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The Spectacular Now (2013)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Spectacular Now (2013)

Sutter Keely lives in the now. It's a good place for him. A high school senior, charming and self-possessed, he's the life of the party, loves his job at a men's clothing store, and has no plans for the future. A budding alcoholic, he's never far from his supersized, whiskey-fortified thirst-master cup. But after being dumped by his girlfriend, Sutter gets drunk and wakes up on a lawn with Aimee Finecky hovering over him. She's different: the "nice girl" who reads science fiction and doesn't have a boyfriend. While Aimee has dreams of a future, Sutter lives in the impressive delusion of a spectacular now, yet somehow, they're drawn together. (Read More)

Themes:alcoholism,  dating,  divorce,  memory,  dance,  drunkenness,  drinking,  jealousy,  money,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:bar,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  teacher,  friend,  teenager
Story:prom date,  high school prom,  hip flask,  refusing a handshake,  baseball pitcher,  white bra,  woman in bra and panties,  telephone number,  drinking on the job,  teenage drinking,  underage drinking,  crying man,  teacher student relationship,  telephone call,  first sex,  looking into a window,  waiting for someone,  delivering newspaper,  drunken driving,  reference to mexico,  kiss on the forehead,  men's clothing store,  reference to california,  reference to texas,  college application,  fear of failure,  jumping into a swimming pool,  arm in a sling,  yellow dress,  breakfast cereal,  school cafeteria,  reference to nasa,  tutoring,  big sister,  pain killer,  dumped by girlfriend,  geometry,  abandoned by father,  part time job,  suicide of father,  i.d.,  football field,  generation y,  porch,  water gun,  store clerk,  high school senior,  high school graduation,  passing out,  homework,  studying,  father son reunion,  misery,  begging,  college campus,  bouncer,  second chance,  giving a toast,  prom,  knocking on a door,  unhappiness,  bus driver,  18 year old,  17 year old,  flask,  dead father,  hangover,  jukebox,  loss of job,  handshake,  text messaging,  woman in underwear,  reckless driving,  philadelphia pennsylvania,  first kiss,  absent father,  bookstore,  pride,  convenience store,  backpack,  whiskey,  promise,  cheating husband,  happiness,  comic book,  loss of virginity,  teenage sex,  hugging,  ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship,  pickup truck,  black american,  trust,  sleeping,  class,  waterfall,  falling in love,  reading,  storytelling,  fired from the job,  prologue,  flash forward,  break up,  bartender,  best friend,  hit by a car,  apology,  baseball,  montage,  single mother,  bra,  f word,  telephone,  alcohol,  reference to jesus christ,  classroom,  reference to god,  death of father,  sunglasses,  tears,  beer,  lie,  secret,  drink,  computer,  slow motion scene,  car accident,  high school,  swimming pool,  cell phone,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  shower,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  sex,  flashback,  kiss

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl (2015)
Comedy, Drama

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl (2015)

Seventeen-year-old Greg has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh high school without having any friends, but his life changes when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukemia.

Themes:dating,  memory,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:hospital
Characters:friend
Story:teenage drinking,  telephone call,  reference to texas,  college application,  school cafeteria,  high school senior,  unhappiness,  17 year old,  promise,  black american,  trust,  class,  storytelling,  prologue,  flash forward,  apology,  montage,  single mother,  telephone,  reference to jesus christ,  classroom,  reference to god,  death of father,  lie,  secret,  drink,  computer,  slow motion scene,  high school,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  african american,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  flashback

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Adoration (2013)
Drama, Romance

Adoration (2013)

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

Themes:divorce,  memory,  drunkenness,  drinking,  jealousy,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:bar,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  friend
Story:telephone call,  giving a toast,  18 year old,  happiness,  flash forward,  bartender,  best friend,  apology,  f word,  telephone,  reference to jesus christ,  reference to god,  death of father,  sunglasses,  tears,  beer,  lie,  secret,  drink,  computer,  cell phone,  crying,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  kiss,  flashback,  sex

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)
Drama, Romance

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)

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

Themes:dating,  memory,  dance,  drinking,  jealousy,  friendship
Locations:hospital
Characters:teacher,  dancer,  friend,  teenager
Story:high school prom,  white bra,  high school,  teacher student relationship,  telephone call,  school cafeteria,  high school senior,  high school graduation,  studying,  prom,  giving a toast,  unhappiness,  first kiss,  promise,  happiness,  teenage sex,  hugging,  pickup truck,  trust,  class,  reading,  flash forward,  break up,  best friend,  apology,  f word,  telephone,  reference to jesus christ,  classroom,  reference to god,  tears,  secret,  drink,  slow motion scene,  car accident,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  kiss,  sex,  flashback

A Hologram For The King (2016) is one of the best movies like The Spectacular Now (2013)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

A Hologram For The King (2016)

Themes:divorce,  memory,  drunkenness,  drinking
Characters:dancer
Story:telephone call,  reference to texas,  knocking on a door,  hangover,  handshake,  whiskey,  promise,  pickup truck,  trust,  sleeping,  prologue,  flash forward,  apology,  montage,  f word,  telephone,  alcohol,  reference to jesus christ,  reference to god,  sunglasses,  beer,  drink,  computer,  swimming pool,  brother sister relationship,  shower,  party,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  kiss,  flashback,  sex

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Gifted (2017)
Drama

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. This is why Gifted (2017) is one of the best movies like The Spectacular Now (2013). (Read More)

Themes:money,  friendship
Locations:bar,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  teacher,  friend
Story:crying man,  abandoned by father,  17 year old,  hangover,  backpack,  promise,  happiness,  pickup truck,  black american,  trust,  sleeping,  class,  apology,  baseball,  montage,  classroom,  reference to god,  sunglasses,  beer,  computer,  slow motion scene,  swimming pool,  brother sister relationship,  dancing,  african american,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  sex,  kiss

Kill Your Darlings (2013)
Biography, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

In the early 1940s, Allen Ginsberg is an English major at Columbia University, only to learn more than he bargained for. Dissatisfied by the orthodox attitudes of the school, Allen finds himself drawn to iconoclastic colleagues like Lucien Carr, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. Together, this gang would explore bold new literary ideas that would challenge the sensibilities of their time as the future Beat Generation. However, for all their creativity, their very appetites and choices lead to more serious transgressions that would mark their lives forever. (Read More)

Themes:memory,  drunkenness,  drinking,  jealousy,  money,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:dancer,  friend
Story:teacher student relationship,  telephone call,  reference to mexico,  abandoned by father,  passing out,  giving a toast,  whiskey,  promise,  black american,  prologue,  flash forward,  best friend,  apology,  f word,  telephone,  reference to jesus christ,  reference to god,  tears,  secret,  drink,  crying,  voice over narration,  coming of age,  shower,  party,  dancing,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  kiss,  flashback,  sex

Accepted (2006)
Comedy

Accepted (2006)

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

Themes:drinking,  money
Locations:hospital
Characters:teacher,  teenager
Story:high school prom,  telephone call,  generation y,  high school graduation,  college campus,  handshake,  black american,  class,  fired from the job,  montage,  bra,  classroom,  beer,  drink,  computer,  high school,  swimming pool,  cell phone,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  party,  african american,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  sex

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Another Year (2010) is one of the best movies like The Spectacular Now (2013)
Comedy, Drama

Another Year (2010)

A married couple who have managed to remain blissfully happy into their autumn years, are surrounded over the course of the four seasons of one average year by friends, colleagues, and family who all seem to suffer some degree of unhappiness.

Themes:divorce,  memory,  drunkenness,  drinking,  jealousy,  money,  friendship
Characters:friend
Story:telephone call,  giving a toast,  knocking on a door,  unhappiness,  hangover,  happiness,  ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship,  reading,  prologue,  apology,  telephone,  reference to jesus christ,  reference to god,  tears,  beer,  secret,  drink,  computer,  crying,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss

Youth In Revolt (2009)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

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)

Themes:friendship
Characters:friend,  teenager
Story:telephone call,  school cafeteria,  pain killer,  part time job,  misery,  knocking on a door,  first kiss,  backpack,  loss of virginity,  teenage sex,  ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship,  reading,  prologue,  best friend,  apology,  bra,  f word,  sunglasses,  lie,  computer,  slow motion scene,  car accident,  high school,  cell phone,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  shower,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  based on novel,  sex,  kiss,  flashback

August: Osage County (2013)
Drama

August: Osage County (2013)

Violet Weston ('Meryl Streep' (qv)) has cancer and a propensity for pills and alcohol. She's a difficult woman to deal with and her husband has finally had enough. Violet's family gathers including middle daughter Ivy, youngest daughter Karen (with her new fiance), eldest daughter Barbara (with her separated husband and teenage daughter), and her sister Mattie Fae (with her husband and son in tow). A family tragedy causes tensions to run high and secrets to come out. The Weston women will be forced to examine themselves and their lives whether they want to or not. Welcome to Osage County, Oklahoma in the sweltering heat of August. This is why August: Osage County (2013) is one of the best movies like The Spectacular Now (2013). (Read More)

Themes:alcoholism,  divorce,  memory,  drinking,  money,  marriage
Story:crying man,  telephone call,  suicide of father,  knocking on a door,  whiskey,  cheating husband,  pickup truck,  storytelling,  prologue,  apology,  f word,  telephone,  alcohol,  reference to jesus christ,  reference to god,  death of father,  sunglasses,  tears,  beer,  lie,  secret,  drink,  crying,  teenage girl,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss

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

Nowhere Boy (2009)

The story of John Lennon's childhood and teenage years from 1944 to 1960, his relationship with his aunt Mimi and his mother Julia -the two dominant women in the first part of his life-, his first meeting with Paul McCartney and George Harrison, their friendship, their love for music and the birth of The Beatles. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking,  money,  friendship
Characters:dancer,  teacher,  friend
Story:telephone call,  abandoned by father,  flask,  absent father,  sleeping,  reading,  flash forward,  best friend,  hit by a car,  montage,  telephone,  reference to god,  tears,  beer,  lie,  secret,  drink,  crying,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback,  sex,  kiss

Boy A (2007) is one of the best movies like The Spectacular Now (2013)
Drama

Boy A (2007)

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

Themes:dating,  dance,  drunkenness,  drinking,  jealousy,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:dancer,  teacher,  friend
Story:telephone call,  second chance,  first kiss,  pride,  promise,  loss of virginity,  hugging,  sleeping,  class,  fired from the job,  prologue,  apology,  bra,  classroom,  tears,  beer,  lie,  secret,  drink,  car accident,  cell phone,  crying,  coming of age,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  kiss,  flashback

Sleeping With Other People (2015)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Sleeping With Other People (2015)

Themes:dating,  dance,  drinking,  jealousy,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:bar,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  teacher,  friend
Story:telephone call,  giving a toast,  text messaging,  loss of virginity,  black american,  sleeping,  flash forward,  break up,  best friend,  apology,  f word,  telephone,  reference to jesus christ,  reference to god,  lie,  drink,  slow motion scene,  swimming pool,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  flashback,  kiss,  sex

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De Rouille Et D'os (2012)
Drama, Romance

De Rouille Et D'os (2012)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking,  jealousy,  money
Locations:hospital
Characters:dancer
Story:telephone call,  abandoned by father,  father son reunion,  bouncer,  text messaging,  backpack,  trust,  sleeping,  fired from the job,  flash forward,  f word,  telephone,  sunglasses,  tears,  drink,  computer,  slow motion scene,  cell phone,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  shower,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  sex,  flashback,  kiss

Die Welle (2008)
Drama, Thriller

Die Welle (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? This is why Die Welle (2008) is one of the best movies like The Spectacular Now (2013). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:dancer,  teacher,  friend
Story:teacher student relationship,  knocking on a door,  handshake,  backpack,  class,  apology,  montage,  f word,  classroom,  tears,  lie,  computer,  high school,  swimming pool,  cell phone,  crying,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  kiss,  sex

Almost Famous (2000) is one of the best movies like The Spectacular Now (2013)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Music

Almost Famous (2000)

William Miller is a 15-year-old kid hired by Rolling Stone magazine to tour with and write about Stillwater, an up and coming rock band. This wonderfully witty coming-of-age film follows William as he falls face first to confront life, love, and lingo.

Themes:dance,  drunkenness,  drinking,  money,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:teacher,  friend,  teenager
Story:telephone call,  jumping into a swimming pool,  cheating husband,  loss of virginity,  reading,  prologue,  f word,  telephone,  alcohol,  death of father,  beer,  secret,  drink,  high school,  swimming pool,  crying,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  sex,  kiss

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The Fifth Estate (2013)
Biography, Drama, Thriller

The Fifth Estate (2013)

The story begins as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Bruhl) team up to become underground watchdogs of the privileged and powerful. On a shoestring, they create a platform that allows whistle-blowers to anonymously leak covert data, shining a light on the dark recesses of government secrets and corporate crimes. Soon, they are breaking more hard news than the world's most legendary media organizations combined. But when Assange and Berg gain access to the biggest trove of confidential intelligence documents in U.S. history, they battle each other and a defining question of our time: what are the costs of keeping secrets in a free society-and what are the costs of exposing them? (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking,  money,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:dancer,  friend
Story:telephone call,  reference to california,  reference to nasa,  giving a toast,  knocking on a door,  18 year old,  text messaging,  backpack,  promise,  black american,  fired from the job,  break up,  apology,  montage,  f word,  telephone,  reference to jesus christ,  reference to god,  tears,  lie,  secret,  drink,  computer,  cell phone,  crying,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  african american,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  flashback,  kiss,  sex

Out Of The Furnace (2013)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Out Of The Furnace (2013)

Russell and his younger brother Rodney live in the economically-depressed Rust Belt, and have always dreamed of escaping and finding better lives. But when a cruel twist of fate lands Russell in prison, his brother becomes involved with one of the most violent and ruthless crime rings in the Northeast - a mistake that will cost him everything. Once released, Russell must choose between his own freedom, or risk it all to seek justice for his brother. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  money
Locations:bar
Characters:teacher
Story:crying man,  telephone call,  kiss on the forehead,  knocking on a door,  whiskey,  promise,  ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship,  pickup truck,  black american,  prologue,  bartender,  apology,  f word,  telephone,  reference to god,  death of father,  sunglasses,  tears,  lie,  drink,  car accident,  cell phone,  crying,  voice over narration,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  flashback

Conviction (2010)
Biography, Drama

Conviction (2010)

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

Themes:divorce,  drinking,  jealousy,  money,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:dancer,  friend
Story:single mother,  telephone call,  high school,  i.d.,  pride,  promise,  pickup truck,  class,  flash forward,  bartender,  apology,  classroom,  death of father,  sunglasses,  tears,  beer,  lie,  drink,  computer,  cell phone,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  flashback

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Woman In Gold (2015) is one of the best movies like The Spectacular Now (2013)
Biography, Drama, History

Woman In Gold (2015)

Maria Altman sought to regain a world famous painting of her aunt plundered by the Nazis during World War II. She did so not just to regain what was rightfully hers, but also to obtain some measure of justice for the death, destruction, and massive art theft perpetrated by the Nazis. This is why Woman In Gold (2015) is one of the best movies like The Spectacular Now (2013). (Read More)

Themes:memory,  drinking,  money
Characters:dancer,  friend
Story:crying man,  telephone call,  giving a toast,  knocking on a door,  handshake,  bookstore,  pride,  trust,  sleeping,  flash forward,  apology,  montage,  f word,  telephone,  death of father,  sunglasses,  tears,  lie,  drink,  computer,  crying,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  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:memory,  drunkenness,  jealousy,  friendship
Characters:friend
Story:crying man,  text messaging,  trust,  sleeping,  falling in love,  prologue,  flash forward,  apology,  montage,  f word,  reference to jesus christ,  reference to god,  sunglasses,  slow motion scene,  cell phone,  shower,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback,  sex

Brooklyn (2015)
Drama, Romance

Brooklyn (2015)

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

Themes:dating,  dance,  drinking,  jealousy,  money,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:dancer,  teacher,  friend
Story:studying,  telephone call,  giving a toast,  dead father,  promise,  loss of virginity,  class,  falling in love,  prologue,  best friend,  apology,  baseball,  f word,  telephone,  reference to jesus christ,  classroom,  reference to god,  sunglasses,  tears,  secret,  drink,  crying,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  kiss

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White Oleander (2002)
Drama

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)

Themes:divorce,  drunkenness,  drinking,  jealousy,  money,  friendship
Characters:teacher,  friend
Story:absent father,  comic book,  class,  flash forward,  single mother,  bra,  reference to jesus christ,  classroom,  reference to god,  tears,  beer,  secret,  drink,  computer,  high school,  swimming pool,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  sex,  flashback,  kiss

Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011) is one of the best movies like The Spectacular Now (2013)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)

Cal (Steve Carell) and Emily (Julianne Moore) have the perfect life together living the American dream... until Emily asks for a divorce. Now Cal, Mr Husband, has to navigate the single scene with a little help from his professional bachelor friend Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling). Make that a lot of help... (Read More)

Themes:divorce,  drunkenness,  drinking,  money,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:dancer,  teacher,  friend
Story:telephone call,  school cafeteria,  passing out,  17 year old,  text messaging,  reckless driving,  sleeping,  class,  bartender,  baseball,  montage,  f word,  reference to jesus christ,  classroom,  reference to god,  sunglasses,  lie,  drink,  computer,  slow motion scene,  high school,  cell phone,  crying,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  kiss

Mommy (2014)
Drama

Mommy (2014)

Forty-six year old Diane Despres - "Die" - has been widowed for three years. Considered white trash by many, Die does whatever she needs, including strutting her body in front of male employers who will look, to make an honest living. That bread-winning ability is affected when she makes the decision to remove her only offspring, fifteen year old Steve Despres, from her previously imposed institutionalization, one step below juvenile detention. She institutionalized him shortly following her husband's death due to Steve's attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and his violent outbursts. He was just kicked out of the latest in a long line of facilities for setting fire to the cafeteria, in turn injuring another boy. She made this decision to deinstitutionalize him as she didn't like the alternative, sending him into more restrictive juvenile detention from which he would probably never be rehabilitated. However, with this deinstitutionalization, she has to take care of him which means only being able to do home based work. Despite they always yelling expletives at each other and Steve sometimes demonstrating those violent tendencies toward her, Die and Steve truly do love each other, his emotions which are sometimes manifested as an Oedipus complex especially as he seems to need her complete attention most specifically when it is being directed at possible male suitors. Their lives, both individually and as a family, are affected with the entrance of two of their neighbors. The first is Paul, a lawyer, who does have that sexual interest in Die as he tries to help Steve through his legal problems. The second and more important is Kyla, who lives across the street with her husband Patrick and their adolescent daughter, they who are in transit in their life to wherever Patrick's job will take them. Kyla is a high school teacher on sabbatical as she deals with her own emotional issues, which are manifested in stuttering whenever she feels incapable of dealing with her life. Kyla may find that she needs the Despres as much as they need her. This is why Mommy (2014) is one of the best movies like The Spectacular Now (2013). (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking,  jealousy,  money,  friendship
Locations:bar,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  teacher,  friend,  teenager
Story:telephone call,  tutoring,  homework,  giving a toast,  dead father,  handshake,  pride,  promise,  sleeping,  reading,  storytelling,  fired from the job,  prologue,  apology,  montage,  single mother,  f word,  telephone,  death of father,  sunglasses,  tears,  lie,  drink,  slow motion scene,  car accident,  high school,  swimming pool,  crying,  teenage boy,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  kiss

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The Wackness (2008)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Wackness (2008)

Friendship, love, and coming of age in New York City, summer of 1994. Luke Shapiro has just graduated from high school, sells marijuana, and trades pot for therapy from a psychologist, Dr. Jeffrey Squires. Luke is attracted to a classmate, Stephanie, who's out of his league and Squires' step-daughter. By July, he's hanging out with Stephanie, taking her on his rounds selling pot out of an ice-cream pushcart. Then things take a turn. In the background, Squires and his wife as well as Luke's parents are having their troubles. (Read More)

Themes:divorce,  drunkenness,  drinking,  money,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:dancer,  friend,  teenager
Story:underage drinking,  telephone call,  high school,  high school graduation,  jukebox,  backpack,  loss of virginity,  falling in love,  reading,  prologue,  bartender,  best friend,  montage,  reference to jesus christ,  tears,  beer,  drink,  slow motion scene,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  shower,  party,  dancing,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  kiss,  sex

Lovelace (2013)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Themes:divorce,  drinking,  money,  marriage,  friendship
Characters:dancer,  friend
Story:telephone call,  giving a toast,  18 year old,  jukebox,  trust,  flash forward,  apology,  f word,  telephone,  reference to jesus christ,  reference to god,  sunglasses,  drink,  swimming pool,  crying,  party,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  kiss,  sex,  flashback

Easy A (2010) is one of the best movies like The Spectacular Now (2013)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Easy A (2010)

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

Themes:dating,  divorce,  drinking,  marriage,  friendship
Characters:teacher,  friend,  teenager
Story:lie,  studying,  high school,  teacher student relationship,  telephone call,  generation y,  bookstore,  happiness,  loss of virginity,  hugging,  class,  best friend,  reference to jesus christ,  classroom,  reference to god,  sunglasses,  tears,  beer,  drink,  slow motion scene,  swimming pool,  cell phone,  crying,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  shower,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  sex,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  kiss

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An Education (2009)
Drama

An Education (2009)

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

Themes:dating,  drinking,  money,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:dancer,  teacher,  friend,  teenager
Story:teacher student relationship,  studying,  17 year old,  handshake,  first kiss,  cheating husband,  loss of virginity,  hugging,  class,  reading,  montage,  classroom,  sunglasses,  tears,  lie,  secret,  drink,  slow motion scene,  crying,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  kiss,  sex

The Soloist (2009)
Biography, Drama, Music

The Soloist (2009)

In 2005, the only thing hurting Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez more than his face from a recent bike accident was his pressing need for story ideas. That is when he discovers Nathaniel Ayers, a mentally ill, homeless street musician who possesses extraordinary talent, even through his half-broken instruments. Inspired by his story, Lopez writes an acclaimed series of articles about Ayers and attempts to do more to help both him and the rest of the underclass of LA have a better life. However, Lopez's good intentions run headlong in the hard realities of the strength of Ayers' personal demons and the larger social injustices facing the homeless. Regardless, Lopez and Ayers must find a way to conquer their deepest anxieties and frustrations to hope for a brighter future for both of them. This is why The Soloist (2009) is one of the best movies like The Spectacular Now (2013). (Read More)

Themes:divorce,  drunkenness,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:bar,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  teacher,  friend
Story:telephone call,  delivering newspaper,  black american,  sleeping,  storytelling,  prologue,  flash forward,  hit by a car,  reference to jesus christ,  reference to god,  tears,  lie,  drink,  slow motion scene,  cell phone,  crying,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  dancing,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  flashback

Lolita (1997)
Drama, Romance

Lolita (1997)

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

Themes:dating,  drunkenness,  drinking,  jealousy,  money,  marriage
Locations:hospital
Characters:dancer,  teacher,  teenager
Story:telephone call,  reckless driving,  loss of virginity,  hit by a car,  sunglasses,  tears,  lie,  secret,  drink,  slow motion scene,  car accident,  swimming pool,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  shower,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  kiss,  sex

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Blue Valentine (2010) is one of the best movies like The Spectacular Now (2013)
Drama, Romance

Blue Valentine (2010)

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

Themes:divorce,  drunkenness,  drinking,  money,  marriage
Characters:dancer
Story:telephone call,  backpack,  promise,  hugging,  ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship,  black american,  sleeping,  class,  falling in love,  reading,  flash forward,  apology,  montage,  f word,  alcohol,  classroom,  tears,  beer,  drink,  high school,  crying,  voice over narration,  shower,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  kiss,  flashback

Another Earth (2011)
Drama, Romance, Sci-fi

Another Earth (2011)

SPOILER: Seventeen year-old Rhoda Williams receives an acceptance letter from MIT and she celebrates with her friends. On the same night, a planet similar and close to Earth is discovered and called Earth 2. Rhoda drives her car looking at Earth 2 and crashes with composer John Burroughs, killing his pregnant wife and his baby son. Rhoda goes to prison and four years later she is released and moves to her parents' house. She finds a job as high-school janitor, but tries to commit suicide. She survives, however, and submits an essay to a contest where the prize is a ticket to travel to Earth 2. Meanwhile the scientists discover that Earth 2 is a mirror of Earth and the synchronicity between the dwellers was interrupted when the planets were seen by each other. One day, Rhoda decides to visit John Burroughs, whose life was destroyed after the death of his family, to admit to him that she had killed his family. However she does not have the nerve to tell him the truth. So she lies and tells him he has won a free cleaning service of his home. Rhoda wins the writing contest, but meanwhile John and she have fallen in love with each other. Rhoda has to take a decision whether she goes or stays, but she wants to tell John the truth first. (Read More)

Themes:memory,  drinking
Locations:hospital
Characters:dancer
Story:white bra,  telephone call,  giving a toast,  knocking on a door,  17 year old,  pickup truck,  reading,  storytelling,  prologue,  flash forward,  apology,  bra,  reference to god,  tears,  lie,  drink,  computer,  slow motion scene,  car accident,  high school,  cell phone,  crying,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  kiss

Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance

Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001)

In Mexico City, late teen friends Tenoch Iturbide and Julio Zapata are feeling restless as their respective girlfriends are traveling together through Europe before they all begin the next phase of their lives at college. At a lavish family wedding, Tenoch and Julio meet Luisa Cortes, the twenty-something wife of Tenoch's cousin Jano, the two who have just moved to Mexico from Spain. Tenoch and Julio try to impress the beautiful Luisa by telling her that they will be taking a trip to the most beautiful secluded beach in Mexico called la Boca del Cielo (translated to Heaven's Mouth), the trip and the beach which in reality don't exist. When Luisa learns of Jano's latest marital indiscretion straight from the horse's mouth, she takes Tenoch and Julio's offer to go along on this road trip, meaning that Tenoch and Julio have to pull together quickly a road trip to a non-existent beach. They decide to head toward one suggested by their friend Saba, who seems a little confused himself of this beach's location. On the road trip, which ends up not being totally harmonious, the three go on a trip of discovery. For Luisa, she has to figure out what to do with her immediate future based on the news from Jano and a secret she is keeping. And Tenoch and Julio have to figure out what their friendship really means as they grow up. (Read More)

Themes:dating,  divorce,  memory,  drunkenness,  drinking,  jealousy,  money,  marriage,  friendship
Characters:dancer,  friend,  teenager
Story:secret,  telephone call,  first sex,  giving a toast,  17 year old,  jukebox,  promise,  teenage sex,  trust,  storytelling,  apology,  bra,  f word,  telephone,  sunglasses,  tears,  beer,  lie,  drink,  swimming pool,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  coming of age,  shower,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  sex,  kiss

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Swingers (1996)
Comedy, Drama

Swingers (1996)

This is a story about Mike, a guy who left his girl in New York when he came to LA to be a star. It's been six months since his girlfriend left him and he's not doing so good. So, his pal and some other friends try and get him back in the social scene and forget about his 6 year relationship. This is why Swingers (1996) is one of the best movies like The Spectacular Now (2013). (Read More)

Themes:dating,  drunkenness,  drinking,  money,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:dancer,  friend
Story:telephone call,  dumped by girlfriend,  ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship,  storytelling,  break up,  bartender,  montage,  f word,  telephone,  tears,  beer,  drink,  slow motion scene,  crying,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  kiss,  sex

Beginners (2010) is one of the best movies like The Spectacular Now (2013)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Beginners (2010)

It's 2003. Thirty-eight-year-old graphic artist Oliver Fields has just lost his father Hal Fields to cancer, after Oliver's mother Georgia Fields passed away five years earlier. Oliver is naturally a sullen man due to his growing up relationships with his parents (his mother who had a unique view on life) and watching his parents' cordial but somewhat distant relationship with each other, but is more so now because of his personal family losses. Oliver embarks on a relationship with Anna, a French actress, hoping that his re-energized relationship with Hal following Georgia's death, and Hal's new outlook on life during that time, will show Oliver how to act in a loving relationship. After Georgia's death, Hal came out of the closet and began to live with a joie de vivre that did not exist before, which included an open relationship with a much younger man named Andy. Oliver's relationship with Anna has other obstacles, including Anna's own vagabond lifestyle and Oliver needing to take care of who was originally Hal's very needy Jack Russell terrier, Arthur. (Read More)

Themes:dating,  memory,  drinking,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:bar,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  friend
Story:telephone call,  giving a toast,  unhappiness,  reckless driving,  bookstore,  happiness,  hugging,  ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship,  black american,  trust,  reading,  flash forward,  break up,  apology,  montage,  f word,  reference to jesus christ,  death of father,  tears,  lie,  secret,  drink,  computer,  cell phone,  crying,  voice over narration,  party,  dancing,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss,  flashback

Dark Places (2015)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Dark Places (2015)

Libby Day is a lifeless woman who survived the massacre of her family in their farmhouse in the countryside of Kansas when she was eight. She's been living on donations and lectures ever since. Thirty years ago, the police believed that a satanic cult was responsible for the murder of her mother and two sisters, and her brother Ben was convicted with her testimony in court. Today, however, an acquaintance, Lyle Wirth, invites Libby to visit "The Kill Club", where amateurs investigate famous crimes, and she finds that they believe Ben is innocent. Libby needs money and, in return, accepts to revisit the slaughter of her family and comes up to the painful revelations and the ultimate truth. (Read More)

Themes:alcoholism,  memory,  drunkenness,  drinking,  money
Locations:bar
Characters:dancer
Story:crying man,  telephone call,  reference to california,  reference to texas,  abandoned by father,  knocking on a door,  17 year old,  teenage sex,  trust,  prologue,  flash forward,  apology,  f word,  telephone,  reference to jesus christ,  reference to god,  lie,  secret,  drink,  computer,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  flashback,  sex,  kiss

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Half Nelson (2006)
Drama

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 deal with their own life, but feeling like they can be at least a minor salvation in the other's life. (Read More)

Themes:dance,  drinking,  money,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:dancer,  teacher,  friend,  teenager
Story:class,  classroom,  teacher student relationship,  telephone call,  second chance,  unhappiness,  pride,  happiness,  ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship,  black american,  reading,  apology,  single mother,  reference to god,  sunglasses,  secret,  drink,  high school,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  party,  dancing,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  sex,  kiss

Fish Tank (2009)
Drama

Fish Tank (2009)

Mia, an aggressive fifteen-year-old girl, lives on an Essex estate with her tarty mother, Joanne, and precocious little sister Tyler. She has been thrown out of school and is awaiting admission to a referrals unit and spends her days aimlessly. She begins an uneasy friendship with Joanne's slick boyfriend, Connor, who encourages her one interest, dancing. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking,  money,  friendship
Characters:dancer,  teenager
Story:underage drinking,  telephone call,  convenience store,  loss of virginity,  hugging,  sleeping,  single mother,  sunglasses,  tears,  beer,  drink,  slow motion scene,  cell phone,  crying,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  kiss,  sex

Detroit Rock City (1999) is one of the best movies like The Spectacular Now (2013)
Comedy, Music

Detroit Rock City (1999)

Four members of a high school band called Mystery do everything they can to attend a KISS concert in Detroit. In order to make it to the show they must steal, cheat, strip, deal with an anti-rock mom and generally do whatever it takes to see the band that has inspired them to be musicians. This is why Detroit Rock City (1999) is one of the best movies like The Spectacular Now (2013). (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  money,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:teacher,  friend,  teenager
Story:telephone call,  i.d.,  reckless driving,  first kiss,  comic book,  loss of virginity,  class,  apology,  classroom,  lie,  drink,  slow motion scene,  car accident,  high school,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  sex,  kiss

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Young Adult (2011)
Comedy, Drama

Young Adult (2011)

Thirty-seven year old Mavis Gary seems incapable of happiness. She has had one failed marriage with no romance in her immediate horizon. She ghosts writes a young adult series of books, which has just been canceled due to low sales. She is in the process of writing the last book, with which she is having a mental block. She lives vicariously through Kendall Strickland, the teenaged female heroine in her books, as like Kendall she believes her high school years were the best years of her life when she was the prom queen. When she receives news that her high school beau, Buddy Slade, and his wife, Beth Slade, have just had their first child, Mavis takes it as a sign that she and Buddy are meant to be together. As such, she devises a false pretense to travel from her Minneapolis home back her her old hometown of Mercury, Minnesota to reclaim Buddy from Beth. As Mavis slyly or not so slyly does whatever she can to hang out with Buddy, even in Beth's company if need be, she also runs into another old high school colleague named Matt Freehauf. She barely remembers Matt until she is reminded that he was the "hate crime" kid i.e. he was beaten almost to death by the school jocks who believed he was gay (which he is not), which has left him among other things needing to walk with a brace. Matt ends up being Mavis' drinking buddy and confidante, Matt, in turn, who tries to be Mavis' voice of reason to get her out of her delusional state about Buddy and get a grip on reclaiming her life as a functioning adult. (Read More)

Themes:divorce,  memory,  drunkenness,  drinking,  jealousy,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:friend
Story:telephone call,  high school,  prom,  unhappiness,  reckless driving,  bookstore,  happiness,  hugging,  ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship,  sleeping,  prologue,  montage,  single mother,  f word,  sunglasses,  lie,  drink,  computer,  car accident,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  party,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss

The Matador (2005)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Matador (2005)

A chance encounter between a travelling salesman and a lonely hitman triggers a strangely profound relationship which provokes each to act in ways neither would have imagined possible. Fate steps in to form a friendship between two men from irreconcilable worlds that will alter the lives of both forever. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking,  money,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:dancer,  friend
Story:telephone call,  giving a toast,  flask,  whiskey,  hugging,  storytelling,  flash forward,  bartender,  apology,  sunglasses,  beer,  lie,  drink,  computer,  slow motion scene,  car accident,  high school,  swimming pool,  cell phone,  crying,  teenage girl,  shower,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback,  kiss,  sex

Man Up (2015)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Man Up (2015)

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

Themes:divorce,  dance,  drinking,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:friend
Story:telephone call,  reckless driving,  happiness,  hugging,  sleeping,  class,  falling in love,  f word,  telephone,  beer,  lie,  secret,  drink,  cell phone,  crying,  party,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  sex,  kiss

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Killer Joe (2011) is one of the best movies like The Spectacular Now (2013)
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:money,  drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:bar
Story:telephone call,  reference to mexico,  knocking on a door,  handshake,  promise,  loss of virginity,  pickup truck,  trust,  falling in love,  storytelling,  apology,  f word,  telephone,  reference to jesus christ,  reference to god,  sunglasses,  tears,  beer,  lie,  secret,  drink,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  sex

Snowden (2016)
Biography, Drama, Thriller

Snowden (2016)

SNOWDEN stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and is written and directed by Oliver Stone. The script is based on the books The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man by Luke Harding and Time of the Octopus by Anatoly Kucherena. This is why Snowden (2016) is one of the best movies like The Spectacular Now (2013). (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking,  jealousy,  money
Locations:bar,  hospital
Characters:teacher
Story:telephone number,  teacher student relationship,  telephone call,  knocking on a door,  18 year old,  handshake,  backpack,  promise,  black american,  trust,  sleeping,  class,  flash forward,  apology,  montage,  f word,  telephone,  reference to jesus christ,  reference to god,  beer,  lie,  drink,  computer,  slow motion scene,  cell phone,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  african american,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  flashback,  sex,  kiss

Rebel Without A Cause (1955)
Drama

Rebel Without A Cause (1955)

Jim Stark is the new kid in town. He has been in trouble elsewhere; that's why his family has had to move before. Here he hopes to find the love he doesn't get from his middle-class family. Though he finds some of this in his relation with Judy, and a form of it in both Plato's adulation and Ray's real concern for him, Jim must still prove himself to his peers in switchblade knife fights and "chickie" games in which cars race toward a seaside cliff. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking,  marriage,  friendship
Characters:friend,  teenager
Story:underage drinking,  telephone call,  unhappiness,  handshake,  absent father,  promise,  happiness,  black american,  trust,  sleeping,  class,  falling in love,  best friend,  apology,  tears,  lie,  drink,  car accident,  high school,  crying,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  kiss

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Sing Street (2016)
Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance

Sing Street (2016)

This is the beginning of the eighties and everybody is moving to the beat of Pop music, as the brand-new concept of the music video appears on television for the first time. However, in Dublin, Conor, a teenager with a sensitive heart, is trying to deal with a tense family relationship, reconnect with his older brother while dealing with the hostile environment in his new public school. And then one day, he sees her. Tall, with long chestnut hair, a buttery complexion and big, dark eyes; an enigmatically beautiful girl standing in front of his school's gate, indolently observing people passing by. But who is she and how could a boy ever get noticed by such a distant girl? That's easy. He would form a band. Surprisingly, with every lyric Conor writes, the gap narrows and with every song he plays, her heart fills with affection. In the end, before a sea of opportunities lying ahead of them, what will the future hold for a brave love like this? (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  jealousy,  friendship
Characters:dancer,  teacher,  friend,  teenager
Story:high school prom,  teacher student relationship,  homework,  flask,  happiness,  falling in love,  prologue,  flash forward,  montage,  reference to jesus christ,  reference to god,  sunglasses,  lie,  drink,  slow motion scene,  crying,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  kiss,  sex

Hesher (2010) is one of the best movies like The Spectacular Now (2013)
Comedy, Drama

Hesher (2010)

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

Themes:memory,  drinking,  jealousy,  money,  friendship
Characters:teacher,  friend
Story:car accident,  telephone call,  jumping into a swimming pool,  store clerk,  reckless driving,  sleeping,  class,  storytelling,  prologue,  apology,  f word,  reference to jesus christ,  classroom,  tears,  beer,  lie,  drink,  slow motion scene,  high school,  swimming pool,  crying,  teenage boy,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  flashback

Pretty In Pink (1986)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Pretty In Pink (1986)

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

Themes:dating,  dance,  drunkenness,  drinking,  friendship
Characters:teenager
Story:high school prom,  teacher student relationship,  homework,  prom,  bra,  tears,  computer,  high school,  crying,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  kiss

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