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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,  drunken driving,  delivering newspaper,  reference to mexico,  kiss on the forehead,  men's clothing store,  reference to california,  reference to texas,  fear of failure,  college application,  jumping into a swimming pool,  arm in a sling,  yellow dress,  school cafeteria,  breakfast cereal,  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,  flashback,  kiss,  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:dancer,  teacher,  friend,  teenager
Story:high school prom,  white bra,  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,  high school,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  kiss,  flashback

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,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  flashback

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... (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,  cell phone,  crying,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  kiss

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

Adore (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,  sex,  flashback

A Hologram For The King (2016)
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,  sex,  kiss,  flashback

Juno (2007)
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,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  flashback,  kiss,  sex

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,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:dancer,  friend,  teenager
Story:underage drinking,  telephone call,  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,  high school,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  shower,  party,  dancing,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  kiss,  sex

Conviction (2010) is one of the best movies like The Spectacular Now (2013)
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:telephone call,  i.d.,  pride,  promise,  pickup truck,  class,  flash forward,  bartender,  apology,  single mother,  classroom,  death of father,  sunglasses,  tears,  beer,  lie,  drink,  computer,  high school,  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

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

Boy A (2007)
Drama

Boy A (2007)

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

Themes: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

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,  sex,  kiss,  flashback

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

Beginners (2010)
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: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,  flashback,  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,  flashback,  kiss

Another Year (2010)
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,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss

Accepted (2006) is one of the best movies like The Spectacular Now (2013)
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

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? (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,  cell phone,  crying,  voice over narration,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback,  sex,  kiss

The Sessions (2012)
Biography, Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Sessions (2012)

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

Themes:drinking,  jealousy,  money,  friendship
Locations:hospital
Characters:friend
Story:telephone call,  promise,  loss of virginity,  hugging,  sleeping,  falling in love,  reading,  fired from the job,  flash forward,  best friend,  apology,  baseball,  bra,  f word,  telephone,  reference to jesus christ,  reference to god,  sunglasses,  tears,  beer,  drink,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  sex,  kiss,  flashback

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,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  kiss,  sex,  flashback

August: Osage County (2013) is one of the best movies like The Spectacular Now (2013)
Drama

August: Osage County (2013)

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

Themes: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

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,  sex,  kiss,  flashback

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,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  kiss

A Man Called Ove (2015)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

A Man Called Ove (2015)

59 year old Ove is the block's grumpy man who several years earlier was deposed as president of the condominium association, but he could not give a damn about being deposed and therefore keeps looking over the neighborhood with an iron fist. When pregnant Parvaneh and her family moves into the terraced house opposite and accidentally backs into Ove's mailbox it turns out to be an unexpected friendship. A drama comedy about unexpected friendship, love and the importance of surrounding yourself with the proper tools. (Read More)

Themes:memory,  drinking,  money,  friendship
Locations:hospital
Characters:dancer,  teacher,  friend
Story:teacher student relationship,  telephone call,  looking into a window,  loss of job,  backpack,  promise,  sleeping,  prologue,  flash forward,  apology,  f word,  telephone,  reference to jesus christ,  reference to god,  death of father,  lie,  drink,  slow motion scene,  swimming pool,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  kiss,  flashback

Boyhood (2014) is one of the best movies like The Spectacular Now (2013)
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,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  kiss,  sex

Charlie Bartlett (2007)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Charlie Bartlett (2007)

Although cheerful, friendly, intelligent, well-dressed, authentic and wealthy, Charlie Bartlett has problems. With his father gone and his mother loopy and clueless, he's been expelled from every private school for his victimless crimes. Now he's in a public school getting punched out daily by the school thug. He ever longs to be popular - the go-to guy - and the true crux of his troubles is that he invariably finds the means to this end, whatever that might be. At Western Summit High, he makes peace with his tormentor by going into business with him - listening to kids' problems and selling them prescription drugs. Charlie's a hit, but attraction to Susan (daughter of the school's laissez-faire principal), new security cameras on campus, a student's overdose, and Charlie's open world view all converge to get him in serious trouble. Can this self-made physician possibly heal himself and just be a kid? (Read More)

Themes:alcoholism,  dating,  divorce,  drunkenness,  drinking,  money,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:dancer,  teacher,  friend
Story:telephone call,  first kiss,  loss of virginity,  teenage sex,  class,  fired from the job,  montage,  single mother,  telephone,  classroom,  sunglasses,  tears,  drink,  computer,  high school,  swimming pool,  cell phone,  crying,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  kiss,  sex

Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
Drama

Mona Lisa Smile (2003)

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

Themes:dating,  divorce,  memory,  drunkenness,  drinking,  jealousy,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:dancer,  teacher,  friend,  teenager
Story:teacher student relationship,  telephone call,  unhappiness,  flask,  philadelphia pennsylvania,  happiness,  class,  storytelling,  fired from the job,  telephone,  classroom,  tears,  lie,  drink,  swimming pool,  crying,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  shower,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  bare chested male,  kiss

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:telephone call,  studying,  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

I Killed My Mother (2009) is one of the best movies like The Spectacular Now (2013)
Drama, Romance

I Killed My Mother (2009)

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

Themes:divorce,  friendship
Characters:dancer,  teacher,  friend,  teenager
Story:teacher student relationship,  telephone call,  17 year old,  backpack,  apology,  montage,  single mother,  f word,  telephone,  reference to jesus christ,  classroom,  reference to god,  lie,  computer,  slow motion scene,  high school,  cell phone,  teenage boy,  coming of age,  shower,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  flashback

A Brilliant Young Mind (2014)
Drama, Romance

A Brilliant Young Mind (2014)

In a world difficult to comprehend, Nathan struggles to connect with those around him - most of all his loving mother - but finds comfort in numbers. When Nathan is taken under the wing of unconventional and anarchic teacher, Mr. Humphreys, the pair forge an unusual friendship and Nathan's talents win him a place on the UK team at the International Mathematics Olympiad. From suburban England to bustling Taipei and back again, Nathan builds complex relationships as he is confronted by the irrational nature of love. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:dancer,  teacher
Story:teacher student relationship,  telephone call,  first kiss,  pride,  backpack,  sleeping,  prologue,  flash forward,  apology,  montage,  f word,  telephone,  reference to jesus christ,  death of father,  computer,  slow motion scene,  car accident,  high school,  cell phone,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  shower,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  sex,  flashback,  kiss

Y Tu Mamá También (2001)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance

Y Tu Mamá También (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: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,  secret,  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,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  sex,  kiss

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,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  flashback,  sex,  kiss

St. Vincent (2014) is one of the best movies like The Spectacular Now (2013)
Comedy, Drama

St. Vincent (2014)

Vincent is an old Vietnam vet whose stubbornly hedonistic ways have left him without money or a future. Things change when his new next-door neighbor's son, Oliver, needs a babysitter and Vince is willing enough for a fee. From that self-serving act, an unexpected friendship forms as Vincent and Oliver find so much of each other's needs through each other. As Vincent mentors Oliver in street survival and other worldly ways, Oliver begins to see more in the old man than just his foibles. When life takes a turn for the worse for Vincent, both them find the best in each other than no one around them suspects. (Read More)

Themes:divorce,  drunkenness,  drinking,  money,  friendship
Locations:bar,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  teacher,  friend
Story:telephone call,  abandoned by father,  homework,  knocking on a door,  unhappiness,  jukebox,  sleeping,  class,  apology,  montage,  single mother,  f word,  telephone,  classroom,  reference to god,  sunglasses,  tears,  drink,  crying,  coming of age,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  sex

Killer Joe (2011)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Killer Joe (2011)

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

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking,  money
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

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,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  kiss,  sex

A Separation (2011)
Drama, Mystery

A Separation (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,  coming of age,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male

Garden State (2004) is one of the best movies like The Spectacular Now (2013)
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,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  coming of age,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  sex,  kiss

Adam (2009)
Drama, Romance, Comedy

Adam (2009)

Soon after moving in, Beth, a brainy, beautiful writer damaged from a past relationship encounters Adam, the handsome, but odd, fellow in the downstairs apartment whose awkwardness is perplexing. Beth and Adam's ultimate connection leads to a tricky relationship that exemplifies something universal: truly reaching another person means bravely stretching into uncomfortable territory and the resulting shake-up can be liberating. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  jealousy
Characters:teacher
Story:telephone call,  men's clothing store,  breakfast cereal,  loss of job,  first kiss,  promise,  hugging,  black american,  class,  reading,  fired from the job,  flash forward,  apology,  classroom,  death of father,  tears,  lie,  drink,  computer,  cell phone,  crying,  voice over narration,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  african american,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  kiss,  sex

Prime (2005)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Prime (2005)

In colorful, bustling modern-day Manhattan, Rafi Gardet, a beautiful 37-year-old photography producer reeling from a recent divorce, meets David Bloomberg, a handsome 23-year-old painter recently out of college. Rafi's therapist, Dr. Lisa Metzger, who is working to help Rafi overcome her fears of intimacy, finds out that Rafi's new lover is--unfortunately for Lisa--her only son, David. Both David and Rafi must contend with their 14-year age gap, vastly different backgrounds and the demands of David's traditional mother. Despite their intense attraction, the charmed couple soon realizes that vastly different ages and backgrounds create much conflict. A Jewish hip-hop lover and closet painter who still lives with his grandparents, David has little in common with Rafi--a non-practicing Catholic from a wealthy, broken family who travels in the sophisticated, high-end world of fashion. (Read More)

Themes:dating,  divorce,  drinking,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:dancer,  friend
Story:telephone call,  i.d.,  handshake,  black american,  trust,  reading,  flash forward,  baseball,  bra,  reference to jesus christ,  tears,  beer,  lie,  drink,  swimming pool,  cell phone,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  sex,  flashback,  kiss

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,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  sex,  flashback

Half Nelson (2006) is one of the best movies like The Spectacular Now (2013)
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 dea… (Read More)

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

The Ice Storm (1997)
Drama

The Ice Storm (1997)

In the weekend after thanksgiving 1973 the Hoods are skidding out of control. Benjamin Hood reels from drink to drink, trying not to think about his trouble at the office. His wife, Elena, is reading self help books and losing patience with her husband's lies. Their son, Paul, home for the holidays, escapes to the city to pursue an alluring rich girl from his prep school. And young, budding nymphomaniac, Wendy Hood roams the neighborhood, innocently exploring liquor cabinets and lingerie drawers of her friends' parents, looking for something new. Then an ice storm hits, the worst in a century. Things get bad... (Read More)

Themes:divorce,  drunkenness,  drinking,  marriage,  friendship
Characters:teacher,  friend
Story:telephone call,  geometry,  passing out,  comic book,  teenage sex,  sleeping,  class,  reading,  classroom,  tears,  drink,  high school,  swimming pool,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  shower,  party,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  sex,  kiss

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,  kiss,  sex,  flashback

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,  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,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  kiss,  sex

The King's Speech (2010)
Biography, Drama

The King's Speech (2010)

England's Prince Albert must ascend the throne as 'King George VI' (qv), but he has a speech impediment. Knowing that the country needs her husband to be able to communicate effectively, Elizabeth hires Lionel Logue, an Australian actor and speech therapist, to help him overcome his stammer. An extraordinary friendship develops between the two men, as Logue uses unconventional means to teach the monarch how to speak with confidence. (Read More)

Themes:divorce,  drinking,  money,  marriage,  friendship
Characters:friend
Story:crying man,  telephone call,  giving a toast,  handshake,  promise,  trust,  reading,  storytelling,  fired from the job,  apology,  montage,  f word,  telephone,  reference to jesus christ,  reference to god,  death of father,  tears,  beer,  lie,  secret,  drink,  crying,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss

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,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  kiss,  flashback,  sex

City Island (2009)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

City Island (2009)

The Rizzos, a family who doesn't share their habits, aspirations, and careers with one another, find their delicate web of lies disturbed by the arrival of a young ex-con (Strait) brought home by Vince (Garcia), the patriarch of the family, who is a corrections officer in real life, and a hopeful actor in private. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking
Characters:teenager
Story:crying man,  telephone call,  father son reunion,  second chance,  reckless driving,  hugging,  trust,  class,  reading,  alcohol,  sunglasses,  tears,  lie,  secret,  drink,  car accident,  high school,  cell phone,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  kiss

Out Of The Furnace (2013) is one of the best movies like The Spectacular Now (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

Crazy Heart (2009)
Drama, Music, Romance

Crazy Heart (2009)

Bad Blake is a broken-down, hard-living country music singer who's had way too many marriages, far too many years on the road and one too many drinks way too many times. And yet, Bad can't help but reach for salvation with the help of Jean, a journalist who discovers the real man behind the musician. (Read More)

Themes:alcoholism,  memory,  drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:bar,  hospital
Characters:dancer
Story:telephone call,  passing out,  second chance,  flask,  reckless driving,  absent father,  whiskey,  pickup truck,  flash forward,  bartender,  apology,  tears,  drink,  car accident,  crying,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  sex

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