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Pleasantville (1998)
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Pleasantville (1998)

David Wagner is a kid whose mind is stuck in the 1950s. He's addicted to a classic 50's sitcom television show called "Pleasantville". Pleasntville is a simple place, a place where all of its citizens are swell and simple-minded folks, a place where the word "violence", and life outside of Pleasantville, is unbeknown to its inhabitants; things are perfect down in Pleasantville. One evening, the life of David and his obnoxious sister Jennifer take a bizarre turn when an eccentric repairman hand them a supposed magical remote. After a quarrel between the siblings, they inexplicably zap themselves into the world of "Pleasantville". Now, David and Jennifer must adjust to a 50s lifestyle of repressed desires and considerably different societal values while trying to find their way home. (Read More)

Subgenre:
teen comedy teen movie sitcom 
Themes:
utopia racism art escape 
Mood:
high school rain 
Locations:
paris france france courtroom bathtub small town 
Characters:
brother sister relationship old love self image american dream mayor father mother son relationship mother bully reference to god teacher teenage boy teenage girl doctor friend teenager  (See All)
Period:
1950s 1990s 
Story:
tv in tv cat stuck in tree black and white segues into color sucked into the tv character appears on tv simulated reality remote control alternate reality woman moaning from pleasure moaning woman woman moaning divorced mother high school basketball television repairman television set book burning watching tv fire department divorce child trivia contest malt shop soda shop forbidden fruit catcher in the rye original sin aesthetic divorced woman music score features piano free thinker outfit divorced couple adam and eve cheeseburger family values liberalism pin consequence individualism perfection burger individuality awareness remote sweater fictional city barber shop mural conformity reputation alternate dimension liberation color orchestral music score segregation sexual repression divorced parents road grass revolt commentary rainbow generation gap conservative change broken window fast food eiffel tower paris intolerance jukebox casual sex oppression fireman promiscuity symbolism bigotry bowling society black and white fascism discrimination tv innocence censorship apple reality rebellion happiness sister premarital sex graffiti flower rock 'n' roll brother court moaning suburb library tree transformation no opening credits diner basketball television river classroom college book painting cat slow motion scene fire title spoken by character sex kiss masturbation  (See All)

The Science Of Sleep (2006)
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The Science Of Sleep (2006)

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

Themes:
art escape 
Locations:
paris france france bathtub 
Characters:
father mother son relationship mother friend 
Story:
remote control alternate reality television set watching tv sweater mural grass broken window reality television river book painting fire sex kiss  (See All)

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American Pie (1999)
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American Pie (1999)

Jim, Oz, Finch and Kevin are four friends who make a pact that before they graduate they will all lose their virginity. The hard job now is how to reach that goal by prom night. Whilst Oz begins singing to grab attention and Kevin tries to persuade his girlfriend, Finch tries any easy route of spreading rumors and Jim fails miserably. Whether it is being caught on top of a pie or on the Internet, Jim always ends up with his trusty sex advice from his father. Will they achieve their goal of getting laid by prom night? Or will they learn something much different? (Read More)

Subgenre:
teen comedy teen movie 
Mood:
high school 
Characters:
father bully teenage boy teenage girl friend teenager 
Period:
1990s 
Story:
woman moaning from pleasure moaning woman woman moaning innocence premarital sex moaning library diner slow motion scene title spoken by character masturbation sex 

Not Another Teen Movie (2001)
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Not Another Teen Movie (2001)

At John Hughes High School, the students are the same as just about every other teenager in a teen movie. The popular jock, Jake, takes a bet from Austin, the cocky blonde guy, that he can transform Janey, the pretty ugly girl, into the prom queen before the prom. But two people are trying to stop Jake from succeeding: his evil sister, Catherine, the cruelest girl in school, and Priscilla, the bitchy cheerleader. And all of their friends are the same as any other teen movie: Areola, the naked foreign exchange student, Les, the beautiful weirdo, Malik, the token black guy, the desperate virgins, Amanda Becker, the perfect girl, Ricky, Janey's obsessed best friend, and Sadie, the VERY old undercover reporter. (Read More)

Subgenre:
teen movie 
Mood:
high school 
Characters:
brother sister relationship teenage boy teenage girl friend teenager 
Story:
woman moaning from pleasure moaning woman woman moaning sister moaning transformation classroom book slow motion scene masturbation sex 

Evil (2003) is one of the best movies like Pleasantville (1998)
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Evil (2003)

Erik is expelled from school for fighting. He ends up at a private boarding school where the senior students control the young ones. Erik finds a friend in Pierre, his room mate. The story revolves around Erik who just wishes to be left alone and graduate. He doesn't listen to what the seniors have to say and they don't like it. (Read More)

Mood:
high school rain 
Characters:
brother sister relationship mother son relationship mother bully teacher teenage boy friend 
Period:
1950s 
Story:
conformity revolt jukebox oppression fascism rebellion book kiss sex 

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The Basketball Diaries (1995)
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The Basketball Diaries (1995)

Film adaptation of street tough Jim Carroll's epistle about his kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction. As a member of a seemingly unbeatable high school basketball squad, Jim's life centers around the basketball court and the court becomes a metaphor for the world in his mind. A best friend who is dying of leukemia, a coach ("Swifty") who takes unacceptable liberties with the boys on his team, teenage sexual angst, and an unhealthy appetite for heroin -- all of these begin to encroach on young Jim's dream of becoming a basketball star. Soon, the dark streets of New York become a refuge from his mother's mounting concern for her son. He can't go home and his only escape from the reality of the streets is heroin for which he steals, robs and prostitutes himself. Only with the help of Reggie, an older neighborhood friend with whom Jim "picked up a game" now and then, is he able to begin the long journey back to sanity. (Read More)

Themes:
escape 
Mood:
high school rain 
Locations:
bathtub 
Characters:
mother son relationship bully teacher teenage boy teenage girl friend teenager 
Story:
high school basketball watching tv bigotry reality court diner basketball classroom slow motion scene kiss masturbation sex 

He Got Game (1998)
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He Got Game (1998)

Tells the story of Jesus Shuttlesworth, the most sought after high school basketball prospect in the nation. Jesus and his dream to make it to the big ranks in professional basketball are overshadowed by his father, Jake, who is spending his life in prison for killing Jesus' mother.

Mood:
high school 
Characters:
brother sister relationship father mother teenage boy teenager 
Story:
character appears on tv high school basketball basketball college title spoken by character sex 

The Wave (2008)
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The Wave (2008)

High school teacher, Rainer Wegner, may be popular with the students, but he's also unorthodox. He's forced to teach autocracy for the school's project week. He's less than enthusiastic at first, but the response of the students is surprising to say the least. He forces the students to become more invested in the prospect of self rule, and soon the class project has its own power and eerily starts to resemble Germany's past. Can Wegner and his class realize what's happening before the horrors start repeating themselves? (Read More)

Mood:
high school rain 
Characters:
brother sister relationship mother son relationship bully teacher teenage boy teenage girl friend 
Story:
watching tv individuality fictional city conformity fascism censorship flower rock 'n' roll classroom kiss sex 

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Across The Universe (2007) is one of the best movies like Pleasantville (1998)
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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:
art escape 
Mood:
high school rain 
Characters:
brother sister relationship mother son relationship teacher friend 
Story:
television set watching tv mural broken window bowling apple premarital sex graffiti rock 'n' roll no opening credits basketball television classroom slow motion scene fire title spoken by character kiss  (See All)

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 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)

Characters:
father mother son relationship friend 
Period:
1950s 
Story:
woman moaning from pleasure moaning woman woman moaning conformity road change moaning diner river book cat title spoken by character kiss 

Half Nelson (2006)
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Half Nelson (2006)

Young Caucasian Dan Dunne teaches history and coaches the girls basketball team at a Brooklyn high school populated primarily by black and Hispanic students. To the chagrin of his superiors, Dan bucks the outlined curriculum of historical facts in favor of the philosophy of historical events, generally discussing the concept of dialectics. As such, he captures the imagination of his students, at least in the classroom. Outside of the classroom, Dan's life is in shambles. He has a distant but cordial relationship with his family. He uses illicit drugs rampantly. Although his former girlfriend Rachel was able to clean up her drug habit, Dan believes that rehab will not work for him. Due to a combination of these issues, he treats women poorly. Thirteen year old Drey is a student in his class and a player on his basketball team. Drey has her own problems. Her parents are divorced, with her father a virtually non-existent figure in her life and her EMT mother generally absent as she is always working to provide for Drey. Her older brother Mike is incarcerated for selling drugs for a local dealer named Frank. Mike took the fall for Frank, who in turn protects Drey whether she wants to be associated with him or not. Dan and Drey's relationship changes when Drey catches Dan, believing he is alone, smoking crack in the girl's locker room bathroom. He is totally stoned. Their resulting friendship, which is seen as inappropriate by the few who know, is based on each being unable to dea… (Read More)

Themes:
racism 
Mood:
high school 
Characters:
brother sister relationship father mother son relationship mother reference to god teacher teenage boy teenage girl friend teenager 
Story:
high school basketball happiness graffiti brother diner basketball classroom book cat sex kiss 

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Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
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Mona Lisa Smile (2003)

Katherine Ann Watson has accepted a position teaching art history at the prestigious Wellesley College. Watson is a very modern woman, particularly for the 1950s, and has a passion not only for art but for her students. For the most part, the students all seem to be biding their time, waiting to find the right man to marry. The students are all very bright and Watson feels they are not reaching their potential. Altough a strong bond is formed between teacher and student, Watson's views are incompatible with the dominant culture of the college. (Read More)

Themes:
art 
Mood:
rain 
Characters:
teacher teenage girl friend teenager 
Period:
1950s 
Story:
watching tv conformity promiscuity bigotry happiness rock 'n' roll library classroom college book painting kiss 

Easy A (2010) is one of the best movies like Pleasantville (1998)
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Easy A (2010)

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

Subgenre:
teen comedy teen movie 
Mood:
high school 
Characters:
brother sister relationship reference to god teacher teenage boy teenage girl friend teenager 
Story:
watching tv reputation promiscuity bigotry happiness graffiti moaning basketball classroom slow motion scene kiss 

The Tree Of Life (2011)
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The Tree Of Life (2011)

The impressionistic story of a Texas family in the 1950s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father ('Brad Pitt' (qv)). Jack (played as an adult by 'Sean Penn (I)' (qv)) finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. (Read More)

Mood:
rain 
Locations:
courtroom bathtub small town 
Characters:
father mother son relationship bully reference to god 
Period:
1950s 
Story:
grass innocence flower court suburb tree river classroom book painting cat slow motion scene fire kiss 

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Back To The Future (1985)
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Back To The Future (1985)

Marty McFly, a typical American teenager of the Eighties, is accidentally sent back to 1955 in a plutonium-powered DeLorean "time machine" invented by a slightly mad scientist. During his often hysterical, always amazing trip back in time, Marty must make certain his teenage parents-to-be meet and fall in love - so he can get back to the future. (Read More)

Subgenre:
teen comedy teen movie 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
small town 
Characters:
mother son relationship bully teenage boy teenage girl teenager 
Period:
1950s 
Story:
malt shop suburb diner television slow motion scene fire title spoken by character 

Elizabethtown (2005)
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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. (Read More)

Mood:
rain 
Locations:
small town 
Characters:
brother sister relationship father mother son relationship mother reference to god 
Story:
remote control watching tv sister basketball river painting slow motion scene fire title spoken by character kiss 

In The House (2012) is one of the best movies like Pleasantville (1998)
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In The House (2012)

A sixteen-year-old boy insinuates himself into the house of a fellow student from his literature class and writes about it in essays for his French teacher. Faced with this gifted and unusual pupil, the teacher rediscovers his enthusiasm for his work, but the boy's intrusion will unleash a series of uncontrollable events. (Read More)

Themes:
art 
Mood:
high school 
Characters:
teacher teenage boy teenager 
Story:
alternate reality watching tv symbolism apple transformation basketball classroom book painting title spoken by character kiss 

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I Killed My Mother (2009)
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I Killed My Mother (2009)

Teenager Hubert haughtily regards his mother with contempt, and only sees her tacky sweaters and kitsch decorations. In addition to these irritating surface details, there is also his parent's cherished mechanisms of manipulation and guilt. Confused by this love/hate relationship that obsesses him more and more each day, Hubert drifts through the mysteries of adolescence - artistic discoveries, illicit experiences, the opening-up to friendship, and ostracism. The turbulent relationship between mother and son unfolds with a compelling combination of savage fury and melting affection. The stunning, semi-autobiographical directing debut of 20-year-old actor Xavier Dolan. (Read More)

Mood:
high school 
Characters:
mother son relationship mother reference to god teacher teenage boy friend teenager 
Story:
watching tv divorced parents rebellion library river classroom painting slow motion scene 

The Lovely Bones (2009)
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The Lovely Bones (2009)

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

Mood:
rain 
Locations:
bathtub 
Characters:
brother sister relationship mother son relationship teenage boy teenage girl doctor 
Story:
alternate reality watching tv broken window suburb tree no opening credits book painting fire title spoken by character kiss 

Dead Poets Society (1989)
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Dead Poets Society (1989)

Painfully shy Todd Anderson has been sent to the school where his popular older brother was valedictorian. His roommate, Neil Perry, although exceedingly bright and popular, is very much under the thumb of his overbearing father. The two, along with their other friends, meet Professor Keating, their new English teacher, who tells them of the Dead Poets Society, and encourages them to go against the status quo. Each does so in his own way, and is changed for life. (Read More)

Subgenre:
teen movie 
Themes:
art 
Characters:
father teacher teenage boy teenage girl 
Period:
1950s 
Story:
generation gap conservative symbolism society brother title spoken by character 

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American Beauty (1999) is one of the best movies like Pleasantville (1998)
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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)

Mood:
high school rain 
Locations:
bathtub small town 
Characters:
american dream father mother son relationship reference to god teenage boy teenage girl teenager 
Period:
1990s 
Story:
woman moaning from pleasure moaning woman woman moaning sexual repression change premarital sex moaning suburb no opening credits basketball television slow motion scene masturbation kiss 

Dazed And Confused (1993)
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Dazed And Confused (1993)

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

Subgenre:
teen movie 
Themes:
racism 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
small town 
Characters:
brother sister relationship mother son relationship bully teacher teenage boy teenage girl friend teenager 
Story:
rock 'n' roll suburb classroom slow motion scene kiss 

Youth In Revolt (2009)
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Youth In Revolt (2009)

At 16, Nick Twisp is wry about his teen funk: he lives in Oakland with his sex-addled mother; his father's child support is her meal ticket. While camping in Ukiah, Nick meets Sheeni: for him, it's love at first sight. Nick has to figure out how to get his father a job in Ukiah, then how to get sent to live with his father, then how to get close to Sheeni, whose religious parents may want her sent away from temptation to a boarding school. There's also Sheeni's all-American boyfriend to contend with. Overwhelmed by the challenges, Nick's about to give up when he conjures an alter ego who whispers revolt into his ear. Nick is not altogether hapless, but can this end well? (Read More)

Subgenre:
teen movie 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
france 
Characters:
brother sister relationship father mother son relationship mother teenage boy teenage girl friend teenager 
Story:
alternate reality divorced parents revolt book slow motion scene fire sex kiss masturbation 

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Fahrenheit 451 (1966)
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Fahrenheit 451 (1966)

Based on the 1951 Ray Bradbury novel of the same name. Guy Montag is a firefighter who lives in a lonely, isolated society where books have been outlawed by a government fearing an independent-thinking public. It is the duty of firefighters to burn any books on sight or said collections that have been reported by informants. People in this society including Montag's wife are drugged into compliancy and get their information from wall-length television screens. After Montag falls in love with book-hoarding Clarisse, he begins to read confiscated books. It is through this relationship that he begins to question the government's motives behind book-burning. Montag is soon found out, and he must decide whether to return to his job or run away knowing full well the consequences that he could face if captured. (Read More)

Characters:
teacher 
Story:
book burning fire department fireman society censorship suburb library television book 

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012) is one of the best movies like Pleasantville (1998)
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The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)

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

Subgenre:
teen movie 
Mood:
high school 
Characters:
brother sister relationship mother son relationship bully reference to god teacher teenage boy teenage girl doctor friend teenager 
Period:
1990s 
Story:
watching tv innocence happiness rock 'n' roll library classroom college book slow motion scene kiss 

The Truman Show (1998)
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The Truman Show (1998)

In this movie, Truman is a man whose life is a fake one... The place he lives is in fact a big studio with hidden cameras everywhere, and all his friends and people around him, are actors who play their roles in the most popular TV-series in the world: The Truman Show. Truman thinks that he is an ordinary man with an ordinary life and has no idea about how he is exploited. Until one day... he finds out everything. Will he react? (Read More)

Themes:
escape 
Locations:
bathtub small town 
Characters:
mother son relationship 
Period:
1990s 
Story:
simulated reality alternate reality tv library no opening credits television college title spoken by character 

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Home Alone (1990)
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Home Alone (1990)

It is Christmas time and the McCallister family is preparing for a vacation in Paris, France. But the youngest in the family named Kevin got into a scuffle with his older brother Buzz and was sent to his room which is on the third floor of his house. Then, the next morning, while the rest of the family was in a rush to make it to the airport on time, they completely forgot about Kevin who now has the house all to himself. Being home alone was fun for Kevin, having a pizza all to himself, jumping on his parents' bed, and making a mess. Then, Kevin discovers about two burglars, Harry and Marv, about to rob his house on Christmas Eve. Kevin acts quickly by wiring his own house with makeshift booby traps to stop the burglars and to bring them to justice. (Read More)

Locations:
paris france france 
Characters:
brother sister relationship mother son relationship friend 
Period:
1990s 
Story:
remote control watching tv sweater brother suburb tree television fire title spoken by character 

Little Children (2006)
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Little Children (2006)

Echoes of "Madame Bovary" in the American suburbs. Sarah's in a loveless marriage to an advertising executive, long days with her young daughter at the park and the pool, wanting more. Brad is an immature househusband, married to a flinty documentary filmmaker. Ronnie is just out of prison - two years for indecent exposure to a minor - living with his elderly mother, May; Larry is a retired cop, fixated on driving Ronnie away. Sarah and Brad connect, a respite of adult companionship at the pool. Ronnie and Larry have their demons. Brad should be studying for the bar; Larry misses his job; Ronnie's mom thinks he needs a girlfriend. Sarah longs to refuse to be trapped in an unhappy life. Where can these tangled paths lead? (Read More)

Mood:
rain 
Locations:
small town 
Characters:
brother sister relationship mother son relationship mother bully friend 
Story:
woman moaning from pleasure moaning woman woman moaning watching tv graffiti moaning suburb library book slow motion scene masturbation kiss 

October Sky (1999) is one of the best movies like Pleasantville (1998)
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October Sky (1999)

In a 1950's mining town called Coalwood, Homer Hickam is a kid with only one future in sight, to work in the local coal mine like his father. However in October 1957, everything changes when the first artificial satellite, Sputnik goes into orbit. With that event, Homer becomes inspired to learn how to build rockets. With his friends and the local nerd, Homer sets to do just that by trial and a lot of error. Unfortunately, most of the town and especially Homer's father thinks that they are wasting their time. Only one teacher in the high school understands their efforts and lets them know that they could become contenders in the national science fair with college scholarships being the prize. Now the gang must learn to perfect their craft and overcome the many problems facing them as they shoot for the stars. (Read More)

Mood:
high school rain 
Locations:
small town 
Characters:
father mother son relationship teacher teenage boy friend teenager 
Period:
1950s 
Story:
watching tv generation gap classroom college fire title spoken by character 

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American Graffiti (1973)
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American Graffiti (1973)

It's the proverbial end of the summer 1962 in a small southern California town. It's the evening before best friends and recent high school graduates, Curt Henderson and Steve Bolander, are scheduled to leave town to head to college back east. Curt, who received a lucrative local scholarship, is seen as the promise that their class holds. But Curt is having second thoughts about leaving what Steve basically sees as their dead end town. Curt's beliefs are strengthened when he spots an unknown beautiful blonde in a T-bird who mouths the words "I love you" to him. As Curt tries to find that blonde while trying to get away from a local gang who have him somewhat hostage, Curt may come to a decision about his immediate future. Outgoing class president Steve, on the other hand, wants to leave, despite meaning that he will leave girlfriend, head cheerleader and Curt's sister, Laurie Henderson, behind. Steve and Laurie spend the evening "negotiating" the state of their relationship. Meanwhile, two of their friends cruise around town for the evening. Steve has left his car to meek and mild-mannered Terry "Toad" Fields to look after during his absence. The wheels give Toad a new sense of confidence, which he uses to try and impress Debbie Dunham, a more experienced girl generally out of his league. And John Milner, who is seen as the king of the street race in his souped-up yellow deuce coupe, tries to get rid of precocious pre-teen, Carol Morrison, who has somehow become his passenger… (Read More)

Subgenre:
teen movie 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
small town 
Characters:
brother sister relationship teenage boy teenage girl teenager 
Story:
watching tv conformity generation gap jukebox sister graffiti rock 'n' roll suburb diner college book 

Catch Me If You Can (2002)
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Catch Me If You Can (2002)

New Rochelle, the 1960s. High schooler Frank Abagnale Jr. idolizes his father, who's in trouble with the IRS. When his parents separate, Frank runs away to Manhattan with $25 in his checking account, vowing to regain dad's losses and get his parents back together. Just a few years later, the FBI tracks him down in France; he's extradited, tried, and jailed for passing more than $4,000,000 in bad checks. Along the way, he's posed as a Pan Am pilot, a pediatrician, and an attorney. And, from nearly the beginning of this life of crime, he's been pursued by a dour FBI agent, Carl Hanratty. What starts as cat and mouse becomes something akin to father and son. (Read More)

Themes:
escape 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
paris france france courtroom 
Characters:
american dream mayor father mother son relationship teenage boy doctor teenager 
Story:
orchestral music score divorced parents jukebox casual sex premarital sex diner classroom cat 

Juno (2007)
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Juno (2007)

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

Subgenre:
teen comedy teen movie 
Mood:
high school 
Characters:
mother son relationship mother bully teacher teenage boy teenage girl doctor friend teenager 
Story:
flower suburb classroom slow motion scene title spoken by character sex kiss 

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Election (1999) is one of the best movies like Pleasantville (1998)
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Election (1999)

Tracy Flick is running unopposed for this year's high school student election. But school civics teacher Jim McAllister has a different plan. Partly to establish a more democratic election, and partly to satisfy some deep personal anger toward Tracy, Jim talks popular varsity football player Paul Metzler to run for president as well. Chaos ensues. (Read More)

Subgenre:
teen comedy teen movie 
Mood:
high school 
Characters:
brother sister relationship mother son relationship teacher teenage boy teenage girl teenager 
Story:
pin apple title spoken by character kiss 

Mr. Woodcock (2007)
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Mr. Woodcock (2007)

Fatherless John Farley's youth frustration, even trauma, like many his school kids' in his Nebraska small town home, was the constant abuse and humiliation in sadistic Jasper Woodcock's gym class. After college, doting son John became a motivational bestseller author and returns during a book signing tour to receive the backwater's highest honor. To John's horror, his devoted mother Beverly announces her plans to marry the hated coach and he's to be celebrated on the same event as John. Only ridiculous fatso Nedderman and his strange brother try to help Farley stop Woodcock, but that keeps backfiring. (Read More)

Locations:
small town 
Characters:
mother son relationship mother bully teacher 
Period:
1990s 
Story:
book burning premarital sex brother college book title spoken by character 

Gifted (2017)
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Gifted (2017)

Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is a single man raising a child prodigy - his spirited young niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) in a coastal town in Florida. Frank's plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old's mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank's formidable mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan) whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary. Octavia Spencer plays Roberta, Frank and Mary's landlady and best friend. Jenny Slate is Mary's teacher, Bonnie, a young woman whose concern for her student develops into a connection with her uncle as well. (Read More)

Locations:
courtroom 
Characters:
brother sister relationship mother son relationship mother bully reference to god teacher friend 
Story:
watching tv happiness court classroom cat slow motion scene title spoken by character sex kiss 

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The Mirror (1975)
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The Mirror (1975)

Tarkovsky mixes flash-backs, historical footage and original poetry to illustrate the reminiscences of a dying man about his childhood during World War II, adolescence, and a painful divorce in his family. The story interweaves reflections about Russian history and society.

Mood:
rain 
Characters:
brother sister relationship mother son relationship mother doctor 
Story:
television set symbolism society tv river book cat slow motion scene fire 

The Giver (2014) is one of the best movies like Pleasantville (1998)
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The Giver (2014)

After The Ruin, a colorless equalitarian society is formed without memories and everyone follows rules established by the Chief Elder and the Elders. The population uses drugs to stay happy and on the day of the graduation, the teenagers leave their childhood and are assigned to a career chosen by the Elders. Jonas lives with his parents and has two best friends, Fiona and Asher, and he feels different from his friends. He is assigned to be the Receiver of Memories and he is trained by his mentor, The Giver, who gives memories of the world before The Ruin. Jonas learns emotions such as love and fear and the concept of family. When he discovers that the baby Gabriel that he loves as a brother will be eliminated, he decides to change his society but the Chief Elder will do anything to stop him. (Read More)

Characters:
brother sister relationship mother son relationship teenage boy teenage girl 
Story:
black and white segues into color conformity color change society apple brother library river book title spoken by character 

The Ugly Truth (2009)
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The Ugly Truth (2009)

A romantically challenged morning show producer is reluctantly embroiled in a series of outrageous tests by her chauvinistic correspondent to prove his theories on relationships and help her find love. His clever ploys, however, lead to an unexpected result.

Characters:
brother sister relationship 
Story:
remote control woman moaning from pleasure moaning woman woman moaning television set premarital sex moaning title spoken by character masturbation 

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Edward Scissorhands (1990)
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Edward Scissorhands (1990)

In a castle high on top of a hill lives an inventor's greatest creation - Edward, a near-complete person. The creator died before he could finish Edward's hands; instead, he is left with metal scissors for hands. Since then, he has lived alone, until a kind lady called Peg discovers him and welcomes him into her home. At first, everyone welcomes him into the community, but soon things begin to take a change for the worse. (Read More)

Characters:
brother sister relationship mother son relationship bully teenage boy teenage girl teenager 
Story:
watching tv orchestral music score change happiness suburb diner slow motion scene 

Orange County (2002)
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Orange County (2002)

Shaun Brumder is a local surfer kid from Orange County who dreams of going to Stanford to become a writer and to get away from his disfunctional family household. Except Shaun runs into one complication after another starting when his application is rejected after his dim-witted guidance counselor sends the wrong application. So, Shaun goes to great lengths with a little help from his girlfriend Ashley and his drugged-out loser brother Lance to get into Stanford any way they see fit. (Read More)

Subgenre:
teen comedy teen movie 
Mood:
high school 
Characters:
mother son relationship teacher teenage boy teenage girl 
Story:
divorced parents fireman brother suburb college book fire kiss 

White Oleander (2002) is one of the best movies like Pleasantville (1998)
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White Oleander (2002)

Astrid Magnussen is a 15 year old girl, living in California. Her mother, Ingrid, is a beautiful, free-spirited poet. Their life, though unusual, is satisfying until one day, a man named Barry Kolker (that her mother refers to at first as "The goat man") comes into their lives, and Ingrid falls madly in love with him, only to have her heart broken, and her life ruined. For revenge, Ingrid murders Barry with the deadly poison of her favourite flower: The White Oleander. She is sent to prison for life, and Astrid has to go through foster home after foster home. Throughout nearly a decade she experiences forbidden love, religion, near-death experiences, drugs, starvation, and how it feels to be loved. But throughout these years, she keeps in touch with her mother via letters to prison. And while Ingrid's gift is to give Astrid the power to survive, Astrid's gift is to teach her Mother about love. (Read More)

Mood:
high school 
Locations:
courtroom 
Characters:
brother sister relationship mother son relationship mother reference to god teacher teenage boy teenage girl friend 
Story:
watching tv premarital sex flower court classroom painting fire sex kiss 

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10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
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10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

Adapted from William Shakespeare's play "The Taming of the Shrew," 10 Things I Hate About You starts off with Cameron, new student at Padua High, sitting in the office of the quirky guidance counselor Ms. Perky. He is then shown around the school by Michael, who will become his best friend. During his tour is when Cameron first sees Bianca Stratford, a beautiful sophomore with one problem: she isn't allowed to date. And neither is her "shrew" sister, Katarina, a senior who loves indie rock and feminist prose and hates conformity. But Kat and Bianca's father alters his house rule: now, Bianca can date... as long as Kat has a date, too. Now, in order for Cameron to date Bianca, he has to find someone to date Kat. So Michael helps him enlist the help of pretty-boy/jerk/model Joey Donner, tricking him into thinking that *he* will get to take Bianca out if he pays someone to take out Kat. His choice: Patrick Verona, a bad-boy with a mysterious reputation--some say he ate a live duck once, others that he lit a state trooper on fire, and even more claim that he had a brief porn career. Will Patrick win Kat's heart? Will Cameron win Bianca's? Or will everything hit the fan...? (Read More)

Subgenre:
teen comedy teen movie 
Mood:
high school 
Characters:
father teacher teenage boy teenage girl doctor friend teenager 
Period:
1990s 
Story:
conformity reputation intolerance sister library classroom fire 

The Squid And The Whale (2005)
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The Squid And The Whale (2005)

In 1986, In Brooklyn, New York, the dysfunctional family of pseudo intellectuals composed by the university professor Bernard and the prominent writer Joan split. Bernard is a selfish, cheap and jealous decadent writer that rationalizes every attitude in his family and life and does not accept "philistines" - people that do not read books or watch movies, while the unfaithful Joan is growing as a writer and has no problems with "philistines". Their sons, the teenager Walt and the boy Frank, feel the separation and take side: Walt stays with Bernard, and Frank with Joan, and both are affected with abnormal behaviors. Frank drinks booze and smears with sperm the books in the library and a locker in the dress room of his school. The messed-up and insecure Walt uses Roger Water's song "Hey You" in a festival as if it was of his own, and breaks up with his girlfriend Sophie. Meanwhile Joan has an affair with Frank's tennis teacher Ivan and Bernard with his student Lili. (Read More)

Mood:
high school 
Locations:
bathtub 
Characters:
brother sister relationship mother son relationship teacher teenage boy teenage girl doctor friend teenager 
Story:
watching tv library no opening credits classroom book cat masturbation sex kiss 

Hairspray (2007)
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Hairspray (2007)

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

Themes:
racism 
Mood:
high school 
Characters:
brother sister relationship father mother son relationship mother teacher teenage boy teenage girl friend teenager 
Story:
watching tv no opening credits television classroom title spoken by character kiss 

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Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) is one of the best movies like Pleasantville (1998)
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Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

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

Subgenre:
teen comedy teen movie 
Mood:
high school 
Characters:
brother sister relationship teenage boy teenage girl friend teenager 
Story:
generation gap rebellion classroom painting slow motion scene kiss 

Ted (2012)
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Ted (2012)

John makes a Christmas miracle happen by bringing his one and only friend to life, his teddy bear. The two grow up together and John must then choose to stay with his girlfriend or keep his friendship with his crude and extremely inappropriate teddy bear, Ted.

Themes:
escape 
Locations:
bathtub 
Characters:
friend 
Story:
woman moaning from pleasure moaning woman woman moaning watching tv tv moaning painting slow motion scene title spoken by character kiss 

Saved! (2004)
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Saved! (2004)

Mary is a senior at American Eagle Christian High School in suburban Baltimore. She considers herself born again, despite the fact that her rebirth was at age three. Her best girlfriends are two classmates that comprise the Christian Jewels band with her. Hilary Faye is the alpha Christian, who outwardly is perfect, especially in her connection to God. And Veronica is ethnic Vietnamese who was adopted and thus saved by a black Christian couple. A third is Tia, who is generally an outsider in her geek status but who aspires to be in this Christian clique. Also within their social circle solely out of necessity is Hilary Faye's older brother Roland, who has been in a wheelchair since age nine after falling out of a tree, and who, out of family obligation Hilary Faye transports everywhere including to/from school. Beyond that transportation, Roland and Hilary Faye generally have disdain for each other. One of Hilary Faye's God driven missions for the year is to save Cassandra, a Jewish girl new to the school, she who was expelled from her last school and is only attending a faith based school as a marginally better option than the alternative. Mary's world starts to fall apart just before the start of the school year when her boyfriend, Dean, admits to her that he thinks he is gay. Mary receives what she believes are messages from God, including one indirectly through Hilary Faye, leading to her thinking she can save Dean by having sex with him, God who will restore her spiritua… (Read More)

Subgenre:
teen movie 
Mood:
high school 
Characters:
brother sister relationship mother son relationship reference to god teenage boy teenage girl teenager 
Story:
watching tv reputation bigotry happiness graffiti brother tree classroom title spoken by character sex kiss masturbation 

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Beautiful Creatures (2013)
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Beautiful Creatures (2013)

Teenager Ethan Wate is obsessed with his urge to finish high school and go on to college in order to leave the small town of Gatlin, South Carolina behind, until a mysterious girl begins to inhabit his dreams. When he meets Lena Duchannes, a newcomer who has just enrolled in his school, Ethan knows she is the girl in his dreams. Lena is rejected by the rest of her classmates for being the niece of Macon Ravenwood, whom the town's superstitious residents consider to be a devil-worshiper. But Ethan gives her a ride anyway and they fall in love. Lena reveals to her new boyfriend that she is a witch, and that on her sixteenth birthday she will be claimed by either the forces of light or of darkness. She will remain in the light, but only if she does not remain in love with Ethan. To make matters worse, her evil mother, Sarafine, is casting spells to push Lena to the dark side. Ethan joins her in a search to find a magic spell to save their doomed love. Will the lovers succeed? (Read More)

Themes:
escape 
Mood:
high school rain 
Locations:
small town 
Characters:
brother sister relationship mayor mother son relationship mother teenage boy teenager 
Story:
library transformation no opening credits college book fire kiss 

Never Been Kissed (1999) is one of the best movies like Pleasantville (1998)
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Never Been Kissed (1999)

Chicago Sun Times copy editor Josie Gellar (25), who was desperate to graduate from perfectionist copy editor to reporter, gets her chance when the goody owner orders the editor to cover the high-school scene by undercover. Josie, who was a frustrated, ridiculed nerd, gets a popular make-over from her drop-out, naturally funny brother Rob Geller. Both siblings find love and joys of youth again. But in Josie's case, it's sensitive bachelor teacher Sam Coulson, who enjoys sophisticated conversation. As the publication deadline approaches, the price of blowing their cover seems ever more daunting, yet inevitable unless she sacrifices her career. (Read More)

Subgenre:
teen comedy teen movie 
Mood:
high school 
Characters:
brother sister relationship teacher teenage boy teenage girl 
Period:
1990s 
Story:
brother classroom kiss 

Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982)
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Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982)

The movie tells the story of rock singer "Pink" who is sitting in his hotel room in Los Angeles, burnt out from the music business and only able to perform on stage with the help of drugs. Based on the 1979 double album "The Wall" by Pink Floyd, the film begins in Pink's youth where he is crushed by the love of his mother. Several years later, he is punished by the teachers in school because he is starting to write poems. He slowly begins to build a wall around himself to be protected from the world outside. The film shows all this in massive and epic pictures until the very end where he tears down the wall and breaks free. (Read More)

Characters:
mother son relationship mother teacher doctor 
Story:
remote control watching tv conformity bigotry flower court television cat fire sex 

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