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Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
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)

Themes:writing,  money,  drugs
Mood:affection
Locations:motel,  wheelchair,  beach,  hospital
Characters:homosexuality,  waitress,  dancer,  teacher,  singer,  doctor,  homosexual,  teenager
Story:motivational speaker,  pageant,  california,  speaker,  volkswagen bus,  beauty pageant,  scottsdale arizona,  mute boy,  heroin,  reckless driving,  teacher student relationship,  hospital waiting room,  crime scene cleanup,  master of ceremonies,  talent audition,  pushing car,  reference to marcel proust,  flight school,  freak out,  highway patrolman,  eye test,  hair styling,  vow of silence,  color blind,  car horn,  albuquerque new mexico,  notepad,  cross country trip,  magazine article,  sprite,  fried chicken,  reference to friedrich nietzsche,  deadpan,  child star,  war wound,  directed by several directors,  drug snorting,  death of grandfather,  gay pornography,  graduate student,  road rage,  highway travel,  beauty contest,  fat,  optimism,  packing,  freeway,  winner,  cross country,  bechdel test passed,  talent show,  begging,  roadtrip,  auto mechanic,  volkswagen,  failure,  suicidal,  new mexico,  tween girl,  popcorn,  loser,  sarcasm,  make up,  parenthood,  porn magazine,  car trouble,  underdog,  irreverence,  dressing room,  mental hospital,  grandfather granddaughter relationship,  pier,  arizona,  pride,  social satire,  convenience store,  mute,  hatred,  uncle niece relationship,  remote control,  suffering,  innocence,  biker,  audience,  ice cream,  helmet,  quest,  answering machine,  grandfather grandson relationship,  eyeglasses,  garage,  directorial debut,  uncle nephew relationship,  speech,  drug addiction,  reading,  on the road,  road movie,  pay phone,  fired from the job,  suburb,  screaming,  businessman,  stripping,  argument,  gas station,  van,  journey,  no opening credits,  apology,  driving,  diner,  woman,  ambulance,  old man,  road trip,  dysfunctional family,  drug use,  dead body,  death of father,  running,  tears,  book,  sister sister relationship,  watching tv,  computer,  mirror,  motorcycle,  black comedy,  food,  title directed by female,  song,  cell phone,  crying,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  cult film,  three word title,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  police,  death

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

Nurse Betty (2000)

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

Themes:drugs
Locations:motel,  hospital
Characters:waitress,  doctor
Story:cross country trip,  deadpan,  highway travel,  cross country,  roadtrip,  new mexico,  irreverence,  arizona,  innocence,  garage,  on the road,  road movie,  journey,  diner,  woman,  ambulance,  road trip,  drug use,  tears,  watching tv,  computer,  black comedy,  crying,  telephone call,  cult film,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  independent film,  police,  death

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Sunshine Cleaning (2008)
Comedy, Drama

Sunshine Cleaning (2008)

A family. Rose and Norah, in Albuquerque, lost their mother when they were young. Rose is responsible - a housecleaner, raising her seven-year-old son Oscar. She's also having an affair with Mac, a married cop, her high-school sweetheart. Norah can't hold a job. Their dad, Joe, is quirky. When Oscar is expelled for odd behavior, Rose wants to earn enough to send him to private school. Mac suggests she clean up after crime scenes, suicides, and deaths that go undiscovered for awhile. Rose enlists Norah, and Sunshine Cleaners is born. Norah bonds with the dead, Rose finds out that it's a regulated business, and complications arise. Can a family marked by tragedy sort things out? (Read More)

Themes:money
Locations:motel
Characters:waitress,  teacher
Story:crime scene cleanup,  albuquerque new mexico,  new mexico,  popcorn,  remote control,  grandfather grandson relationship,  fired from the job,  van,  apology,  driving,  diner,  woman,  old man,  dysfunctional family,  drug use,  dead body,  tears,  sister sister relationship,  watching tv,  mirror,  black comedy,  title directed by female,  cell phone,  crying,  telephone call,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  police,  death

Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)

Despondent over his breakup with Desiree, Zia slashes his wrists and goes to an afterlife peopled by suicides, a high-desert landscape dotted by old tires, burned-out cars, and abandoned sofas. He gets a job in a pizza joint. By chance, Zia learns that Desiree offed herself a few months after he did, and she's looking for him. He sets off with Eugene (an electrocuted Russian rocker) to find her, and they pick up a hitchhiker, Mikal, who's looking for the People in Charge, believing she's there by mistake. They're soon at the camp of Kneller, where casual miracles proliferate. They hear rumors of a miraculous king. Can Zia find Desiree? Then what? Where there's death there's hope. (Read More)

Locations:wheelchair,  beach,  hospital
Characters:waitress,  dancer,  singer,  homosexual
Story:roadtrip,  auto mechanic,  suicidal,  quest,  heroin,  reading,  on the road,  pay phone,  gas station,  journey,  apology,  driving,  diner,  road trip,  drug use,  dead body,  tears,  book,  watching tv,  computer,  black comedy,  food,  song,  cell phone,  crying,  telephone call,  cult film,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  death,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  police

On The Road (2012) is one of the best movies like Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Adventure, Drama, Romance

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 American 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:drugs
Locations:motel
Characters:homosexuality
Story:reference to friedrich nietzsche,  packing,  cross country,  roadtrip,  arizona,  on the road,  road movie,  gas station,  journey,  driving,  diner,  california,  road trip,  death of father,  book,  song,  crying,  three word title,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  police,  death

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Woman In Gold (2015)
Biography, Drama, History

Woman In Gold (2015)

Maria Altman sought to regain a world famous painting of her aunt plundered by the Nazis during World War II. She did so not just to regain what was rightfully hers, but also to obtain some measure of justice for the death, destruction, and massive art theft perpetrated by the Nazis. This is why Woman In Gold (2015) is one of the best movies like Little Miss Sunshine (2006). (Read More)

Themes:money
Characters:dancer,  singer,  doctor
Story:speaker,  pride,  uncle niece relationship,  remote control,  grandfather grandson relationship,  eyeglasses,  speech,  apology,  woman,  california,  old man,  death of father,  running,  tears,  book,  sister sister relationship,  computer,  mirror,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death

The Grapes Of Wrath (1940)
Drama, History

The Grapes Of Wrath (1940)

Tom Joad returns to his home after a jail sentence to find his family kicked off their farm due to foreclosure. He catches up with them on his uncle's farm and joins them the next day as they head for California and a new life - Hopefully.

Characters:waitress,  dancer
Story:cross country trip,  death of grandfather,  cross country,  roadtrip,  grandfather granddaughter relationship,  grandfather grandson relationship,  on the road,  road movie,  journey,  woman,  california,  road trip,  sister sister relationship,  brother sister relationship,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death

August: Osage County (2013)
Drama

August: Osage County (2013)

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

Themes:money,  drugs
Locations:motel
Characters:singer,  doctor
Story:bechdel test passed,  uncle niece relationship,  suffering,  eyeglasses,  uncle nephew relationship,  drug addiction,  apology,  woman,  dysfunctional family,  drug use,  dead body,  death of father,  tears,  book,  sister sister relationship,  mirror,  food,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  three word title,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death

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Enter The Void (2009) is one of the best movies like Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Drama, Fantasy

Enter The Void (2009)

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

Themes:money,  drugs
Locations:motel,  beach,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  singer,  doctor,  homosexual
Story:dressing room,  grandfather granddaughter relationship,  grandfather grandson relationship,  pay phone,  fired from the job,  screaming,  apology,  drug use,  dead body,  death of father,  running,  tears,  book,  mirror,  food,  song,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  cult film,  three word title,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  police,  death

Bad Grandpa (2013)
Comedy

Bad Grandpa (2013)

Eighty-six-year-old Irving Zisman is on a journey across America with the most unlikely companion: his eight-year-old grandson Billy, in "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa". Jackass characters Irving Zisman (Johnny Knoxville) and Billy (Jackson Nicoll) will take movie audiences along for the most insane hidden camera road trip ever captured on camera. Along the way Irving will introduce the young and impressionable Billy to people, places, and situations that give new meaning to the term "childrearing". The duo will encounter male strippers, disgruntled child beauty pageant contestants (and their equally disgruntled mothers), funeral home mourners, biker bar patrons, and a whole lot of unsuspecting citizens. Real people in unreal situations, making for one really messed up comedy. (Read More)

Locations:motel
Story:beauty pageant,  pageant,  highway travel,  convenience store,  biker,  grandfather grandson relationship,  on the road,  road movie,  stripping,  argument,  gas station,  journey,  diner,  old man,  road trip,  dead body,  motorcycle,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship

Nowhere Boy (2009)
Biography, Drama, Music, Romance

Nowhere Boy (2009)

The story of John Lennon's childhood and teenage years from 1944 to 1960, his relationship with his aunt Mimi and his mother Julia -the two dominant women in the first part of his life-, his first meeting with Paul McCartney and George Harrison, their friendship, their love for music and the birth of The Beatles. This is why Nowhere Boy (2009) is one of the best movies like Little Miss Sunshine (2006). (Read More)

Themes:money
Mood:affection
Characters:dancer,  teacher,  singer
Story:porn magazine,  dressing room,  pier,  audience,  uncle nephew relationship,  reading,  argument,  ambulance,  running,  tears,  book,  sister sister relationship,  mirror,  food,  title directed by female,  song,  crying,  teenage boy,  telephone call,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  death

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

We Own The Night (2007)

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

Themes:money,  drugs
Locations:motel,  wheelchair,  beach,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  singer
Story:grandfather grandson relationship,  heroin,  uncle nephew relationship,  van,  no opening credits,  ambulance,  dysfunctional family,  drug use,  death of father,  tears,  motorcycle,  food,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  police,  death

Broken Flowers (2005) is one of the best movies like Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Romance

Broken Flowers (2005)

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

Locations:motel
Characters:waitress
Story:highway travel,  cross country,  biker,  quest,  on the road,  road movie,  suburb,  businessman,  journey,  woman,  road trip,  drug use,  death of father,  sister sister relationship,  computer,  motorcycle,  cell phone,  crying,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death

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:money,  drugs
Characters:teacher,  singer,  homosexual,  teenager
Story:volkswagen bus,  roadtrip,  reading,  on the road,  pay phone,  california,  road trip,  drug use,  death of father,  running,  book,  watching tv,  food,  song,  crying,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

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Conviction (2010)
Biography, Drama

Conviction (2010)

Betty Anne Waters (Swank) is a high school dropout who spent nearly two decades working as a single mother while putting herself through law school, tirelessly trying to beat the system and overturn her brother's (Rockwell) unjust murder conviction.

Themes:money
Characters:waitress,  dancer
Story:death of grandfather,  pride,  hatred,  remote control,  innocence,  grandfather grandson relationship,  apology,  diner,  woman,  dead body,  death of father,  running,  tears,  watching tv,  computer,  mirror,  food,  cell phone,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  police,  death

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. This is why The Spectacular Now (2013) is one of the best movies like Little Miss Sunshine (2006). (Read More)

Themes:money
Locations:hospital
Characters:dancer,  teacher,  teenager
Story:reckless driving,  teacher student relationship,  begging,  pride,  convenience store,  reading,  fired from the job,  apology,  death of father,  tears,  computer,  cell phone,  crying,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships

Candy (2006) is one of the best movies like Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Drama, Romance

Candy (2006)

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

Themes:money,  drugs
Locations:wheelchair,  hospital
Characters:doctor,  homosexual
Story:mental hospital,  eyeglasses,  heroin,  drug addiction,  reading,  apology,  woman,  drug use,  tears,  book,  watching tv,  mirror,  food,  crying,  telephone call,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  death

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Persepolis (2007)
Animation, Biography, Drama, War

Persepolis (2007)

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

Locations:wheelchair,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  teacher,  doctor,  homosexual
Story:reckless driving,  volkswagen,  grandfather granddaughter relationship,  uncle niece relationship,  suffering,  uncle nephew relationship,  reading,  pay phone,  woman,  old man,  drug use,  dead body,  running,  tears,  book,  watching tv,  motorcycle,  food,  title directed by female,  crying,  teenage boy,  telephone call,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  police,  death

Mustang (2015)
Drama

Mustang (2015)

Early summer. In a village in northern Turkey, Lale and her four sisters are walking home from school, playing innocently with some boys. The immorality of their play sets off a scandal that has unexpected consequences. The family home is progressively transformed into a prison; instruction in homemaking replaces school and marriages start being arranged. The five sisters who share a common passion for freedom, find ways of getting around the constraints imposed on them. (Read More)

Themes:money
Locations:beach,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  teacher,  singer,  doctor,  teenager
Story:teacher student relationship,  uncle niece relationship,  reading,  screaming,  apology,  ambulance,  running,  book,  sister sister relationship,  watching tv,  mirror,  food,  song,  crying,  teenage boy,  telephone call,  singing,  dancing,  mother son relationship

Mommy (2014)
Drama

Mommy (2014)

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

Themes:writing,  money
Locations:beach,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  teacher,  singer,  doctor,  teenager
Story:loser,  pride,  uncle niece relationship,  suffering,  eyeglasses,  reading,  fired from the job,  screaming,  argument,  van,  apology,  ambulance,  dysfunctional family,  death of father,  running,  tears,  book,  mirror,  food,  song,  crying,  teenage boy,  telephone call,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  death

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Blue Valentine (2010) is one of the best movies like Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
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. This is why Blue Valentine (2010) is one of the best movies like Little Miss Sunshine (2006). (Read More)

Themes:money
Locations:motel,  wheelchair
Characters:dancer,  singer,  doctor
Story:packing,  grandfather granddaughter relationship,  answering machine,  eyeglasses,  reading,  argument,  gas station,  apology,  driving,  old man,  dysfunctional family,  running,  tears,  book,  mirror,  food,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  death

Rent (2005)
Drama, Musical, Romance

Rent (2005)

This rock opera tells the story of one year in the life of a group of bohemians struggling in modern day East Village New York. The story centers around Mark and Roger, two roommates. While a former tragedy has made Roger numb to life, Mark tries to capture it through his attempts to make a film. In the year that follows, the group deals with love, loss, AIDS, and modern day life in one truly powerful story. (Read More)

Themes:money,  drugs
Mood:affection
Locations:hospital
Characters:homosexuality,  dancer,  teacher,  singer,  homosexual
Story:begging,  new mexico,  answering machine,  eyeglasses,  heroin,  drug addiction,  pay phone,  drug use,  tears,  computer,  motorcycle,  black comedy,  food,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  police,  death

Hesher (2010)
Comedy, Drama

Hesher (2010)

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

Themes:money
Characters:teacher,  singer,  doctor
Story:reckless driving,  remote control,  suffering,  answering machine,  eyeglasses,  directorial debut,  uncle nephew relationship,  suburb,  van,  apology,  drug use,  running,  tears,  watching tv,  food,  song,  crying,  teenage boy,  telephone call,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  police

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Lovelace (2013)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Themes:money
Locations:motel,  beach
Characters:dancer,  singer
Story:suffering,  eyeglasses,  drug addiction,  pay phone,  apology,  diner,  running,  watching tv,  food,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  police,  death

Wild Hogs (2007) is one of the best movies like Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Action, Adventure, Comedy

Wild Hogs (2007)

Four middle-aged men decide to take a road trip from Cincinnati to the Pacific in order to get away from their lives which are leading them nowhere. Taking their motorcycles, these "Wild Hogs" tear up the road and eventually stop in New Mexico for a drink not knowing that the bar belongs to the "Del Fuegos", a mean biker gang. When the Del Fuegos steal a bike that belongs to the Wild Hogs, the four men form a plan to steal their bike back. (Read More)

Locations:hospital
Characters:waitress
Story:biker,  road trip,  highway travel,  new mexico,  convenience store,  quest,  on the road,  road movie,  gas station,  no opening credits,  diner,  woman,  computer,  motorcycle,  cell phone,  crying,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships

Festen (1998)
Drama

Festen (1998)

The Father turns 60. His family, which is a big one of the kind, gathers to celebrate him on a castle. Everybody likes and respects the father deeply...or do they? The youngest son is trying to live up to the father's expectations. He is running a grill-bar in a dirty part of Copenhagen. The oldest son runs a restaurant in France, while the sister is a anthropologist. The older sister has recently committed suicide and the father asks the oldest son to say a few words about her, because he is afraid he will break into tears if he does it himself. The oldest son agrees without argument. Actually he has already written two speeches. A yellow and a green one. By the table, he asks the father to pick a speech. The father chooses green. The oldest son announces that this is the Speech of Truth. Everybody laughs, except for the father who gets a nervous look on his face. For he knows that the oldest son is about to reveal the secret of why the oldest sister killed herself. This is why Festen (1998) is one of the best movies like Little Miss Sunshine (2006). (Read More)

Characters:waitress,  dancer,  singer
Story:speech,  grandfather granddaughter relationship,  uncle niece relationship,  grandfather grandson relationship,  uncle nephew relationship,  argument,  journey,  apology,  dysfunctional family,  running,  tears,  black comedy,  food,  song,  cell phone,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  cult film,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death

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Boy A (2007)
Drama

Boy A (2007)

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

Themes:drugs
Locations:beach
Characters:waitress,  dancer,  teacher
Story:porn magazine,  pier,  pride,  remote control,  innocence,  uncle nephew relationship,  fired from the job,  screaming,  van,  apology,  ambulance,  dysfunctional family,  drug use,  tears,  watching tv,  mirror,  cell phone,  crying,  telephone call,  dancing,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  death,  police

Nothing To Lose (1997)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime

Nothing To Lose (1997)

When a man (Robbins) believes he has discovered that his wife is having an affair with his boss, it sets off a chain reaction of events. First he wanders into a ghetto where a robber (Lawrence) tries to take his money at gunpoint, but instead sets a wild ride from California to Arizona. The two eventually become reluctant friends. Discussing robbery techniques, they decide to get back at the boss by robbing an office safe containing hundreds of thousands of dollars. Life is further complicated by another pair of robbers who chase the first two for infringing on their territory. (Read More)

Themes:money
Characters:waitress
Story:reckless driving,  arizona,  convenience store,  answering machine,  on the road,  pay phone,  gas station,  diner,  california,  dysfunctional family,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

Menace II Society (1993) is one of the best movies like Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Menace II Society (1993)

This urban nightmare chronicles several days in the life of Caine Lawson, following his high-school graduation, as he attempts to escape his violent existence in the projects of Watts, CA.

Themes:money,  drugs
Mood:affection
Locations:hospital
Characters:teenager
Story:convenience store,  hatred,  grandfather grandson relationship,  heroin,  directorial debut,  gas station,  no opening credits,  california,  death of father,  watching tv,  black comedy,  cult film,  three word title,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  police,  death

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Precious (2009)
Drama

Precious (2009)

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

Themes:writing,  money
Locations:hospital
Characters:teacher,  teenager
Story:teacher student relationship,  fried chicken,  fat,  remote control,  reading,  screaming,  woman,  death of father,  watching tv,  mirror,  motorcycle,  food,  song,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  independent film,  death

Happy-go-lucky (2008)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Happy-go-lucky (2008)

Poppy Cross is happy-go-lucky. At 30, she lives in Camden: cheeky, playful, frank while funny, and talkative to strangers. She's a conscientious and exuberant primary-school teacher, flatmates with Zoe, her long-time friend; she's close to one sister, and not so close to another. In this slice of life story, we watch her take driving lessons from Scott, a dour and tightly-wound instructor, take classes in flamenco dance from a fiery Spaniard, encounter a tramp in the night, and sort out a student's aggressive behavior with a social worker's help. Along the way, we wonder if her open attitude puts her at risk of misunderstanding or worse. What is the root of happiness? This is why Happy-go-lucky (2008) is one of the best movies like Little Miss Sunshine (2006). (Read More)

Locations:beach
Characters:teacher,  dancer,  singer
Story:driving,  teacher student relationship,  optimism,  pier,  suburb,  argument,  gas station,  woman,  running,  book,  sister sister relationship,  food,  song,  cell phone,  telephone call,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

My Left Foot: The Story Of Christy Brown (1989)
Biography, Drama

My Left Foot: The Story Of Christy Brown (1989)

Christy Brown is a spastic quadriplegic born to a large, poor Irish family. His mother, Mrs Brown, recognizes the intelligence and humanity in the lad everyone else regards as a vegetable. Eventually, Christy matures into a cantankerous writer who uses his only functional limb, his left foot, to write with. (Read More)

Themes:writing,  money
Locations:wheelchair,  hospital
Characters:teacher,  singer,  doctor
Story:porn magazine,  reading,  van,  apology,  ambulance,  death of father,  book,  mirror,  food,  song,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death

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Into The Wild (2007) is one of the best movies like Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Adventure, Biography, Drama

Into The Wild (2007)

Based on a true story. After graduating from Emory University, Christopher McCandless abandoned his possessions, gave his entire savings account to charity, and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters who shape his life.

Themes:money
Locations:beach
Characters:waitress,  dancer,  singer,  teenager
Story:speaker,  arizona,  audience,  grandfather grandson relationship,  eyeglasses,  reading,  on the road,  pay phone,  argument,  van,  journey,  diner,  california,  old man,  road trip,  drug use,  running,  tears,  book,  watching tv,  crying,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  three word title,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  death,  police

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

Across The Universe (2007)

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

Themes:drugs
Locations:wheelchair,  beach,  hospital
Characters:waitress,  dancer,  teacher,  singer
Story:war wound,  dressing room,  heroin,  uncle nephew relationship,  speech,  journey,  no opening credits,  california,  drug use,  running,  sister sister relationship,  watching tv,  title directed by female,  song,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  three word title,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  police,  death

Adoration (2013)
Drama, Romance

Adoration (2013)

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

Locations:beach,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  singer
Story:audience,  apology,  death of father,  running,  tears,  book,  computer,  mirror,  food,  title directed by female,  song,  cell phone,  crying,  teenage boy,  telephone call,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death

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The World's Fastest Indian (2005)
Biography, Drama, Sport

The World's Fastest Indian (2005)

For 25 years in Invercargill at the south end of New Zealand, Burt Munro (1899-1978) has been working on increasing the speed of his motorcycle, a 1920 Indian. He dreams of taking it to the Bonneville Salt Flats to see how fast it will go. By the early 1960s, heart disease threatens his life, so he mortgages his house and takes a boat to Los Angeles, buys an old car, builds a makeshift trailer, gets the Indian through customs, and heads for Utah. Along the way, people he meets are charmed by his open, direct friendliness. If he makes it to Bonneville, will they let an old guy on the flats with makeshift tires, no brakes, and no chute? And will the Indian actually respond? This is why The World's Fastest Indian (2005) is one of the best movies like Little Miss Sunshine (2006). (Read More)

Themes:money
Locations:motel,  beach,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  doctor
Story:reckless driving,  auto mechanic,  helmet,  eyeglasses,  garage,  on the road,  gas station,  woman,  ambulance,  california,  old man,  motorcycle,  telephone call,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship

Pineapple Express (2008) is one of the best movies like Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Pineapple Express (2008)

Lazy court-process clerk and stoner Dale Denton has only one reason to visit his equally lazy dealer Saul Silver: to purchase weed, specifically, a rare new strain called Pineapple Express. But when Dale becomes the only witness to a murder by a crooked cop and the city's most dangerous drug lord, he panics and dumps his roach of Pineapple Express at the scene. Dale now has another reason to visit Saul: to find out if the weed is so rare that it can be traced back to him--and it is. As Dale and Saul run for their lives, they quickly discover that they're not suffering from weed-fueled paranoia: incredibly, the bad guys really are hot on their trail and trying to figure out the fastest way to kill them both. All aboard the Pineapple Express. (Read More)

Themes:money,  drugs
Locations:motel,  wheelchair,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  teacher,  doctor,  teenager
Story:reckless driving,  car trouble,  mute,  suffering,  pay phone,  van,  drug use,  dead body,  running,  tears,  black comedy,  cell phone,  crying,  teenage boy,  telephone call,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  police

Lolita (1997)
Drama, Romance

Lolita (1997)

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

Themes:writing,  money
Locations:motel,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  teacher,  singer,  doctor,  teenager
Story:reckless driving,  eyeglasses,  screaming,  gas station,  journey,  ambulance,  road trip,  tears,  crying,  teenage boy,  telephone call,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  police

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Blood Father (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Blood Father (2016)

Themes:money,  drugs
Locations:motel
Characters:teenager
Story:new mexico,  popcorn,  biker,  heroin,  road movie,  pay phone,  no opening credits,  diner,  california,  road trip,  death of father,  watching tv,  motorcycle,  black comedy,  cell phone,  telephone call,  father daughter relationship,  independent film,  police,  death

About Schmidt (2002)
Comedy, Drama

About Schmidt (2002)

Warren Schmidt has led a safe, predictable life working in the insurance industry in Omaha, Nebr. for many years, yet now faces retirement. At the same time he is forced to take a hard look at his wife, his life and his relationship with his estranged daughter. An often hilarious series of events follow as Schmidt embarks on an unpredictable RV journey to attend his daughter's wedding in Denver. (Read More)

Story:highway travel,  car trouble,  irreverence,  answering machine,  speech,  on the road,  road movie,  gas station,  journey,  woman,  old man,  road trip,  dysfunctional family,  black comedy,  crying,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships,  death

Alpha Dog (2006) is one of the best movies like Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Alpha Dog (2006)

1999, Claremont, California. Middle-class kids, in their 20s, talk trash, wave guns, hang out in a pack. Johnny Truelove, drug dealer and son of a underworld figure, threatens Jake Mazursky, an explosive head case who owes Johnny money; Jake responds by breaking into Johnny's house. On impulse, Johnny and a couple pals kidnap Jake's 15-year-old brother, Zach. Zach's okay with it, figuring his brother will pay the debt soon. Johnny assigns his buddy Frankie to be Zach's minder, and they develop a brotherly friendship. Zach parties with his captors as things begin to spin out of control. Group think, amorality, and fear of prison assert a hold on the pack. Is Zach in danger? This is why Alpha Dog (2006) is one of the best movies like Little Miss Sunshine (2006). (Read More)

Themes:money
Locations:motel
Story:reckless driving,  albuquerque new mexico,  convenience store,  answering machine,  garage,  pay phone,  fired from the job,  suburb,  van,  california,  watching tv,  cell phone,  teenage boy,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  death

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Blue Crush (2002)
Drama, Romance, Sport

Blue Crush (2002)

Nothing gets between Anne Marie and her board. Living in a beach shack with three roommates including her rebellious younger sister, she is up before dawn every morning to conquer the waves and count the days until the Pipe Masters surf competition. Having transplanted herself to Hawaii with no one's blessing but her own, Anne Marie finds all she needs in the adrenaline-charged surf scene ... until pro quarterback Matt Tollman comes along. Like it or not, Anne Marie starts losing her balance - and finding it - as she falls for Matt. (Read More)

Locations:beach
Characters:dancer
Story:reckless driving,  tween girl,  underdog,  uncle niece relationship,  gas station,  running,  sister sister relationship,  watching tv,  computer,  mirror,  cell phone,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship

Due Date (2010)
Comedy, Drama

Due Date (2010)

In Atlanta on business, straight-laced and overly analytical architect Peter Highman is flying home to Los Angeles and his wife Sarah for the imminent birth of their first child. However, traveling by plane no longer becomes an option when he and a fellow passenger, aspiring actor Ethan Tremblay, are kicked off the plane, which was caused by Ethan's social inappropriateness, due to being generally unaware, exacerbated by Peter's temper at a situation against his sensibilities. Peter, who ends up without money or his suitcase, is forced to accept Ethan's offer of a shared car ride to Los Angeles, Ethan who is looking for his big acting break. For Peter, this partnership is one made in hell, but he feels he has no other choice. Peter obviously wants to take as direct and as quick a route as possible, while he is at Ethan's mercy as the person with the driver's license, car rental and money. They get into one misadventure after another on this trip, with the same issue at each misadventure being Ethan's ineptness as an adult combined with Peter's resulting temper. The questions become whether they will survive the trip together, and if so if Peter will make it home in time to witness the birth of his and Sarah's first child. (Read More)

Themes:money,  drugs
Locations:motel,  wheelchair,  hospital
Story:reckless driving,  cross country trip,  highway travel,  cross country,  roadtrip,  car trouble,  arizona,  hatred,  on the road,  gas station,  journey,  diner,  ambulance,  road trip,  drug use,  death of father,  watching tv,  black comedy,  cell phone,  brother sister relationship,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  police

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:money,  drugs
Locations:wheelchair
Characters:dancer,  singer,  doctor
Story:freeway,  helmet,  grandfather grandson relationship,  directorial debut,  reading,  pay phone,  suburb,  screaming,  journey,  dysfunctional family,  drug use,  watching tv,  motorcycle,  food,  song,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  cult film,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  police,  death

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Der Untergang (2004) is one of the best movies like Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Biography, Drama, History, War

Der Untergang (2004)

In April of 1945, Germany stands at the brink of defeat with the Soviet Armies closing in from the west and south. In Berlin, capital of the Third Reich, Adolf Hitler proclaims that Germany will still achieve victory and orders his Generals and advisers to fight to the last man. "Downfall" explores these final days of the Reich, where senior German leaders (such as Himmler and Goring) began defecting from their beloved Fuhrer, in an effort to save their own lives, while still others (Joseph Goebbels) pledge to die with Hitler. Hitler, himself, degenerates into a paranoid shell of a man, full of optimism one moment and suicidal depression the next. When the end finally does comes, and Hitler lies dead by his own hand, what is left of his military must find a way to end the killing that is the Battle of Berlin, and lay down their arms in surrender. (Read More)

Themes:drugs
Locations:hospital
Characters:dancer,  singer,  doctor
Story:optimism,  failure,  suicidal,  grandfather granddaughter relationship,  hatred,  uncle niece relationship,  suffering,  helmet,  eyeglasses,  uncle nephew relationship,  woman,  old man,  drug use,  dead body,  death of father,  tears,  sister sister relationship,  mirror,  motorcycle,  food,  song,  crying,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death

Elizabethtown (2005)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Elizabethtown (2005)

After causing a loss of almost one billion dollars in his company, the shoe designer Drew Baylor decides to commit suicide. However, in the exact moment of his act of despair, he receives a phone call from his sister telling him that his beloved father had just died in Elizabethtown, and he should bring him back since his mother had problem with the relatives of his father. He travels in an empty red eye flight and meets the attendant Claire Colburn, who changes his view and perspective of life. This is why Elizabethtown (2005) is one of the best movies like Little Miss Sunshine (2006). (Read More)

Themes:money
Characters:dancer,  singer
Story:failure,  suicidal,  remote control,  helmet,  grandfather grandson relationship,  uncle nephew relationship,  on the road,  fired from the job,  screaming,  road trip,  dysfunctional family,  dead body,  death of father,  running,  tears,  watching tv,  computer,  black comedy,  food,  song,  cell phone,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  death,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships

Happiness (1998)
Comedy, Drama

Happiness (1998)

A woman breaks up with her boyfriend, he thinks it's because he's fat. A man is unable to tell her next door neighbor he finds her sexually attractive. An old couple wants to split up, but they don't want to get a divorce. A therapist masturbates to teen magazines. An 11 year old kid is insecure about the fact that he hasn't cum yet. Office workers try to recall the face of a coworker who recently died. A woman is sure she has everything she could ever want. The lives of these individuals intertwine as they go about their lives in their own unique ways, engaging in acts society as a whole might find disturbing in a desperate search for human connection. (Read More)

Locations:hospital
Characters:teacher
Story:fat,  social satire,  convenience store,  ice cream,  suburb,  woman,  dysfunctional family,  sister sister relationship,  black comedy,  crying,  telephone call,  cult film,  singing,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  police

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Fair Game (2010)
Biography, Drama, Thriller

Fair Game (2010)

Plame's status as a CIA agent was revealed by White House officials allegedly out to discredit her husband after he wrote a 2003 New York Times op-ed piece saying that the Bush administration had manipulated intelligence about weapons of mass destruction to justify the invasion of Iraq.

Themes:writing
Characters:doctor
Story:reckless driving,  grandfather granddaughter relationship,  remote control,  grandfather grandson relationship,  eyeglasses,  uncle nephew relationship,  speech,  fired from the job,  businessman,  apology,  woman,  tears,  watching tv,  computer,  mirror,  food,  cell phone,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death

The Painted Veil (2006) is one of the best movies like Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Drama, Romance

The Painted Veil (2006)

This love story has Kitty meeting young, intelligent, shy and somewhat dull Dr. Walter Fane, whose forte is the study of infectious diseases, and the convenient marriage that she finds herself committed to. It is in this web of intrigue that they head for China, only after Walter discovers Kitty's infidelity with one dashing and witty diplomat Charlie Townsend. So much as to hide her from herself and to help thwart a cholera outbreak, this is a marriage more than on the rocks. This is a cold, indifferent and loveless partnership in a vast unknown and deadly environment that will test both these flightless lovebirds and with the hardships and tolerances more than any had ever anticipated. A visual delight amid the pain and suffering of a dying people and failing marriage. Will a cure be found for both, before it's too late? (Read More)

Themes:money
Locations:hospital
Characters:dancer,  teacher,  singer,  doctor
Story:journey,  woman,  suffering,  grandfather grandson relationship,  reading,  road trip,  dead body,  running,  tears,  book,  mirror,  food,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  three word title,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  police,  death

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

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)

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

Locations:wheelchair,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  singer,  doctor
Story:answering machine,  reading,  suburb,  apology,  woman,  dysfunctional family,  running,  tears,  book,  watching tv,  computer,  mirror,  food,  title directed by female,  song,  crying,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  singing,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death

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