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Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

Darius is a young intern at a Seattle-based magazine and jumps at the chance to investigate the author of a classified ad seeking someone to travel back in time with. Along with Jeff, the staff writer, and Arnau, a fellow intern, the three go on a road trip to a coastal town. While Jeff just wants to chase after his high school crush and Arnau wants some kind of life experience, Darius spends her time with Kenneth, a man who believes that he has built a time machine. The closer they become and the more they understand about each other, the less clear it becomes if Kenneth is just crazy or if he actually is going to successfully travel back in time. (Read More)

Themes:regret,  paranoia,  loneliness,  robbery,  drunkenness
Locations:campfire,  motel,  forest,  beach
Story:reference to craigslist,  prosthetic body part,  shooting practice,  go kart,  classified ad,  reference to david bowie,  campsite,  football field,  bumper car,  anti social,  washington state,  indian american,  football game,  intern,  finger gun,  reference to star wars,  post office,  reference to albert einstein,  interracial kiss,  young version of character,  tavern,  old flame,  time machine,  reference to facebook,  being followed,  laptop computer,  seattle washington,  government agent,  lens flare,  job interview,  turtle,  title appears in writing,  grocery store,  masked man,  laser,  magazine,  woman with glasses,  twenty something,  chicken,  falling in love,  college student,  massage,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  virgin,  binoculars,  training,  van,  birthday party,  man with glasses,  diner,  journalist,  time travel,  f word,  death of mother,  sunglasses,  shotgun,  pistol,  surprise ending,  three word title,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  independent film,  interview,  flashback

War Dogs (2016)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, War, Biography

War Dogs (2016)

Two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military - a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government. Based on true events. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  drunkenness
Locations:motel,  forest,  beach
Story:shooting practice,  twenty something,  massage,  man with glasses,  diner,  f word,  sunglasses,  pistol,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  flashback,  interview

Focus (2015)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance

Focus (2015)

Nicky Spurgeon is an extremely accomplished con man who takes an amateur con artist, Jess, under his wing. Nicky and Jess become romantically involved, and with Nicky's profession of being a liar and a cheater for a living, he realizes that deception and love are things that don't go together. They split, only to see each other three years later... And things get messy. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness
Story:football game,  finger gun,  interracial kiss,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  binoculars,  training,  f word,  sunglasses,  pistol,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  flashback

The Salton Sea (2002)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Salton Sea (2002)

After the murder of his beloved wife, Danny Parker is set adrift in a world where nothing is as it seems. On his journey he befriends slacker Jimmy the Finn and becomes involved in rescuing his neighbor Colette from her own demons. Danny is antagonized by undercover narcotics agents and sadistic dealer Pooh-Bear. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  robbery,  drunkenness
Locations:motel,  beach
Story:title appears in writing,  grocery store,  masked man,  sunglasses,  shotgun,  pistol,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  flashback

That's My Boy (2012) is one of the best movies like Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
Comedy

That's My Boy (2012)

While still in his teens, Donny (Adam Sandler) fathered a son, Todd (Andy Samberg), and raised him as a single parent up until Todd's 18th birthday. Now, after not seeing each other for years, Todd's world comes crashing down on the eve of his wedding when an uninvited Donny suddenly shows up. Trying desperately to reconnect with his son, Donny is now forced to deal with the repercussions of his bad parenting skills. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness
Story:reference to star wars,  young version of character,  reference to facebook,  lens flare,  massage,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  f word,  sunglasses,  shotgun,  pistol,  three word title,  title spoken by character

The Watch (2012)
Action, Comedy, Sci-fi

The Watch (2012)

In Glenview, Ohio, Evan is the manager of the Costco department store and married to Abby. When the Costco night watchman, Antonio Guzman, is mysteriously murdered, Evan organizes The Neighborhood Watch, a watch team with his suburban neighbors Bob, Franklin and Jamarcus to protect the neighborhood and find the killer of Antonio. Soon they discover that the murderer is an alien that is preparing to invade Earth, and they become the last hope of mankind on Earth. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  drunkenness
Story:football field,  football game,  lens flare,  laser,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  f word,  sunglasses,  shotgun,  pistol,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship

Paul (2011)
Adventure, Comedy, Sci-fi

Paul (2011)

Two sci-fi geeks take a pilgrimage to America's UFO heartland. While there, they accidentally meet an alien who brings them on an insane road trip that alters their universe forever. For the past 60 years, an alien named Paul (voiced by 'Seth Rogen' (qv)) has been hanging out at a top-secret military base. When he discovers he's been taken prisoner, the space-traveling smart ass decides to escape the compound and hop on the first vehicle out of town - a rented RV containing Earthlings Graeme Willy ('Simon Pegg' (qv)) and Clive Gollings ('Nick Frost (I)' (qv)). Chased by federal agents and the fanatical father of a young woman that they accidentally kidnap, Graeme and Clive hatch a fumbling escape plan to return Paul to his mother ship. And as two nerds struggle to help, one little green man might just take his fellow outcasts from misfits to intergalactic heroes. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness
Locations:campfire
Story:reference to star wars,  government agent,  lens flare,  title appears in writing,  woman with glasses,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  diner,  f word,  sunglasses,  pistol,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  flashback

Swiss Army Man (2016)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Swiss Army Man (2016)

Hank, stranded on a deserted island and about to kill himself, notices a corpse washed up on the beach. He befriends it, naming it Manny, only to discover that his new friend can talk and has a myriad of supernatural abilities...which may help him get home.

Themes:loneliness,  drunkenness
Locations:campfire,  forest,  beach
Story:magazine,  falling in love,  f word,  sunglasses,  three word title,  photograph,  flashback

Predestination (2014) is one of the best movies like Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller, Action

Predestination (2014)

PREDESTINATION chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to ensure the continuation of his law enforcement career for all eternity. Now, on his final assignment, the Agent must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time.

Themes:drunkenness
Story:time machine,  government agent,  college student,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  training,  time travel,  pistol,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  independent film,  flashback

Drive (2011)
Crime, Drama

Drive (2011)

A mysterious man who has multiple jobs as a garage mechanic, a Hollywood stuntman and a getaway driver seems to be trying to escape his shady past as he falls for his neighbor - whose husband is in prison and who's looking after her child alone. Meanwhile, his garage mechanic boss is trying to set up a race team using gangland money, which implicates our driver as he is to be used as the race team's main driver. Our hero gets more than he bargained for when he meets the man who is married to the woman he loves. (Read More)

Themes:robbery
Locations:motel,  beach
Story:being followed,  lens flare,  grocery store,  masked man,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  diner,  f word,  sunglasses,  shotgun,  pistol,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking

Chappie (2015)
Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Chappie (2015)

In Johannesburg, the police department reduced the high rating of criminality using robots from the Tetravaal Company, designed by the engineer Deon Wilson. The former military Vincent Moore is envious of Deon, since he has developed another project called Moose, but neither Tetravaal nor the police department is interested. Deon has just developed an Artificial Intelligence but the Tetravaal's CEO Michelle Bradley asks him to abort the project. Deon decides to bring the damaged Robot 22 that was sent to be crushed to test his A.I. However he is kidnapped by the criminals Ninja, Yo-Landi and Amerika that want him to stop the robot cops. When they see the damaged robot in the van, they force Deon to program it to heist banks with them and they call it Chappie. However, Chappie acts like a child and need to be trained to learn and grow. Meanwhile Vincent follows Deon and plots an evil scheme to activate his robot. (Read More)

Themes:robbery
Story:finger gun,  title appears in writing,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  binoculars,  training,  van,  man with glasses,  f word,  shotgun,  pistol,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  flashback,  interview

Animal Kingdom (2010)
Crime, Drama

Animal Kingdom (2010)

Despite being no saint herself, Julia Cody has shielded her seventeen year old son, Joshua "J" Cody, from her Melbourne-based criminal relatives who they have not seen in years. After Julia dies in front of J's eyes from a self-inflicted heroin overdose, J, who is slightly detached from life, feels he has no choice but to contact his maternal grandmother, Janine "Smurf" Cody, the family matriarch, for a place to live. Smurf rules the family with a borderline incestuous love over her three sons, the quietly menacing Andrew "Pope" Cody, the hyperactive Craig Cody, and the barely of age Darren Cody. Pope and his best friend, Barry "Baz" Brown, are armed robbers, with Darren their up and coming apprentice, while Craig is a mid level drug dealer. Melbourne's Armed Robbery Squad is after specifically Pope, who is hiding out. But when the standoff between the Codys and the Armed Robbery Squad is brought up a notch, an all out war ensues, with some casualties and J caught in the middle. The only grounding in J's life is his girlfriend, Nicky Henry. With those casualties comes an investigation by Homicide Detective Senior Sergeant Nathan Leckie, who knows the Codys are involved in some of those deaths. As Leckie tries to get J on his side, J has to figure out how best to get himself out from the middle, where he trusts neither side. J also wants to figure out how to exact what he considers justice in an all around bad situation. (Read More)

Themes:robbery,  drunkenness
Locations:motel
Story:lens flare,  grocery store,  masked man,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  f word,  death of mother,  sunglasses,  shotgun,  pistol,  surprise ending,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  interview

Sunshine Cleaning (2008) is one of the best movies like Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
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)

Locations:motel
Story:being followed,  grocery store,  binoculars,  van,  birthday party,  diner,  death of mother,  sunglasses,  shotgun,  pistol,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  independent film,  flashback

Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Romance, Thriller

Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)

Martin Blank is a freelance hitman who starts to develop a conscience, which causes him to muff a couple of routine assignments. On the advice of his secretary and his psychiatrist, he attends his 10th year High School reunion in Grosse Pointe, Michigan (a Detroit suburb where he's also contracted to kill someone). Hot on his tail are a couple of over-enthusiastic federal agents, another assassin who wants to kill him, and Grocer, an assassin who wants him to join an "Assassin's Union." (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness
Story:old flame,  laptop computer,  magazine,  twenty something,  van,  man with glasses,  diner,  f word,  sunglasses,  pistol,  surprise ending,  three word title,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship

The Life Of David Gale (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Life Of David Gale (2003)

When anti-death-penalty activist David Gale is convicted and condemned to death for the murder of a colleague, reporter Bitsey Bloom sets out to learn the story behind Gale's crime. What she finds challenges her belief in Gale's guilt and, finally, in the justice system.

Themes:paranoia,  drunkenness
Locations:motel
Story:intern,  being followed,  job interview,  magazine,  diner,  journalist,  surprise ending,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  flashback,  interview

Baby Driver (2017)
Action, Crime, Music, Thriller, Drama

Baby Driver (2017)

Baby is a young and partially hearing impaired getaway driver who can make any wild move while in motion with the right track playing. It's a critical talent he needs to survive his indentured servitude to the crime boss, Doc, who values his role in his meticulously planned robberies. However, just when Baby thinks he is finally free and clear to have his own life with his new girlfriend, Deborah, Doc coerces him back for another job. Now saddled with a crew of thugs too violently unstable to keep to Doc's plans, Baby finds himself and everything he cares for in terrible danger. To survive and escape the coming maelstrom, it will take all of Baby's skill, wits and daring, but even on the best track, can he make it when life is forcing him to face the music? (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  robbery
Story:post office,  young version of character,  being followed,  lens flare,  masked man,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  van,  man with glasses,  diner,  f word,  death of mother,  sunglasses,  shotgun,  pistol,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  flashback

Kick-ass (2010) is one of the best movies like Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
Action, Comedy

Kick-ass (2010)

Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan with a few friends and who lives alone with his father. His life is not very difficult and his personal trials not that overwhelming. However, one day he makes the simple decision to become a super-hero even though he has no powers or training. (Read More)

Themes:robbery
Story:lens flare,  title appears in writing,  masked man,  training,  man with glasses,  diner,  death of mother,  shotgun,  pistol,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  flashback

Natural Born Killers (1994)
Crime, Drama

Natural Born Killers (1994)

Mickey Knox and Mallory Wilson aren't your typical lovers - after killing her abusive father, they go on a road trip where, every time they stop somewhere, they kill pretty well everyone around them. They do however leave one person alive at every shootout to tell the story and they soon become a media sensation thanks to sensationalized reporting. Told in a highly visual style. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia
Locations:campfire,  motel,  forest
Story:character repeating someone else's dialogue,  diner,  journalist,  f word,  death of mother,  sunglasses,  shotgun,  pistol,  surprise ending,  three word title,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  independent film,  interview,  flashback

Looper (2012)
Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Looper (2012)

Joe is classified as a "looper", a job in which his employers use time travel to send men from the future to be killed into the past, where Joe can properly dispose of their bodies. However, to tie up loose ends and erase the evidence of his ever being a looper, Joe knows that one day his future self will be sent back for him to kill. When this day comes, Joe's future self is prepared and escapes, and the two men struggle separately in the past trying to evade capture and attempting to fulfill their own personal agendas. (Read More)

Story:finger gun,  interracial kiss,  lens flare,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  diner,  time travel,  f word,  shotgun,  pistol,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  flashback

Harsh Times (2005)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Harsh Times (2005)

Jim Davis is an ex-Army Ranger who finds himself slipping back into his old life of petty crime after a job offer from the LAPD evaporates. His best friend is pressured by his girlfriend Sylvia to find a job, but Jim is more interested in hanging out and making cash from small heists, while trying to get a law enforcement job so he can marry his Mexican girlfriend. (Read More)

Themes:robbery,  drunkenness
Story:government agent,  job interview,  grocery store,  twenty something,  sunglasses,  shotgun,  pistol,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  independent film

Up In The Air (2009) is one of the best movies like Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
Drama, Romance

Up In The Air (2009)

Ryan Bingham is a corporate downsizing expert whose cherished life on the road is threatened just as he is on the cusp of reaching ten million frequent flyer miles and just after he's met the frequent-traveler woman of his dreams.

Themes:loneliness,  drunkenness
Locations:motel,  beach
Story:job interview,  twenty something,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  van,  f word,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  interview

Ant-man (2015)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-fi

Ant-man (2015)

Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world. (Read More)

Themes:regret,  paranoia
Story:young version of character,  government agent,  laser,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  training,  van,  birthday party,  death of mother,  pistol,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  flashback

Flatliners (1990)
Drama, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Flatliners (1990)

Medical students begin to explore the realm of near death experiences, hoping for insights. Each has their heart stopped and is revived. They begin having flashes of walking nightmares from their childhood, reflecting sins they committed or had committed against them. The experiences continue to intensify, and they begin to be physically beaten by their visions as they try and go deeper into the death experience to find a cure. (Read More)

Themes:regret,  paranoia
Locations:forest
Story:young version of character,  woman with glasses,  college student,  man with glasses,  diner,  f word,  pistol,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  flashback

The Accountant (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Accountant (2016)

Christian Wolff is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world's most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department's Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King, starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia
Story:young version of character,  government agent,  job interview,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  training,  van,  man with glasses,  f word,  death of mother,  shotgun,  pistol,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  flashback

Remember Me (2010) is one of the best movies like Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
Drama, Romance

Remember Me (2010)

A romantic drama set in New York City during the summer of 2001, where Tyler, a rebellious young man, meets Ally through a twist of fate. Her spirit helps him heal after a family tragedy, though soon the circumstances that brought them together threaten to tear them apart.

Story:twenty something,  falling in love,  college student,  birthday party,  diner,  death of mother,  pistol,  surprise ending,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship

Ghostbusters (2016)
Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Ghostbusters (2016)

Themes:paranoia
Story:government agent,  job interview,  laser,  woman with glasses,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  van,  man with glasses,  diner,  pistol,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  flashback

Menace II Society (1993)
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:paranoia,  robbery,  drunkenness
Story:character repeating someone else's dialogue,  f word,  death of mother,  sunglasses,  shotgun,  pistol,  surprise ending,  three word title,  cigarette smoking,  independent film,  flashback

Pain & Gain (2013)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama

Pain & Gain (2013)

Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo ('Mark Wahlberg (I)' (qv)) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal ('Anthony Mackie' (qv)) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle ('Dwayne Johnson (I)' (qv)). Their kidnapping and extortion scheme goes terribly wrong since they have muscles for brains and they're left to haphazardly try to hold onto the elusive American dream. (Read More)

Themes:robbery,  drunkenness
Locations:motel
Story:lens flare,  masked man,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  van,  f word,  sunglasses,  shotgun,  pistol,  three word title,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  flashback

The Tall Man (2012) is one of the best movies like Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

The Tall Man (2012)

This film is about a legend that has been started by the town folk of Cold Rock. Since the children in the town have been going missing, people have said it's an entity known as 'The Tall Man' who has been taking them. Julia Denning (Jssica Biel) is the local nurse whose husband died years earlier. She is soon personally involved as her child is taken. She tries to track down where the child is taken, but finds that there's more to what's happening than she knew. The towns-folk start to turn on her and the truth comes out. But there's still more to the story - who is 'The Tall Man'? And what is the truth behind the disappearances? (Read More)

Locations:forest
Story:washington state,  lens flare,  title appears in writing,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  diner,  surprise ending,  three word title,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  flashback

Killer Joe (2011)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Killer Joe (2011)

Finding himself in considerable debt, Chris, a Texan drug dealer, decides the only solution is to murder his mother to collect the insurance money. Getting together with his father, the ex-husband of Chris' mother, they decide to hire Joe Cooper (a contract killer) who also happens to be a police detective. The plan is that the money will go to Chris' sister Dottie. However due to the size of the contract fee, Chris agrees that Joe can take Dottie as a retainer until the insurance comes through. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness
Locations:motel
Story:lens flare,  falling in love,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  virgin,  birthday party,  f word,  death of mother,  sunglasses,  pistol,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship

Spartan (2004)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Spartan (2004)

In the US-government's special ops, Scott is a shooter, not a planner, doing the job without regard to quaint or obsolete convention. When a Harvard undergrad goes missing (the daughter of a US leader), it's Scott who applies the pressure, first to her boyfriend, then to a madam whose cathouse is the initial stop en route to a white slavery auction in Dubai. The abductors may not know the girl's identity, but once they figure it out, she's doomed. Deadly double crosses force Scott to become a planner. Through it all, earnest TV newscasters read the drivel they're handed. (Read More)

Locations:forest,  beach
Story:being followed,  government agent,  college student,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  binoculars,  f word,  sunglasses,  shotgun,  pistol,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship

The Nice Guys (2016)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Action

The Nice Guys (2016)

Set against the backdrop of 1977 Los Angeles, The Nice Guys opens when single father and licensed PI Holland March (Gosling) is hired to investigate the apparent suicide of famous porn star Misty Mountains. As the trail leads him to track down a girl named Amelia (Qualley), he encounters less licensed and less hands-off private eye Jackson Healey (Russell Crowe) and his brass knuckles, both hired by the young hippie. However, the situation takes a turn for the worse when Amelia vanishes and it becomes apparent that March wasn't the only party interested. As both men are forced to team up, they'll have to take on a world filled with eccentric goons, strippers dressed as mermaids and even a possible government conspiracy. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  drunkenness
Locations:forest
Story:title appears in writing,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  van,  birthday party,  man with glasses,  diner,  f word,  sunglasses,  shotgun,  pistol,  surprise ending,  three word title,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  flashback

The Sessions (2012) is one of the best movies like Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
Biography, Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Sessions (2012)

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

Locations:motel,  beach
Story:job interview,  college student,  falling in love,  virgin,  man with glasses,  f word,  sunglasses,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  flashback

Triple 9 (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Triple 9 (2016)

In TRIPLE 9, a crew of dirty cops are blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist. The only way to pull it off is to manufacture a 999, police code for "officer down". Their plan is turned upside down when the unsuspecting rookie they set up to die foils the attack, triggering a breakneck, action-packed finale filled with double-crosses, greed and revenge. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  robbery,  drunkenness
Story:reference to facebook,  lens flare,  masked man,  van,  f word,  sunglasses,  shotgun,  pistol,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  independent film

The World's End (2013)
Action, Comedy, Sci-fi

The World's End (2013)

20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hell bent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by mate Gary King, a 40-year old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their home town and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub, The World's End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind's. Reaching The World's End is the least of their worries. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  drunkenness
Locations:campfire,  forest
Story:title appears in writing,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  f word,  shotgun,  surprise ending,  three word title,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking

Sneakers (1992)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Sneakers (1992)

Martin Bishop is the head of a group of experts who specialise in testing security systems. When he is blackmailed by Government agents into stealing a top secret black box, the team find themselves embroiled in a game of danger and intrigue. After they recover the box, they discover that it has the capability to decode all existing encryption systems around the world, and that the agents who hired them didn't work for the Government after all... (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  drunkenness
Story:old flame,  lens flare,  college student,  binoculars,  van,  man with glasses,  sunglasses,  shotgun,  pistol,  surprise ending,  flashback

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) is one of the best movies like Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
Action, Adventure, Comedy

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

After the Kingsman headquarters are blown up by a psychotic criminal named Poppy Adams. The surviving agents find their way to an allied secret organisation based in Kentucky, named Statesman. The two agencies must now work together in order to save the world and take down the so called 'Golden Circle'. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  drunkenness
Locations:forest
Story:young version of character,  reference to facebook,  woman with glasses,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  man with glasses,  diner,  f word,  sunglasses,  shotgun,  pistol,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  flashback

Alpha Dog (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? (Read More)

Themes:robbery,  drunkenness
Locations:motel
Story:woman with glasses,  twenty something,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  van,  birthday party,  shotgun,  pistol,  cigarette smoking,  independent film,  interview

The Social Network (2010)
Biography, Drama

The Social Network (2010)

On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication. A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history... but for this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  drunkenness
Story:intern,  interracial kiss,  laptop computer,  job interview,  chicken,  college student,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  three word title,  cigarette smoking

Horns (2013)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

Horns (2013)

After Iggy's long-time girlfriend is murdered and the whole town agrees he is the killer, he awakens one morning with horns and the townspeople soon confess their sins. Once knowing the sins of the people, he is facing the true killer of his beloved girlfriend.

Themes:drunkenness
Locations:forest
Story:reference to david bowie,  being followed,  seattle washington,  magazine,  virgin,  diner,  journalist,  death of mother,  shotgun,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  flashback

Don Jon (2013) is one of the best movies like Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Don Jon (2013)

Jon Martello objectifies everything in his life: his apartment, his car, his family, his church, and, of course, women. His buddies even call him Don Jon because of his ability to pull "10s" every weekend without fail. Yet even the finest flings don't compare to the transcendent bliss he achieves alone in front of the computer watching pornography. Dissatisfied, he embarks on a journey to find a more gratifying sex life, but ends up learning larger lessons of life and love through relationships with two very different women. (Read More)

Story:reference to facebook,  laptop computer,  lens flare,  college student,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  birthday party,  f word,  title spoken by character,  flashback

Nocturnal Animals (2016)
Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Nocturnal Animals (2016)

A "story inside a story," in which the first part follows a woman named Susan who receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband, a man whom she left 20 years earlier, asking for her opinion. The second element follows the actual manuscript, called "Nocturnal Animals," which revolves around a man whose family vacation turns violent and deadly. It also continues to follow the story of Susan, who finds herself recalling her first marriage and confronting some dark truths about herself. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  robbery,  drunkenness
Locations:motel
Story:title appears in writing,  diner,  f word,  pistol,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  independent film,  flashback

Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Drama, Romance

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Two young men, Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist, meet when they get a job as sheep herders on Brokeback Mountain. They are at first strangers, then they become friends. Throughout the weeks, they grow closer as they learn more about each other. One night, after some heavy drinking, they find a deeper connection. They then indulge in a blissful romance for the rest of the summer. Unable to deal with their feelings for each other, they part ways at the end of the summer. Four years go by, and they each settle down, Ennis in Wyoming with his wife and two girls, and Jack in Texas with his wife and son. Still longing for each other, they meet back up, and are faced with the fact that they need each other. They undeniably need each other, and unsure of what to do, they start a series of "fishing trips", in order to spend time together. The relationship struggles on for years until tragedy strikes. (Read More)

Themes:regret,  drunkenness
Locations:campfire,  motel,  forest
Story:campsite,  post office,  grocery store,  binoculars,  diner,  sunglasses,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  flashback

The Way Of The Gun (2000)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Way Of The Gun (2000)

Two petty if violent criminals kidnap a girl being paid $1m to be a surrogate mother. As the baby is for a gangster the pair's demand for money sees several henchmen and assorted other ruthless characters head after them to Mexico. Bullets rather than talking are always going to settle this one.

Themes:paranoia
Locations:motel
Story:masked man,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  binoculars,  diner,  f word,  shotgun,  pistol,  surprise ending,  cigarette smoking,  independent film,  interview

Middle Men (2009) is one of the best movies like Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
Comedy, Crime, Drama

Middle Men (2009)

Wayne Beering and Buck Dolby are drugged out geniuses with lots of ideas but they can never seem to get their act together. But when they come up with the idea to create a porn site - and charge for it (the first ever site to do so), their idea may be too lucrative for them to handle. Straight-laced business man, Jack Harris, is brought in to team up with them and turn their profitable idea into a legit business. Making money in the pornography industry is pretty easy, but staying true to yourself when surrounded by that much wealth, luxury, sex, crime and temptations, is much harder. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia
Story:young version of character,  laptop computer,  masked man,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  man with glasses,  f word,  pistol,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  flashback

Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
Comedy

Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

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

Story:interracial kiss,  time machine,  title appears in writing,  chicken,  van,  time travel,  shotgun,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  independent film

Dope (2015)
Comedy, Crime, Drama

Dope (2015)

A coming of age comedy/drama for the post hip hop generation. Malcolm is a geek, carefully surviving life in The Bottoms, a tough neighborhood in Inglewood, CA filled with gangsters and drug dealers, while juggling his senior year of college applications, interviews and the SAT. His dream is to attend Harvard. A chance invitation to a big underground party leads Malcolm and his friends into an "only in Los Angeles" gritty adventure filled with offbeat characters and bad choices. If Malcolm can persevere, he'll go from being a geek, to being dope, to ultimately being himself. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness
Story:interracial kiss,  young version of character,  virgin,  birthday party,  shotgun,  pistol,  title spoken by character,  interview,  flashback

Hackers (1995)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Hackers (1995)

Dade Murphy was a hacker even as a kid in Seattle. He got arrested for the computer virus that he planted and was banned from using any computer until the age of 18.Then he moves to New York to meet a group of hackers. He also falls in love with Kate Libby.

Story:young version of character,  laptop computer,  seattle washington,  lens flare,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  shotgun,  pistol,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking

The Family (2013) is one of the best movies like Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
Comedy, Crime, Thriller

The Family (2013)

A mafia boss and his family are relocated to a sleepy town in France under the witness protection program after snitching on the mob. Despite the best efforts of CIA Agent Stansfield ('Tommy Lee Jones' (qv)) to keep them in line, Fred Manzoni ('Robert De Niro' (qv)), his wife Maggie ('Michelle Pfeiffer' (qv)) and their children Belle ('Dianna Agron' (qv)) and Warren ('John D'Leo' (qv)) can't help but revert to old habits and blow their cover by handling their problems the "family" way, enabling their former mafia cronies to track them down. Chaos ensues as old scores are settled in the unlikeliest of settings. (Read More)

Themes:robbery
Locations:beach
Story:young version of character,  lens flare,  college student,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  binoculars,  f word,  sunglasses,  shotgun,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  independent film,  flashback

Kill List (2011)
Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller

Kill List (2011)

Locations:forest
Story:lens flare,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  binoculars,  f word,  shotgun,  pistol,  surprise ending,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  flashback

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