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Girl, Interrupted (1999)
Biography, Drama

Girl, Interrupted (1999)

Unable to cope with reality and the difficulty that comes with it, 18 year old Susanna, is admitted to a mental institution in order to overcome her disorder. However, she has trouble understanding her disorder and therefore finds it difficult to tame, especially when she meets the suggestive and unpredictable Lisa. (Read More)

Themes:writing,  sexuality,  unfaithfulness,  insanity,  racism,  incest,  escape,  adultery,  drugs,  infidelity,  suicide,  friendship
Mood:autobiographical,  melodrama
Locations:bathtub
Characters:psychiatrist,  nurse,  doctor,  friend
Period:1960s
Story:doctor patient relationship,  suicide by hanging,  mental institution,  female psychiatrist,  suicide attempt,  watching television,  reading book,  cat hissing,  birthday cake,  father daughter incest,  psychiatric nurse,  taxi driver,  escape from mental institution,  dangerous friend,  based on book,  reference to jan vermeer,  institutional life,  coming of age film,  summer of love,  ice cream parlor,  deliberate cruelty,  military draft,  teacher student sex,  psychiatric ward,  barking,  reference to walt disney,  aspirin,  rich snob,  borderline personality disorder,  double standard,  authority,  based on autobiography,  camaraderie,  self harm,  memoir,  identity crisis,  medical profession,  intimacy,  eating disorder,  bourgeoisie,  raining,  rehabilitation,  lollipop,  razor,  insane asylum,  female bonding,  adolescence,  physical abuse,  pill,  promiscuity,  social worker,  classmate,  post traumatic stress disorder,  mental hospital,  sexism,  hippie,  reverse footage,  schizophrenia,  vietnam war,  psychology,  eccentric,  hiding,  guitarist,  patient,  self mutilation,  sociopath,  teen angst,  shaving,  chicken,  employer employee relationship,  diary,  hanging,  fired from the job,  screaming,  racial slur,  mental illness,  child abuse,  road trip,  f word,  television,  guitar,  birthday,  taxi,  extramarital affair,  book,  cat,  high school,  female protagonist,  crying,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  based on true story,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  f rated,  sex,  nudity

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:unfaithfulness,  adultery,  drugs,  infidelity,  friendship
Characters:friend
Story:birthday cake,  coming of age film,  adolescence,  promiscuity,  eccentric,  guitarist,  suicide attempt,  road trip,  f word,  guitar,  birthday,  book,  high school,  crying,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  based on true story,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  bare chested male,  sex

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Heavenly Creatures (1994)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Heavenly Creatures (1994)

Based on the true story of Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker, two close friends who share a love of fantasy and literature, who conspire to kill Pauline's mother when she tries to end the girls' intense and obsessive relationship.

Themes:writing,  unfaithfulness,  insanity,  adultery,  infidelity,  friendship
Mood:melodrama
Locations:bathtub
Characters:friend
Story:eating disorder,  psychology,  teen angst,  diary,  fired from the job,  screaming,  extramarital affair,  female protagonist,  crying,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  based on true story,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship

Amy (2015)
Biography, Documentary, Music

Amy (2015)

A documentary on the life of 'Amy Winehouse' (qv), the immensely talented yet doomed songstress. We see her from her teen years, where she already showed her singing abilities, to her finding success and then her downward spiral into alcoholism and drugs.

Themes:unfaithfulness,  adultery,  drugs,  infidelity,  friendship
Characters:doctor,  friend
Story:eating disorder,  lollipop,  guitarist,  mental illness,  f word,  guitar,  birthday,  taxi,  extramarital affair,  crying,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  bare chested male

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975) is one of the best movies like Girl, Interrupted (1999)
Drama

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

McMurphy has a criminal past and has once again gotten himself into trouble and is sentenced by the court. To escape labor duties in prison, McMurphy pleads insanity and is sent to a ward for the mentally unstable. Once here, McMurphy both endures and stands witness to the abuse and degradation of the oppressive Nurse Ratched, who gains superiority and power through the flaws of the other inmates. McMurphy and the other inmates band together to make a rebellious stance against the atrocious Nurse. (Read More)

Themes:sexuality,  insanity,  escape,  suicide
Characters:nurse,  doctor
Period:1960s
Story:doctor patient relationship,  psychiatric nurse,  institutional life,  authority,  medical profession,  mental hospital,  mental institution,  schizophrenia,  patient,  sociopath,  suicide attempt,  racial slur,  mental illness,  television,  cigarette smoking

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A Dangerous Method (2011)
Biography, Drama, Romance, Thriller

A Dangerous Method (2011)

Suffering from hysteria, Sabina Spielrein is hospitalized under the care of Dr. Carl Jung who has begun using Dr. Sigmund Freud's talking cure with some of his patients. Spielrain's psychological problems are deeply rooted in her childhood and violent father. She is highly intelligent however and hopes to be a doctor, eventually becoming a psychiatrist in her own right. The married Jung and Spielrein eventually become lovers. Jung and Freud develop an almost father-son relationship with Freud seeing the young Jung as his likely successor as the standard-bearer of his beliefs. A deep rift develops between them when Jung diverges from Freud's belief that while psychoanalysis can reveal the cause of psychological problems it cannot cure the patient. This is why A Dangerous Method (2011) is one of the best movies like Girl, Interrupted (1999). (Read More)

Themes:sexuality,  insanity,  adultery,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:bathtub
Characters:psychiatrist,  nurse,  doctor,  friend
Story:patient,  doctor patient relationship,  based on book,  female bonding,  psychology,  screaming,  child abuse,  extramarital affair,  crying,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  sex

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:drugs,  infidelity,  friendship
Characters:psychiatrist,  friend
Story:doctor patient relationship,  suicide by hanging,  classmate,  high school,  hippie,  eccentric,  guitarist,  patient,  suicide attempt,  hanging,  guitar,  book,  crying,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  sex

The Color Purple (1985)
Drama

The Color Purple (1985)

This film follows the life of Celie, a young black girl growing up in the early 1900's. The first time we see Celie, she is 14 - and pregnant - by her father. We stay with her for the next 30 years of her tough life...

Themes:racism,  incest,  escape,  friendship
Mood:melodrama
Locations:bathtub
Story:father daughter incest,  physical abuse,  sexism,  shaving,  racial slur,  child abuse,  extramarital affair,  female protagonist,  voice over narration,  father daughter relationship

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Taxi Driver (1976) is one of the best movies like Girl, Interrupted (1999)
Crime, Drama

Taxi Driver (1976)

Travis Bickle is an ex-Marine and Vietnam War veteran living in New York City. As he suffers from insomnia, he spends his time working as a taxi driver at night, watching porn movies at seedy cinemas during the day, or thinking about how the world, New York in particular, has deteriorated into a cesspool. He's a loner who has strong opinions about what is right and wrong with mankind. For him, the one bright spot in New York humanity is Betsy, a worker on the presidential nomination campaign of Senator Charles Palantine. He becomes obsessed with her. After an incident with her, he believes he has to do whatever he needs to make the world a better place in his opinion. One of his priorities is to be the savior for Iris, a twelve-year-old runaway and prostitute who he believes wants out of the profession and under the thumb of her pimp and lover Matthew. (Read More)

Themes:writing,  insanity,  racism,  escape
Story:taxi driver,  taxi,  post traumatic stress disorder,  hippie,  vietnam war,  psychology,  sociopath,  suicide attempt,  diary,  racial slur,  mental illness,  f word,  extramarital affair,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  cigarette smoking

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)
Drama, Romance

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)

Based on the novel written by Stephen Chbosky, this is about 15-year-old Charlie (Logan Lerman), an endearing and naive outsider, coping with first love (Emma Watson), the suicide of his best friend, and his own mental illness while struggling to find a group of people with whom he belongs. The introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors, Sam and Patrick, who welcome him to the real world. (Read More)

Themes:writing,  incest,  escape,  drugs,  suicide,  friendship
Characters:psychiatrist,  friend,  doctor
Story:mental illness,  birthday cake,  high school,  adolescence,  mental hospital,  sexism,  suicide attempt,  racial slur,  child abuse,  f word,  birthday,  book,  crying,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  husband wife relationship,  sex

Janghwa, Hongryeon (2003)
Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Janghwa, Hongryeon (2003)

Two sisters who, after spending time in a mental institution, return to the home of their father and cruel stepmother. Once there, in addition to dealing with their stepmother's obsessive and unbalanced ways, an interfering ghost also affects their recovery. This is why Janghwa, Hongryeon (2003) is one of the best movies like Girl, Interrupted (1999). (Read More)

Themes:sexuality,  insanity,  suicide,  friendship
Characters:nurse
Story:suicide by hanging,  pill,  mental hospital,  reverse footage,  mental institution,  mental illness,  female protagonist,  crying,  cigarette smoking,  f rated

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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:unfaithfulness,  insanity,  adultery,  drugs,  infidelity,  suicide
Characters:psychiatrist,  doctor
Story:birthday cake,  pill,  shaving,  screaming,  f word,  extramarital affair,  voice over narration,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  nudity,  sex

Persepolis (2007) is one of the best movies like Girl, Interrupted (1999)
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:unfaithfulness,  infidelity,  friendship
Mood:autobiographical
Locations:bathtub
Characters:doctor,  friend
Story:based on autobiography,  razor,  sexism,  hippie,  hiding,  suicide attempt,  hanging,  taxi,  book,  cat,  high school,  female protagonist,  crying,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  f rated

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:insanity,  drugs,  infidelity,  friendship
Characters:nurse,  doctor,  friend
Story:birthday cake,  patient,  racial slur,  road trip,  television,  birthday,  female protagonist,  crying,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  sex,  nudity

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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:escape,  drugs,  friendship
Mood:autobiographical
Locations:bathtub
Characters:friend
Story:based on book,  high school,  deliberate cruelty,  based on autobiography,  physical abuse,  classmate,  teen angst,  diary,  racial slur,  mental illness,  crying,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  based on true story,  cigarette smoking,  sex

Fucking Amal (1998)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Fucking Amal (1998)

Amal is a small insignificant town where nothing ever happens, where the latest trends are out of date when they get there. Young Elin has a bit of a bad reputation when it comes to guys, but the fact is that she is inexperienced in that matter. Another girl in her school, Agnes, is in love with her but is too shy to do anything about it. For a number of reasons, Elin ends up at Agnes' birthday party as the only guest. They have a girl's night out together but after that Elin desperately avoids Agnes, refusing to even consider her own feelings toward Agnes. This is why Fucking Amal (1998) is one of the best movies like Girl, Interrupted (1999). (Read More)

Themes:sexuality
Story:watching television,  birthday cake,  birthday,  classmate,  sexism,  teen angst,  suicide attempt,  diary,  female protagonist,  crying,  teenage girl,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  f rated,  sex

Nowhere Boy (2009) is one of the best movies like Girl, Interrupted (1999)
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:friendship
Characters:friend
Period:1960s
Story:birthday cake,  based on book,  adolescence,  guitarist,  teen angst,  guitar,  birthday,  book,  crying,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  based on true story,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  f rated,  sex

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The Virgin Suicides (1999)
Drama, Romance

The Virgin Suicides (1999)

A man about forty years of age tells the story from when he was a teenager in upscale suburban Detroit of his and three of his friends' fascination with the mysterious and doomed Lisbon sisters. In 1974, the sisters were seventeen year old Therese, sixteen year old Mary, fifteen year old Bonnie, fourteen year old Lux, and thirteen year old Cecilia. Their fascination still remains as they try to piece together the entire story. The sisters were mysteries if only because of having a strict and overprotective upbringing by their father, who taught math at the girls' private co-ed school, and overly devout Catholic mother, who largely dictated the household rules. The story focuses primarily on two incidents and the resulting situations on the girls' lives. The first was an action by Cecilia to deal with her emotions over her life. And the second was the relationship between Lux - the sister who pushed the boundaries of the household rules most overtly in doing what most teenagers want to do - and Trip Fontaine, he who could have any girl he wanted but wanting solely Lux. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  escape,  adultery,  infidelity,  suicide
Characters:psychiatrist
Story:coming of age film,  promiscuity,  teen angst,  suicide attempt,  diary,  hanging,  mental illness,  child abuse,  taxi,  extramarital affair,  high school,  crying,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  f rated,  sex

Harvey (1950)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Harvey (1950)

The classic stage hit gets the Hollywood treatment in the story of Elwood P. Dowd who makes friends with a spirit taking the form of a human-sized rabbit named Harvey that only he sees (and a few privileged others on occasion also.) After his sister tries to commit him to a mental institution, a comedy of errors ensues. Elwood and Harvey become the catalysts for a family mending its wounds and for romance blossoming in unexpected places. (Read More)

Themes:insanity,  friendship
Characters:psychiatrist,  nurse,  doctor
Story:psychiatric nurse,  taxi driver,  mental institution,  eccentric,  mental illness,  taxi,  mother daughter relationship

Precious (2009)
Drama

Precious (2009)

In Harlem, 1987. Sixteen year old Claireece Jones - who goes by her middle name Precious - is an illiterate, overweight black girl. She is pregnant with her second child, both children fathered by her biological father, who has continually raped her since she was a child, but who she doesn't see otherwise. Her infant daughter, Mongo - such named since she has Down Syndrome - lives with Precious' grandmother. Precious lives with her mother Mary, who abuses Precious both physically and emotionally. Mary does nothing but smoke, watch television and collect welfare through fraud (as she doesn't ever look for a job) and believes that education does nothing for Precious, who she would rather also collect welfare if only to bring money into the household. To escape her life, Precious often daydreams of herself in glamorous situations. Because of her current pregnancy, Precious' principal transfers her into an alternative school. In dealing with the school's sympathetic teacher Miss Blu Rain, Precious begins to believe that she can have a future by learning how to read and write. Despite some devastating news from her mother following the birth of her child, Precious also begins to believe she can escape the grips of her abusive mother, who, up to this point, was Precious' only real support. (Read More)

Themes:writing,  incest,  escape
Story:father daughter incest,  physical abuse,  social worker,  classmate,  teen angst,  screaming,  child abuse,  television,  cat,  female protagonist,  crying,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  f rated

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Le Scaphandre Et Le Papillon (2007) is one of the best movies like Girl, Interrupted (1999)
Biography, Drama

Le Scaphandre Et Le Papillon (2007)

Forty-three year old Elle magazine editor 'Jean-Dominique Bauby' (qv) - Jean-Do to his friends - awakens not knowing where he is. He is in a Berck-sur-Mer hospital, where he has been for the past several weeks in a coma after suffering a massive stroke. Although his cognitive facilities are in tact, he quickly learns that he has what is called locked-in syndrome which has resulted in him being almost completely paralyzed, including not being able to speak. One of his few functioning muscles is his left eye. His physical situation and hospitalization uncomfortably bring together the many people in his life, including: Celine Desmoulins, his ex-lover and mother of his children; Ines, his current lover; and his aged father who he calls Papinou. Among his compassionate recuperative team are his physical therapist Marie, and his speech therapist Henriette. Henriette eventually teaches him to communicate using a system where he spells out words: she reads out the letters of the alphabet in descending order of their use in the French language, and he blinks his functioning left eye when she reaches the appropriate letter. Although frustrating at start, he learns to communicate effectively but slowly using this method, so much so that with the help of Claude, a full time translator, he decides on the monumental and seemingly impossible task to keep to his pre-injury commitment of writing a book, changing its focus to life in his current state. This is why Le Scaphandre Et Le Papillon (2007) is one of the best movies like Girl, Interrupted (1999). (Read More)

Themes:writing,  unfaithfulness,  adultery,  infidelity
Characters:nurse,  doctor
Story:book,  based on book,  based on autobiography,  memoir,  razor,  reverse footage,  patient,  shaving,  birthday,  extramarital affair,  crying,  voice over narration,  based on true story,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  sex

Notes On A Scandal (2006)
Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Notes On A Scandal (2006)

The bitter, cynical and lonely Barbara Covett is a tough and conservative teacher, near to retirement, who is loathed by her colleagues and students. In the loneliness of her apartment, she spends her spare time writing her journal, taking care of her old cat Portia and missing her special friend Jennifer Dodd. When Sheba Hart joins the high-school as the new art teacher, Barbara dedicates her attention to the newcomer, writing sharp and unpleasant comments about her behavior and clothes. When Barbara helps Sheba in a difficult situation with two students, the grateful Sheba invites her to have lunch with her family. Sheba introduces her husband and former professor Richard Hart, who is about twenty years older than she; her rebellious teenager daughter Polly; and her son Ben that has Down's Syndrome. Barbara becomes close to Sheba, but when she accidentally discovers that Sheba is having an affair with the fifteen year-old student Steven Connolly, Barbara sees the chance to manipulate and get closer to Sheba, hiding the secret from the school headmaster. When Portia dies and Sheba does not stay with Barbara in the veterinary office to see Ben in a theater play, Barbara plots a Machiavellian revenge against Sheba, creating a scandal and consequent turmoil in their lives. (Read More)

Themes:writing,  unfaithfulness,  adultery,  infidelity,  friendship
Mood:melodrama
Characters:friend
Story:diary,  cat,  high school,  borderline personality disorder,  authority,  hiding,  fired from the job,  child abuse,  extramarital affair,  female protagonist,  crying,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  sex

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:unfaithfulness,  adultery,  drugs,  infidelity,  suicide
Mood:melodrama
Characters:nurse,  doctor
Story:birthday cake,  hiding,  patient,  suicide attempt,  hanging,  birthday,  extramarital affair,  crying,  voice over narration,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship

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Oldeuboi (2003)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Oldeuboi (2003)

Abducted on a rainy night in 1988, the obnoxious drunk, Oh Dae-Su, much to his surprise, wakes up locked in a windowless and dilapidated hotel room, for an unknown reason. There, his invisible and pitiless captors will feed him, clothe him and sedate him to avoid committing suicide, and as his only companion and a window to the world is the TV in his stark cell, the only thing that helps Oh Dae-Su keep going is his daily journal. But then, unexpectedly, after fifteen long years in captivity, the perplexed prisoner is deliberately released, encouraged to track down his tormentor to finally get his retribution. Nevertheless, who would hate Oh Dae-Su so much he would deny him of a quick and clean death? (Read More)

Themes:writing,  insanity,  incest,  suicide,  friendship
Characters:doctor,  friend
Story:father daughter incest,  schizophrenia,  self mutilation,  suicide attempt,  diary,  television,  birthday,  taxi,  book,  high school,  crying,  voice over narration,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship

Boy A (2007) is one of the best movies like Girl, Interrupted (1999)
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:incest,  escape,  drugs,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:bathtub
Characters:friend
Story:dangerous friend,  rehabilitation,  classmate,  hanging,  fired from the job,  screaming,  child abuse,  birthday,  taxi,  crying,  coming of age,  based on true story,  bare chested male

Ray (2004)
Biography, Drama, Music

Ray (2004)

The story of Ray Charles, music legend. Told in his adult live with flashbacks to his youth we see his humble origins in Florida, his turbulent childhood which included losing his brother and then his sight, his rise as pianist in a touring band, his writing his own songs and running his own band and then stardom. Also includes his addiction to drugs and its affect on his working life and family life. This is why Ray (2004) is one of the best movies like Girl, Interrupted (1999). (Read More)

Themes:writing,  unfaithfulness,  racism,  adultery,  drugs,  infidelity
Characters:doctor
Period:1960s
Story:birthday cake,  guitarist,  fired from the job,  guitar,  birthday,  extramarital affair,  crying,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  sex

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Thirteen (2003)
Drama

Thirteen (2003)

At the edge of adolescence, Tracy is a smart straight-A student--if not a little naive (it seems...she smokes and she cuts to alleviate the emotional pain she suffers from having a broken home and hating her mom's boyfriend, Brady.) When she befriends Evie, the most popular and beautiful girl in school, Evie leads Tracy down a path of sex, drugs and petty crime (like stealing money from purses and from stores). As Tracy transforms herself and her identity, her world becomes a boiling, emotional cauldron fueled by new tensions between her and her mother--as well as, teachers and old friends. (Read More)

Themes:drugs,  friendship
Characters:friend
Story:self harm,  eating disorder,  adolescence,  classmate,  self mutilation,  teen angst,  chicken,  child abuse,  female protagonist,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  sex,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  f rated

Reign Over Me (2007)
Drama

Reign Over Me (2007)

Alan Johnson has everything he needs to get through life: a good job, a beautiful and loving wife, and their wonderful children. Yet he feels isolated because he finds having a hard-working job and managing a family too much to handle and has no one to talk to about it. Charlie Fineman, on the other hand, doesn't have a job or a family. He used to have both until a terrible loss, and the grief caused him to quit his job and isolate himself from everyone around him. As it turns out, Alan and Charlie were roommates in college, and a chance encounter one night rekindles the friendship they shared. But when Charlie's problems become too much to deal with, Alan is determined to help Charlie come out of his emotional abyss. (Read More)

Themes:insanity,  friendship
Mood:melodrama
Characters:friend
Story:taxi driver,  post traumatic stress disorder,  mental hospital,  patient,  mental illness,  guitar,  taxi,  crying,  teenage girl,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  sex

The Good Girl (2002) is one of the best movies like Girl, Interrupted (1999)
Drama, Romance

The Good Girl (2002)

The plot revolves around a young married woman whose mundane life takes a turn for the worse when she strikes up a passionate and illicit affair with an oddball discount-store stock boy who thinks he's Holden Caulfield.

Themes:unfaithfulness,  adultery,  drugs,  infidelity,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:bathtub
Characters:friend
Story:mental hospital,  employer employee relationship,  mental illness,  extramarital affair,  crying,  voice over narration,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  f rated

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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:escape,  adultery,  infidelity
Characters:nurse,  doctor
Period:1960s
Story:watching television,  based on autobiography,  teen angst,  f word,  taxi,  extramarital affair,  cat,  high school,  voice over narration,  based on true story,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male

Side Effects (2013)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Side Effects (2013)

Emily Taylor, despite being reunited with her husband from prison, becomes severely depressed with emotional episodes and suicide attempts. Her psychiatrist, Jonathan Banks, after conferring with her previous doctor, eventually prescribes an experimental new medication called Ablixa. The plot thickens when the side effects of the drug lead to Emily killing her husband in a "sleepwalking" state. With Emily plea-bargained into mental hospital confinement and Dr. Banks' practice crumbling around him, the case seems closed. However, Dr. Banks cannot accept full responsibility and investigates to clear his name. What follows is a dark quest that threatens to tear what's left of his life apart even as he discovers the diabolical truth of this tragedy. This is why Side Effects (2013) is one of the best movies like Girl, Interrupted (1999). (Read More)

Themes:suicide
Characters:psychiatrist,  nurse,  doctor
Story:doctor patient relationship,  taxi driver,  rehabilitation,  pill,  mental hospital,  mental institution,  suicide attempt,  fired from the job,  screaming,  f word,  taxi,  voice over narration,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male

Birth (2004)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Birth (2004)

Anna is a young widow who is finally getting on with her life after the death of her husband, Sean. Now engaged to be married, Anna meets a ten-year-old boy who tells her he is Sean reincarnated. Though his story is both unsettling and absurd, Anna can't get the boy out of her mind. And much to the concern of her fiance, her increased contact with him leads her to question the choices she has made in her life. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  adultery,  infidelity
Locations:bathtub
Characters:doctor
Story:birthday cake,  child abuse,  birthday,  taxi,  extramarital affair,  female protagonist,  crying,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  sex

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Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) is one of the best movies like Girl, Interrupted (1999)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)

Bridget Jones is an average woman struggling against her age, her weight, her job, her lack of a man, and her many imperfections. As a New Year's Resolution, Bridget decides to take control of her life, starting by keeping a diary in which she will always tell the complete truth. The fireworks begin when her charming though disreputable boss takes an interest in the quirky Miss Jones. Thrown into the mix are Bridget's band of slightly eccentric friends and a rather disagreeable acquaintance who Bridget cannot seem to stop running into or help finding quietly attractive. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  adultery,  infidelity,  friendship
Characters:friend
Story:eccentric,  employer employee relationship,  diary,  f word,  television,  birthday,  extramarital affair,  book,  female protagonist,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  f rated,  sex

August: Osage County (2013)
Drama

August: Osage County (2013)

Violet Weston ('Meryl Streep' (qv)) has cancer and a propensity for pills and alcohol. She's a difficult woman to deal with and her husband has finally had enough. Violet's family gathers including middle daughter Ivy, youngest daughter Karen (with her new fiance), eldest daughter Barbara (with her separated husband and teenage daughter), and her sister Mattie Fae (with her husband and son in tow). A family tragedy causes tensions to run high and secrets to come out. The Weston women will be forced to examine themselves and their lives whether they want to or not. Welcome to Osage County, Oklahoma in the sweltering heat of August. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  incest,  adultery,  drugs,  infidelity,  suicide
Characters:doctor
Story:watching television,  sociopath,  child abuse,  f word,  extramarital affair,  book,  crying,  teenage girl,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship

Don't Say A Word (2001)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Don't Say A Word (2001)

A group of thieves steal a rare gem, but in the process, two of the men double cross the leader of the thieving group, Patrick, and take off with the precious stone. Ten years later, prominent psychiatrist Nathan Conrad is invited to examine a disturbed young woman named Elisabeth. Patrick immediately kidnaps Nathan's daughter, forcing Nathan to attempt to get Elisabeth to reveal a secret number which will ultimately lead Patrick to the whereabouts of the precious gem that has eluded him. (Read More)

Themes:insanity,  escape,  friendship
Characters:psychiatrist
Story:doctor patient relationship,  post traumatic stress disorder,  mental institution,  schizophrenia,  patient,  sociopath,  racial slur,  f word,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship

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Shallow Hal (2001)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Shallow Hal (2001)

Following the advice of his dying father, Hal dates only women who are physically beautiful. One day, however, he runs into self-help guru Tony Robbins, who hypnotizes him into recognizing only the inner beauty of women. Hal thereafter meets Rosemary, a largely obese woman whom only he can see as a vision of loveliness. But will their relationship survive when Hal's equally shallow friend undoes the hypnosis? This is why Shallow Hal (2001) is one of the best movies like Girl, Interrupted (1999). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:nurse,  doctor,  friend
Story:taxi driver,  barking,  sexism,  reverse footage,  taxi,  crying,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  nudity

Sleepers (1996) is one of the best movies like Girl, Interrupted (1999)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Sleepers (1996)

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

Themes:unfaithfulness,  escape,  adultery,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:bathtub
Characters:friend
Period:1960s
Story:based on book,  summer of love,  authority,  physical abuse,  social worker,  teen angst,  racial slur,  child abuse,  birthday,  extramarital affair,  book,  crying,  voice over narration,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship

Short Term 12 (2013)
Drama

Short Term 12 (2013)

At a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers, Grace is a young counselor trying to do her best for kids who often have been pulled from the worst kinds of home situations. Even then, life is not easy as Grace and her colleagues care for kids who are too often profoundly scarred, even as they try to have lives of their own. Now, things are coming to a head as Grace readies for marriage even as some her charges are coming to major turning points in their lives. To cope, Grace will have to make difficult perceptions and decisions that could put her career, and more importantly her charges, at dire risk. (Read More)

Themes:incest,  friendship
Locations:bathtub
Characters:doctor
Story:father daughter incest,  self harm,  social worker,  post traumatic stress disorder,  patient,  self mutilation,  suicide attempt,  racial slur,  child abuse,  birthday,  crying,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  bare chested male,  sex

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Before I Go To Sleep (2014)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Before I Go To Sleep (2014)

Forty-year-old Christine Lucas wakes up in bed with a man she does not know, in an unfamiliar house. The man explains that he is her husband, Ben, and that she suffered brain damage from a car accident ten years earlier. Christine wakes up every morning with no memory of her life from her early twenties onwards. Christine receives treatment from Dr. Nasch, a neurologist at a local hospital who provides her a camera to record her thoughts and progress each day, and calls her every morning to remind her to watch the video in the camera. Soon, she starts to discover the truth around her. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  escape,  adultery,  infidelity,  friendship
Characters:psychiatrist,  doctor,  friend
Story:doctor patient relationship,  reverse footage,  sociopath,  diary,  screaming,  mental illness,  f word,  extramarital affair,  female protagonist,  crying,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  nudity,  sex

American Psycho (2000)
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:insanity,  escape,  drugs,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:bathtub
Story:borderline personality disorder,  identity crisis,  schizophrenia,  eccentric,  sociopath,  screaming,  racial slur,  mental illness,  f word,  taxi,  cat,  crying,  voice over narration,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  f rated

Stay (2005) is one of the best movies like Girl, Interrupted (1999)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Stay (2005)

A thought-provoking and haunting exploration of how reality and dream-states may combine to form complex interactions. The line between the imagination and reality blurs when an accomplished Psychiatrist takes on a patient that appears to be suicidal. This is why Stay (2005) is one of the best movies like Girl, Interrupted (1999). (Read More)

Themes:writing,  suicide
Locations:bathtub
Characters:psychiatrist,  friend
Story:patient,  doctor patient relationship,  taxi driver,  mental institution,  suicide attempt,  mental illness,  birthday,  taxi,  crying,  cigarette smoking

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In Good Company (2004)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

In Good Company (2004)

Dan is a 51 year old executive who learns that his company is being restructured and he is being demoted. Carter, who is 26, replaces him. Dan who has two teenage daughters with another on the way, decides to suck it up and work for Carter. Dan and Carter's working relationship is tested when Carter begins a relationship with Alex, who is Dan's daughter. (Read More)

Themes:writing,  unfaithfulness,  adultery,  infidelity,  friendship
Characters:doctor,  friend
Story:watching television,  birthday cake,  shaving,  employer employee relationship,  birthday,  taxi,  extramarital affair,  teenage girl,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship

One Hour Photo (2002)
Drama, Thriller

One Hour Photo (2002)

Middle aged Sy Parrish works as a technician at a one hour photo lab located in a SavMart store in a suburban mall. Sy is a lonely man, never having had any friends. He knows much about his customers through the photographs they have developed. But he knows more about the Yorkin family - specifically Nina Yorkin and her adolescent son Jake Yorkin, the two in the family who drop off and pick up the family's photofinishing - the family about whom he is obsessed, than anyone else. Nina's husband, Will Yorkin, is incidental to his obsession since Sy has only seen him in photographs. Sy's obsession includes fantasizing about being their favorite "Uncle Sy". He has even been making an extra set of prints for himself of all of their photographs since Jake was a newborn. After an incident at work and after Sy finds out more about the family through a set of photographs, he decides to right the injustices he sees in the only way he knows how. His actions demonstrate his true mental state. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  insanity,  adultery,  infidelity
Characters:nurse
Story:birthday cake,  borderline personality disorder,  self mutilation,  employer employee relationship,  fired from the job,  mental illness,  child abuse,  birthday,  extramarital affair,  book,  crying,  voice over narration,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  nudity,  sex

Nine (2009)
Drama, Musical, Romance

Nine (2009)

Arrogant, self-centered movie director Guido Contini finds himself struggling to find meaning, purpose, and a script for his latest film endeavor. With only a week left before shooting begins, he desperately searches for answers and inspiration from his wife, his mistress, his muse, and his mother. As his chaotic profession steadily destroys his personal life, Guido must find a balance between creating art and succumbing to its obsessive demands. (Read More)

Themes:writing,  sexuality,  unfaithfulness,  adultery,  infidelity
Characters:nurse,  doctor
Period:1960s
Story:promiscuity,  suicide attempt,  child abuse,  birthday,  extramarital affair,  crying,  voice over narration,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  f rated,  sex

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Mommy (2014) is one of the best movies like Girl, Interrupted (1999)
Drama

Mommy (2014)

Forty-six year old Diane Despres - "Die" - has been widowed for three years. Considered white trash by many, Die does whatever she needs, including strutting her body in front of male employers who will look, to make an honest living. That bread-winning ability is affected when she makes the decision to remove her only offspring, fifteen year old Steve Despres, from her previously imposed institutionalization, one step below juvenile detention. She institutionalized him shortly following her husband's death due to Steve's attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and his violent outbursts. He was just kicked out of the latest in a long line of facilities for setting fire to the cafeteria, in turn injuring another boy. She made this decision to deinstitutionalize him as she didn't like the alternative, sending him into more restrictive juvenile detention from which he would probably never be rehabilitated. However, with this deinstitutionalization, she has to take care of him which means only being able to do home based work. Despite they always yelling expletives at each other and Steve sometimes demonstrating those violent tendencies toward her, Die and Steve truly do love each other, his emotions which are sometimes manifested as an Oedipus complex especially as he seems to need her complete attention most specifically when it is being directed at possible male suitors. Their lives, both individually and as a family, are affected with the entrance of two of their neighbors. The first is Paul, a lawyer, who does have that sexual interest in Die as he tries to help Steve through his legal problems. The second and more important is Kyla, who lives across the street with her husband Patrick and their adolescent daughter, they who are in transit in their life to wherever Patrick's job will take them. Kyla is a high school teacher on sabbatical as she deals with her own emotional issues, which are manifested in stuttering whenever she feels incapable of dealing with her life. Kyla may find that she needs the Despres as much as they need her. (Read More)

Themes:writing,  racism,  escape,  friendship
Locations:bathtub
Characters:doctor,  friend
Story:taxi driver,  psychiatric ward,  shaving,  suicide attempt,  fired from the job,  screaming,  racial slur,  f word,  birthday,  taxi,  book,  high school,  crying,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male

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... This is why La Science Des Reves (2006) is one of the best movies like Girl, Interrupted (1999). (Read More)

Themes:escape,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:bathtub
Characters:friend
Story:birthday cake,  reverse footage,  schizophrenia,  eccentric,  shaving,  employer employee relationship,  television,  guitar,  taxi,  book,  voice over narration,  cigarette smoking,  sex

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:unfaithfulness,  adultery,  infidelity,  friendship
Story:social worker,  teen angst,  screaming,  child abuse,  television,  extramarital affair,  crying,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  bare chested male,  f rated,  sex,  nudity

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Todo Sobre Mi Madre (1999)
Drama

Todo Sobre Mi Madre (1999)

Manuela is a hard-working single mom who has raised her son Esteban by herself since the time he was born. On his 17th birthday they go to the theater and after the show, Esteban tries to get the main actress' autograph but is run down on the street and dies. Manuela is beside herself with grief and decides to return to Barcelona to tell the boy's transgender father Lola, about the death of the son he never knew he had. He is nowhere to be found but Manuela does find an old friend, Agrado and meets up with a pregnant nun, Rosa. Together they form a life and become fast friends - until tragedy strikes again. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Mood:melodrama
Characters:psychiatrist,  nurse,  friend,  doctor
Story:watching television,  birthday,  social worker,  taxi,  female protagonist,  crying,  voice over narration,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  f rated

Cidade De Deus (2002) is one of the best movies like Girl, Interrupted (1999)
Crime, Drama

Cidade De Deus (2002)

Brazil, 1960s, City of God. The Tender Trio robs motels and gas trucks. Younger kids watch and learn well...too well. 1970s: Li'l Ze has prospered very well and owns the city. He causes violence and fear as he wipes out rival gangs without mercy. His best friend Bene is the only one to keep him on the good side of sanity. Rocket has watched these two gain power for years, and he wants no part of it. Yet he keeps getting swept up in the madness. All he wants to do is take pictures. 1980s: Things are out of control between the last two remaining gangs...will it ever end? Welcome to the City of God. (Read More)

Themes:sexuality,  unfaithfulness,  escape,  adultery,  infidelity,  friendship
Characters:nurse,  friend
Period:1960s
Story:based on book,  hippie,  hiding,  sociopath,  chicken,  racial slur,  birthday,  extramarital affair,  crying,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  based on true story

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:escape,  drugs,  friendship
Characters:nurse,  friend
Period:1960s
Story:taxi driver,  military draft,  hippie,  vietnam war,  guitarist,  television,  guitar,  taxi,  high school,  crying,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  f rated

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