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High Fidelity (2000)
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High Fidelity (2000)

Thirty-something Rob Gordon, a former club DJ, owns a not so lucrative used record store in Chicago. He not so much employs Barry and Dick, but rather keeps them around as they showed up at the store one day and never left. All three are vinyl and music snobs, but in different ways. Rob has a pencha…nt for compiling top five lists. The latest of these lists is his top five break-ups, it spurred by the fact that his latest girlfriend, Laura, a lawyer, has just broken up with him. He believed that Laura would be the one who would last, partly as an expectation of where he would be at this stage in his life. Rob admits that there have been a few incidents in their relationship which in and of themselves could be grounds for her to want to break up. To his satisfaction, Laura is not on this top five list. Rob feels a need not only to review the five relationships, which go back as far as middle school when he was twelve, and try to come to terms with why the woman, or girl as the case may be, left him, but also, in the words of Charlie Nicholson, number four on the list, "what it all means" for why he has ended up where he is, which is nowhere, personally or professionally, close to what he envisioned. He also has to come to terms with what it means that Laura has moved on to Ian Raymond, a man for who neither had any respect when they were together. (Read More)

Themes:
falling in love break up sexuality death of father anger memory funeral drinking jealousy friendship 
Mood:
affection high school 
Locations:
sex in car chicago illinois apartment nightclub 
Characters:
self doubt ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship employer employee relationship musician boyfriend girlfriend relationship 
Story:
college campus sexual desire apartment building rock band drunken telephone call bareback woman bruce springsteen business proposition danish flag record shop attempted theft reference to johnny cash record collection reference to bruce springsteen store manager β€¦classic rock music curtains storekeeper club dj world music listening to sex dumped by girlfriend record label fear of commitment loss of girlfriend adolescent boy reference to ludwig van beethoven small business soul music woman moaning from pleasure rainy night record producer cassette tape moaning woman woman moaning grunge music store record store skateboarder baldness sidewalk vinyl grudge caress university student audio cassette sofa campus immaturity disappointment wrath jacket misfit loud sex bitterness sarcasm long hair doubt insecurity shyness joy juvenile delinquent crowd living room thirty something frustration fat man headphones discussion irony couch reconciliation shoplifting live music audience sexual attraction rage recording heavy rain desire answering machine hugging twenty something obscene finger gesture loss of father sadness high school student college student pop music marriage proposal man with glasses band bra bedroom rock music bed drink based on book crying fondling telephone call singing based on novel  (See All)

Empire Records (1995)
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Empire Records (1995)

A day in the life of the employees of Empire Records. Except this is a day where everything comes to a head for a number of them facing personal crises - can they pull through together? And more importantly, can they keep their record store independent and not swallowed up by corporate greed?

Themes:
sexuality anger funeral friendship 
Characters:
self doubt employer employee relationship 
Story:
sexual desire business proposition attempted theft record collection classic rock music store manager adolescent boy small business cassette tape music store record store skateboarder sidewalk vinyl audio cassette β€¦sofa immaturity disappointment doubt shyness juvenile delinquent thirty something discussion couch reconciliation shoplifting sexual attraction desire twenty something sadness pop music band rock music crying singing  (See All)

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Clerks (1994)
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Clerks (1994)

Dante Hicks is not having a good day. He works as a clerk in a small convenience store and is told to come into work on his day off. Dante thinks life is a series of down endings and this day is proving to no different. He reads in the newspaper that his ex-girlfriend Caitlin is getting married. His… present girlfriend reveals to have somewhat more experience with sex that he ever imagined. His principal concerns are the hockey game he has that afternoon and the wake for a friend who died. His buddy Randal Graves works as a clerk in the video store next and he hates his job just about as much as Dante hates his. (Read More)

Themes:
break up anger funeral drinking jealousy friendship 
Characters:
self doubt ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship boyfriend girlfriend relationship 
Story:
sidewalk grudge wrath disappointment immaturity bitterness sarcasm long hair doubt insecurity joy frustration fat man irony shoplifting β€¦rage desire twenty something man with glasses bedroom bed drink telephone call  (See All)

Nowhere Boy (2009)
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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 o…f The Beatles. (Read More)

Themes:
anger funeral drinking friendship 
Mood:
affection 
Characters:
musician boyfriend girlfriend relationship 
Story:
rock band music store record store grudge wrath joy crowd shoplifting audience rage recording desire sadness band bedroom β€¦rock music drink based on book crying fondling telephone call singing  (See All)

The Room (2003) is one of the best movies like High Fidelity (2000)
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The Room (2003)

In San Francisco, we follow Johnny, a man who has a girlfriend, Lisa, and also his best friend, Mark. Lisa has been cheating on Johnny with Mark and Johnny doesn't know! Will Johnny ever find out? Will Mark still be Johnny's best friend?

Themes:
anger drinking jealousy friendship 
Locations:
apartment 
Characters:
boyfriend girlfriend relationship 
Story:
apartment building grudge audio cassette sofa wrath disappointment immaturity jacket bitterness long hair insecurity joy living room frustration couch β€¦rage desire sadness man with glasses bra bedroom bed drink crying telephone call  (See All)

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Man Up (2015)
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Man Up (2015)

A 34 year old single woman, Nancy, hung-over again, exhausted by the endless fruitless set ups by her friends, traveling up to London to toast another 10 years of her parent's successful happy magical marriage runs in with a 40 year old divorcee, Jack, who mistakes her for his 24 year old blind date…. Nancy, deciding to go with it, happens to hop on the most chaotic yet hilarious journey of her life which neither of them will ever forget. There is drinking, truths, an old stalker class mate with a long standing crush, lost divorce papers, lost hopes, competitive indoor sports and yeah Jack finding out the truth that Nancy isn't his blind date. 'Man Up' a romantic comedy about taking chances, finding about being yourself, making decisions and rolling with the consequences. (Read More)

Themes:
falling in love anger drinking friendship 
Story:
sidewalk grudge immaturity bitterness sarcasm insecurity joy crowd living room frustration irony rage desire hugging sadness β€¦drink crying telephone call singing  (See All)

Almost Famous (2000)
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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:
death of father anger drinking friendship 
Mood:
high school 
Characters:
musician boyfriend girlfriend relationship 
Story:
rock band classic rock music reconciliation sexual attraction recording obscene finger gesture loss of father band rock music drink crying telephone call singing 

The Godfather: Part II (1974)
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The Godfather: Part II (1974)

The continuing saga of the Corleone crime family tells the story of a young Vito Corleone growing up in Sicily and in 1910s New York; and follows Michael Corleone in the 1950s as he attempts to expand the family business into Las Vegas, Hollywood and Cuba.

Themes:
anger memory drinking jealousy friendship 
Mood:
affection 
Locations:
apartment 
Characters:
self doubt 
Story:
wrath disappointment bitterness doubt living room frustration desire sadness man with glasses bedroom crying fondling telephone call based on novel 

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Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex * But Were Afraid To Ask (1972) is one of the best movies like High Fidelity (2000)
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Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex * But Were Afraid To Ask (1972)

Seven segments related to one another only in that they all purport to be based on sections of the book by David Reuben. The segments range from "Do Aphrodisiacs Work?" in which a court jester gives an aphrodisiac to the Queen and is, in the end, beheaded to "What Happens During Ejaculation?" in whi…ch we watch 'control central' during a successful seduction. (Read More)

Themes:
sexuality drinking 
Locations:
sex in car apartment 
Story:
sexual desire apartment building caress sarcasm irony sexual attraction desire man with glasses bedroom bed based on book fondling 

Pretty In Pink (1986)
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Pretty In Pink (1986)

Teenager Andie is one of the not-so-popular girls in high school. She usually hangs out with her friends Iona or Duckie. Duckie has always had a crush on her, but now she has met a new guy at school, Blane. He's one of the rich and popular guys but can the two worlds meet?

Themes:
anger drinking friendship 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
nightclub 
Characters:
musician boyfriend girlfriend relationship 
Story:
rock band music store record store audio cassette answering machine high school student bra crying singing 

Bridesmaids (2011)
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Bridesmaids (2011)

Annie (Kristen Wiig), is a maid of honor whose life unravels as she leads her best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), and a group of colorful bridesmaids (Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper) on a wild ride down the road to matrimony. Annie's life is a mess. But when she… finds out her lifetime best friend is engaged, she simply must serve as Lillian's maid of honor. Though lovelorn and broke, Annie bluffs her way through the expensive and bizarre rituals. With one chance to get it perfect, she'll show Lillian and her bridesmaids just how far you'll go for someone you love. (Read More)

Themes:
sexuality anger drinking jealousy friendship 
Locations:
chicago illinois 
Story:
apartment building fear of commitment grudge loud sex bitterness sarcasm joy frustration irony hugging sadness man with glasses bedroom bed drink β€¦crying telephone call singing  (See All)

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Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
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Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

After his wife, Alice, tells him about her sexual fantasies, William Harford sets out for a night of sexual adventure. After several less than successful encounters, he meets an old friend, Nick Nightingale - now a musician - who tells him of strange sex parties when he is required to play the piano… blindfolded. All the men at the party are costumed and wear masks while the women are all young and beautiful. Harford manages to find an appropriate costume and heads out to the party. Once there, however, he is warned by someone who recognizes him, despite the mask, that he is in great danger. He manages to extricate himself but the threats prove to be quite real and sinister. (Read More)

Themes:
death of father memory drinking jealousy friendship 
Characters:
musician boyfriend girlfriend relationship 
Story:
sexual desire caress bitterness doubt frustration audience sexual attraction desire man with glasses band bedroom bed drink crying fondling β€¦telephone call based on novel  (See All)

Sex Tape (2014) is one of the best movies like High Fidelity (2000)
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Sex Tape (2014)

When Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) first got together, their romantic connection was intense - but ten years and two kids later, the flame of their love needs a spark. To kick things up a notch, they decide - why not? - to make a video of themselves trying out every position in The Joy …of Sex in one marathon three-hour session. It seems like a great idea - until they discover that their most private video is no longer private. With their reputations on the line, they know they're just one click away from being laid bare to the world... but as their race to reclaim their video leads to a night they'll never forget, they'll find that their video will expose even more than they bargained for. (Read More)

Themes:
sexuality anger 
Story:
sexual desire joy crowd living room couch audience sexual attraction rage desire man with glasses bedroom bed singing 

Old School (2003)
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Old School (2003)

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

Themes:
funeral drinking friendship 
Story:
college campus grudge university student campus immaturity misfit joy crowd living room audience college student man with glasses bedroom singing 

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Anger Management (2003)
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Anger Management (2003)

Mild-mannered timid businessman Dave Buznik works for a pet clothing company out of New York City. He's got an abrasive boss named Mr. Frank Head who frequently takes credit for his work and steps on him in return. He's got a loving girlfriend, Linda, whose best friend is her condescending college e…x, Andrew. But when a misunderstanding aboard an airplane goes haywire, Dave is ordered by the court to undergo anger management therapy at the hands of specialist Dr. Buddy Rydell, who is an unpredictable, psychopathic character. As the relationship between Dave and Buddy becomes more tense, when the unorthodox treatment wreaks havoc Dave's life, and Buddy might be the only one who can save him from a problem he recognizes right away in his patient, that could only get worse. (Read More)

Themes:
break up anger jealousy friendship 
Locations:
apartment 
Characters:
employer employee relationship boyfriend girlfriend relationship 
Story:
wrath insecurity frustration irony sexual attraction rage obscene finger gesture marriage proposal telephone call singing 

Proof (2005)
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Proof (2005)

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

Themes:
death of father funeral drinking friendship 
Locations:
chicago illinois 
Characters:
boyfriend girlfriend relationship 
Story:
rock band university student campus twenty something loss of father sadness college student drink crying telephone call 

The Bodyguard (1992) is one of the best movies like High Fidelity (2000)
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The Bodyguard (1992)

A pop singer has been receiving threatening notes, and her manager hires a bodyguard known for his good work. The bodyguard ruffles the singer's feathers and most of her entourage by tightening security more than they feel is necessary. The bodyguard is haunted by the fact that he was on Reagan's se…cret service staff but wasn't there to prevent the attack by Hinckley. Eventually the bodyguard and the singer start an affair, and she begins to believe his precautions are necessary when the stalker strikes close to home. (Read More)

Themes:
falling in love sexuality anger funeral drinking jealousy friendship 
Locations:
nightclub 
Characters:
musician 
Story:
jacket sarcasm long hair crowd audience heavy rain sadness bra bedroom bed singing 

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The To Do List (2013)
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The To Do List (2013)

Brandy Klark ('Aubrey Plaza (I)' (qv)) has just graduated from high school where she excelled in every subject, except real-life sexual education. When her older sister tells her how important it is to be experienced, Brandy writes out a sex to do list for herself for the summer. Her friend Cameron …might be the perfect guinea pig while she sets her sights on the popular and sexy Rusty Waters as the ultimate end goal. But once feelings get in the way, it becomes much harder for Brandy to check off the remaining items on her sex to do list. (Read More)

Themes:
sexuality drinking friendship 
Mood:
high school 
Story:
immaturity sarcasm joy crowd irony desire high school student bedroom bed drink 

Straw Dogs (1971)
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Straw Dogs (1971)

Upon moving to Britain to get away from American violence, astrophysicist David Sumner and his wife Amy are bullied and taken advantage of by the locals hired to do construction. When David finally takes a stand it escalates quickly into a bloody battle as the locals assault his house.

Themes:
anger drinking 
Story:
sexual desire caress disappointment bitterness living room irony sexual attraction rage recording desire sadness man with glasses bedroom bed drink β€¦crying singing based on novel  (See All)

The Spectacular Now (2013)
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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:
falling in love break up death of father memory drinking jealousy friendship 
Mood:
high school 
Characters:
ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship boyfriend girlfriend relationship 
Story:
college campus dumped by girlfriend hugging bra drink crying telephone call based on novel 

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Gone Girl (2014) is one of the best movies like High Fidelity (2000)
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Gone Girl (2014)

On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark …question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife? (Read More)

Themes:
anger drinking jealousy 
Story:
university student bitterness sarcasm crowd living room irony audience desire sadness marriage proposal man with glasses bedroom bed drink based on book β€¦crying telephone call based on novel  (See All)

Swingers (1996)
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Swingers (1996)

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

Themes:
break up drinking friendship 
Locations:
apartment nightclub 
Characters:
ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship boyfriend girlfriend relationship 
Story:
reference to johnny cash dumped by girlfriend fear of commitment insecurity answering machine twenty something band drink crying telephone call singing 

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (2010)
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Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (2010)

Scott Pilgrim plays in a band which aspires to success. He dates Knives Chau, a high-school girl five years younger, and he hasn't recovered from being dumped by his former girlfriend, now a success with her own band. When Scott falls for Ramona Flowers, he has trouble breaking up with Knives and tr…ies to romance Ramona. As if juggling two women wasn't enough, Ramona comes with baggage: seven ex-lovers, with each of whom Scott must do battle to the death in order to win Ramona. (Read More)

Themes:
break up drinking jealousy friendship 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
apartment nightclub 
Characters:
ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship musician boyfriend girlfriend relationship 
Story:
rock band dumped by girlfriend music store skateboarder insecurity twenty something man with glasses band singing 

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Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
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Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

George and Martha are a middle aged married couple, whose charged relationship is defined by vitriolic verbal battles, which underlies what seems like an emotional dependence upon each other. This verbal abuse is fueled by an excessive consumption of alcohol. George being an associate History profes…sor in a New Carthage university where Martha's father is the President adds an extra dimension to their relationship. Late one Saturday evening after a faculty mixer, Martha invites Nick and Honey, an ambitious young Biology professor new to the university and his mousy wife, over for a nightcap. As the evening progresses, Nick and Honey, plied with more alcohol, get caught up in George and Martha's games of needing to hurt each other and everyone around them. The ultimate abuse comes in the form of talk of George and Martha's unseen sixteen year old son, whose birthday is the following day. (Read More)

Themes:
anger memory drinking 
Locations:
nightclub 
Story:
grudge bitterness sarcasm living room frustration discussion irony rage sadness man with glasses bedroom drink crying singing 

Adam (2009) is one of the best movies like High Fidelity (2000)
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Adam (2009)

Soon after moving in, Beth, a brainy, beautiful writer damaged from a past relationship encounters Adam, the handsome, but odd, fellow in the downstairs apartment whose awkwardness is perplexing. Beth and Adam's ultimate connection leads to a tricky relationship that exemplifies something universal:… truly reaching another person means bravely stretching into uncomfortable territory and the resulting shake-up can be liberating. (Read More)

Themes:
death of father funeral drinking jealousy 
Locations:
apartment 
Characters:
employer employee relationship boyfriend girlfriend relationship 
Story:
apartment building shyness answering machine hugging twenty something bedroom bed drink crying telephone call 

The Libertine (2004)
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The Libertine (2004)

In 1660, with the return of Charles II to the English throne, theater, the visual arts, science and sexual promiscuity flourish. Thirteen years later, in the midst of political and economical problems, Charles II asks for the return of his friend John Wilmot, aka the second Earl of Rochester, from e…xile back to London. John is a morally-corrupt drunkard and a sexually- active cynical poet. When the King asks John to prepare a play for the French ambassador so as to please him, John meets the aspiring actress Elizabeth Barry in the playhouse and decides to make her into a great star. He falls in love with her and she becomes his mistress. During the presentation to the Frenchman, he falls into disgrace with the court. When he was thirty-three years old and dying of syphilis and alcoholism, he converts to being a religious man. (Read More)

Themes:
falling in love drinking friendship 
Mood:
affection 
Story:
sexual desire rainy night sarcasm crowd fat man irony audience sexual attraction heavy rain desire sadness bed drink singing 

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Scarface (1983)
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Scarface (1983)

Tony Montana manages to leave Cuba during the Mariel exodus of 1980. He finds himself in a Florida refugee camp but his friend Manny has a way out for them: undertake a contract killing and arrangements will be made to get a green card. He's soon working for drug dealer Frank Lopez and shows his met…tle when a deal with Colombian drug dealers goes bad. He also brings a new level of violence to Miami. Tony is protective of his younger sister but his mother knows what he does for a living and disowns him. Tony is impatient and wants it all however, including Frank's empire and his mistress Elvira Hancock. Once at the top however, Tony's outrageous actions make him a target and everything comes crumbling down. (Read More)

Themes:
anger jealousy friendship 
Locations:
apartment nightclub 
Story:
apartment building wrath bitterness joy crowd living room frustration rage desire sadness bedroom bed crying fondling telephone call β€¦based on novel  (See All)

The Runaways (2010)
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The Runaways (2010)

In 1975, San Fernando Valley teen Joan Larkin reinvents herself as Joan Jett, a guitarist who wants to form an all-girl punk band. She pitches the idea to a sleazy manager, Kim Fowley, who pairs her with a drummer and then searches for a face: he finds Cherie Currie, at age 15, the perfect jailbait …image for his purpose; by luck, she can sing. Two others round out the band, The Runaways. Fowley books a tour, signs them to Mercury Records, and packs them off to crowds in Japan. Seeds of conflict sprout early: Fowley puts Cherie front and center in the publicity, she's soon strung out on drugs and vodka, and jealousies arise. Without adult supervision, where can Joan and Cherie end up? (Read More)

Themes:
break up anger drinking 
Locations:
nightclub 
Characters:
musician 
Story:
rock band classic rock music reconciliation recording obscene finger gesture band rock music drink telephone call singing 

American Beauty (1999) is one of the best movies like High Fidelity (2000)
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American Beauty (1999)

After his death sometime in his forty-third year, suburbanite Lester Burnham tells of the last few weeks of his life, during which he had no idea of his imminent passing. He is a husband to real estate agent Carolyn Burnham and father to high school student Janie Burnham. Although Lester and Carolyn… once loved each other, they now merely tolerate each other. Typical wallflower Janie too hates both her parents, the three who suffer individually in silence in their home life. Janie tries to steer clear of both her parents. Carolyn, relatively new to the real estate business, wants to create the persona of success to further her career, she aspiring to the professional life of Buddy Kane, the king of the real estate business in their neighborhood. Lester merely walks mindlessly through life, including at his job in advertising. His company is downsizing, and he, like all the other employees, has to justify his position to the newly hired efficiency expert to keep his job. Things change for Lester when he falls in love at first sight with Janie's more experienced classmate, Angela Hays. Both Janie and Angela can see Lester's sexual infatuation with Angela, who courts such attention from any man as a sign that she is model material, she having once appeared in Seventeen and it a career to which she aspires. Lester's infatuation with Angela gives him a reenergized view on life, where he openly doesn't care anymore what anyone thinks about what he does, anyone except Angela. This in… (Read More)

Themes:
falling in love anger friendship 
Mood:
high school 
Characters:
boyfriend girlfriend relationship 
Story:
sexual desire woman moaning from pleasure rainy night moaning woman woman moaning sofa loud sex sarcasm insecurity couch heavy rain obscene finger gesture high school student bra bedroom β€¦bed fondling  (See All)

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Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)
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Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)

Glenn Holland is a musician and composer who takes a teaching job to pay the rent while, in his 'spare time', he can strive to achieve his true goal - compose one memorable piece of music to leave his mark on the world. As Holland discovers 'Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other… plans' and as the years unfold the joy of sharing his contagious passion for music with his students becomes his new definition of success. (Read More)

Themes:
anger friendship 
Mood:
affection high school 
Characters:
musician 
Story:
joy frustration sadness high school student man with glasses singing 

Inland Empire (2006)
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Inland Empire (2006)

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

Themes:
anger drinking friendship 
Story:
sidewalk vinyl wrath joy living room rage recording man with glasses bedroom bed drink crying telephone call 

The Ice Storm (1997)
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The Ice Storm (1997)

In the weekend after thanksgiving 1973 the Hoods are skidding out of control. Benjamin Hood reels from drink to drink, trying not to think about his trouble at the office. His wife, Elena, is reading self help books and losing patience with her husband's lies. Their son, Paul, home for the holidays,… escapes to the city to pursue an alluring rich girl from his prep school. And young, budding nymphomaniac, Wendy Hood roams the neighborhood, innocently exploring liquor cabinets and lingerie drawers of her friends' parents, looking for something new. Then an ice storm hits, the worst in a century. Things get bad... (Read More)

Themes:
sexuality drinking friendship 
Mood:
high school 
Story:
rainy night living room frustration shoplifting recording desire sadness band bedroom bed drink crying telephone call based on novel 

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Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) is one of the best movies like High Fidelity (2000)
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Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

Peter is a composer and a likable sad sack who's devastated when his girlfriend of five years, Sarah Marshall, the star of a cheesy CSI-style crime show, dumps him. He weeps, he rails, he mopes. Finally, his step-brother Brian suggests Hawaii, so Peter heads for a resort on Oahu where, as he's check…ing in, he sees Sarah and her new beau, Aldous, a polymorphously perverse English rocker. The weeping and moping start again, until Peter is rescued by Rachel, a thoughtful hotel clerk who invites him to a luau and to hang out. Although he constantly runs into Sarah and Aldous, Peter starts to come alive again. Will Sarah realize what she's lost, and what about Rachel? (Read More)

Themes:
drinking jealousy friendship 
Characters:
ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship musician boyfriend girlfriend relationship 
Story:
woman moaning from pleasure moaning woman woman moaning loud sex marriage proposal band bed drink crying fondling telephone call singing 

Risky Business (1983)
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Risky Business (1983)

A suburban Chicago teenager's parents leave on vacation, and he cuts loose. An unauthorised trip in his father's Porsche means a sudden need for lots of money, which he raises in a creative way.

Themes:
jealousy friendship 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
chicago illinois 
Story:
sexual desire adolescent boy living room sexual attraction desire bedroom bed telephone call 

Coyote Ugly (2000)
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Coyote Ugly (2000)

Sexy, romantic comedy about a girl in her early 20s named Violet Sanford going to NYC to pursue a dream of becoming a songwriter. Violet gets a "day" job as a bar maid at a nightclub called Coyote Ugly. Coyote Ugly is the city's newest hot spot where the employees are a team of sexy, resourceful wom…en that provoke the clientele and press with their mischief. (Read More)

Themes:
friendship 
Locations:
apartment nightclub 
Characters:
employer employee relationship musician boyfriend girlfriend relationship 
Story:
record label record store fat man sexual attraction singing 

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Detroit Rock City (1999)
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Detroit Rock City (1999)

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

Themes:
drinking friendship 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
sex in car 
Story:
rock band classic rock music long hair recording obscene finger gesture band rock music drink telephone call singing 

Last Tango In Paris (1972) is one of the best movies like High Fidelity (2000)
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Last Tango In Paris (1972)

While looking for an apartment, Jeanne, a beautiful young Parisienne, encounters Paul, a mysterious American expatriate mourning his wife's recent suicide. Instantly drawn to each other, they have a stormy, passionate affair, in which they do not reveal their names to each other. Their relationship …deeply affects their lives, as Paul struggles with his wife's death and Jeanne prepares to marry her fiance, Tom, a film director making a cinema-verite documentary about her. (Read More)

Themes:
sexuality anger 
Locations:
apartment 
Story:
apartment building wrath bitterness rage sadness marriage proposal crying fondling telephone call 

Greenberg (2010)
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Greenberg (2010)

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

Themes:
anger memory drinking jealousy friendship 
Characters:
ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship musician 
Story:
couch heavy rain answering machine twenty something band bra bed drink telephone call singing 

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The Woodsman (2004)
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The Woodsman (2004)

After twelve years in prison, Walter arrives in an unnamed city, moves into a small apartment across the street from an elementary school, gets a job at a lumberyard, and mostly keeps to himself. A quiet, guarded man, Walter finds unexpected solace from Vickie, a tough-talking woman who promises not… to judge him for his history. But Walter cannot escape his past. A convicted sex offender, Walter is warily eyed by his brother-in-law, shunned by his sister, lives in fear of being discovered at work, and is hounded by a suspicious local police officer, Detective Lucas. After befriending a young girl in a neighborhood park, Walter must also grapple with the terrible prospect of his own reawakened demons. (Read More)

Themes:
anger drinking friendship 
Mood:
affection 
Locations:
apartment 
Characters:
employer employee relationship boyfriend girlfriend relationship 
Story:
caress wrath sarcasm irony rage sadness drink crying 

24 Hour Party People (2002)
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24 Hour Party People (2002)

Manchester 1976: Cambridge educated Tony Wilson, Granada TV presenter, is at a Sex Pistols gig. Totally inspired by this pivotal moment in music history, he and his friends set up a record label, Factory Records, signing first Joy Division (who go on to become New Order) then James and the Happy Mon…days, who all become seminal artists of their time. What ensues is a tale of music, sex, drugs, larger-than-life characters, and the birth of one of the most famous dance clubs in the world, The Hacienda - a mecca for clubbers as famous as the likes of Studio 54. Graphically depicting the music and dance heritage of Manchester from the late 70's to the early 90's, this comedy documents the vibrancy that made Mad-chester the place in the world that you would most like to be. (Read More)

Themes:
death of father funeral drinking 
Locations:
nightclub 
Characters:
musician 
Story:
rock band record label record producer joy recording band rock music drink singing 

Secretary (2002) is one of the best movies like High Fidelity (2000)
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Secretary (2002)

An emotionally fragile woman recently released from a mental hospital for self mutilation goes to school to gain secretarial skills to gain employment. She has an alcoholic father and a co-dependent mother who are clueless as to who she really is which a tormented soul who really wants to find somet…hing with which she can find success. She is a great secretary and finds a job with a unique, old fashioned, but off center in charge boss with a somewhat sadistic sexual proclivity. She grows and evolves and so does he. (Read More)

Themes:
falling in love anger drinking 
Mood:
affection 
Characters:
employer employee relationship boyfriend girlfriend relationship 
Story:
woman moaning shyness joy sexual attraction desire sadness marriage proposal drink crying fondling telephone call 

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Wild At Heart (1990)
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Wild At Heart (1990)

Lula's psychopathic mother goes crazy at the thought of Lula being with Sailor, who just got free from jail. Ignoring Sailor's probation, they set out for California. However their mother hires a killer to hunt down Sailor. Unaware of this, the two enjoy their journey and themselves being together..…. until they witness a young woman dying after a car accident - a bad omen. (Read More)

Themes:
falling in love jealousy friendship 
Locations:
nightclub 
Story:
sexual desire bitterness frustration reconciliation sexual attraction desire sadness crying fondling telephone call based on novel 

School Of Rock (2003)
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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 pr…odigy, 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:
anger drinking friendship 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
nightclub 
Characters:
musician 
Story:
rock band joy band rock music drink telephone call singing 

The Sessions (2012)
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The Sessions (2012)

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

Themes:
falling in love sexuality funeral drinking jealousy friendship 
Characters:
boyfriend girlfriend relationship 
Story:
answering machine hugging sadness college student marriage proposal man with glasses bra drink telephone call singing 

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Movie 43 (2013) is one of the best movies like High Fidelity (2000)
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Movie 43 (2013)

Ineffectual, 'has-been' film-maker (Dennis Quaid) swindles his way into an interview with a film executive (Greg Kinnear) in order to pitch an outrageous and controversial comedy manuscript. After pitching the first of his thirteen offbeat fables, the dejected artist forces the rest of his disjointe…d allegory on the executive at gunpoint. He tells stories of a woman on a blind date with a man who has testicles growing from his neck, in another a smitten woman offers her neck to her boyfriend to 'poop' on -as a sign of commitment and love. In yet another two parents take home-schooling to a whole new level of indecency, striving to give their isolated teenage son all the 'regular' torment and humiliation of puberty by bullying, peer-pressuring and even seducing him themselves. An off-beat, elephant-in-the-room type film. (Read More)

Themes:
sexuality drinking 
Locations:
apartment 
Characters:
employer employee relationship boyfriend girlfriend relationship 
Story:
apartment building immaturity insecurity living room discussion couch desire man with glasses bedroom bed fondling 

Two Lovers (2008)
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Two Lovers (2008)

Leonard Kraditor is a burned-out case, living with his immigrant parents after his fiancee left him, helping out at their Brooklyn dry cleaners, taking photographs, at loose ends, suicidal. In quick succession, he meets two women: Sandra, the daughter of his parents' business associates, frank, dire…ct, sensual, Jewish like Leonard; and, his neighbor Michelle, mercurial, rootless, fun, blond, unattainable. Michelle is in love with a married man and cries on Leonard's shoulder; Sandra wants to save him. Is Leonard willing to risk losing Sandra's fidelity for the moments Michelle's moods swing toward him? Can this end well? (Read More)

Locations:
apartment nightclub 
Characters:
boyfriend girlfriend relationship 
Story:
apartment building small business heavy rain hugging marriage proposal bedroom crying telephone call singing 

On The Road (2012)
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On The Road (2012)

Shaken by the death of his father and discouraged by his stalled career, writer Sal Paradise goes on a road trip hoping for inspiration. While traveling, he is befriended by charismatic and fearless Dean Moriarty and Moriarty's free-spirited and seductive young wife, Marylou. Traveling across the Am…erican southwest together, they strive to break from conformity and and search the unknown, and their decisions change the very course of their lives. (Read More)

Themes:
death of father funeral friendship 
Locations:
nightclub 
Story:
listening to sex woman moaning from pleasure moaning woman woman moaning loud sex shoplifting hugging man with glasses crying singing based on novel 

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The Doors (1991)
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The Doors (1991)

Oliver Stone's homage to 1960s rock group The Doors also doubles as a biography of the group's late singer, the "Electric Poet" Jim Morrison. The movie follows Morrison from his days as a film student in Los Angeles to his death in Paris, France at age 27 in 1971. The movie features a tour-de-force …performance by Val Kilmer, who not only looks like Jim Morrison's long-lost twin brother, but also sounds so much like him that he did much of his own singing. It has been written that even the surviving Doors had trouble distinguishing Kilmer's vocals from Morrison's originals. (Read More)

Themes:
anger memory jealousy 
Locations:
nightclub 
Characters:
musician boyfriend girlfriend relationship 
Story:
rock band record label record producer university student crowd headphones audience man with glasses rock music crying singing 

No Strings Attached (2011) is one of the best movies like High Fidelity (2000)
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No Strings Attached (2011)

Occasionally in the 15 years since summer camp, Adam and Emma cross paths. When he discovers that an ex-girlfriend is living with his dad, he gets drunk, calls every woman in his cell phone contact list, and ends up passed out naked in her living room. By this time, she's a medical resident in L.A. …and he's a gopher on a "Glee"-like TV series, hoping to be a writer. She guards her emotions (calling her father's funeral "a thing"), so after a quick shag in the moments she has before leaving for the hospital, she asks if he wants a no-strings-attached, sex-only relationship, without romance or complications. A prescription for fun or for disaster? (Read More)

Themes:
funeral jealousy 
Locations:
sex in car 
Characters:
ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship boyfriend girlfriend relationship 
Story:
sexual desire woman moaning from pleasure moaning woman woman moaning loud sex living room sexual attraction bra bed crying 

Femme Fatale (2002)
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Femme Fatale (2002)

The thief Laurie Ash steals the expensive diamond jewel called 'Eye of the Serpent' in an audacious heist during an exhibition in Cannes 2001 Festival. She double-crosses her partners and is mistakenly taken as Lily, a woman who lost her husband and son in an accident and is missing since then, by a…n ordinary family. One day, while having bath in Lily's bathtub, Lily comes back home and commits suicide. Laurie assumes definitely Lily's identity, goes to America where she marries a rich man, who becomes the Ambassador of USA in France. When Laurie returns to France, her past haunts her. (Read More)

Themes:
falling in love sexuality funeral friendship 
Story:
sexual desire caress jacket long hair frustration desire obscene finger gesture bedroom fondling telephone call 

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