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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

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

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

Almost Famous (2000)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Music

Almost Famous (2000)

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

Themes: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

Brooklyn (2015) is one of the best movies like The Spectacular Now (2013)
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

Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)
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... This is why Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011) is one of the best movies like The Spectacular Now (2013). (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

Easy A (2010)
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

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

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

Pineapple Express (2008)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Pineapple Express (2008)

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

Themes:drinking, jealousy, money, friendship
Locations:hospital
Characters:dancer, teacher, friend, teenager
Story:telephone call, flask, reckless driving, prologue, flash forward, best friend, hit by a car, montage, f word, tears, beer, lie, drink, slow motion scene, car accident, high school, cell phone, crying, teenage boy, teenage girl

The Invention Of Lying (2009)
Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

The Invention Of Lying (2009)

It's a world where everyone tells the truth - and just about anything they're thinking. Mark Bellison is a screenwriter, about to be fired. He's short and chunky with a flat nose - a genetic setup that means he won't get to first base with Anna, the woman he loves. At a bank, on the spur of the moment he blurts out a fib, with eye-popping results. Then, when his mother's on her deathbed, frightened of the eternal void awaiting her, Mark invents fiction. The hospital staff overhear his description of Heaven, believe every word, and tell others. Soon Mark is a prophet, his first inventive screenplay makes him rich, and he's basically a good guy. But will that be enough for Anna? This is why The Invention Of Lying (2009) is one of the best movies like The Spectacular Now (2013). (Read More)

Themes:dating, drunkenness, drinking, jealousy, money, marriage, friendship
Locations:bar, hospital
Characters:friend
Story:telephone call, pain killer, misery, happiness, sleeping, storytelling, fired from the job, flash forward, bartender, best friend, apology, baseball, montage, reference to god, tears, beer, lie, secret, drink, computer

Garden State (2004)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Garden State (2004)

Andrew Largeman is a semi-successful television actor who plays a intellectually disabled quarterback. His somewhat controlling and psychiatrist father has led Andrew ("Large") to believe that his mother's wheelchair bound life was his fault. Andrew decides to lay off the drugs that his father and his doctor made him believe that he needed, and began to see life for what it is. He began to feel the pain he had longed for, and began to have a genuine relationship with a girl who had some problems of her own. (Read More)

Themes:drinking, money, friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:dancer, friend
Story:woman in bra and panties, telephone call, store clerk, father son reunion, unhappiness, hugging, black american, trust, reading, storytelling, best friend, bra, telephone, alcohol, reference to god, lie, drink, slow motion scene, high school, swimming pool

Juno (2007) is one of the best movies like The Spectacular Now (2013)
Comedy, Drama

Juno (2007)

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

Themes:divorce, jealousy, marriage, friendship
Locations:hospital
Characters:dancer, teacher, friend, teenager
Story:high school prom, telephone call, school cafeteria, prom, convenience store, comic book, loss of virginity, teenage sex, class, prologue, best friend, montage, single mother, telephone, classroom, tears, computer, slow motion scene, high school, crying

Boyhood (2014)
Drama

Boyhood (2014)

Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, 'Richard Linklater' (qv)'s BOYHOOD is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by 'Ellar Coltrane' (qv)), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring 'Ethan Hawke' (qv) and 'Patricia Arquette' (qv) as Mason's parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, BOYHOOD charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay's Yellow to Arcade Fire's Deep Blue. BOYHOOD is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. (Read More)

Themes:alcoholism, divorce, drunkenness, drinking, marriage
Characters:teacher
Story:underage drinking, teacher student relationship, telephone call, generation y, loss of virginity, teenage sex, class, baseball, single mother, f word, telephone, reference to jesus christ, classroom, reference to god, beer, lie, drink, computer, high school, teenage boy

Carrie (2013)
Drama, Horror

Carrie (2013)

The outcast teenager Carrie White is bullied by her classmates at high school. Her mother, Margaret White, is a pious and paranoid woman that sees sin everywhere and the need of self-inflicting punishment. When Carrie has her first period, she does not understand what is happening to her and her classmates humiliate her in the changing room. The spiteful Chris Hargensen videotapes Carrie with her cell phone and posts it on the Internet. Their teacher Ms. Desjardin punishes the students, but when Chris challenges her, she is suspended and consequently is banned from the prom. Meanwhile, Carrie discovers that she has telekinesis and learns how to control her ability. Sue Snell, one of the girls that tormented Carrie, feels bad and asks her boyfriend Tommy Ross to invite Carrie to go with him to the prom to make up for what she did to Carrie. But Chris and her boyfriend Billy Nolan plot an evil prank with her friends to seek vengeance for Carrie. (Read More)

Themes:dance, friendship
Locations:hospital
Characters:teacher, teenager
Story:high school prom, prom, teacher student relationship, 17 year old, text messaging, teenage sex, class, prologue, montage, single mother, f word, classroom, slow motion scene, car accident, high school, swimming pool, cell phone, teenage girl, coming of age, shower

The Reader (2008)
Drama, Romance

The Reader (2008)

THE READER opens in post-war Germany when teenager Michael Berg becomes ill and is helped home by Hanna, a stranger twice his age. Michael recovers from scarlet fever and seeks out Hanna to thank her. The two are quickly drawn into a passionate but secretive affair. Michael discovers that Hanna loves being read to and their physical relationship deepens. Hanna is enthralled as Michael reads to her from "The Odyssey," "Huck Finn" and "The Lady with the Little Dog." Despite their intense bond, Hanna mysteriously disappears one day and Michael is left confused and heartbroken. Eight years later, while Michael is a law student observing the Nazi war crime trials, he is stunned to find Hanna back in his life - this time as a defendant in the courtroom. As Hanna's past is revealed, Michael uncovers a deep secret that will impact both of their lives. THE READER is a story about truth and reconciliation, about how one generation comes to terms with the crimes of another. This is why The Reader (2008) is one of the best movies like The Spectacular Now (2013). (Read More)

Themes:divorce, money, friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:teacher, friend, teenager
Story:secret, teacher student relationship, telephone call, studying, pride, loss of virginity, class, reading, flash forward, apology, bra, classroom, tears, lie, high school, crying, teenage boy, voice over narration, brother sister relationship, teenage girl

21 Grams (2003) is one of the best movies like The Spectacular Now (2013)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

21 Grams (2003)

This is the story of three well-meaning but flawed people: Paul Rivers, an ailing mathematician lovelessly married to an English emigre; Christina Peck, an upper-middle-class suburban housewife, happily married homemaker with two young daughters, with hiding a secret past; and Jack Jordan, an ex-convict who has found in his Christian faith the strength to live a law-abiding life and raise a family. They will be brought together by a terrible accident that will change their lives. By the final frame, none of them will be the same as they will have learnt harsh truths about love, faith, courage, desire and guilt, and how chance can change our worlds irretrievably, forever. (Read More)

Themes:alcoholism, drunkenness, drinking, marriage
Locations:bar, hospital
Characters:teacher
Story:telephone call, pickup truck, class, flash forward, hit by a car, reference to jesus christ, reference to god, tears, secret, drink, computer, car accident, swimming pool, cell phone, crying, teenage boy, voice over narration, party, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship

Erin Brockovich (2000)
Biography, Drama

Erin Brockovich (2000)

'Erin Brockovich-Ellis' (qv) is an unemployed single mother, desperate to find a job, but is having no luck. This losing streak even extends to a failed lawsuit against a doctor in a car accident she was in. With no alternative, she successfully browbeats her lawyer to give her a job in compensation for the loss. While no one takes her seriously, with her trashy clothes and earthy manners, that soon changes when she begins to investigate a suspicious real estate case involving the Pacific Gas & Electric Company. What she discovers is that the company is trying quietly to buy land that was contaminated by hexavalent chromium, a deadly toxic waste that the company is improperly and illegally dumping and, in turn, poisoning the residents in the area. As she digs deeper, Erin finds herself leading point in a series of events that would involve her law firm in one of the biggest class action lawsuits in American history against a multi-billion dollar corporation. (Read More)

Themes:money, marriage
Locations:bar
Story:car accident, telephone call, pain killer, water gun, begging, college campus, trust, class, fired from the job, prologue, flash forward, apology, montage, single mother, tears, lie, swimming pool, cell phone, crying, cigarette smoking

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

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)

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

Themes:drinking, jealousy
Locations:hospital
Characters:dancer
Story:telephone call, knocking on a door, 17 year old, promise, hugging, reading, flash forward, apology, bra, f word, telephone, sunglasses, tears, lie, drink, computer, high school, crying, teenage boy, brother sister relationship

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)
Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)

Jordan Belfort is a Long Island penny stockbroker who served 22 months in prison for defrauding investors in a massive 1990s securities scam that involved widespread corruption on Wall Street and in the corporate banking world, including shoe designer Steve Madden.

Themes:alcoholism, divorce, drunkenness, drinking, money, marriage, friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:dancer, teacher, friend
Story:white bra, telephone call, passing out, second chance, hangover, reckless driving, whiskey, promise, fired from the job, apology, montage, single mother, f word, telephone, reference to jesus christ, reference to god, sunglasses, beer, lie, drink

The School Of Rock (2003) is one of the best movies like The Spectacular Now (2013)
Comedy, Family, Music

The School Of Rock (2003)

Down and out rock star Dewey Finn gets fired from his band, and he faces a mountain of debts and depression. He takes a job as a 4th grade substitute teacher at an uptight private school where his attitude and hijinx have a powerful effect on his students. He also meets Zack, a 10-year-old guitar prodigy, who could help Dewey win a "battle of the bands" competition, which would solve his financial problems and put him back in the spotlight. This is why The School Of Rock (2003) is one of the best movies like The Spectacular Now (2013). (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, drinking, money, friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:teacher, friend
Story:teacher student relationship, telephone call, hangover, class, fired from the job, best friend, apology, montage, classroom, lie, secret, drink, computer, family relationships

Passengers (2016)
Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Passengers (2016)

The spaceship, Starship Avalon, in its 120-year voyage to a distant colony planet known as the "Homestead Colony" and transporting 5,258 people has a malfunction in one of its sleep chambers. As a result one hibernation pod opens prematurely and the one person that awakes, Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) is stranded on the spaceship, still 90 years from his destination. (Read More)

Themes:dating, drunkenness, drinking
Locations:bar
Characters:dancer, friend
Story:crying man, 17 year old, hangover, whiskey, happiness, trust, sleeping, falling in love, flash forward, bartender, best friend, apology, montage, reference to god, death of father, lie, secret, drink, computer, swimming pool

The Kids Are All Right (2010)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Kids Are All Right (2010)

Nic and Jules are in a long term, committed, loving but by no means perfect same-sex relationship. Nic, a physician, needs to wield what she believes is control, whereas Jules, under that control, is less self-assured. During their relationship, Jules has floundered in her "nine to five" life, sometimes trying to start a business - always unsuccessfully - or being the stay-at-home mom. She is currently trying to start a landscape design business. They have two teen-aged children, Joni (conceived by Nic) and Laser (by Jules). Although not exact replicas, each offspring does more closely resemble his/her biological mother in temperament. Joni and Laser are also half-siblings, having the same unknown sperm donor father. Shortly after Joni's eighteenth birthday and shortly before she plans to leave the house and head off to college, Laser, only fifteen and underage to do so, pleads with her to try and contact their sperm donor father. Somewhat reluctantly, she does. He is late thirty-something Paul, a co-op farmer and restaurateur. Despite his seemingly successful businesses, Paul has always shirked responsibility, most specifically in his personal life. After Joni and Laser meet with Paul, Nic and Jules learn what their children have done and, although they don't want Paul infiltrating their lives, want to meet him - especially as Joni and Laser seem to want to maintain some sort of relationship with him. As Paul's relationship with the entire family grows (which includes his hiring Jules to design and construct his backyard), they have an effect on what he wants in life. In turn, he affects their family dynamic as well as each person's relationships outside of it. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, drinking, jealousy, money, marriage, friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:friend, teenager
Story:telephone call, college campus, giving a toast, 18 year old, hugging, pickup truck, black american, fired from the job, break up, apology, montage, bra, f word, sunglasses, tears, secret, drink, computer, high school, cell phone

The Master (2012)
Drama

The Master (2012)

Returning from Navy service in World War II, Freddie Quell drifts through a series of breakdowns. Finally he stumbles upon a cult which engages in exercises to clear emotions and he becomes deeply involved with them.

Themes:memory, drunkenness, drinking, jealousy, marriage
Locations:hospital
Characters:dancer
Story:telephone call, giving a toast, flask, dead father, whiskey, sleeping, storytelling, flash forward, apology, montage, f word, telephone, reference to jesus christ, reference to god, tears, lie, drink, crying, party, dancing

Jodaeiye Nader Az Simin (2011) is one of the best movies like The Spectacular Now (2013)
Drama, Mystery

Jodaeiye Nader Az Simin (2011)

Nader ('Payman Maadi' (qv)) and Simin ('Leila Hatami' (qv)) argue about living abroad. Simin prefers to live abroad to provide better opportunities for their only daughter, Termeh. However, Nader refuses to go because he thinks he must stay in Iran and take care of his father (Ali-Asghar Shahbazi), who suffers from Alzheimers. However, Simin is determined to get a divorce and leave the country with her daughter. (Read More)

Themes:divorce, memory, money, marriage
Locations:hospital
Characters:teacher
Story:telephone call, homework, studying, knocking on a door, promise, sleeping, class, fired from the job, prologue, hit by a car, apology, telephone, reference to god, sunglasses, tears, lie, car accident, cell phone, crying, brother sister relationship

Dazed And Confused (1993)
Comedy

Dazed And Confused (1993)

It's the last day of school at a high school in a small town in Texas in 1976. The upperclassmen are hazing the incoming freshmen, and everyone is trying to get stoned, drunk, or laid, even the football players that signed a pledge not to. This is why Dazed And Confused (1993) is one of the best movies like The Spectacular Now (2013). (Read More)

Themes:drinking, friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:teacher, friend, teenager
Story:high school, underage drinking, football field, high school senior, reckless driving, convenience store, pickup truck, class, baseball, alcohol, classroom, beer, lie, drink, slow motion scene, teenage boy, brother sister relationship, teenage girl, coming of age, party

The Virgin Suicides (1999)
Drama, Romance

The Virgin Suicides (1999)

A man about forty years of age tells the story from when he was a teenager in upscale suburban Detroit of his and three of his friends' fascination with the mysterious and doomed Lisbon sisters. In 1974, the sisters were seventeen year old Therese, sixteen year old Mary, fifteen year old Bonnie, fourteen year old Lux, and thirteen year old Cecilia. Their fascination still remains as they try to piece together the entire story. The sisters were mysteries if only because of having a strict and overprotective upbringing by their father, who taught math at the girls' private co-ed school, and overly devout Catholic mother, who largely dictated the household rules. The story focuses primarily on two incidents and the resulting situations on the girls' lives. The first was an action by Cecilia to deal with her emotions over her life. And the second was the relationship between Lux - the sister who pushed the boundaries of the household rules most overtly in doing what most teenagers want to do - and Trip Fontaine, he who could have any girl he wanted but wanting solely Lux. (Read More)

Themes:memory, drinking, jealousy
Locations:hospital
Characters:dancer, teacher, teenager
Story:underage drinking, football field, prom, loss of virginity, teenage sex, class, storytelling, telephone, classroom, sunglasses, tears, drink, high school, swimming pool, crying, teenage boy, voice over narration, teenage girl, coming of age, party

Definitely, Maybe (2008)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Definitely, Maybe (2008)

Romantic comedy: Will Hayes, a 30-something Manhattan dad is in the midst of a divorce when his 10 year old daughter, Maya, starts to question him about his life before marriage. Maya wants to know absolutely everything about how her parents met and fell in love. Will's story begins in 1992, as a young, starry-eyed aspiring politician who moves to New York from Wisconsin in order to work on the Clinton campaign. For Maya, Will relives his past as a idealistic young man learning the ins and outs of big city politics, and recounts the history of his romantic relationships with three very different women. On the campaign, Will's best buddy is Russell McCormack. They not only have similar political aspirations, they share the same type of girl problems, too. Will hopelessly attempts a "PG" version of his story for his daughter ad changes the names so Maya has to guess who he finally married. Is her mother Will's college sweetheart, the dependable girl next-door Emily? Is she his longtime best friend and confidante, the apolitical April? Or is she the free-spirited but ambitious journalist? As Maya puts together the pieces of her dad's romantic puzzle, she begins to understand that love is not so simple or easy. And as Will tells her his tale, Maya helps him to understand that it's definitely never too late to go back...and maybe even possible to find a happy ending. (Read More)

Themes:divorce, dating, drunkenness, marriage, friendship
Locations:bar, hospital
Characters:dancer, friend
Story:class, teacher student relationship, telephone call, men's clothing store, breakfast cereal, bookstore, convenience store, happiness, black american, reading, storytelling, fired from the job, death of father, tears, beer, drink, slow motion scene, car accident, cell phone, crying

The Judge (2014) is one of the best movies like The Spectacular Now (2013)
Crime, Drama

The Judge (2014)

Hank Palmer is a successful defense attorney in Chicago, who is getting a divorce. When His brother calls with the news that their mother has died, Hank returns to his childhood home to attend the funeral. Despite the brittle bond between Hank and the Judge, Hank must come to his father's aid and defend him in court. Here, Hank discovers the truth behind the case, which binds together the dysfunctional family and reveals the struggles and secrecy of the family. (Read More)

Themes:divorce, memory, drunkenness, drinking, money, marriage
Locations:bar, hospital
Characters:teenager
Story:crying man, porch, giving a toast, knocking on a door, 17 year old, pride, convenience store, ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship, trust, waterfall, flash forward, hit by a car, f word, reference to god, death of father, sunglasses, beer, lie, drink, car accident

Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Romance, Thriller

Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)

John and Jane Smith are a normal married couple, living a normal life in a normal suburb, working normal jobs...well, if you can call secretly being assassins "normal". But neither Jane nor John knows about their spouse's secret, until they are surprised to find each other as targets! But on their quest to kill each other, they learn a lot more about each other than they ever did in five (or six) years of marriage. (Read More)

Themes:divorce, marriage, memory, dance, drunkenness, drinking, money, friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:dancer, friend
Story:white bra, telephone call, flask, reckless driving, trust, reading, best friend, hit by a car, apology, bra, reference to jesus christ, sunglasses, beer, lie, secret, drink, computer, car accident, cell phone, party

Role Models (2008)
Comedy

Role Models (2008)

Danny and Wheeler, well into their 30s, lack something: Danny feels stuck; he's sour and has driven away his terrific girlfriend. Wheeler chases any skirt he sees for empty sex. When they get in a fight with a tow-truck driver, they choose community service over jail and are assigned to be big brothers - Danny to Augie, a geek who loves to LARP (Live Action Role Play), and Wheeler to Ronnie, a pint-size foul-mouthed kid. After a rocky start, things start to go well until both Danny and Wheeler make big mistakes. Can the two men figure out how to change enough to be role models to the boys? This is why Role Models (2008) is one of the best movies like The Spectacular Now (2013). (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, marriage, friendship
Story:kiss on the forehead, absent father, backpack, pickup truck, storytelling, prologue, apology, montage, single mother, beer, computer, car accident, high school, cell phone, crying, party, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, dancing, cigarette smoking, mother son relationship

Monster (2003)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Monster (2003)

The true story of serial killer Aileen Wuernos who was convicted of luring men to their death and eventually executed in 2002. In 1989, she was working as a prostitute and finally makes a friend when she meets and begins a relationship with a young woman, Selby. Determined to straighten out her life, she tries to find legitimate work but with little education and limited social skills, she fails at every turn. She starts working as a hooker hitching rides along the local interstate highway and after robbing a few clients has an encounter with a vicious client whom she kills in self-defense. After that however she just takes to killing clients taking their money and car. Once arrested she claims self-defense but is eventually convicted. (Read More)

Themes:money, drunkenness, drinking
Locations:bar
Characters:friend
Story:suicide of father, flask, jukebox, whiskey, bartender, telephone, reference to god, death of father, tears, beer, lie, drink, car accident, crying, teenage boy, voice over narration, brother sister relationship, teenage girl, shower, cigarette smoking

The Tree Of Life (2011) is one of the best movies like The Spectacular Now (2013)
Drama, Fantasy

The Tree Of Life (2011)

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

Themes:memory, jealousy, marriage
Story:telephone call, handshake, promise, black american, trust, sleeping, class, waterfall, reading, storytelling, fired from the job, flash forward, apology, baseball, classroom, reference to god, tears, lie, slow motion scene, swimming pool

Boyz N The Hood (1991)
Crime, Drama

Boyz N The Hood (1991)

John Singleton's portrayal of social problems in inner-city Los Angeles takes the form of a tale of three friends growing up together 'in the 'hood.' Half-brothers Doughboy and Ricky Baker are foils for each other's personality, presenting very different approaches to the tough lives they face. Ricky is the 'All-American' athlete, looking to win a football scholarship to USC and seeks salvation through sports, while 'Dough' succumbs to the violence, alcohol, and crime surrounding him in his environment, but maintains a strong sense of pride and code of honor. Between these two is their friend Tre, who is lucky to have a father, 'Furious' Styles, to teach him to have the strength of character to do what is right and to always take responsibility for his actions. (Read More)

Themes:money, friendship
Characters:teacher, friend, teenager
Story:underage drinking, pride, convenience store, loss of virginity, storytelling, prologue, flash forward, montage, single mother, f word, telephone, alcohol, death of father, beer, slow motion scene, high school, teenage boy, teenage girl, coming of age, party

Batoru Rowaiaru (2000)
Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Batoru Rowaiaru (2000)

Forty-two students, three days, one deserted Island: welcome to Battle Royale. A group of ninth-grade students from a Japanese high school have been forced by legislation to compete in a Battle Royale. The students are each given a bag with a randomly selected weapon and a few rations of food and water and sent off to kill each other in a no-holds-barred (with a few minor rules) game to the death, which means that the students have three days to kill each other until one survives--or they all die. The movie focuses on a few of the students and how they cope. Some decide to play the game like the psychotic Kiriyama or the sexual Mitsuko, while others like the heroes of the movie--Shuya, Noriko, and Kawada--are trying to find a way to get off the Island without violence. However, as the numbers dwell down lower and lower on an hourly basis, is there any way for Shuya and his classmates to survive? (Read More)

Themes:memory, jealousy, friendship
Characters:teacher, friend
Story:class, teacher student relationship, telephone call, pain killer, suicide of father, flask, backpack, promise, trust, sleeping, storytelling, prologue, baseball, classroom, reference to god, death of father, tears, computer, high school, cell phone

Legend (2015)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Legend (2015)

The true story of London's most notorious gangsters, twins Reggie and Ronnie Kray. As the brothers rise through the criminal underworld, Ronnie advances the family business with violence and intimidation while Reggie struggles to go legitimate for local girl Frances Shea. In and out of prison, Ronnie's unpredictable tendencies and the slow disintegration of Reggie's marriage threaten to bring the brothers' empire tumbling to the ground. This is why Legend (2015) is one of the best movies like The Spectacular Now (2013). (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, drinking, jealousy, money, marriage
Locations:bar
Characters:dancer
Story:bouncer, giving a toast, knocking on a door, promise, trust, prologue, hit by a car, apology, f word, reference to god, beer, lie, drink, voice over narration, brother sister relationship, party, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, dancing, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship

Before Midnight (2013) is one of the best movies like The Spectacular Now (2013)
Drama, Romance

Before Midnight (2013)

It has been nine years since we last met Jesse and Celine, the French-American couple who once met on a train in Vienna. They now live in Paris with twin daughters, but have spent a summer in Greece on the invitation of an author colleague of Jesse's. When the vacation is over and Jesse must send his teenage son off to the States, he begins to question his life decisions, and his relationship with Celine is at risk. (Read More)

Themes:divorce, memory, drinking, jealousy, marriage, friendship
Characters:friend
Story:telephone call, reference to texas, giving a toast, unhappiness, bookstore, promise, happiness, falling in love, storytelling, prologue, baseball, f word, reference to jesus christ, reference to god, lie, secret, drink, computer, cell phone, teenage boy

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (2010)
Action, Comedy, Romance

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (2010)

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

Themes:dating, drunkenness, drinking, jealousy, friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:friend, teenager
Story:woman in bra and panties, telephone number, high school, dumped by girlfriend, text messaging, ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship, prologue, flash forward, break up, apology, montage, computer, cell phone, voice over narration, brother sister relationship, teenage girl, coming of age, party, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, bare chested male

Superbad (2007)
Comedy

Superbad (2007)

Seth and Evan are best friends, inseparable, navigating the last weeks of high school. Usually shunned by the popular kids, Seth and Evan luck into an invitation to a party, and spend a long day, with the help of their nerdy friend Fogell, trying to score enough alcohol to lubricate the party and inebriate two girls, Jules and Becca, so they can kick-start their sex lives and go off to college with a summer full of experience and new skills. Their quest is complicated by Fogell's falling in with two inept cops who both slow and assist the plan. If they do get the liquor to the party, what then? Is sex the only rite of passage at hand? (Read More)

Themes:dance, drunkenness, jealousy, money, friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:friend, teenager
Story:alcohol, high school, underage drinking, party, generation y, high school senior, loss of virginity, best friend, hit by a car, bra, classroom, drink, slow motion scene, car accident, cell phone, teenage boy, teenage girl, coming of age, dancing, cigarette smoking

Bad Teacher (2011)
Comedy

Bad Teacher (2011)

When her wealthy fiance breaks it off, gold digger Elizabeth Halsey returns to middle school: she's an awful teacher but wants to save for breast-implant surgery. She brightens when Scott, a new teacher, turns out to be rich, and she stops showing films and sleeping in class when told there's a bonus for the teacher whose class scores highest on the state exam. Her competition for Scott and the bonus is cheery and tightly wound Amy. Amy digs for dirt on Elizabeth who cheats her way toward Scott's bed and the money. Honesty with students seems to be her only skill. She ignores Russell, a droll gym teacher, who looks on. Will she succeed with Scott and get those new breasts? (Read More)

Themes:money, drunkenness, drinking, jealousy
Locations:bar
Characters:teacher, friend, teenager
Story:hangover, absent father, sleeping, class, flash forward, break up, montage, bra, f word, classroom, sunglasses, drink, slow motion scene, car accident, high school, cell phone, crying, teenage boy, teenage girl, party

Hairspray (2007) is one of the best movies like The Spectacular Now (2013)
Comedy, Drama, Family, Music, Musical, Romance

Hairspray (2007)

Tracy Turnblad, a teenager with all the right moves, is obsessed with the Corny Collins Show. Every day after school, she and her best friend Penny run home to watch the show and drool over the hot Link Larkin, much to Tracy's mother Edna's dismay. After one of the stars of the show leaves, Corny Collins holds auditions to see who will be the next person on the Corny Collins show. With all of the help of her friend Seaweed, Tracy makes it on the show, angering the evil dance queen Amber Von Tussle and her mother Velma. Tracy then decides that it's not fair that the black kids can only dance on the Corny Collins Show once a month, and with the help of Seaweed, Link, Penny, Motormouth Maybelle, her father and Edna, she's going to integrate the show.....without denting her 'do! This is why Hairspray (2007) is one of the best movies like The Spectacular Now (2013). (Read More)

Themes:dance, drinking, friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:dancer, teacher, friend, teenager
Story:telephone call, black american, class, best friend, classroom, tears, drink, high school, crying, teenage boy, brother sister relationship, teenage girl, party, dancing, african american, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, kiss

Oldeuboi (2003)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Oldeuboi (2003)

Abducted on a rainy night in 1988, the obnoxious drunk, Oh Dae-Su, much to his surprise, wakes up locked in a windowless and dilapidated hotel room, for an unknown reason. There, his invisible and pitiless captors will feed him, clothe him and sedate him to avoid committing suicide, and as his only companion and a window to the world is the TV in his stark cell, the only thing that helps Oh Dae-Su keep going is his daily journal. But then, unexpectedly, after fifteen long years in captivity, the perplexed prisoner is deliberately released, encouraged to track down his tormentor to finally get his retribution. Nevertheless, who would hate Oh Dae-Su so much he would deny him of a quick and clean death? (Read More)

Themes:money, memory, drinking, jealousy, friendship
Characters:friend
Story:telephone call, passing out, comic book, trust, prologue, flash forward, montage, sunglasses, secret, drink, computer, slow motion scene, high school, cell phone, crying, voice over narration, brother sister relationship, shower, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, cigarette smoking

Thank You For Smoking (2005)
Comedy, Drama

Thank You For Smoking (2005)

The chief spokesperson and lobbyist Nick Naylor is the Vice-President of the Academy of Tobacco Studies. He is talented in speaking and spins argument to defend the cigarette industry in the most difficult situations. His best friends are Polly Bailey that works in the Moderation Council in alcohol business, and Bobby Jay Bliss of the gun business own advisory group SAFETY. They frequently meet each other in a bar and they self-entitle the Mod Squad a.k.a. Merchants of Death, disputing which industry has killed more people. Nick's greatest enemy is Vermont's Senator Ortolan Finistirre, who defends in the Senate the use a skull and crossed bones in the cigarette packs. Nick's son Joey Naylor lives with his mother, and has the chance to know his father in a business trip. When the ambitious reporter Heather Holloway betrays Nick disclosing confidences he had in bed with her, his life turns upside-down. But Nick is good in what he does for the mortgage. (Read More)

Themes:divorce, drunkenness, drinking, money, marriage, friendship
Locations:bar, hospital
Characters:teacher, friend
Story:alcohol, telephone call, trust, class, reading, fired from the job, baseball, f word, reference to jesus christ, classroom, reference to god, lie, drink, computer, slow motion scene, car accident, cell phone, teenage boy, voice over narration, cigarette smoking

The Lobster (2015)
Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sci-fi

The Lobster (2015)

A love story set in a dystopian near future where single people are arrested and transferred to a creepy hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal and released into the woods.

Themes:jealousy, marriage, friendship
Characters:dancer, friend
Story:crying man, knocking on a door, promise, falling in love, prologue, best friend, apology, bra, f word, sunglasses, lie, slow motion scene, swimming pool, voice over narration, dancing, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship

Catch Me If You Can (2002) is one of the best movies like The Spectacular Now (2013)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

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

Themes:divorce, money
Locations:bar, hospital
Characters:teenager
Story:jukebox, comic book, loss of virginity, flash forward, montage, bra, f word, classroom, death of father, sunglasses, lie, high school, swimming pool, teenage boy, voice over narration, party, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, dancing, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship

The Artist (2011)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Artist (2011)

Outside a movie premiere, enthusiastic fan Peppy Miller literally bumps into the swashbuckling hero of the silent film, George Valentin. The star reacts graciously and Peppy plants a kiss on his cheek as they are surrounded by photographers. The headlines demand: "Who's That Girl?" and Peppy is inspired to audition for a dancing bit-part at the studio. However as Peppy slowly rises through the industry, the introduction of talking-pictures turns Valentin's world upside-down. This is why The Artist (2011) is one of the best movies like The Spectacular Now (2013). (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, drinking, jealousy, friendship
Locations:bar, hospital
Characters:dancer, friend
Story:telephone number, crying man, men's clothing store, second chance, unhappiness, pride, falling in love, fired from the job, bartender, apology, montage, telephone, tears, drink, slow motion scene, car accident, crying, dancing, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship

Don Jon (2013)
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)

Themes:dating, friendship
Characters:friend
Story:backpack, break up, bartender, f word, classroom, lie, computer, slow motion scene, voice over narration, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, dancing, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships, bare chested male, flashback, kiss, sex

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

A petty thief posing as an actor is brought to Los Angeles for an unlikely audition and finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation along with his high school dream girl and a detective who's been training him for his upcoming role...

Themes:drunkenness, drinking, money, friendship
Locations:bar, hospital
Characters:teacher, friend
Story:i.d., passing out, misery, reckless driving, trust, sleeping, reading, prologue, party, beer, lie, drink, car accident, high school, swimming pool, cell phone, teenage boy, voice over narration, teenage girl, boyfriend girlfriend relationship

Good Bye Lenin! (2003) is one of the best movies like The Spectacular Now (2013)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Good Bye Lenin! (2003)

East Germany, the year 1989: A young man protests against the regime. His mother watches the police arresting him and suffers a heart attack and falls into a coma. Some months later, the GDR does not exist anymore and the mother awakes. Since she has to avoid every excitement, the son tries to set up the GDR again for her in their flat. But the world has changed a lot. (Read More)

Themes:dating, drunkenness, drinking, money, marriage
Locations:bar, hospital
Characters:dancer, teacher
Story:abandoned by father, father son reunion, absent father, prologue, montage, single mother, tears, beer, lie, drink, crying, teenage boy, voice over narration, brother sister relationship, coming of age, party, dancing, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship

The Beach (2000)
Adventure, Drama, Romance, Thriller

The Beach (2000)

Garland's novel centers on a young nicotine-addicted traveler named Richard, an avid pop-culture buff with a particular love for video games and Vietnam War movies. While at a hotel in Bangkok, he finds a map left by his strange, whacked-out neighbor, who just committed suicide. The map supposedly leads to a legendary island paradise where some other wayward souls have settled. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, drinking
Characters:dancer
Story:telephone call, backpack, happiness, waterfall, beer, lie, secret, drink, computer, voice over narration, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, dancing, bare chested male, based on novel, flashback, kiss, sex

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