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

Hairspray (2007)

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

Themes:dance, racism, drinking, friendship
Locations:school, bar
Characters:dancer, policeman, student, nurse, teacher, friend, singer
Period:1960s
Story:shoeshine man, ironing board, beauty pageant, hair spray, school bus, theatrical agent, physical education class, p.e. class, chemistry class, protest sign, newspaper boy, newspaper headline, dance contest, title appears in song, candy bar, black white friendship, reference to gina lollobrigida, reference to jackie kennedy, whoopee cushion, novelty shop

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:dance, drinking, friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:teacher, singer, friend
Story:teenage crush, ironing, high school, record player, microphone, eating, running, bus, drink, watching tv, food, song, crying, teenage boy, brother sister relationship, teenage girl, telephone call, party, singing, photograph

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:dance, drinking, friendship
Locations:school, bar
Characters:dancer, teacher, friend
Story:high school, black american, class, best friend, classroom, tears, drink, crying, teenage boy, brother sister relationship, teenage girl, telephone call, party, dancing, african american, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, kiss

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

Lat Den Ratte Komma In (2008)

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

Themes:drinking, friendship
Locations:school, bar
Characters:policeman, teacher, friend
Story:physical education class, newspaper headline, boys' bathroom, switchblade, gas mask, record player, class, tied up, eating, police car, flashlight, newspaper, classroom, drink, food, telephone call, cigarette smoking, mother son relationship, kiss, police

Good Bye Lenin! (2003) is one of the best movies like Hairspray (2007)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Good Bye Lenin! (2003)

East Germany, the year 1989: A young man protests against the regime. His mother watches the police arresting him and suffers a heart attack and falls into a coma. Some months later, the GDR does not exist anymore and the mother awakes. Since she has to avoid every excitement, the son tries to set up the GDR again for her in their flat. But the world has changed a lot. (Read More)

Themes:drinking
Locations:bar
Characters:dancer, policeman, nurse, teacher, singer
Story:marching, protestor, march, ironing, billboard, communist, demonstration, fainting, fireworks, eating, tears, drink, watching tv, food, song, crying, teenage boy, brother sister relationship, party, singing

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 Hairspray (2007). (Read More)

Themes:racism, drinking
Characters:singer, dancer
Period:1960s
Story:protest sign, laundress, washing clothes, year 1962, civil rights, race relations, applause, microphone, running, tears, bus, drink, song, crying, singing, title spoken by character, dancing, african american, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship

Easy A (2010)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Easy A (2010)

After a little white lie about losing her virginity gets out, a clean cut high school girl sees her life paralleling Hester Prynne's in "The Scarlet Letter," which she is currently studying in school - until she decides to use the rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing.

Themes:drinking, friendship
Locations:school
Characters:student, teacher, friend, singer
Story:high school, girls' bathroom, detention, demonstration, fainting, class, protest, microphone, best friend, false accusation, classroom, tears, drink, watching tv, female protagonist, song, crying, teenage boy, brother sister relationship, teenage girl

The School Of Rock (2003)
Comedy, Family, Music

The School Of Rock (2003)

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

Themes:drinking, friendship
Locations:school, bar
Characters:teacher, student, singer, friend
Story:school bus, blackboard, class, scene during end credits, best friend, classroom, drink, food, song, telephone call, singing, title spoken by character, police

Blue Valentine (2010) is one of the best movies like Hairspray (2007)
Drama, Romance

Blue Valentine (2010)

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

Themes:drinking
Locations:school
Characters:dancer, nurse, singer
Story:love at first sight, high school, applause, black american, fireworks, class, eating, dysfunctional family, classroom, running, tears, bus, drink, food, song, crying, telephone call, singing, photograph, dancing

Accepted (2006)
Comedy

Accepted (2006)

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

Themes:drinking
Locations:school
Characters:student, teacher, singer
Story:high school, black american, class, flashlight, classroom, drink, food, song, teenage boy, brother sister relationship, teenage girl, telephone call, party, singing, title spoken by character, african american, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, mother son relationship, one word title

Taare Zameen Par (2007)
Drama, Family

Taare Zameen Par (2007)

Ishaan Awasthi is an eight-year-old child whose world is filled with wonders that no one else seems to appreciate; colours, fish, dogs and kites are just not important in the world of adults, who are much more interested in things like homework, marks and neatness. And Ishaan just cannot seem to get anything right in class. When he gets into far more trouble than his parents can handle, he is packed off to a boarding school to 'be disciplined'. Things are no different at his new school, and Ishaan has to contend with the added trauma of separation from his family. One day a new art teacher bursts onto the scene, Ram Shankar Nikumbh, who infects the students with joy and optimism. He breaks all the rules of 'how things are done' by asking them to think, dream and imagine, and all the children respond with enthusiasm, all except Ishaan. Nikumbh soon realizes that Ishaan is very unhappy, and he sets out to discover why. With time, patience and care, he ultimately helps Ishaan find himself. This is why Taare Zameen Par (2007) is one of the best movies like Hairspray (2007). (Read More)

Themes:drinking, friendship
Locations:school
Characters:teacher, dancer, student, singer, friend
Story:school bus, marching, ironing, blackboard, underdog, alarm clock, high school, applause, fireworks, class, scene during end credits, eating, newspaper, classroom, running, tears, bus, food, song, crying

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

Zodiac (2007)

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

Themes:drinking
Locations:school, bar
Characters:policeman
Period:1960s
Story:school bus, newspaper headline, doughnut, tv news, rope, fireworks, tied up, flashlight, newspaper, running, drink, watching tv, teenage boy, teenage girl, telephone call, title spoken by character, photograph, cigarette smoking, police, father daughter relationship

Napoleon Dynamite (2004) is one of the best movies like Hairspray (2007)
Comedy

Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

Preston, Idaho's most curious resident, Napoleon Dynamite, lives with his grandma and his 32-year-old brother (who cruises chat rooms for ladies) and works to help his best friend, Pedro, snatch the Student Body President title from mean teen Summer Wheatley.

Themes:dance, friendship
Locations:school
Characters:dancer, student, singer, friend
Story:school bus, interracial romance, high school, class, microphone, classroom, watching tv, food, teenage boy, telephone call, singing, title spoken by character, photograph, dancing, mother son relationship

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:dance, drinking, friendship
Locations:school
Characters:student, teacher, dancer, policeman, friend, singer
Story:high school, record store, teenage crush, dressing room, backstage, class, best friend, eating, classroom, running, tears, drink, watching tv, food, crying, teenage boy, brother sister relationship, teenage girl, telephone call, party

Milk (2008)
Biography, Drama, History, Romance

Milk (2008)

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

Themes:drinking, friendship
Locations:school, bar
Characters:dancer, policeman, teacher, singer, friend
Story:newspaper headline, civil rights, tv show, demonstration, tv news, record player, black american, protest, newspaper, running, tears, drink, watching tv, song, crying, telephone call, singing, dancing, african american, one word title

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Drama, Music

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

Follow a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles -- some of them of his own making. This is why Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) is one of the best movies like Hairspray (2007). (Read More)

Themes:drinking, friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:singer, policeman, friend
Period:1960s
Story:theatrical agent, agent, applause, record player, audition, microphone, no opening credits, eating, police car, flashlight, bus, drink, food, song, crying, brother sister relationship, telephone call, singing, title spoken by character, photograph

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011) is one of the best movies like Hairspray (2007)
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:drinking
Locations:school
Characters:dancer, policeman, singer
Story:ironing, flatulence, high school, eating, police car, dysfunctional family, running, tears, drink, watching tv, food, song, crying, teenage boy, brother sister relationship, telephone call, party, singing, photograph, dancing

Doubt (2008)
Drama, Mystery

Doubt (2008)

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

Locations:school
Characters:student, dancer, teacher, singer
Period:1960s
Story:record player, black american, class, false accusation, eating, classroom, tears, food, song, crying, brother sister relationship, telephone call, singing, title spoken by character, photograph, dancing, african american, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship

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

Batoru Rowaiaru (2000)

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

Themes:friendship
Locations:school
Characters:teacher, student, friend
Story:class, food, girls' bathroom, marching, switchblade, gas mask, high school, microphone, flashlight, television, classroom, running, tears, bus, crying, teenage boy, teenage girl, telephone call, title spoken by character, photograph

Changeling (2008)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller

Changeling (2008)

Los Angeles, 1928. A single mother returns from work to find her nine-year-old son gone. She calls the LAPD to initiate a search. Five months later, a boy is found in Illinois who fits the description; he says he's her son. To fanfare and photos, the LAPD reunite mother and son, but she insists he's not her boy. The cops dismiss her as either a liar or hysterical. When she joins a minister in his public criticism of the police, they in turn use government power to silence and intimidate her. Meanwhile, a cop goes to a dilapidated ranch to find a Canadian lad who's without legal status; the youth tells a grisly tale. There's redress for murder; is there redress for abuse of power? (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:policeman, nurse, teacher, singer
Story:newspaper headline, march, demonstration, class, protest, microphone, no opening credits, false accusation, eating, police car, newspaper, classroom, running, tears, bus, police officer, food, female protagonist, song, crying

The Master (2012) is one of the best movies like Hairspray (2007)
Drama

The Master (2012)

Returning from Navy service in World War II, Freddie Quell drifts through a series of breakdowns. Finally he stumbles upon a cult which engages in exercises to clear emotions and he becomes deeply involved with them. This is why The Master (2012) is one of the best movies like Hairspray (2007).

Themes:drinking
Locations:school
Characters:dancer, policeman, singer
Story:reference to doris day, nostalgia, flatulence, communist, applause, microphone, false accusation, eating, flashlight, running, tears, drink, food, song, crying, telephone call, party, singing, photograph, dancing

The Reader (2008)
Drama, Romance

The Reader (2008)

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

Themes:friendship
Locations:school, bar
Characters:student, policeman, teacher, friend
Period:1960s
Story:ironing, demonstration, high school, class, protest, microphone, false accusation, eating, classroom, tears, food, crying, teenage boy, brother sister relationship, teenage girl, telephone call, photograph, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship

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:drinking, friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:dancer, policeman, student, singer, friend
Story:phonograph record, high school, record player, black american, audition, best friend, police car, dysfunctional family, television, drink, watching tv, police officer, food, song, crying, brother sister relationship, telephone call, party, singing, dancing

Australia (2008)
Adventure, Drama, Romance, War

Australia (2008)

In northern Australia at the beginning of World War II, an English aristocrat inherits a cattle station the size of Maryland. When English cattle barons plot to take her land, she reluctantly joins forces with a rough-hewn stock-man to drive 2,000 head of cattle across hundreds of miles of the country's most unforgiving land, only to still face the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by the Japanese forces that had attacked Pearl Harbor only months earlier. (Read More)

Themes:racism, dance, drinking, friendship
Locations:school, bar
Characters:dancer, policeman, singer, friend
Story:newspaper headline, interracial romance, record player, no opening credits, false accusation, newspaper, running, drink, song, telephone call, singing, title spoken by character, photograph, dancing, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, one word title

Carrie (2013) is one of the best movies like Hairspray (2007)
Drama, Horror

Carrie (2013)

The outcast teenager Carrie White is bullied by her classmates at high school. Her mother, Margaret White, is a pious and paranoid woman that sees sin everywhere and the need of self-inflicting punishment. When Carrie has her first period, she does not understand what is happening to her and her classmates humiliate her in the changing room. The spiteful Chris Hargensen videotapes Carrie with her cell phone and posts it on the Internet. Their teacher Ms. Desjardin punishes the students, but when Chris challenges her, she is suspended and consequently is banned from the prom. Meanwhile, Carrie discovers that she has telekinesis and learns how to control her ability. Sue Snell, one of the girls that tormented Carrie, feels bad and asks her boyfriend Tommy Ross to invite Carrie to go with him to the prom to make up for what she did to Carrie. But Chris and her boyfriend Billy Nolan plot an evil prank with her friends to seek vengeance for Carrie. (Read More)

Themes:dance, friendship
Locations:school
Characters:student, nurse, teacher
Story:school bus, overprotective parent, detention, teenage daughter, crown, high school, class, police car, flashlight, classroom, remake, female protagonist, teenage girl, title spoken by character, dancing, mother daughter relationship, one word title, f rated, kiss

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? This is why Oldeuboi (2003) is one of the best movies like Hairspray (2007). (Read More)

Themes:drinking, friendship
Characters:singer, friend
Story:gas mask, high school, fainting, tv news, tied up, eating, flashlight, newspaper, television, running, drink, watching tv, food, song, crying, brother sister relationship, telephone call, singing, title spoken by character, photograph

The Lovely Bones (2009)
Drama, Fantasy, Thriller

The Lovely Bones (2009)

A 14-year-old girl in suburban 1970's Pennsylvania is murdered by her neighbor. She tells the story from the place between Heaven and Earth, showing the lives of the people around her and how they have changed all while attempting to get someone to find her lost body.

Themes:drinking
Locations:school
Characters:dancer, policeman, student
Story:school bus, teenage crush, record player, no opening credits, eating, police car, flashlight, running, tears, drink, watching tv, police officer, food, crying, teenage boy, brother sister relationship, teenage girl, telephone call, title spoken by character, photograph

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Comedy, Drama

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

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

Themes:racism, friendship
Characters:nurse
Story:phonograph record, music band, interracial romance, record player, rat, police car, dysfunctional family, watching tv, police officer, brother sister relationship, photograph, cigarette smoking, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship

Dazed And Confused (1993) is one of the best movies like Hairspray (2007)
Comedy

Dazed And Confused (1993)

It's the last day of school at a high school in a small town in Texas in 1976. The upperclassmen are hazing the incoming freshmen, and everyone is trying to get stoned, drunk, or laid, even the football players that signed a pledge not to.

Themes:racism, drinking, friendship
Locations:school, bar
Characters:policeman, student, teacher, singer, friend
Story:high school, nostalgia, class, classroom, drink, police officer, song, teenage boy, brother sister relationship, teenage girl, party, singing, cigarette smoking, mother son relationship, police, kiss

Das Leben Der Anderen (2006)
Drama, Thriller

Das Leben Der Anderen (2006)

Gerd Wiesler is an officer with the Stasi, the East German secret police. The film begins in 1984 when Wiesler attends a play written by Georg Dreyman, who is considered by many to be the ultimate example of the loyal citizen. Wiesler has a gut feeling that Dreyman can't be as ideal as he seems, and believes surveillance is called for. The Minister of Culture agrees but only later does Wiesler learn that the Minister sees Dreyman as a rival and lusts after his partner Christa-Maria. The more time he spends listening in on them, the more he comes to care about them. The once rigid Stasi officer begins to intervene in their lives, in a positive way, protecting them whenever possible. Eventually, Wiesler's activities catch up to him and while there is no proof of wrongdoing, he finds himself in menial jobs - until the unbelievable happens. (Read More)

Themes:drinking, friendship
Characters:dancer, policeman, student, teacher, friend
Story:agent, backstage, communist, microphone, no opening credits, newspaper, tears, drink, food, crying, telephone call, party, dancing, cigarette smoking, police, kiss

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

Bridge To Terabithia (2007)

Jesse Aarons trained all summer to become the fastest runner in school, so he's very upset when newcomer Leslie Burke outruns him and everyone else. Despite this and other differences, including that she's rich, he's poor, and she's a city girl, he's a country boy, the two become fast friends. Together, they create Terabithia, a land of monsters, trolls, ogres, and giants and rule as king and queen. This friendship helps Jess deal with the tragedy that makes him realize what Leslie taught him. This is why Bridge To Terabithia (2007) is one of the best movies like Hairspray (2007). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:school
Characters:student, teacher, friend
Story:school bus, blackboard, crown, rope, best friend, police car, dysfunctional family, classroom, running, tears, watching tv, police officer, teenage boy, brother sister relationship, teenage girl, singing, photograph, dancing, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship

Brooklyn (2015)
Drama, Romance

Brooklyn (2015)

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

Themes:dance, drinking, friendship
Locations:school, bar
Characters:dancer, student, teacher, singer, friend
Story:applause, class, best friend, eating, classroom, tears, drink, food, female protagonist, song, crying, telephone call, singing, title spoken by character, photograph, dancing, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship

Legend (2015) is one of the best movies like Hairspray (2007)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Legend (2015)

The true story of London's most notorious gangsters, twins Reggie and Ronnie Kray. As the brothers rise through the criminal underworld, Ronnie advances the family business with violence and intimidation while Reggie struggles to go legitimate for local girl Frances Shea. In and out of prison, Ronnie's unpredictable tendencies and the slow disintegration of Reggie's marriage threaten to bring the brothers' empire tumbling to the ground. (Read More)

Themes:drinking
Locations:bar
Characters:dancer, policeman, singer
Period:1960s
Story:newspaper headline, switchblade, applause, microphone, no opening credits, eating, newspaper, drink, watching tv, food, song, brother sister relationship, party, singing, photograph, dancing, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship

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:drinking
Locations:school
Characters:dancer, teacher, singer
Story:girls' bathroom, overprotective parent, gas mask, flatulence, high school, record player, class, classroom, tears, drink, watching tv, song, crying, teenage boy, teenage girl, party, singing, dancing, cigarette smoking, father daughter relationship

A Serious Man (2009)
Comedy, Drama

A Serious Man (2009)

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

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

Sleepers (1996)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Sleepers (1996)

As children, Lorenzo Carcaterra - Shakes to his friends - Michael Sullivan, Tommy Marcano, and John Reilly were inseparable. They grew up in Hell's Kitchen, a far from perfect neighborhood, one filled as Shakes says with scams and shake downs, but one where the rules were known by its residents. The one adult who they admired was Father Bobby Carelli, who understood them as kids more than most adults and more than he himself would like to admit. In 1967, their lives would change forever when a typical teenage prank went wrong which led to the four of them being sentenced to various terms at Wilkinson Home for Boys, a reformatory. There, they were physically, emotionally and sexually abused primarily by Sean Nokes, the head guard of their cell block, and fellow guards Ralph Ferguson, Henry Addison, and Adam Styler, although there were other caring figures of authority at the home including other guards. Their time at the home affected the four, not all who were able to emerge from the experience to regroup their lives. In their want to forget about the experience, they made a vow not to talk about it either between themselves or with others. Fast forward thirteen years, with Tommy and Johnny being career criminals, Michael an assistant district attorney and Shakes a newspaper writer, their friendship on the surface more loose than it was when they were children. When Tommy and John spot Nokes, it leads to Shakes and Michael banding together to exact revenge not only on Nokes but all four of the guards who abused them. Michael had long mapped out a plan even before Tommy and John saw Nokes, but that sighting and its aftermath alters the plan. Beyond the precarious position Tommy and John place themselves into, Michael has the most to lose even if the plan succeeds. Most of the plan implementation is left to Shakes who has to enlist the machine of Hell's Kitchen, including mob boss King Benny, and their childhood friend, social worker Carol Martinez, who currently is John's girlfriend. Beyond co-opting aging lawyer Danny Snyder, who admits he may not be the best choice as an alcoholic who is no longer near the top of his game, the plan is threatened by a key piece, the need for an unreproachable figure to perjure him or herself, that person who Michael and Shakes hopes will be Father Bobby. Father Bobby, even if he knew of the abuse, may not be able to do his friends this enormous favor of an illegal nature, he who has to balance the morality of the situation in his own mind in deciding what to do. This is why Sleepers (1996) is one of the best movies like Hairspray (2007). (Read More)

Themes:drinking, friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:policeman, teacher, singer, friend
Period:1960s
Story:reference to doris day, record player, black american, class, rat, eating, newspaper, classroom, tears, bus, drink, watching tv, food, song, crying, teenage boy, telephone call, singing, title spoken by character, photograph

Little Miss Sunshine (2006) is one of the best movies like Hairspray (2007)
Comedy, Drama

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

In Albuquerque, Sheryl Hoover brings her suicidal brother Frank to the breast of her dysfunctional and emotionally bankrupted family. Frank is homosexual, an expert in Proust. He tried to commit suicide when he was rejected by his boyfriend and his great competitor became renowned and recognized as number one in the field of Proust. Sheryl's husband Richard is unsuccessfully trying to sell his self-help and self-improvement technique using nine steps to reach success, but he is actually a complete loser. Her son Dwayne has taken a vow of silence as a follower of Nietzsche and aims to be a jet pilot. Dwayne's grandfather Edwin was sent away from the institution for elders (Sunset Manor) and is addicted in heroin. When her seven-year-old daughter Olive has a chance to dispute the Little Miss Sunshine pageant in Redondo Beach, California, the whole family travels together in their old Volkswagen Type 2 (Kombi) in a funny journey of hope of winning the talent contest and to make a dream come true. (Read More)

Characters:dancer, student, teacher, singer
Story:pageant, beauty pageant, underdog, dressing room, no opening credits, dysfunctional family, running, tears, bus, watching tv, food, song, crying, teenage boy, brother sister relationship, telephone call, singing, title spoken by character, dancing, cigarette smoking

Billy Elliot (2000)
Drama, Music, Romance

Billy Elliot (2000)

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

Themes:dance, friendship
Locations:school
Characters:teacher, dancer, policeman, friend
Story:class, audition, communist, demonstration, record player, best friend, classroom, running, tears, bus, crying, brother sister relationship, telephone call, photograph, dancing, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship

Juno (2007)
Comedy, Drama

Juno (2007)

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

Themes:friendship
Locations:school
Characters:dancer, student, teacher, singer, friend
Story:demonstration, high school, class, protest, best friend, newspaper, classroom, running, tears, female protagonist, song, crying, teenage boy, teenage girl, telephone call, singing, title spoken by character, dancing, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship

La Vie D'adele (2013)
Drama, Romance

La Vie D'adele (2013)

Adele is a high school student who is beginning to explore herself as a woman. She dates men but finds no satisfaction with them sexually, and is rejected by a female friend who she does desire. She dreams of something more. She meets Emma who is a free spirited girl whom Adele's friends reject due to her sexuality, and by association most begin to reject Adele. Her relationship with Emma grows into more than just friends as she is the only person with whom she can express herself openly. Together, Adele and Emma explore social acceptance, sexuality, and the emotional spectrum of their maturing relationship. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:school
Characters:student, teacher, friend
Story:teenage crush, demonstration, high school, class, protest, no opening credits, classroom, tears, female protagonist, crying, teenage girl, party, cigarette smoking, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, f rated, kiss

This Is England (2006) is one of the best movies like Hairspray (2007)
Crime, Drama

This Is England (2006)

This is England: Mods, New Romantics, and Skinheads are the major youth sub-cultures of this very English summer of 1983 and young 12-year-old Shaun is left wandering aimlessly alone and lost during the start of his school holidays, until his chance meeting with Woody and his fun and friendly Skinhead pack. Finding a new lease of life; girls, parties, Ben Sherman shirts, Doc Martin boots and shaven hairstyles young Shaun is welcomed, life during this summer holiday has got a whole lot better. That is until Combo arrives on the scene bitter, dangerous, racist, militant and psychotic life for young Shaun has just approached his first major crossroads. This is England is a look back at the early eighties of British working-class life through the eyes of young Shaun and his new gang, and dealing with the bitterness of outside influences such as racism and xenophobia, of mass unemployment and the fall out of the Falkland's War; Thatcher's Britain: Did we ever have it so good? When you see Shaun, ask Him. This is why This Is England (2006) is one of the best movies like Hairspray (2007). (Read More)

Themes:racism, drinking, friendship
Locations:school
Characters:policeman, student, teacher, singer, friend
Story:racial tension, hair, switchblade, race relations, class, rat, tears, drink, watching tv, song, crying, telephone call, singing, title spoken by character, cigarette smoking, mother son relationship, police, kiss

The Artist (2011)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Artist (2011)

Outside a movie premiere, enthusiastic fan Peppy Miller literally bumps into the swashbuckling hero of the silent film, George Valentin. The star reacts graciously and Peppy plants a kiss on his cheek as they are surrounded by photographers. The headlines demand: "Who's That Girl?" and Peppy is inspired to audition for a dancing bit-part at the studio. However as Peppy slowly rises through the industry, the introduction of talking-pictures turns Valentin's world upside-down. (Read More)

Themes:drinking, friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:dancer, policeman, nurse, friend
Story:audition, newspaper headline, dressing room, backstage, applause, record player, microphone, eating, newspaper, running, tears, bus, drink, food, crying, dancing, photograph, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, kiss

Elf (2003)
Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance

Elf (2003)

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

Themes:drinking
Locations:school
Characters:policeman, singer
Story:fainting, tv news, class, eating, classroom, drink, watching tv, food, song, telephone call, singing, photograph, dancing, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, kiss, police

Bad Teacher (2011)
Comedy

Bad Teacher (2011)

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

Themes:drinking
Locations:school, bar
Characters:teacher, policeman, friend
Story:school bus, blackboard, high school, class, false accusation, police car, classroom, bus, drink, watching tv, female protagonist, crying, teenage boy, teenage girl, party, photograph, cigarette smoking, f rated, police

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008) is one of the best movies like Hairspray (2007)
Drama, War

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008)

Young Bruno lives a wealthy lifestyle in prewar Germany along with his mother, elder sister, and SS Commandant father. The family relocates to the countryside where his father is assigned to take command a prison camp. A few days later, Bruno befriends another youth, strangely dressed in striped pajamas, named Shmuel who lives behind an electrified fence. Bruno will soon find out that he is not permitted to befriend his new friend as he is a Jew, and that the neighboring yard is actually a prison camp for Jews awaiting extermination. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:dancer, singer, friend
Story:microphone, eating, flashlight, newspaper, running, tears, food, song, crying, brother sister relationship, telephone call, party, singing, dancing, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship

Public Enemies (2009)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Romance

Public Enemies (2009)

This is the story of the last few years of the notorious bank robber John Dillinger. He loved what he did and could imagine little else that would make him happier. Living openly in 1930s Chicago, he had the run of the city with little fear of reprisals from the authorities. It's there that he meets Billie Frechette with whom he falls deeply in love. In parallel we meet Melvin Purvis, the FBI agent who would eventually track Dillinger down. The FBI was is in its early days and Director J. Edgar Hoover was keen to promote the clean cut image that so dominated the organization through his lifetime. Purvis realizes that if he is going to get Dillinger, he will have to use street tactics and imports appropriate men with police training. Dillinger is eventually betrayed by an acquaintance who tells the authorities just where to find him on a given night. This is why Public Enemies (2009) is one of the best movies like Hairspray (2007). (Read More)

Themes:dance, drinking, friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:dancer, policeman, singer, friend
Story:agent, love at first sight, black american, no opening credits, eating, police car, tears, drink, police officer, food, song, crying, telephone call, singing, photograph, dancing, african american, cigarette smoking, kiss, police

An Education (2009)
Drama

An Education (2009)

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

Themes:drinking, friendship
Locations:school, bar
Characters:dancer, student, teacher, singer, friend
Period:1960s
Story:record player, class, classroom, tears, bus, drink, song, crying, teenage boy, teenage girl, singing, dancing, cigarette smoking, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, f rated, kiss

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
Comedy

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

High school student Ferris Bueller wants a day off from school and he's developed an incredibly sophisticated plan to pull it off. He talks his friend Cameron into taking his father's prized Ferrari and with his girlfriend Sloane head into Chicago for the day. While they are taking in what the city has to offer school principal Ed Rooney is convinced that Ferris is, not for the first time, playing hooky for the day and is hell bent to catch him out. Ferris has anticipated that, much to Rooney's chagrin. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:school
Characters:student, friend
Story:high school, school bus, class, scene during end credits, best friend, classroom, police officer, teenage boy, brother sister relationship, teenage girl, telephone call, dancing, kiss, police

John Q (2002) is one of the best movies like Hairspray (2007)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

John Q (2002)

John Quincy Archibald's son Michael collapses while playing baseball as a result of heart failure. John rushes Michael to a hospital emergency room where he is informed that Michael's only hope is a transplant. Unfortunately, John's insurance won't cover his son's transplant. Out of options, John Q. takes the emergency room staff and patients hostage until hospital doctors agree to do the transplant. (Read More)

Characters:nurse
Story:demonstration, tv news, eating, police car, tears, bus, watching tv, food, song, crying, telephone call, singing, title spoken by character, cigarette smoking, father daughter relationship, mother son relationship, police

Clueless (1995)
Comedy, Romance

Clueless (1995)

Cher, a high school student in Beverly Hills, must survive the ups and downs of adolescent life. Her external demeanor at first seems superficial, but rather it hides her wit, charm, and intelligence which help her to deal with relationships, friends, family, school, and the all-important teenage social life. (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:student, teacher, friend
Story:blonde stereotype, teenage daughter, high school, no opening credits, dysfunctional family, classroom, female protagonist, teenage boy, teenage girl, party, title spoken by character, one word title, f rated

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