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Up In The Air (2009)
Drama, Romance

Up In The Air (2009)

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

Themes:unemployment, dying, unfaithfulness, loneliness, racism, memory, wedding, drunkenness, drinking, adultery, infidelity, marriage, suicide
Locations:motel, elevator, airport, boat, snow, hotel, church, school, beach, bar
Characters:asian, dancer, nudity
Story:downsizing, anti feminist, business trip, packing a suitcase, co pilot, suitcase, sex in an airplane, airplane stewardess, bare butt, tossing the wedding bouquet, wedding reception, hotel room, crying man, miami beach florida, crashing a party, suicide by jumping off a bridge, reference to charles lindbergh, letter of recommendation, global economic crisis of 2008, golden laborador

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:unfaithfulness, drunkenness, drinking, adultery, infidelity
Locations:elevator, hotel, bar
Story:hotel room, following a dream, roadtrip, san diego california, san francisco california, on the road, older man younger woman relationship, eating, road trip, f word, running, travel, drink, airplane, food, swimming pool, crying, brother sister relationship, telephone call, party

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:unfaithfulness, wedding, drunkenness, drinking, adultery, infidelity, marriage, suicide
Locations:elevator, boat, bar
Characters:dancer, nudity
Story:sex in an airplane, bare butt, motivational speaker, sushi, quitting a job, credit card, engagement ring, miami florida, applause, las vegas nevada, manager, business, champagne, fired from the job, character repeating someone else's dialogue, businessman, eating, montage, candle, f word

Catch Me If You Can (2002)
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:adultery, infidelity
Locations:motel, airport, snow, hotel, church, bar
Story:co pilot, wedding reception, overhead camera shot, job interview, miami florida, speech, suitcase, champagne, character repeating someone else's dialogue, businessman, pilot, montage, f word, extramarital affair, travel, airplane, swimming pool, voice over narration, party, boyfriend girlfriend relationship

The Spectacular Now (2013) is one of the best movies like Up In The Air (2009)
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:memory, drunkenness, drinking, marriage
Locations:school, bar
Characters:dancer
Story:crying man, text messaging, backpack, fired from the job, montage, f word, tears, drink, computer, swimming pool, cell phone, crying, voice over narration, brother sister relationship, telephone call, party, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, dancing, father son relationship, family relationships

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. This is why Brooklyn (2015) is one of the best movies like Up In The Air (2009). (Read More)

Themes:loneliness, wedding, drinking, marriage
Locations:snow, school, beach, bar
Characters:dancer
Story:packing a suitcase, trolley, engagement ring, snowing, applause, twenty something, employer employee relationship, flowers, suitcase, journey, eating, f word, tears, travel, drink, mirror, food, crying, telephone call, boyfriend girlfriend relationship

Ray (2004)
Biography, Drama, Music

Ray (2004)

The story of Ray Charles, music legend. Told in his adult live with flashbacks to his youth we see his humble origins in Florida, his turbulent childhood which included losing his brother and then his sight, his rise as pianist in a touring band, his writing his own songs and running his own band and then stardom. Also includes his addiction to drugs and its affect on his working life and family life. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, racism, memory, wedding, drunkenness, drinking, adultery, infidelity, marriage
Locations:hotel, church, beach
Characters:dancer
Story:st. louis missouri, dallas texas, applause, san francisco california, suitcase, fired from the job, businessman, montage, running, tears, extramarital affair, drink, swimming pool, crying, dancing, father son relationship, dog, kiss

Blue Valentine (2010)
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:wedding, drunkenness, drinking, marriage
Locations:motel, school
Characters:dancer
Story:bare butt, climbing through a window, earphones, job interview, backpack, applause, flowers, suitcase, eating, montage, f word, running, tears, drink, mirror, food, crying, voice over narration, telephone call, boyfriend girlfriend relationship

Thank You For Smoking (2005) is one of the best movies like Up In The Air (2009)
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:drunkenness, drinking, marriage
Locations:elevator, hotel, school, bar
Characters:asian
Story:business trip, airplane stewardess, meet, capitalism, corporation, applause, manager, split screen, business, fired from the job, businessman, pilot, van, eating, f word, rifle, drink, computer, airplane, food

Blow (2001)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Blow (2001)

A boy named George Jung grows up in a struggling family in the 1950's. His mother nags at her husband as he is trying to make a living for the family. It is finally revealed that George's father cannot make a living and the family goes bankrupt. George does not want the same thing to happen to him, and his friend Tuna, in the 1960's, suggests that he deal marijuana. He is a big hit in California in the 1960's, yet he goes to jail, where he finds out about the wonders of cocaine. As a result, when released, he gets rich by bringing cocaine to America. However, he soon pays the price. (Read More)

Themes:loneliness, wedding, drinking, adultery, marriage
Locations:snow, beach, bar
Characters:dancer
Story:airplane stewardess, miami beach florida, meet, miami florida, business, suitcase, pilot, chicago illinois, van, montage, drink, airplane, swimming pool, voice over narration, party, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, photograph, dancing, father daughter relationship, father son relationship

21 Grams (2003)
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. This is why 21 Grams (2003) is one of the best movies like Up In The Air (2009). (Read More)

Themes:dying, unfaithfulness, loneliness, drunkenness, drinking, adultery, infidelity, marriage, suicide
Locations:motel, snow, church, bar
Story:thirty something, basketball, tears, extramarital affair, drink, computer, food, swimming pool, cell phone, crying, voice over narration, telephone call, party, photograph, father daughter relationship, father son relationship, family relationships, gun, kiss

Into The Wild (2007)
Adventure, Biography, Drama

Into The Wild (2007)

Based on a true story. After graduating from Emory University, Christopher McCandless abandoned his possessions, gave his entire savings account to charity, and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters who shape his life.

Themes:dying, unfaithfulness, memory, drunkenness, drinking, adultery, infidelity, marriage
Locations:boat, snow, church, beach, bar
Characters:dancer, nudity
Story:bare butt, following a dream, overhead camera shot, credit card, backpack, applause, twenty something, isolation, split screen, on the road, van, journey, road trip, f word, running, tears, rifle, drink, crying, voice over narration

Milk (2008) is one of the best movies like Up In The Air (2009)
Biography, Drama, History, Romance

Milk (2008)

Using flashbacks from a statement recorded late in life and archival footage for atmosphere, this film traces Harvey Milk's career from his 40th birthday to his death. He leaves the closet and New York, opens a camera shop that becomes the salon for San Francisco's growing gay community, and organizes gays' purchasing power to build political alliances. He runs for office with lover Scott Smith as his campaign manager. Victory finally comes on the same day Dan White wins in the city's conservative district. The rest of the film sketches Milk's relationship with White and the 1978 fight against a statewide initiative to bar gays and their supporters from public school jobs. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, drinking, suicide
Locations:church, school, bar
Characters:dancer
Story:bare butt, wichita kansas, mentor protege relationship, trolley, climbing through a window, manager, split screen, speech, san francisco california, fired from the job, businessman, candle, running, tears, drink, mirror, swimming pool, crying, voice over narration, telephone call

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:dying, loneliness, drunkenness, drinking
Locations:elevator, bar
Characters:dancer
Story:bare butt, crying man, passenger, engagement ring, isolation, champagne, character repeating someone else's dialogue, journey, montage, basketball, running, drink, computer, mirror, swimming pool, dancing, father daughter relationship, bare chested male, sex scene, interview

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. (Read More)

Themes:wedding, drunkenness, drinking, marriage, suicide
Locations:church, bar
Characters:dancer
Story:snowing, cynicism, applause, business, flowers, suitcase, champagne, businessman, eating, f word, rifle, drink, mirror, food, voice over narration, brother sister relationship, party, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, photograph, dancing

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

War Dogs (2016)

Two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military - a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government. Based on true events. This is why War Dogs (2016) is one of the best movies like Up In The Air (2009). (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness
Locations:motel, elevator, airport, snow, hotel, beach, bar
Characters:nudity
Story:text messaging, miami florida, twenty something, las vegas nevada, business, fired from the job, montage, f word, airplane, cell phone, voice over narration, telephone call, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, photograph, father daughter relationship, bare chested male, interview

Big Fish (2003) is one of the best movies like Up In The Air (2009)
Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Big Fish (2003)

United Press International journalist Will Bloom and his French freelance photojournalist wife Josephine Bloom, who is pregnant with their first child, leave their Paris base to return to Will's hometown of Ashton, Alabama on the news that his father, Edward Bloom, stricken with cancer, will soon die, he being taken off chemotherapy treatment. Although connected indirectly through Will's mother/Edward's wife, Sandra Bloom, Will has been estranged from his father for three years since his and Josephine's wedding. Will's issue with his father is the fanciful tales Edward has told of his life all his life, not only to Will but the whole world. As a child when Edward was largely absent as a traveling salesman, Will believed those stories, but now realizes that he does not know his father, who, as he continues to tell these stories, he will never get to know unless Edward comes clean with the truth before he dies. On the brink of his own family life beginning, Will does not want to be the kind of father Edward has been to him. One of those stories from Edward's childhood - that he saw his own death in the glass eye of a witch - led to him embracing life since he would not have to fear death knowing when and how it would eventually come. The question is whether Will will be able to reconcile Edward's stories against his real life, either directly from Edward before he dies and/or from other sources, and thus allow Will to come to a new understanding of himself and his life, past, present and future. (Read More)

Themes:dying, unfaithfulness, loneliness, wedding, adultery, infidelity
Locations:boat, church
Characters:dancer, nudity
Story:bare butt, wedding reception, wichita kansas, miami florida, on the road, journey, basketball, tears, rifle, extramarital affair, computer, airplane, swimming pool, crying, voice over narration, party, photograph, dancing, father son relationship, family relationships

The Road (2009)
Adventure, Drama

The Road (2009)

It's a post-apocalyptic world, several years after whatever the cataclysmic event, which has in turn caused frequent quakes as further potential hazards. The world is gray and getting quickly grayer as more and more things die off. A man and his pre-teen son, who was born after the apocalypse, are currently on the road, their plan to walk to the coast and head south where the man hopes there will be a more hospitable environment in which to live. The man has taught his son that they are the "good people" who have fire in their hearts, which in combination largely means that they will not resort to cannibalism to survive. The man owns a pistol with two bullets remaining, which he will use for murder/suicide of him and his son if he feels that that is a better fate for them than life in the alternative. Food and fuel are for what everyone is looking. The man has taught his son to be suspect of everyone that they may meet, these strangers who, out of desperation, may not only try to steal what they have managed to scavenge for their own survival, but may kill them as food. Although life with his father in this world is all the boy has known, he may come to his own thoughts as to what it means holistically to be one of the good or one of the bad. Meanwhile, the man occasionally has thoughts to happier times with his wife/the boy's mother before the apocalypse, as well as not as happy times with her after the apocalypse and the reason she is no longer with them. (Read More)

Themes:dying, memory, suicide
Locations:snow, church, beach
Story:bare butt, meet, climbing through a window, flowers, on the road, journey, eating, candle, road trip, tears, rifle, travel, mirror, food, crying, voice over narration, photograph, father son relationship, family relationships, bare chested male

Blood Diamond (2006)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Blood Diamond (2006)

A story following Archer, a man tortured by his roots. With a strong survival instinct, he has made himself a key player in the business of conflict diamonds. Political unrest is rampant in Sierra Leone as people fight tooth for tooth. Upon meeting Solomon, and the beautiful Maddy, Archer's life changes forever as he is given a chance to make peace with the war around him. (Read More)

Themes:dying, drunkenness, drinking
Locations:airport, boat, hotel, school, beach, bar
Characters:dancer, nudity
Story:engagement ring, thirty something, cynicism, business, pilot, van, journey, eating, montage, running, tears, rifle, drink, airplane, mirror, food, cell phone, crying, brother sister relationship, telephone call

Due Date (2010)
Comedy, Drama

Due Date (2010)

In Atlanta on business, straight-laced and overly analytical architect Peter Highman is flying home to Los Angeles and his wife Sarah for the imminent birth of their first child. However, traveling by plane no longer becomes an option when he and a fellow passenger, aspiring actor Ethan Tremblay, are kicked off the plane, which was caused by Ethan's social inappropriateness, due to being generally unaware, exacerbated by Peter's temper at a situation against his sensibilities. Peter, who ends up without money or his suitcase, is forced to accept Ethan's offer of a shared car ride to Los Angeles, Ethan who is looking for his big acting break. For Peter, this partnership is one made in hell, but he feels he has no other choice. Peter obviously wants to take as direct and as quick a route as possible, while he is at Ethan's mercy as the person with the driver's license, car rental and money. They get into one misadventure after another on this trip, with the same issue at each misadventure being Ethan's ineptness as an adult combined with Peter's resulting temper. The questions become whether they will survive the trip together, and if so if Peter will make it home in time to witness the birth of his and Sarah's first child. (Read More)

Themes:loneliness
Locations:motel, airport
Story:passenger, cross country trip, rental car, luggage, cross country, dallas texas, roadtrip, credit card, text messaging, business, on the road, suitcase, character repeating someone else's dialogue, journey, road trip, f word, travel, airplane, cell phone, brother sister relationship

Valentine's Day (2010) is one of the best movies like Up In The Air (2009)
Comedy, Romance

Valentine's Day (2010)

More than a dozen Angelenos navigate Valentine's Day from early morning until midnight. Three couples awake together, but each relationship will sputter; are any worth saving? A grade-school boy wants flowers for his first true love; two high school seniors plan first-time sex at noon; a TV sports reporter gets the assignment to find romance in LA; a star quarterback contemplates his future; two strangers meet on a plane; grandparents, together for years, face a crisis; and, an "I Hate Valentine's Day" dinner beckons the lonely and the lied to. Can Cupid finish his work by midnight? This is why Valentine's Day (2010) is one of the best movies like Up In The Air (2009). (Read More)

Themes:loneliness, wedding, marriage
Locations:school, elevator, airport
Story:meet, passenger, text messaging, engagement ring, employer employee relationship, flowers, van, travel, airplane, cell phone, telephone call, party, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, dancing, bare chested male, dog, kiss

I Love You, Man (2009)
Comedy, Romance

I Love You, Man (2009)

Peter Klaven's world revolves around his real estate work and Zooey, his soon-to-be fiancee. After he pops the question, she calls her best friends and they go into wedding planning mode. Peter has no male friends and that poses problems: will he turn out to be a clingy guy, and who will be his best man? Zooey, her friends, and Peter's brother Robbie offer help that results in awkward moments. Then, at an open house Peter's hosting, he meets Sydney, an amiable, low-key guy. They trade business cards, and Peter calls him to meet for drinks. A friendship develops that's great at first but then threatens Peter's engagement and career. Can guys be friends and couples be in love? (Read More)

Themes:wedding, loneliness, drunkenness, drinking, marriage
Locations:beach
Story:business, meet, arrested development, engagement ring, thirty something, gym, champagne, chicago illinois, eating, montage, f word, running, drink, computer, food, cell phone, telephone call, party, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, photograph

American Wedding (2003)
Comedy, Romance

American Wedding (2003)

Jim Levenstein has finally found the courage to ask his girlfriend, Michelle Flaherty to marry him. She agrees to get married, but the problems don't stop there for Jim. Now along with Paul Finch and Kevin Myers, Jim must plan the wedding. Unfortunately Steve Stifler is in town and won't let the wedding go past without having some fun himself, which includes setting up a secret bachelor party. (Read More)

Themes:wedding, drinking, marriage
Locations:airport, beach, bar
Characters:dancer
Story:wedding reception, gym, flowers, on the road, chicago illinois, eating, montage, drink, food, party, cell phone, telephone call, dancing, father daughter relationship, father son relationship, family relationships, dog, kiss

Lars And The Real Girl (2007)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Lars And The Real Girl (2007)

In this comedy, Lars Lindstrom is an awkwardly shy young man in a small northern town who finally brings home the girl of his dreams to his brother and sister-in-law's home. The only problem is that she's not real - she's a sex doll Lars ordered off the Internet. But sex is not what Lars has in mind, but rather a deep, meaningful relationship. His sister-in-law is worried for him, his brother thinks he's nuts, but eventually the entire town goes along with his delusion in support of this sweet natured boy that they've always loved. (Read More)

Themes:dying, loneliness, drinking
Locations:snow, church
Characters:dancer
Story:earphones, snowing, isolation, flowers, eating, drink, computer, food, telephone call, party, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, photograph, dancing, father son relationship, family relationships

Oldeuboi (2003) is one of the best movies like Up In The Air (2009)
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:loneliness, memory, drinking, suicide
Locations:elevator, snow, hotel
Story:hotel room, sushi, earphones, snowing, split screen, suitcase, older man younger woman relationship, eating, montage, running, drink, computer, food, cell phone, crying, voice over narration, brother sister relationship, telephone call, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, photograph

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 Up In The Air (2009). (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, drunkenness, drinking, adultery, infidelity, marriage
Locations:school, bar
Characters:dancer
Story:sushi, credit card, escalator, text messaging, applause, employer employee relationship, gym, flowers, montage, f word, extramarital affair, drink, computer, cell phone, crying, brother sister relationship, telephone call, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, photograph, dancing

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:unfaithfulness, drunkenness, drinking, adultery, infidelity, marriage
Locations:school, bar
Characters:nudity
Story:meet, business, bare butt, cynicism, athlete, fired from the job, businessman, eating, montage, basketball, candle, f word, tears, extramarital affair, drink, computer, food, cell phone, crying, brother sister relationship

The Graduate (1967)
Comedy, Drama

The Graduate (1967)

Ben has recently graduated from college, with his parents now expecting great things from him. At his "Homecoming" party, Mrs. Robinson, the wife of his father's business partner, has Ben drive her home, which leads to an affair between the two. The affair eventually ends, but comes back to haunt him when he finds himself falling for Elaine, Mrs. Robinson's daughter. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, wedding, drinking, adultery, infidelity, marriage
Locations:airport, hotel, church, school, bar
Characters:nudity
Story:business, hotel room, people mover, adulteress, homecoming, breaking and entering, twenty something, running, tears, extramarital affair, drink, airplane, swimming pool, crying, telephone call, party, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, father daughter relationship, father son relationship, bare chested male

The Ghost Writer (2010) is one of the best movies like Up In The Air (2009)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Ghost Writer (2010)

An unremarkable ghost-writer has landed a lucrative contract to redact the memoirs of Adam Lang, the former UK Prime Minister. After dominating British politics for years, Lang has retired with his wife to the USA. He lives on an island, in luxurious, isolated premises complete with a security detail and a secretarial staff. Soon, Adam Lang gets embroiled in a major scandal with international ramifications that reveals how far he was ready to go in order to nurture UK's "special relationship" with the USA. But before this controversy has started, before even he has closed the deal with the publisher, the ghost-writer gets unmistakable signs that the turgid draft he is tasked to put into shape inexplicably constitutes highly sensitive material. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, memory, drinking, adultery, infidelity, suicide
Locations:motel, elevator, airport, boat, hotel, beach, bar
Characters:nudity
Story:airplane stewardess, google, text messaging, suitcase, champagne, eating, running, tears, rifle, extramarital affair, drink, computer, airplane, food, cell phone, crying, voice over narration, telephone call, photograph, father son relationship

About Schmidt (2002)
Comedy, Drama

About Schmidt (2002)

Warren Schmidt has led a safe, predictable life working in the insurance industry in Omaha, Nebr. for many years, yet now faces retirement. At the same time he is forced to take a hard look at his wife, his life and his relationship with his estranged daughter. An often hilarious series of events follow as Schmidt embarks on an unpredictable RV journey to attend his daughter's wedding in Denver. (Read More)

Themes:wedding, infidelity, marriage
Locations:airport, bar
Story:wedding reception, omaha nebraska, speech, on the road, journey, road trip, f word, travel, crying, voice over narration, father daughter relationship, family relationships, based on novel

Cloud Atlas (2012)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi

Cloud Atlas (2012)

Everything is connected: an 1849 diary of an ocean voyage across the Pacific; letters from a composer to his lover; a thriller about a conspiracy at a nuclear power plant; a farce about a publisher in a nursing home; a rebellious clone in futuristic Korea; and the tale of a tribe living on post-apocalyptic Hawaii far in the future. This is why Cloud Atlas (2012) is one of the best movies like Up In The Air (2009). (Read More)

Themes:dying, memory, drinking, suicide
Locations:elevator, snow, beach, bar
Story:bare butt, snowing, san francisco california, eating, candle, f word, running, tears, rifle, drink, computer, airplane, food, swimming pool, cell phone, crying, brother sister relationship, telephone call, photograph, father daughter relationship

American Psycho (2000)
Crime, Drama

American Psycho (2000)

Patrick Bateman is handsome, well educated and intelligent. He is twenty-seven and living his own American dream. He works by day on Wall Street, earning a fortune to complement the one he was born with. At night he descends into madness, as he experiments with fear and violence.

Themes:memory, wedding, drunkenness, drinking, infidelity
Locations:bar
Story:bare butt, suspenders, overhead camera shot, sushi, credit card, champagne, businessman, montage, f word, running, drink, mirror, food, cell phone, crying, voice over narration, party, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, photograph, dancing

An Education (2009) is one of the best movies like Up In The Air (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:unfaithfulness, drinking, adultery, infidelity
Locations:snow, school, bar
Characters:dancer
Story:hotel room, engagement ring, snowing, flowers, champagne, older man younger woman relationship, montage, candle, tears, extramarital affair, travel, drink, mirror, crying, dancing, father daughter relationship, family relationships, bare chested male, kiss, dog

Contagion (2011)
Drama, Thriller

Contagion (2011)

Soon after her return from a business trip to Hong Kong, Beth Emhoff dies from what is a flu or some other type of infection. Her young son dies later the same day. Her husband Mitch however seems immune. Thus begins the spread of a deadly infection. For doctors and administrators at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, several days pass before anyone realizes the extent or gravity of this new infection. They must first identify the type of virus in question and then find a means of combating it, a process that will likely take several months. As the contagion spreads to millions of people worldwide, societal order begins to break down as people panic. (Read More)

Themes:infidelity
Locations:airport, snow, hotel, bar
Story:business trip, business, adulteress, jet, text messaging, san francisco california, character repeating someone else's dialogue, chicago illinois, rifle, extramarital affair, airplane, cell phone, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, father daughter relationship, father son relationship, family relationships

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013)

The manager of the negative assets sector of Life magazine, Walter Mitty, has been working for sixteen years for the magazine and has a tedious life, not going anywhere but from his home to his job and vice-versa. He is an escapist, daydreaming into a world of fantasy many times a day. Walter has a crush on the recently hired Cheryl Melhoff but he is too shy to invite her on a date and he is trying to contact her via online dating. The magazine is preparing to release its last printed edition and the loathsome manager of transition Ted Hendricks is preparing an inevitable downsizing over the next few days. Walter has been the liaison between the magazine and the mysterious independent photographer Sean O'Connell who has sent to him a package of negatives and a wallet as a gift for his work. Sean also suggests to the senior management the use of negative 25 for the cover of the last edition. However, Walter cannot find the negative that is missing. Walter has no means to contact Sean and finds a clue that he might be in Greenland. He decides to travel to Greenland to track Sean down in the beginning of an unbelievable adventure. (Read More)

Locations:motel, elevator, airport, boat, snow, hotel, bar
Story:downsizing, google, text messaging, karaoke, manager, employer employee relationship, fired from the job, montage, travel, airplane, cell phone, brother sister relationship, photograph

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Comedy, Drama

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

In Albuquerque, Sheryl Hoover brings her suicidal brother Frank to the breast of her dysfunctional and emotionally bankrupted family. Frank is homosexual, an expert in Proust. He tried to commit suicide when he was rejected by his boyfriend and his great competitor became renowned and recognized as number one in the field of Proust. Sheryl's husband Richard is unsuccessfully trying to sell his self-help and self-improvement technique using nine steps to reach success, but he is actually a complete loser. Her son Dwayne has taken a vow of silence as a follower of Nietzsche and aims to be a jet pilot. Dwayne's grandfather Edwin was sent away from the institution for elders (Sunset Manor) and is addicted in heroin. When her seven-year-old daughter Olive has a chance to dispute the Little Miss Sunshine pageant in Redondo Beach, California, the whole family travels together in their old Volkswagen Type 2 (Kombi) in a funny journey of hope of winning the talent contest and to make a dream come true. This is why Little Miss Sunshine (2006) is one of the best movies like Up In The Air (2009). (Read More)

Themes:suicide
Locations:motel, beach
Characters:dancer
Story:motivational speaker, cross country trip, cross country, roadtrip, jet, speech, on the road, fired from the job, businessman, pilot, van, journey, road trip, running, tears, computer, mirror, food, cell phone, crying

Wedding Crashers (2005) is one of the best movies like Up In The Air (2009)
Comedy, Romance

Wedding Crashers (2005)

Two friends, John (played by Owen Wilson) and Jeremy (Vince Vaughn), crash weddings to pick up women. One day they crash the wedding of the daughter of the Treasury Secretary, Secretary Cleary (Christopher Walken). Instead of short-term flings they end up being invited to the Clearys' island estate, and potentially meet the loves of their lives... (Read More)

Themes:wedding, unfaithfulness, drinking, adultery, infidelity, marriage
Locations:hotel, church, beach
Characters:asian, dancer
Story:meet, bare butt, wedding reception, thirty something, business, flowers, champagne, eating, montage, party, rifle, extramarital affair, drink, food, crying, telephone call, dancing, father daughter relationship, family relationships, kiss

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

Nocturnal Animals (2016)

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

Themes:drunkenness, infidelity, marriage
Locations:motel, elevator, snow, hotel
Characters:nudity
Story:crying man, text messaging, cynicism, businessman, montage, road trip, f word, extramarital affair, cell phone, party, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, photograph, father daughter relationship, family relationships, bare chested male, based on novel, gun

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, wedding, drunkenness, drinking, marriage
Locations:elevator, school, beach
Characters:dancer, nudity
Story:mentor protege relationship, earphones, applause, speech, eating, montage, f word, running, tears, rifle, drink, mirror, food, crying, telephone call, party, photograph, dancing, father daughter relationship, father son relationship

The Judge (2014)
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:dying, unfaithfulness, loneliness, memory, drunkenness, drinking, adultery, infidelity, marriage
Locations:airport, boat, church, bar
Story:crying man, rental car, homecoming, cynicism, suitcase, chicago illinois, van, eating, f word, extramarital affair, drink, airplane, mirror, food, photograph, father daughter relationship, father son relationship, family relationships, bare chested male, kiss

The Holiday (2006) is one of the best movies like Up In The Air (2009)
Comedy, Romance

The Holiday (2006)

In London, Iris Simpkins writes a wedding column in a newspaper and nurtures an unrequited love for her colleague Jasper Bloom. Near Christmas, she is informed that Jasper is engaged to marry another colleague, and her life turns upside down. In Los Angeles, the movie-trailers maker Amanda Woods has just split with her unfaithful boyfriend Ethan and wants to forget him. Through a house exchange website, Amanda impulsively swaps her mansion for Iris' cottage in Surrey for the holidays. While in Surrey, Amanda meets Iris' brother and book editor Graham and they fall in love with each other. Meanwhile, Iris meets her new next door neighbor the ninety year old screenplay writer Arthur, who helps her retrieve her self-esteem, and the film composer Miles, with whom she falls in love. This is why The Holiday (2006) is one of the best movies like Up In The Air (2009). (Read More)

Themes:wedding, drunkenness
Locations:airport, snow, bar
Story:crying man, meet, luggage, sushi, speech, running, tears, airplane, swimming pool, cell phone, crying, brother sister relationship, telephone call, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, father daughter relationship, sex scene, dog

Munich (2005)
Crime, Drama, History, Thriller

Munich (2005)

After Black September's assassination of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972, Prime Minister Golda Meir okays a black-box operation to hunt down and kill all involved. A team of five gathers in Switzerland led by Avner, a low-level Mossad techie whose father was a war hero and whose wife is pregnant. It's an expendable team, but relying on paid informants, they track and kill several in Europe and Lebanon. They must constantly look over their shoulders for the CIA, KGB, PLO, and their own sources. As the body count mounts -- with retribution following retribution -- so do questions, doubts, and sleepless nights. Loyalties blur. What does it mean to be a Jew? (Read More)

Themes:dying, memory, drunkenness, drinking, marriage, suicide
Locations:elevator, airport, boat, hotel, beach, bar
Characters:dancer, nudity
Story:crying man, capitalism, breaking and entering, athlete, businessman, eating, candle, running, tears, rifle, drink, airplane, food, swimming pool, crying, telephone call, photograph, dancing, father daughter 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, infidelity, suicide
Locations:boat, hotel, beach
Characters:dancer
Story:backpack, travel, drink, computer, voice over narration, telephone call, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, photograph, dancing, bare chested male, based on novel, gun, kiss

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:marriage
Locations:hotel, boat
Characters:dancer
Story:crying man, earphones, applause, speech, eating, basketball, f word, running, rifle, food, swimming pool, voice over narration, photograph, dancing, father daughter relationship, father son relationship, bare chested male, kiss, interview, gun

Atonement (2007) is one of the best movies like Up In The Air (2009)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, War

Atonement (2007)

In 1939, Robbie Turner is a private in the British Army, he and his battalion who are heading to France to fight in the war. A stint in the army is not where his life was headed, which took a radical turn four years earlier at the Tallis estate where he grew up as his mother worked as the Tallis' live-in housekeeper. As such, he grew up with the three Tallis children: son Leon, and daughters Cecilia and Briony. Robbie and Cecilia were just getting to the stage of their lives of being able to confess their true love for each other. But then thirteen year old aspiring writer Briony also had a crush on the older Robbie. Based on two incidents she saw between Cecilia and Robbie (one only from afar), on reading a private letter Robbie wrote to Cecilia and on her own feelings for Robbie, Briony told some truths and half-truths about Robbie which resulted in this turn in his life. Robbie is able to reconnect with Cecilia before he is shipped off to France, and lives only to be able to head back to London to be with Cecilia and make up for the missing four years they could not spend together due to Briony's actions. A year later, Briony, now eighteen, also arrives in London to start working as a nurse to support the war effort. By this time, she is aware of the damage her thirteen year old self caused, and wants to atone for that error to both Cecilia from who she has been estranged, and Robbie who she has not seen since. She will make this atonement even if neither Robbie or Cecilia will ever speak to her, or if it takes the rest of her life. (Read More)

Themes:dying, memory, wedding, drunkenness, drinking
Locations:church, school, beach
Story:bare butt, employer employee relationship, flowers, suitcase, older man younger woman relationship, eating, candle, tears, rifle, drink, airplane, mirror, food, crying, voice over narration, brother sister relationship, photograph, father daughter relationship, father son relationship, family relationships

Man Som Hatar Kvinnor (2009)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Man Som Hatar Kvinnor (2009)

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle suspects murder and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, ruthless computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from almost forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history; but, the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves. This is why Man Som Hatar Kvinnor (2009) is one of the best movies like Up In The Air (2009). (Read More)

Themes:racism, drunkenness, drinking, suicide
Locations:motel, snow
Story:meet, computer, falling into water, breaking and entering, twenty something, flowers, older man younger woman relationship, businessman, four word title, eating, montage, running, rifle, drink, airplane, food, crying, brother sister relationship, telephone call, photograph

One Hour Photo (2002)
Drama, Thriller

One Hour Photo (2002)

Middle aged Sy Parrish works as a technician at a one hour photo lab located in a SavMart store in a suburban mall. Sy is a lonely man, never having had any friends. He knows much about his customers through the photographs they have developed. But he knows more about the Yorkin family - specifically Nina Yorkin and her adolescent son Jake Yorkin, the two in the family who drop off and pick up the family's photofinishing - the family about whom he is obsessed, than anyone else. Nina's husband, Will Yorkin, is incidental to his obsession since Sy has only seen him in photographs. Sy's obsession includes fantasizing about being their favorite "Uncle Sy". He has even been making an extra set of prints for himself of all of their photographs since Jake was a newborn. After an incident at work and after Sy finds out more about the family through a set of photographs, he decides to right the injustices he sees in the only way he knows how. His actions demonstrate his true mental state. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, loneliness, memory, drunkenness, adultery, infidelity, marriage
Locations:elevator, hotel
Characters:nudity
Story:escalator, breaking and entering, manager, employer employee relationship, older man younger woman relationship, fired from the job, running, tears, extramarital affair, computer, mirror, cell phone, crying, voice over narration, photograph, father son relationship, family relationships, bare chested male, interview, gun

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:marriage, memory, wedding, drunkenness, drinking
Locations:elevator, hotel, bar
Characters:dancer
Story:credit card, earphones, gym, suitcase, champagne, eating, basketball, candle, running, rifle, drink, computer, airplane, mirror, food, cell phone, telephone call, party, photograph, dancing

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011) is one of the best movies like Up In The Air (2009)
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
Locations:school
Characters:dancer
Story:earphones, job interview, gym, eating, basketball, f word, running, tears, travel, drink, computer, mirror, food, crying, brother sister relationship, telephone call, party, photograph, dancing, father daughter relationship

Shallow Hal (2001)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Shallow Hal (2001)

Following the advice of his dying father, Hal dates only women who are physically beautiful. One day, however, he runs into self-help guru Tony Robbins, who hypnotizes him into recognizing only the inner beauty of women. Hal thereafter meets Rosemary, a largely obese woman whom only he can see as a vision of loveliness. But will their relationship survive when Hal's equally shallow friend undoes the hypnosis? (Read More)

Themes:dying, drinking
Locations:elevator, bar
Characters:nudity
Story:arrested development, gym, eating, drink, food, swimming pool, crying, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, dancing, father daughter relationship, father son relationship, kiss

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