,  recording,  record player,  uncle nephew relationship,  university,  best friend,  drawing,  house,  cafe,  running,  reference to god,  letter,  bus,  underwear,  dream,  song,  crying,  teenage boy,  telephone call,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  sex,  blood,  death

Billy Elliot (2000)
Drama, Music, Romance

Billy Elliot (2000)

County Durham, during the endless, violent 1984 strike against the Thatcher closure of British coal mines. Widower Jackie Elliot and his firstborn, fellow miner Tony, take a dim view of 11 year-old second son Billy's poor record in boxing class, which worsens when they discover he sneakily transferred to the neighboring, otherwise girls-only-attended ballet class. Only one schoolmate, closet-gay Michael Caffrey, encourages Billy's desire, aroused by the teacher, who judged him talented enough for private lesson, to train and try out for the world-renowned Royal Ballet audition. Only the prospect of a fancy career unimagined in the pauper quarter may twist pa and big brother's opposition to indispensable support. (Read More)

Themes:fear,  friendship
Characters:bully,  policeman,  teacher,  doctor,  friend
Story:teacher student relationship,  earphones,  snowing,  listening to music,  recording,  shaving,  record player,  class,  widower,  best friend,  toilet,  classroom,  bathroom,  running,  letter,  bus,  underwear,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  chase,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  nudity,  sex,  death,  blood,  police

The Human Stain (2003)
Drama, Romance, Thriller

The Human Stain (2003)

The Human Stain is the story of Coleman Silk (Hopkins), a classics professor with a terrible secret that is about to shatter his life in a small New England town. When his affair with a young troubled janitor (Kidman) is uncovered, the secret Silk had harbored for over fifty years from his wife, his children and colleague, writer Nathan Zuckerman, fast explodes in a conflagration of devastating consequences. It is Zuckerman who stumbles upon Silk's secret and sets out to reconstruct the unknown biography of this eminent, upright man, esteemed as an educator for nearly all his life, and to understand how this ingeniously contrived life came unraveled. (Read More)

Themes:divorce,  seduction,  funeral,  friendship
Locations:snow,  restaurant
Characters:jew,  professor,  lawyer,  nurse,  doctor,  friend
Story:university professor,  car crash,  rabbi,  heart attack,  class,  university,  widower,  coffee,  man with glasses,  female pubic hair,  classroom,  cafe,  love triangle,  car,  underwear,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  police

Nurse Betty (2000)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance

Nurse Betty (2000)

A Kansas City waitress with dreams of becoming a nurse becomes delusional after seeing her no-good car salesman husband murdered. Becoming delusional from shock, she becomes convinced that she is the former fiancee of her soap opera idol. What she also believes is that the soap opera is real and goes to LA to find the hospital where he works as a cardiologist. Meanwhile, her husband's murderers are searching for the drugs stolen by her husband and, as luck would have it, they are stored in the trunk of the car she drove off in. Freeman, an aging hit man planning his retirement after this job, also becomes delusional about the woman he is tracking. (Read More)

Themes:drugs,  friendship
Mood:nightmare
Locations:motel,  restaurant
Characters:lawyer,  policeman,  nurse,  doctor,  friend
Story:motel room,  swimming pool,  car accident,  tv set,  recording,  record player,  pursuit,  best friend,  journey,  dark comedy,  cafe,  shooting,  watching tv,  small town,  black comedy,  car,  underwear,  crying,  telephone call,  chase,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  nudity,  death,  sex,  blood,  police

White Oleander (2002) is one of the best movies like A Serious Man (2009)
Drama

White Oleander (2002)

Astrid Magnussen is a 15 year old girl, living in California. Her mother, Ingrid, is a beautiful, free-spirited poet. Their life, though unusual, is satisfying until one day, a man named Barry Kolker (that her mother refers to at first as "The goat man") comes into their lives, and Ingrid falls madly in love with him, only to have her heart broken, and her life ruined. For revenge, Ingrid murders Barry with the deadly poison of her favourite flower: The White Oleander. She is sent to prison for life, and Astrid has to go through foster home after foster home. Throughout nearly a decade she experiences forbidden love, religion, near-death experiences, drugs, starvation, and how it feels to be loved. But throughout these years, she keeps in touch with her mother via letters to prison. And while Ingrid's gift is to give Astrid the power to survive, Astrid's gift is to teach her Mother about love. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  divorce,  religion,  drugs,  friendship
Mood:nightmare
Locations:rooftop,  restaurant,  beach
Characters:lawyer,  teacher,  singer,  friend
Story:school bus,  swimming pool,  class,  drawing,  gambling,  wine,  bra,  dysfunctional family,  swimming,  classroom,  handcuffs,  cafe,  reference to god,  shooting,  letter,  arrest,  bus,  watching tv,  underwear,  dream,  crying,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  sex,  police,  blood

Mysterious Skin (2004)
Drama, Mystery

Mysterious Skin (2004)

Brian Lackey is determined to discover what happened during an amnesia blackout when he was eight years old, and then later woke with a bloody nose. He believes he was abducted by aliens, and N. McCormick, a fellow player on Brian's childhood baseball team, may be the key as to exactly what happened that night. As Brian searches for the truth and tries to track him down, Neil McCormick takes up hustling and moves to New York, in attempts to forget childhood memories that haunt him. Together, the two of them uncover the terrible truth of the scars they share. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  voyeurism,  drugs,  friendship
Mood:nightmare
Locations:motel,  rooftop,  snow
Characters:bully,  student,  friend
Story:motel room,  inner title card,  station wagon,  boy with glasses,  earphones,  pipe smoking,  snowing,  listening to music,  pot smoking,  eyeglasses,  obscene finger gesture,  best friend,  drawing,  house,  dysfunctional family,  marijuana,  running,  letter,  bus,  watching tv,  small town,  underwear,  dream,  crying,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  nudity,  blood

Caché (2005)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Caché (2005)

Set in France, Georges is a TV Literary Reviewer and lives in a small yet modern town house with his wife Ann, a publisher and his young son Pierrot. They begin to receive video tapes through the post of their house and family, along side obscure child-like drawings. They visit the police with hope of aid to find the stalker, but as there is no direct threat, they refuse to help. As the tapes become more personal, Georges takes it upon himself to figure out who is putting through his family through such horror. A true Michael Haneke Classic. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  fear,  marriage,  friendship
Mood:nightmare
Characters:lawyer,  policeman,  detective,  teacher,  doctor,  friend
Story:swimming pool,  bleeding,  ambiguous ending,  convenience store,  morality,  wristwatch,  storytelling,  coffee,  drawing,  house,  wine,  swimming,  neighbor,  running,  watching tv,  dream,  crying,  teenage boy,  telephone call,  chase,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  nudity,  police,  blood

The Basketball Diaries (1995)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Sport

The Basketball Diaries (1995)

Film adaptation of street tough Jim Carroll's epistle about his kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction. As a member of a seemingly unbeatable high school basketball squad, Jim's life centers around the basketball court and the court becomes a metaphor for the world in his mind. A best friend who is dying of leukemia, a coach ("Swifty") who takes unacceptable liberties with the boys on his team, teenage sexual angst, and an unhealthy appetite for heroin -- all of these begin to encroach on young Jim's dream of becoming a basketball star. Soon, the dark streets of New York become a refuge from his mother's mounting concern for her son. He can't go home and his only escape from the reality of the streets is heroin for which he steals, robs and prostitutes himself. Only with the help of Reggie, an older neighborhood friend with whom Jim "picked up a game" now and then, is he able to begin the long journey back to sanity. (Read More)

Themes:religion,  drugs,  friendship
Mood:nightmare
Locations:rooftop,  snow,  restaurant
Characters:bully,  policeman,  student,  teacher,  friend
Story:angst,  stoned,  classmate,  wristwatch,  class,  pursuit,  storytelling,  prologue,  best friend,  journey,  toilet,  bra,  swimming,  classroom,  neighbor,  bathroom,  cafe,  running,  shooting,  arrest,  bus,  watching tv,  underwear,  dream,  crying,  teenage boy,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  chase,  cigarette smoking,  death,  blood,  sex,  police

My Girl (1991) is one of the best movies like A Serious Man (2009)
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:funeral,  fear,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:lake
Characters:student,  nurse,  teacher,  doctor,  friend
Period:summer
Story:teacher student relationship,  phonograph record,  mortality,  blackboard,  boy with glasses,  medical examination,  uncle niece relationship,  record player,  widower,  best friend,  swimming,  classroom,  neighbor,  watching tv,  small town,  crying,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships,  death,  blood

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:voyeurism,  funeral,  religion,  marriage
Locations:lake,  restaurant
Characters:bully,  policeman
Story:golf club,  golf,  heart attack,  prologue,  man with glasses,  old man,  bra,  dysfunctional family,  neighbor,  cafe,  reference to god,  letter,  arrest,  watching tv,  small town,  black comedy,  car,  underwear,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare breasts,  sex,  death,  nudity,  blood

Gifted (2017)
Drama

Gifted (2017)

Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is a single man raising a child prodigy - his spirited young niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) in a coastal town in Florida. Frank's plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old's mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank's formidable mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan) whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary. Octavia Spencer plays Roberta, Frank and Mary's landlady and best friend. Jenny Slate is Mary's teacher, Bonnie, a young woman whose concern for her student develops into a connection with her uncle as well. (Read More)

Themes:fear,  friendship
Locations:restaurant,  beach
Characters:bully,  lawyer,  student,  teacher,  singer,  friend
Story:mathematics class,  school bus,  swimming pool,  mathematical equation,  mathematics,  uncle niece relationship,  eyeglasses,  class,  drawing,  classroom,  neighbor,  running,  reference to god,  letter,  cat,  watching tv,  song,  brother sister relationship,  singing,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  sex,  death

A Brilliant Young Mind (2014)
Drama, Romance

A Brilliant Young Mind (2014)

In a world difficult to comprehend, Nathan struggles to connect with those around him - most of all his loving mother - but finds comfort in numbers. When Nathan is taken under the wing of unconventional and anarchic teacher, Mr. Humphreys, the pair forge an unusual friendship and Nathan's talents win him a place on the UK team at the International Mathematics Olympiad. From suburban England to bustling Taipei and back again, Nathan builds complex relationships as he is confronted by the irrational nature of love. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  fear,  drugs,  friendship
Characters:student,  teacher
Story:mathematics class,  teacher student relationship,  school bus,  driving a car,  car accident,  blackboard,  mathematics,  uncle niece relationship,  pot smoking,  eyeglasses,  prologue,  wine,  marijuana,  cafe,  running,  bus,  watching tv,  car,  underwear,  crying,  teenage boy,  telephone call,  father son relationship,  sex,  blood

The Departed (2006) is one of the best movies like A Serious Man (2009)
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,  bra,  handcuffs,  cafe,  running,  shooting,  arrest,  watching tv,  car,  underwear,  crying,  telephone call,  chase,  singing,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  police,  blood,  death

Broken Flowers (2005)
Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Romance

Broken Flowers (2005)

The resolutely single Don Johnston has just been dumped by his latest lover, Sherry. Don resigns himself to being alone yet again and left to his own devices. Instead, he is compelled to reflect on his past when he receives by mail a mysterious pink letter. It is from an anonymous former lover and informs him that he has a 19-year-old son who may now be looking for his father. Don is urged to investigate this "mystery" by his closest friend and neighbor, Winston, an amateur sleuth and family man. Hesitant to travel at all, Don nonetheless embarks on a cross-country trek in search of clues from four former flames. Unannounced visits to each of these unique women hold new surprises for Don as he haphazardly confronts both his past and, consequently, his present. (Read More)

Themes:divorce,  voyeurism,  marriage,  friendship
Mood:nightmare
Locations:motel
Characters:lawyer,  policeman,  detective,  friend
Story:anonymous letter,  car accident,  ambiguous ending,  culture clash,  listening to music,  storytelling,  suburb,  best friend,  journey,  female pubic hair,  neighbor,  marijuana,  letter,  cat,  dream,  crying,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  sex,  death

In Her Shoes (2005)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

In Her Shoes (2005)

Two sisters, plus a dead mother, a remarried father, and a hostile step-mother. The sisters, each in her way, have perfected the art of losing. The elder, Rose, is an attorney, responsible, lonely, with a closet full of shoes. The younger is Maggie, beautiful, selfish, and irresponsible. Her drunken behavior gets her tossed by her step-mother from her dad's house; worse behavior gets her tossed from Rose's apartment. Then, while searching in her father's desk for money to filch, Maggie finds an address; the past and the future open up to her and, with any luck, may open to her sister as well. (Read More)

Themes:unemployment,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:office,  snow,  restaurant,  beach
Characters:jew,  professor,  jewish,  lawyer,  nurse,  teacher,  doctor,  friend
Story:swimming pool,  car accident,  mazel tov,  mortality,  insecurity,  attorney,  house,  toilet,  old man,  wine,  bra,  dysfunctional family,  cafe,  letter,  watching tv,  underwear,  crying,  telephone call,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  sex,  death

The Sessions (2012)
Biography, Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Sessions (2012)

At the age of 38, Mark O'Brien, a man who uses an iron lung, decides he no longer wishes to be a virgin. With the help of his therapist and his priest, he contacts Cheryl Cohen-Greene, a professional sex surrogate and a typical soccer mom with a house, a mortgage and a husband. Inspired by a true story, The Sessions, follows the fascinating relationship which evolves between Cheryl and Mark as she takes him on his journey to manhood. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  fear,  friendship
Locations:motel,  restaurant,  beach
Characters:jew,  singer,  friend
Story:mortgage,  synagogue,  station wagon,  pot smoking,  eyeglasses,  curse,  coffee,  best friend,  journey,  man with glasses,  female pubic hair,  house,  bra,  marijuana,  cafe,  running,  reference to god,  cat,  woman on top,  song,  teenage boy,  telephone call,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  sex scene,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  sex

Inland Empire (2006) is one of the best movies like A Serious Man (2009)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Inland Empire (2006)

A blonde actress is preparing for her biggest role yet, but when she finds herself falling for her co-star, she realizes that her life is beginning to mimic the fictional film that they're shooting. Adding to her confusion is the revelation that the current film is a remake of a doomed Polish production, 47, which was never finished due to an unspeakable tragedy. (Read More)

Themes:fear,  friendship,  surrealism
Locations:snow
Characters:policeman,  friend
Story:mysticism,  confusion,  poland,  recording,  record player,  film within a film,  storytelling,  curse,  coffee,  man with glasses,  stabbed in the chest,  house,  old man,  neighbor,  running,  shooting,  love triangle,  watching tv,  crying,  telephone call,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  blood,  sex,  death

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,  lake,  snow,  restaurant,  beach
Characters:policeman,  singer
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,  dream,  crying,  teenage boy,  topless female nudity,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  chase,  singing,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare breasts,  police,  blood,  sex,  nudity,  death

Bad Teacher (2011)
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:professor,  policeman,  teacher,  doctor,  friend
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,  black comedy,  car,  crying,  teenage boy,  topless female nudity,  cigarette smoking,  sex scene,  bare breasts,  nudity,  police

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,  underwear,  crying,  teenage boy,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  chase,  title spoken by character,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  police,  death,  blood

Another Year (2010) is one of the best movies like A Serious Man (2009)
Comedy, Drama

Another Year (2010)

A married couple who have managed to remain blissfully happy into their autumn years, are surrounded over the course of the four seasons of one average year by friends, colleagues, and family who all seem to suffer some degree of unhappiness.

Themes:divorce,  funeral,  friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:lawyer,  doctor,  friend
Period:summer
Story:overweight man,  sleeping on a sofa,  earphones,  medical examination,  pot smoking,  golf,  uncle nephew relationship,  widower,  suburb,  prologue,  coffee,  wine,  marijuana,  cafe,  reference to god,  watching tv,  car,  crying,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death

Charlie Bartlett (2007)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Charlie Bartlett (2007)

Although cheerful, friendly, intelligent, well-dressed, authentic and wealthy, Charlie Bartlett has problems. With his father gone and his mother loopy and clueless, he's been expelled from every private school for his victimless crimes. Now he's in a public school getting punched out daily by the school thug. He ever longs to be popular - the go-to guy - and the true crux of his troubles is that he invariably finds the means to this end, whatever that might be. At Western Summit High, he makes peace with his tormentor by going into business with him - listening to kids' problems and selling them prescription drugs. Charlie's a hit, but attraction to Susan (daughter of the school's laissez-faire principal), new security cameras on campus, a student's overdose, and Charlie's open world view all converge to get him in serious trouble. Can this self-made physician possibly heal himself and just be a kid? (Read More)

Themes:divorce,  drugs,  friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:bully,  policeman,  student,  teacher,  singer,  friend
Story:toilet stall,  boys' bathroom,  school bus,  swimming pool,  classmate,  class,  man with glasses,  toilet,  wine,  dysfunctional family,  classroom,  marijuana,  cafe,  arrest,  small town,  underwear,  song,  crying,  teenage boy,  telephone call,  singing,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  sex,  police,  blood

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