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Garden State (2004)
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:blindness,  apocalypse,  depression,  paranoia,  loneliness,  voyeurism,  funeral,  drinking,  money,  drugs,  kidnapping,  suicide,  friendship
Mood:autobiographical
Locations:town,  wheelchair,  kitchen,  airport,  bathtub,  cemetery,  hotel,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:actor,  jew,  psychiatrist,  jewish,  writer,  baby,  dancer,  policeman,  student,  prostitute,  singer,  doctor,  friend
Story:marijuana joint,  vietnamese restaurant,  woman in bra and panties,  dusting for fingerprints,  rock quarry,  peep hole,  knight in armor,  diving board,  scam artist,  medicine cabinet,  home,  home movie,  snorting cocaine,  acoustic guitar,  men's bathroom,  pain,  sitting in a bathtub,  pet cemetery,  motorcycle with a sidecar,  pet funeral,  funeral rite,  kissing in the rain,  caught in the rain,  sex with prostitute,  heavy rain,  woman crying,  hotel room,  girl in panties,  swimming pool,  white panties,  tap dancing,  telephone call,  dog humping someone's leg,  budding friendship,  seeing eye dog,  unintelligible dialogue with subtitles,  spying on couple having sex,  reference to brave new world,  snot dripping from nose,  reference to aldous huxley,  operation desert storm,  emotional detachment,  underground cavern,  reference to life magazine,  psychiatric examination,  manic pixie dream girl,  return to the past,  unhappy childhood,  meeting again,  reference to robert deniro,  camera obscura,  cuff links,  collision course,  reference to julia roberts,  eye liner,  yom kippur,  death of a pet,  velcro,  newark new jersey,  turpentine,  numbness,  neck injury,  reference to dick cheney,  mayday,  wailing wall,  pit bull,  coolie,  go kart,  joust,  trekkie,  trading card,  football practice,  siren the alarm,  grave robber,  lithium,  ark,  brain scan,  reference to star trek,  free spirit,  abyss,  neurologist,  metrosexual,  rainy day,  medical clinic,  spin the bottle,  bellhop,  ear,  grave digger,  serendipity,  police siren,  quarterback,  figure skating,  doberman,  peep show,  store clerk,  implied sex,  fingerprints,  chance,  headstone,  doctor's office,  organist,  flaming arrow,  dishwasher,  phonograph record,  hobby,  animal in cast credits,  protective male,  suit of armor,  law firm,  quarry,  hardware store,  vietnamese,  stepbrother stepsister relationship,  hamster,  video cassette,  airliner,  pet cat,  freeway,  casket,  digging a grave,  wet clothes,  shared bath,  father son reunion,  epilepsy,  headache,  overhead camera shot,  father son estrangement,  anguish,  french kiss,  hole,  paraplegic,  blind woman,  guardian,  alligator,  seizure,  urinal,  walking,  adopted son,  joint,  ecstasy,  unhappiness,  stoned,  traffic jam,  german shepherd,  invention,  bread,  escalator,  dead animal,  homecoming,  junkyard,  paralysis,  cannabis,  bong,  shyness,  photo album,  atheist,  briefs,  existentialism,  classmate,  sauna,  airplane crash,  medieval times,  ice skating,  medical examination,  bathing,  medication,  headphones,  anxiety,  inventor,  yacht,  new jersey,  tickling,  pills,  diving,  peeping tom,  scam,  towel,  burial,  fate,  knight,  improvisation,  phone booth,  american football,  temple,  helmet,  cake,  bow and arrow,  pot smoking,  medicine,  fireplace,  tea,  golf,  destiny,  hugging,  waiter,  grandfather grandson relationship,  twenty something,  record player,  black american,  trust,  loss of mother,  directorial debut,  sadness,  isolation,  gift,  directed by star,  christmas tree,  cousin cousin relationship,  reading,  written and directed by cast member,  storytelling,  audition,  pay phone,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  liar,  suburb,  screaming,  necklace,  graveyard,  best friend,  journey,  coffin,  dream sequence,  cocaine,  mansion,  police car,  bra,  dysfunctional family,  drug use,  swimming,  telephone,  alcohol,  guitar,  death of mother,  voyeur,  robot,  bathroom,  marijuana,  cafe,  bed,  reference to god,  lie,  sword,  drink,  watching tv,  los angeles california,  slow motion scene,  motorcycle,  police officer,  high school,  underwear,  rain,  song,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  coming of age,  based on true story,  panties,  cult film,  party,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  ejaculation,  dancing,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  sex scene,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  gun,  dog,  sex,  kiss,  police

Lovelace (2013)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Themes:voyeurism,  drinking,  money,  friendship
Locations:airport,  bathtub,  hotel,  restaurant
Characters:writer,  dancer,  policeman,  prostitute,  singer,  friend
Story:home movie,  snorting cocaine,  woman crying,  hotel room,  girl in panties,  swimming pool,  white panties,  telephone call,  briefs,  pills,  pot smoking,  trust,  audition,  pay phone,  pain,  cocaine,  police car,  swimming,  telephone,  marijuana,  cafe,  reference to god,  drink,  watching tv,  police officer,  underwear,  song,  crying,  based on true story,  panties,  party,  singing,  ejaculation,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  police,  sex,  gun,  kiss

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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.

Themes:drinking,  money,  drugs,  friendship
Locations:hotel,  bar
Characters:singer,  friend
Story:hotel room,  swimming pool,  white panties,  telephone call,  manic pixie dream girl,  wet clothes,  bong,  briefs,  pills,  pot smoking,  record player,  reading,  pay phone,  drug use,  swimming,  telephone,  alcohol,  guitar,  voyeur,  bathroom,  marijuana,  drink,  watching tv,  los angeles california,  high school,  underwear,  song,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  coming of age,  based on true story,  panties,  party,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  sex,  kiss

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:drinking,  money,  drugs,  friendship
Mood:autobiographical
Locations:wheelchair,  kitchen,  bathtub,  hotel,  restaurant
Characters:writer,  policeman,  student,  prostitute,  friend
Story:peep hole,  medicine cabinet,  snorting cocaine,  hotel room,  telephone call,  high school,  casket,  anguish,  stoned,  classmate,  pills,  home,  black american,  storytelling,  best friend,  journey,  coffin,  cocaine,  police car,  bra,  drug use,  swimming,  telephone,  bathroom,  cafe,  drink,  watching tv,  slow motion scene,  underwear,  rain,  crying,  coming of age,  based on true story,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  sex,  kiss,  gun,  police

The Wackness (2008) is one of the best movies like Garden State (2004)
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:depression,  paranoia,  loneliness,  drinking,  money,  drugs,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:psychiatrist,  dancer,  policeman,  friend
Story:classmate,  snorting cocaine,  men's bathroom,  telephone call,  high school,  stoned,  bong,  headphones,  new jersey,  pills,  home,  phone booth,  pot smoking,  grandfather grandson relationship,  reading,  pay phone,  best friend,  cocaine,  dysfunctional family,  drug use,  swimming,  guitar,  voyeur,  bathroom,  marijuana,  drink,  watching tv,  slow motion scene,  police officer,  crying,  coming of age,  party,  dancing,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  dog,  kiss,  gun,  sex,  police

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Enter The Void (2009)
Drama, Fantasy

Enter The Void (2009)

Tokyo's nasty underside, seen primarily through the eyes of Oscar, a heavy drug user, whose sister Linda is a stripper. Oscar also has flashbacks to his childhood when trauma upends the siblings. Oscar's drug-fed hallucinations alter Tokyo's already-disconcerting nights, and after the police shoot him, he can float above and look down: on his sister's sorrow, on the rooms of a love hotel, and on life at even a molecular level. The spectrum's colors can be beautiful; it's people's colorless lives that can be ugly. And what of afterlife, is there more than a void? This is why Enter The Void (2009) is one of the best movies like Garden State (2004). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  money,  drugs,  friendship
Locations:airport,  bathtub,  hotel,  bar
Characters:jew,  baby,  dancer,  policeman,  prostitute,  singer,  doctor,  friend
Story:hotel room,  telephone call,  shared bath,  overhead camera shot,  pills,  peeping tom,  pot smoking,  grandfather grandson relationship,  pay phone,  screaming,  best friend,  cocaine,  police car,  drug use,  swimming,  death of mother,  bathroom,  marijuana,  underwear,  song,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  panties,  cult film,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  police,  gun,  kiss,  sex

Layer Cake (2004)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Layer Cake (2004)

A successful cocaine dealer, who has earned a respected place among England's Mafia elite, plans an early retirement from the business. However, big boss Jimmy Price hands down a tough assignment: find Charlotte Ryder, the missing rich princess daughter of Jimmy's old pal Edward, a powerful construction business player and gossip papers socialite. Complicating matters are two million pounds' worth of Grade A ecstasy, a brutal Serbian gang and a whole series of double crossings. The title "LAYER CAKE" refers to the layers or levels anyone in business goes through in rising to the top. What is revealed is a modern underworld where the rules have changed. There are no 'codes', or 'families' and respect lasts as long as a line. Not knowing who he can trust, he has to use all his 'savvy', 'telling' and skills which make him one of the best, to escape his own. The ultimate last job, a love interest called Tammy, and an international drug ring threaten to draw him back into the 'cake mix'. But, time is running out and the penalty will endure a lifetime.. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  drinking,  money,  drugs,  kidnapping,  suicide
Locations:airport,  hotel,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:dancer,  policeman
Story:ecstasy,  marijuana joint,  pills,  temple,  snorting cocaine,  cocaine,  hotel room,  girl in panties,  swimming pool,  telephone call,  police siren,  peep show,  overhead camera shot,  stoned,  bong,  headphones,  scam,  cake,  pot smoking,  tea,  trust,  directorial debut,  liar,  mansion,  police car,  bra,  drug use,  swimming,  voyeur,  cafe,  lie,  drink,  motorcycle,  underwear,  rain,  panties,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  sex,  gun,  police

Candy (2006)
Drama, Romance

Candy (2006)

This story is a narration from an Australian man who falls in love with two kinds of Candy: a woman of the same name and heroin. The narrator changes from a smart-aleck to someone trying to find a vein to inject, while Candy changes from an actress, call girl, streetwalker, and then a madwoman. Starting in Sydney, the two eventually end up in Melbourne to go clean, but they fail. This leads them to turn to finding money and heroin, while other posessions and attachments become unimportant. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  money,  drugs
Locations:wheelchair,  kitchen,  bathtub,  restaurant
Characters:baby,  prostitute,  doctor
Story:marijuana joint,  swimming pool,  telephone call,  dishwasher,  urinal,  joint,  ecstasy,  stoned,  pot smoking,  reading,  pain,  bra,  drug use,  swimming,  bathroom,  marijuana,  cafe,  lie,  drink,  watching tv,  underwear,  rain,  crying,  panties,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  sex,  kiss

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Hesher (2010) is one of the best movies like Garden State (2004)
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:depression,  funeral,  drinking,  money,  friendship
Locations:bathtub
Characters:policeman,  singer,  doctor,  friend
Story:diving board,  swimming pool,  telephone call,  store clerk,  urinal,  walking,  junkyard,  bong,  briefs,  pills,  pot smoking,  twenty something,  directorial debut,  loss of mother,  storytelling,  liar,  suburb,  pain,  coffin,  drug use,  swimming,  guitar,  death of mother,  marijuana,  lie,  drink,  watching tv,  slow motion scene,  high school,  underwear,  rain,  song,  crying,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  sex scene,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  police

The Spectacular Now (2013)
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:drinking,  money,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:dancer,  friend
Story:woman in bra and panties,  swimming pool,  telephone call,  store clerk,  father son reunion,  unhappiness,  hugging,  black american,  trust,  reading,  storytelling,  best friend,  bra,  telephone,  alcohol,  reference to god,  lie,  drink,  slow motion scene,  high school,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  coming of age,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  sex,  kiss

Another Year (2010)
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. This is why Another Year (2010) is one of the best movies like Garden State (2004). (Read More)

Themes:depression,  loneliness,  funeral,  drinking,  money,  friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:baby,  doctor,  friend
Story:telephone call,  unhappiness,  medical examination,  helmet,  cake,  pot smoking,  tea,  golf,  sadness,  cousin cousin relationship,  reading,  suburb,  coffin,  telephone,  death of mother,  marijuana,  cafe,  reference to god,  drink,  watching tv,  rain,  crying,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss

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Nowhere Boy (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:depression,  funeral,  drinking,  money,  friendship
Locations:cemetery,  restaurant
Characters:baby,  dancer,  student,  singer,  friend
Story:telephone call,  guardian,  urinal,  tea,  record player,  sadness,  cousin cousin relationship,  reading,  graveyard,  best friend,  telephone,  guitar,  death of mother,  cafe,  reference to god,  lie,  drink,  underwear,  song,  crying,  coming of age,  based on true story,  party,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  sex,  kiss

The Matador (2005) is one of the best movies like Garden State (2004)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Matador (2005)

A chance encounter between a travelling salesman and a lonely hitman triggers a strangely profound relationship which provokes each to act in ways neither would have imagined possible. Fate steps in to form a friendship between two men from irreconcilable worlds that will alter the lives of both forever. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  drinking,  money,  friendship
Locations:kitchen,  airport,  cemetery,  hotel,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:dancer,  prostitute,  friend
Story:men's bathroom,  hotel room,  swimming pool,  telephone call,  chance,  overhead camera shot,  fate,  american football,  fireplace,  hugging,  record player,  christmas tree,  storytelling,  liar,  graveyard,  bathroom,  cafe,  lie,  sword,  drink,  watching tv,  slow motion scene,  high school,  underwear,  rain,  crying,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  dog,  kiss,  sex,  gun

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:depression,  drinking,  drugs,  friendship
Locations:kitchen,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:jew,  psychiatrist,  jewish,  student,  singer,  friend
Story:snorting cocaine,  men's bathroom,  heavy rain,  swimming pool,  telephone call,  rainy day,  hamster,  german shepherd,  paralysis,  medication,  anxiety,  pot smoking,  waiter,  twenty something,  loss of mother,  storytelling,  pain,  best friend,  cocaine,  bra,  drug use,  swimming,  alcohol,  guitar,  death of mother,  bathroom,  marijuana,  cafe,  bed,  drink,  watching tv,  los angeles california,  underwear,  rain,  song,  panties,  party,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  sex scene,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  dog,  kiss,  sex

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Boy A (2007)
Drama

Boy A (2007)

A young man is released from prison after many years and given a new identity in a new town. Aided by a supervisor who becomes like a father to him he finds a job and friends and hesitantly starts a relationship with a compassionate girl. But the secret of the heinous crime he committed as a boy weighs down on him, and he learns that it is not so easy to escape your past. (Read More)

Themes:depression,  paranoia,  drinking,  drugs,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:town,  bathtub,  cemetery,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  student,  friend
Story:men's bathroom,  telephone call,  shared bath,  father son estrangement,  ecstasy,  classmate,  hugging,  gift,  liar,  screaming,  graveyard,  dream sequence,  bra,  dysfunctional family,  drug use,  voyeur,  cafe,  bed,  lie,  drink,  watching tv,  underwear,  crying,  coming of age,  based on true story,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  sex scene,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  police,  kiss

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. This is why Hustle & Flow (2005) is one of the best movies like Garden State (2004). (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  money,  friendship
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:baby,  dancer,  policeman,  prostitute,  singer,  friend
Story:marijuana joint,  men's bathroom,  telephone call,  chance,  classmate,  black american,  police car,  drug use,  marijuana,  cafe,  reference to god,  drink,  high school,  underwear,  rain,  song,  crying,  singing,  dancing,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  dog,  gun,  police,  sex,  kiss

Adoration (2013) is one of the best movies like Garden State (2004)
Drama, Romance

Adoration (2013)

Lil ('Naomi Watts' (qv)) and Roz ('Robin Wright (V)' (qv)) are two lifelong friends, having grown up together as neighbors in an idyllic beach town. As adults, their sons have developed a friendship as strong as that which binds their mothers. One summer, all four are confronted by simmering emotions that have been mounting between them, and each find unexpected happiness in relationships that cross the bounds of convention. (Read More)

Themes:loneliness,  voyeurism,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:town,  kitchen,  cemetery,  hotel,  bar
Characters:baby,  actor,  dancer,  singer,  friend
Story:telephone call,  photo album,  burial,  tea,  sadness,  audition,  graveyard,  best friend,  swimming,  telephone,  voyeur,  reference to god,  lie,  drink,  song,  crying,  panties,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss,  sex

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Swimming Pool (2003)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Swimming Pool (2003)

Sarah Morton is a famous British mystery author. Tired of London and seeking inspiration for her new novel, she accepts an offer from her publisher John Bosload to stay at his home in Luberon, in the South of France. It is the off-season, and Sarah finds that the beautiful country locale and unhurried pace is just the tonic for her--until late one night, when John's indolent and insouciant French daughter Julie unexpectedly arrives. Sarah's prim and steely English reserve is jarred by Julie's reckless, sexually charged lifestyle. Their interactions set off an increasingly unsettling series of events, as Sarah's creative process and a possible real-life murder begin to blend dangerously together. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  money,  drugs
Locations:airport,  bathtub,  restaurant
Characters:writer,  policeman
Story:swimming pool,  telephone call,  digging a grave,  cannabis,  towel,  home,  waiter,  mansion,  bra,  swimming,  death of mother,  voyeur,  bathroom,  marijuana,  cafe,  bed,  drink,  motorcycle,  underwear,  rain,  panties,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  sex scene,  mother daughter relationship,  kiss,  police

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:loneliness,  funeral,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:town,  wheelchair,  bathtub,  cemetery,  restaurant
Characters:dancer,  singer,  doctor
Story:telephone call,  doctor's office,  phonograph record,  shyness,  headphones,  anxiety,  home,  record player,  isolation,  reading,  graveyard,  cafe,  drink,  song,  coming of age,  party,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  sex

Sleeping With Other People (2015)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Sleeping With Other People (2015)

Themes:voyeurism,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:hotel,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  prostitute,  doctor,  friend
Story:girl in panties,  swimming pool,  telephone call,  doctor's office,  stoned,  pot smoking,  waiter,  black american,  best friend,  police car,  drug use,  telephone,  voyeur,  marijuana,  cafe,  reference to god,  lie,  drink,  watching tv,  slow motion scene,  rain,  panties,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  dog,  kiss,  sex

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Persepolis (2007) is one of the best movies like Garden State (2004)
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. This is why Persepolis (2007) is one of the best movies like Garden State (2004). (Read More)

Themes:depression,  funeral,  drinking,  friendship
Mood:autobiographical
Locations:wheelchair,  airport,  bathtub,  cemetery,  restaurant
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  student,  prostitute,  doctor,  friend
Story:telephone call,  dog humping someone's leg,  pills,  burial,  home,  hugging,  twenty something,  cousin cousin relationship,  reading,  storytelling,  pay phone,  liar,  pain,  bra,  drug use,  marijuana,  cafe,  bed,  reference to god,  lie,  drink,  watching tv,  motorcycle,  high school,  rain,  crying,  coming of age,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  police,  dog,  kiss

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,  drinking,  money,  drugs,  kidnapping,  friendship
Locations:bathtub,  bar
Characters:student,  prostitute,  friend
Story:snorting cocaine,  men's bathroom,  heavy rain,  telephone call,  overhead camera shot,  seizure,  shyness,  photo album,  pot smoking,  sadness,  gift,  christmas tree,  reading,  best friend,  cocaine,  dysfunctional family,  drug use,  marijuana,  bed,  drink,  watching tv,  underwear,  rain,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  coming of age,  singing,  ejaculation,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  dog,  kiss,  gun

We Own The Night (2007)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

We Own The Night (2007)

Brooklyn, 1988. Crime is rife, especially drugs and drug violence. A Russian thug is building his heroin trade, while everyone laughs at the cops. Brothers have chosen different paths: Joe has followed his father Bert into New York's Finest; he's a rising star. Bobby, who uses his mother's maiden name, manages a club. Bobby too is on the rise: he has a new girlfriend and a green-light to develop a Manhattan club. Joe and Bert ask him to help with intelligence gathering; he declines. Then, Joe raids Bobby's club to arrest the Russian. From there, things spiral out of control: the Russian puts out a hit on Joe, personal losses mount, and Bobby's loyalties face the test. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  drinking,  money,  drugs,  suicide
Locations:wheelchair,  cemetery,  restaurant
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  singer
Story:snorting cocaine,  telephone call,  homecoming,  grandfather grandson relationship,  trust,  graveyard,  coffin,  cocaine,  police car,  dysfunctional family,  drug use,  death of mother,  marijuana,  cafe,  drink,  slow motion scene,  motorcycle,  police officer,  song,  crying,  party,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  dog,  police,  sex,  gun

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All Good Things (2010)
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:depression,  drinking,  money,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:jew,  psychiatrist,  jewish,  writer,  dancer,  student,  singer,  friend
Story:peep hole,  home movie,  snorting cocaine,  men's bathroom,  swimming pool,  telephone call,  briefs,  phone booth,  pot smoking,  record player,  trust,  loss of mother,  pay phone,  cocaine,  drug use,  swimming,  marijuana,  cafe,  drink,  los angeles california,  underwear,  rain,  song,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  based on true story,  panties,  party,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  sex scene,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss,  dog,  gun,  police

21 Grams (2003) is one of the best movies like Garden State (2004)
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:loneliness,  drinking,  drugs,  suicide
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:policeman,  doctor
Story:swimming pool,  telephone call,  chance,  hamster,  stoned,  medical examination,  pills,  medicine,  golf,  pain,  cocaine,  police car,  drug use,  swimming,  death of mother,  voyeur,  bathroom,  cafe,  reference to god,  drink,  watching tv,  underwear,  rain,  crying,  panties,  party,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  gun,  police,  kiss

The Soloist (2009)
Biography, Drama, Music

The Soloist (2009)

In 2005, the only thing hurting Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez more than his face from a recent bike accident was his pressing need for story ideas. That is when he discovers Nathaniel Ayers, a mentally ill, homeless street musician who possesses extraordinary talent, even through his half-broken instruments. Inspired by his story, Lopez writes an acclaimed series of articles about Ayers and attempts to do more to help both him and the rest of the underclass of LA have a better life. However, Lopez's good intentions run headlong in the hard realities of the strength of Ayers' personal demons and the larger social injustices facing the homeless. Regardless, Lopez and Ayers must find a way to conquer their deepest anxieties and frustrations to hope for a brighter future for both of them. This is why The Soloist (2009) is one of the best movies like Garden State (2004). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:hotel,  bar
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  singer,  friend
Story:men's bathroom,  telephone call,  lithium,  freeway,  atheist,  medication,  phone booth,  black american,  storytelling,  pay phone,  liar,  cocaine,  drug use,  reference to god,  lie,  drink,  los angeles california,  slow motion scene,  underwear,  song,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  singing,  dancing,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  police

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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. (Read More)

Themes:blindness,  money
Locations:airport,  hotel,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:prostitute,  singer,  doctor
Story:scam artist,  heavy rain,  swimming pool,  implied sex,  phonograph record,  overhead camera shot,  scam,  phone booth,  waiter,  record player,  christmas tree,  audition,  pay phone,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  necklace,  mansion,  police car,  bra,  lie,  los angeles california,  police officer,  high school,  based on true story,  cult film,  party,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  sex scene,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  police,  dog

La Montana Sagrada (1973)
Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

La Montana Sagrada (1973)

A Christlike figure wanders through bizarre, grotesque scenarios filled with religious and sacrilegious imagery. He meets a mystical guide who introduces him to seven wealthy and powerful people, each representing a planet in the Solar system. These seven, along with the protagonist, the guide and the guide's assistant, divest themselves of their worldly goods and form a group of nine who will seek the Holy Mountain, in order to displace the gods who live there and become immortal. (Read More)

Themes:blindness,  drinking,  money,  drugs
Locations:wheelchair,  bathtub,  cemetery,  bar
Characters:jew,  baby,  dancer,  prostitute
Story:casket,  dead animal,  existentialism,  bathing,  pills,  helmet,  cake,  directed by star,  written and directed by cast member,  graveyard,  journey,  coffin,  cocaine,  drug use,  alcohol,  guitar,  bathroom,  marijuana,  bed,  reference to god,  sword,  drink,  cult film,  party,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  kiss,  police,  dog,  gun,  sex

American Psycho (2000) is one of the best movies like Garden State (2004)
Crime, Drama

American Psycho (2000)

Patrick Bateman is handsome, well educated and intelligent. He is twenty-seven and living his own American dream. He works by day on Wall Street, earning a fortune to complement the one he was born with. At night he descends into madness, as he experiments with fear and violence.

Themes:paranoia,  drinking,  money,  drugs,  friendship
Locations:bathtub,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:policeman,  prostitute
Story:woman in bra and panties,  snorting cocaine,  men's bathroom,  sex with prostitute,  lithium,  overhead camera shot,  urinal,  headphones,  phone booth,  fireplace,  waiter,  christmas tree,  cousin cousin relationship,  pay phone,  screaming,  cocaine,  police car,  bra,  drug use,  telephone,  voyeur,  bed,  drink,  watching tv,  police officer,  underwear,  crying,  panties,  cult film,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  sex scene,  police,  kiss,  gun,  dog

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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:drinking,  money,  drugs,  friendship
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:jewish,  policeman,  student,  singer,  friend
Story:telephone call,  stoned,  bong,  record player,  pay phone,  liar,  drug use,  guitar,  bathroom,  marijuana,  cafe,  lie,  drink,  slow motion scene,  high school,  underwear,  song,  coming of age,  cult film,  singing,  ejaculation,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss,  sex,  police,  dog

Lolita (1997)
Drama, Romance

Lolita (1997)

Humbert Humbert, a British professor coming to the US to teach, rents a room in Charlotte Haze's house, but only after he sees her 14-year-old daughter, Dolores (Lolita), to whom he is immediately attracted. Though he hates the mother, he marries her as this is the only way to be close to the girl, who will prove to be too mature for her age. They start a journey together, trying to hide they're not just (step)father and daughter, throughout the country, being followed by someone whom Humbert first suspects to be from the police. The profound jealousy, and maybe some guilt from the forbidden love, seem slowly to drive the man emotionally labile. This is why Lolita (1997) is one of the best movies like Garden State (2004). (Read More)

Themes:voyeurism,  drinking,  money
Locations:hotel
Characters:writer,  dancer,  policeman,  singer,  doctor
Story:girl in panties,  swimming pool,  white panties,  telephone call,  french kiss,  record player,  screaming,  journey,  police car,  swimming,  death of mother,  voyeur,  bed,  lie,  drink,  slow motion scene,  underwear,  rain,  crying,  panties,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  gun,  kiss,  dog,  police,  sex

Alfie (2004)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Alfie (2004)

In Manhattan, the British limousine driver Alfie is surrounded by beautiful women, most of them clients, and he lives as a Don Juan, having one night stands with all of them and without any sort of commitment. His girl-friend and single-mother Julie is quite upset with the situation and his best friends are his colleague Marlon and his girl-friend Lonette. Alfie has a brief affair with Lonette, and the consequences of his act forces Alfie to reflect and wonder about his life style. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:kitchen,  bathtub,  cemetery,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:baby,  prostitute,  doctor,  friend
Story:men's bathroom,  heavy rain,  rainy day,  doctor's office,  walking,  medical examination,  pot smoking,  graveyard,  best friend,  coffin,  alcohol,  marijuana,  cafe,  drink,  motorcycle,  underwear,  rain,  crying,  panties,  party,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  sex scene,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  dog,  sex,  kiss

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Taking Woodstock (2009) is one of the best movies like Garden State (2004)
Biography, Comedy, Drama, Music

Taking Woodstock (2009)

Themes:money,  drugs
Locations:bar
Characters:jewish,  actor,  dancer,  policeman
Story:heavy rain,  swimming pool,  telephone call,  stoned,  traffic jam,  hugging,  record player,  drug use,  telephone,  guitar,  marijuana,  watching tv,  motorcycle,  underwear,  rain,  brother sister relationship,  based on true story,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  sex,  gun,  kiss,  police,  dog

Fish Tank (2009)
Drama

Fish Tank (2009)

Mia, an aggressive fifteen-year-old girl, lives on an Essex estate with her tarty mother, Joanne, and precocious little sister Tyler. She has been thrown out of school and is awaiting admission to a referrals unit and spends her days aimlessly. She begins an uneasy friendship with Joanne's slick boyfriend, Connor, who encourages her one interest, dancing. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  money,  friendship
Locations:kitchen
Characters:dancer
Story:girl in panties,  white panties,  telephone call,  spying on couple having sex,  hardware store,  hamster,  german shepherd,  junkyard,  hugging,  audition,  suburb,  screaming,  dysfunctional family,  voyeur,  drink,  watching tv,  slow motion scene,  underwear,  rain,  crying,  coming of age,  panties,  party,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  family relationships,  sex,  kiss,  dog

Blow (2001)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Blow (2001)

A boy named George Jung grows up in a struggling family in the 1950's. His mother nags at her husband as he is trying to make a living for the family. It is finally revealed that George's father cannot make a living and the family goes bankrupt. George does not want the same thing to happen to him, and his friend Tuna, in the 1960's, suggests that he deal marijuana. He is a big hit in California in the 1960's, yet he goes to jail, where he finds out about the wonders of cocaine. As a result, when released, he gets rich by bringing cocaine to America. However, he soon pays the price. (Read More)

Themes:loneliness,  drinking,  money,  drugs,  friendship
Locations:cemetery,  bar
Characters:actor,  dancer,  policeman,  student,  friend
Story:home movie,  snorting cocaine,  cocaine,  swimming pool,  stoned,  cannabis,  bong,  burial,  fate,  waiter,  graveyard,  mansion,  drug use,  telephone,  marijuana,  drink,  los angeles california,  based on true story,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  gun,  police

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Deception (2008)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Deception (2008)

Cat and mouse. Jonathan McQuarry is an auditor in Manhattan, moving from office to office checking their books. While working late, a smooth and well-dressed man named Wyatt Bose chats Jonathan up, offers him a joint, and soon they're pals. When their cell phones are accidentally swapped, Jonathan answers Wyatt's phone to a series of women asking if he's free tonight. Jonathan discovers it's a sex club: busy powerful people meet each other anonymously in hotels. Jonathan falls for one of the club members, whom he knows only as "S," whom he's also seen on a subway. When she goes missing, patterns emerge and Jonathan faces demands involving violence and lots of money. This is why Deception (2008) is one of the best movies like Garden State (2004). (Read More)

Themes:loneliness,  drinking,  money
Locations:hotel,  bar
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  singer,  friend
Story:hotel room,  telephone call,  joint,  stoned,  shyness,  scam,  pot smoking,  liar,  bra,  drug use,  guitar,  marijuana,  lie,  drink,  watching tv,  underwear,  rain,  song,  panties,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  sex scene,  sex,  kiss,  police,  gun

Pineapple Express (2008) is one of the best movies like Garden State (2004)
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,  drinking,  money,  drugs,  kidnapping,  friendship
Locations:wheelchair,  restaurant
Characters:jew,  dancer,  policeman,  doctor,  friend
Story:marijuana joint,  telephone call,  ear,  police siren,  cannabis,  bong,  classmate,  cake,  pot smoking,  pay phone,  liar,  best friend,  police car,  drug use,  bathroom,  marijuana,  lie,  drink,  slow motion scene,  high school,  underwear,  crying,  cult film,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  african american,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  police,  kiss,  gun

Waiting... (2005)
Comedy

Waiting... (2005)

It's the dinner shift at Shenanigan's. Dan, the clueless boss, assigns Mitch, 22, a trainee, to Monty, the smooth talker who chases girls for one-night stands. Dean, a waiter, also 22, feels that life is passing him by. Dan offers him the assistant manager job and gives him until midnight to decide. Other waiters, cooks, and bus boys have their issues and personalities. Bishop, the dishwasher, is their counselor. During this shift, Monty may learn something, Dean makes his decision, Dan makes a play for the not-yet-18 hostess, customers get their comeuppance, the guys all play the in-house homophobic flashing game, the gals demonstrate why they won't, and Mitch gets the last word. (Read More)

Themes:blindness,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:kitchen,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:friend
Story:marijuana joint,  men's bathroom,  telephone call,  dishwasher,  urinal,  bong,  pot smoking,  waiter,  twenty something,  pay phone,  screaming,  dream sequence,  drug use,  marijuana,  cafe,  drink,  slow motion scene,  high school,  underwear,  crying,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  sex

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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,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:town,  wheelchair,  airport,  bathtub,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:jewish,  dancer,  friend
Story:woman in bra and panties,  girl in panties,  white panties,  telephone call,  dog humping someone's leg,  football practice,  peeping tom,  american football,  cake,  waiter,  record player,  pay phone,  voyeur,  bathroom,  drink,  party,  underwear,  panties,  cult film,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  sex,  kiss,  dog

Alpha Dog (2006)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Alpha Dog (2006)

1999, Claremont, California. Middle-class kids, in their 20s, talk trash, wave guns, hang out in a pack. Johnny Truelove, drug dealer and son of a underworld figure, threatens Jake Mazursky, an explosive head case who owes Johnny money; Jake responds by breaking into Johnny's house. On impulse, Johnny and a couple pals kidnap Jake's 15-year-old brother, Zach. Zach's okay with it, figuring his brother will pay the debt soon. Johnny assigns his buddy Frankie to be Zach's minder, and they develop a brotherly friendship. Zach parties with his captors as things begin to spin out of control. Group think, amorality, and fear of prison assert a hold on the pack. Is Zach in danger? (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  money,  kidnapping,  friendship
Locations:restaurant,  bar
Characters:jewish,  policeman
Story:marijuana joint,  diving board,  home movie,  swimming pool,  digging a grave,  german shepherd,  bong,  pot smoking,  twenty something,  pay phone,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  suburb,  police car,  marijuana,  watching tv,  slow motion scene,  based on true story,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  sex scene,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  dog

High-rise (2015) is one of the best movies like Garden State (2004)
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. This is why High-rise (2015) is one of the best movies like Garden State (2004). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  drinking,  money,  drugs,  kidnapping,  suicide
Locations:wheelchair
Characters:psychiatrist,  baby,  dancer,  policeman,  doctor
Story:snorting cocaine,  waiter,  record player,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  screaming,  dream sequence,  cocaine,  police car,  swimming,  reference to god,  lie,  drink,  watching tv,  slow motion scene,  underwear,  brother sister relationship,  party,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  sex,  gun,  kiss,  dog

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We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)

Eva Khatchadourian is trying to piece together her life following the "incident". Once a successful travel writer, she is forced to take whatever job comes her way, which of late is as a clerk in a travel agency. She lives a solitary life as people who know about her situation openly shun her, even to the point of violent actions toward her. She, in turn, fosters that solitary life because of the incident, the aftermath of which has turned her into a meek and scared woman. That incident involved her son Kevin Khatchadourian, who is now approaching his eighteenth birthday. Eva and Kevin have always had a troubled relationship, even when he was an infant. Whatever troubles he saw, Franklin, Eva's complacent husband, just attributed it to Kevin being a typical boy. The incident may be seen by both Kevin and Eva as his ultimate act in defiance against his mother. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  drinking
Locations:wheelchair,  restaurant
Characters:writer,  baby,  dancer,  policeman,  singer,  doctor
Story:kissing in the rain,  telephone call,  doctor's office,  hamster,  medication,  pills,  cake,  bow and arrow,  hugging,  christmas tree,  reading,  liar,  suburb,  police car,  bra,  dysfunctional family,  telephone,  lie,  drink,  watching tv,  high school,  rain,  song,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  party,  singing,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss

La Science Des Reves (2006)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

La Science Des Reves (2006)

Following the death of his father in Mexico, Stephane Miroux, a shy insecure young man, agrees to come to Paris to draw closer to his widowed mother Christine. He lands a boring job at a calendar-making firm and falls in love with his charming neighbor Stephanie. But conquering her is no bed of roses for the young man and the only solution he finds to put up with the difficulties he is going through is escape into a dream world... (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:bathtub,  bar
Characters:writer,  dancer,  policeman,  singer,  friend
Story:peep hole,  home movie,  acoustic guitar,  telephone call,  invention,  airplane crash,  inventor,  helmet,  dream sequence,  police car,  swimming,  telephone,  guitar,  bed,  lie,  drink,  watching tv,  underwear,  song,  panties,  party,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  sex,  police,  kiss

Killer Joe (2011)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Killer Joe (2011)

Finding himself in considerable debt, Chris, a Texan drug dealer, decides the only solution is to murder his mother to collect the insurance money. Getting together with his father, the ex-husband of Chris' mother, they decide to hire Joe Cooper (a contract killer) who also happens to be a police detective. The plan is that the money will go to Chris' sister Dottie. However due to the size of the contract fee, Chris agrees that Joe can take Dottie as a retainer until the insurance comes through. (Read More)

Themes:money,  funeral,  drinking,  drugs
Locations:cemetery,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:baby,  policeman
Story:marijuana joint,  telephone call,  pit bull,  burial,  temple,  pot smoking,  trust,  storytelling,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  graveyard,  coffin,  dysfunctional family,  drug use,  telephone,  death of mother,  voyeur,  marijuana,  cafe,  reference to god,  lie,  drink,  watching tv,  motorcycle,  rain,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  police,  dog,  gun,  sex

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Bully (2001) is one of the best movies like Garden State (2004)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Bully (2001)

After finding himself at the constant abuse of his best friend, Bobby, Marty has become fed up with his friend's twisted ways. His girlfriend, a victim of Bobby's often cruel ways, couldn't agree more and they strategize murdering Bobby, with a group of willing and unwilling participants in a small Florida town. In the midst of their plotting, they find themselves contemplating with the possible aftermath of what could happen. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  drinking,  drugs,  friendship
Locations:town,  bar
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  student,  prostitute,  friend
Story:marijuana joint,  white panties,  telephone call,  doberman,  stoned,  pot smoking,  waiter,  cousin cousin relationship,  suburb,  best friend,  drug use,  bathroom,  marijuana,  drink,  watching tv,  underwear,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  based on true story,  panties,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  sex scene,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  police,  dog,  gun

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. This is why A Single Man (2009) is one of the best movies like Garden State (2004). (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  depression,  loneliness,  drinking,  money,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:jew,  jewish,  actor,  dancer,  student,  friend
Story:heavy rain,  telephone call,  reference to aldous huxley,  eye liner,  briefs,  pills,  diving,  towel,  fate,  phone booth,  fireplace,  twenty something,  record player,  isolation,  gift,  cousin cousin relationship,  reading,  pay phone,  drug use,  swimming,  bathroom,  drink,  watching tv,  los angeles california,  motorcycle,  underwear,  rain,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  party,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  dog,  kiss,  gun

Odishon (1999)
Drama, Horror, Mystery

Odishon (1999)

In Tokyo, Shigeharu Aoyama is a widower that grieves the loss of his wife and raises his son Shigehiko Aoyama alone. Seven years later, the teenage Shigehiko asks why his middle-aged father does not remarry and Shigeharu meets his friend Yasuhisa Yoshikawa, who is a film producer, and tells his intention. However, Shigeharu has difficulties to approach to available women to date and Yasuhisa decide to organize a sham audition for casting the lead actress for the fake movie. They receive several portfolios of candidates and Shigeharu becomes obsessed by the gorgeous Asami Yamazaki. Despite the advice of the experienced Yasuhisa, Shigeharu calls Asami to date and he falls for her. But who is the mysterious Asami? (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  loneliness,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:wheelchair,  hotel,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:dancer,  friend,  doctor
Story:audition,  men's bathroom,  telephone call,  reference to julia roberts,  unhappiness,  traffic jam,  paralysis,  sadness,  liar,  pain,  bra,  drug use,  telephone,  death of mother,  cafe,  bed,  lie,  drink,  watching tv,  underwear,  rain,  panties,  cult film,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  kiss,  dog,  sex

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The Limey (1999)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Limey (1999)

An ex-con, fresh out of prison, goes to L.A. to try to learn who murdered his daughter. However, he quickly finds that he is completely out of place with no understanding of the culture he finds. His investigations are helped by another ex-con. Together they learn that his daughter had been having an affair with a record producer, who is presently having an affair with another young woman. An aging actress, who also knew his daughter, forces him to look at his own failures as a father. The movie does focus on the drama of the situation and the inter-relationships of the characters and seldom slips into an action piece. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  money,  drugs,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:kitchen,  airport,  bathtub,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:actor,  policeman,  friend
Story:acoustic guitar,  swimming pool,  towel,  fireplace,  waiter,  storytelling,  mansion,  bra,  drug use,  swimming,  death of mother,  marijuana,  cafe,  reference to god,  drink,  watching tv,  los angeles california,  motorcycle,  police officer,  panties,  party,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  gun,  police,  sex

An Education (2009) is one of the best movies like Garden State (2004)
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:drinking,  money,  friendship
Locations:kitchen,  cemetery,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:jew,  jewish,  dancer,  student,  singer,  friend
Story:scam artist,  heavy rain,  hotel room,  hobby,  existentialism,  tea,  hugging,  record player,  gift,  reading,  suburb,  pain,  cafe,  lie,  drink,  slow motion scene,  rain,  song,  crying,  coming of age,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  sex,  kiss,  dog

Swingers (1996)
Comedy, Drama

Swingers (1996)

This is a story about Mike, a guy who left his girl in New York when he came to LA to be a star. It's been six months since his girlfriend left him and he's not doing so good. So, his pal and some other friends try and get him back in the social scene and forget about his 6 year relationship.

Themes:depression,  drinking,  money,  friendship
Locations:kitchen,  restaurant,  bar
Characters:baby,  actor,  dancer,  singer,  friend
Story:telephone call,  towel,  golf,  twenty something,  storytelling,  audition,  telephone,  cafe,  drink,  los angeles california,  slow motion scene,  underwear,  song,  crying,  panties,  cult film,  party,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  kiss,  gun,  sex

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