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

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)

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

Themes:cruelty, insanity, guilt, paranoia, anger, drinking, jealousy, christmas
Locations:wheelchair, school, restaurant, hospital
Characters:baby, dancer, policeman, girl, boy, singer, doctor, masturbation
Story:peanut butter and jelly sandwich, dirty diaper, crying baby, red paint, paint gun, killed with an arrow, baby boy, shot with an arrow, target practice, egg shell, scrambled egg, broken egg, reading to a child, bow and arrow, reading aloud, body search, animal cruelty, painting a room, title same as book, halloween costume

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:anger, drinking
Locations:wheelchair, school, restaurant
Characters:dancer, girl, singer, doctor
Story:reading aloud, little girl, telephone call, stuffed toy dog, copy machine, cd, earphones, job interview, janitor, promise, vandalism, listening to music, high school, answering machine, hugging, american flag, reading, flash forward, apology, nonlinear timeline

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:cruelty, insanity, guilt, drinking, jealousy, christmas
Locations:restaurant
Characters:dancer, policeman, girl, singer
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror, prison visit, prison guard, christmas present, knocking on a door, looking out a window, name calling, death of daughter, thunder, promise, cake, egg, umbrella, mental illness, apology, eating, wine, subjective camera, f word, handcuffs

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. (Read More)

Themes:guilt, anger, drinking
Locations:restaurant, hospital
Characters:policeman, boy, doctor, masturbation
Story:little girl, little boy, telephone call, hamster, death of daughter, pills, hiding, death of husband, scar, umbrella, flash forward, nonlinear timeline, basketball, police car, teenage boy, tears, vomiting, drink, watching tv, computer

American Psycho (2000) is one of the best movies like We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)
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:insanity, paranoia, anger, drinking, jealousy, christmas
Locations:restaurant
Characters:policeman
Story:christmas party, looking at oneself in a mirror, christmas tree, reference to donald trump, cd, video tape, killing spree, alienation, covered in blood, janitor, mass murder, sociopath, answering machine, murderer, mental illness, new york, wine, police car, bra, f word

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. This is why The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012) is one of the best movies like We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011). (Read More)

Themes:guilt, drinking, jealousy, christmas
Locations:school, restaurant, hospital
Characters:dancer, policeman, girl, boy, singer, doctor
Story:high school, mental illness, looking at oneself in a mirror, christmas present, christmas tree, little boy, telephone call, heartbeat, 15 year old, looking out a window, holding hands, pills, promise, listening to music, hugging, reading, flash forward, apology, dinner, eating

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

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:guilt, drinking, jealousy
Locations:wheelchair, restaurant, hospital
Characters:dancer, girl, boy, singer, doctor
Story:office party, telephone call, doctor's office, earphones, reading, flash forward, mental illness, dinner, eating, drink, computer, food, pregnancy, song, party, singing, photograph, dancing, husband wife relationship, father son relationship

The Tree Of Life (2011) is one of the best movies like We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)
Drama, Fantasy

The Tree Of Life (2011)

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

Themes:cruelty, guilt, jealousy
Locations:school, restaurant
Characters:baby, policeman, boy
Story:crying baby, reading aloud, looking at oneself in a mirror, little boy, telephone call, lawn sprinkler, heartbeat, looking out a window, thunder, promise, vandalism, listening to music, childbirth, reading, liar, suburb, flash forward, search, apology, nonlinear timeline

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008)
Drama, War

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008)

Young Bruno lives a wealthy lifestyle in prewar Germany along with his mother, elder sister, and SS Commandant father. The family relocates to the countryside where his father is assigned to take command a prison camp. A few days later, Bruno befriends another youth, strangely dressed in striped pajamas, named Shmuel who lives behind an electrified fence. Bruno will soon find out that he is not permitted to befriend his new friend as he is a Jew, and that the neighboring yard is actually a prison camp for Jews awaiting extermination. (Read More)

Characters:dancer, girl, boy, singer, doctor
Story:reading aloud, little boy, telephone call, sandwich, pajamas, reading, liar, search, eating, wine, subjective camera, running, tears, lie, book, food, rain, prison, song, crying

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. This is why The Lobster (2015) is one of the best movies like We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011). (Read More)

Themes:jealousy
Locations:restaurant
Characters:dancer, policeman, girl, singer, doctor, masturbation
Story:target practice, animal cruelty, eye bandage, knocking on a door, looking out a window, earphones, promise, hiding, listening to music, killing an animal, apology, eating, basketball, bra, f word, handcuffs, running, sunglasses, lie, face slap

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:insanity, paranoia, drinking, jealousy
Locations:school, hospital
Characters:dancer, policeman, singer, doctor, masturbation
Story:reading aloud, looking at oneself in a mirror, little girl, telephone call, looking out a window, earphones, pills, flatulence, author, flash forward, mental illness, apology, eating, f word, telephone, handcuffs, running, tears, lie, book

Lat Den Ratte Komma In (2008) is one of the best movies like We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)
Drama, Horror, Romance

Lat Den Ratte Komma In (2008)

Oskar, a bullied 12-year old, dreams of revenge. He falls in love with Eli, a peculiar girl. She can't stand the sun or food and to come into a room she needs to be invited. Eli gives Oskar the strength to hit back but when he realizes that Eli needs to drink other people's blood to live he's faced with a choice. How much can love forgive? Set in the Stockholm suburb of Blackeberg in 1982. (Read More)

Themes:cruelty, drinking
Locations:school, hospital
Characters:girl, policeman, boy
Story:reading aloud, suburb, looking at oneself in a mirror, telephone call, looking out a window, covered in blood, listening to music, hugging, reading, liar, dinner, eating, police car, lie, vomiting, book, drink, urination, mirror, food

Garden State (2004)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Garden State (2004)

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

Themes:paranoia, drinking
Locations:wheelchair, restaurant
Characters:girl, baby, dancer, policeman, singer, doctor
Story:bow and arrow, kissing in the rain, christmas tree, telephone call, doctor's office, hamster, medication, pills, high school, cake, hugging, reading, liar, suburb, police car, bra, dysfunctional family, telephone, lie, drink

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. (Read More)

Themes:guilt, drinking
Locations:restaurant
Characters:policeman, girl, boy, singer, doctor
Story:shot with an arrow, title same as book, telephone call, heartbeat, knocking on a door, eye patch, crossbow, covered in blood, caught having sex, umbrella, author, flash forward, apology, nonlinear timeline, eating, subjective camera, f word, telephone, handcuffs, running

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. This is why Almost Famous (2000) is one of the best movies like We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011). (Read More)

Themes:guilt, anger, drinking
Characters:boy, singer
Story:telephone call, reference to led zeppelin, ironing, pills, listening to music, high school, reading, eating, teenage boy, f word, telephone, running, vomiting, book, drink, watching tv, urination, food, song, crying

The Butterfly Effect (2004) is one of the best movies like We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)
Sci-fi, Thriller

The Butterfly Effect (2004)

Evan Treborn grows up in a small town with his single, working mother and his friends. He suffers from memory blackouts where he suddenly finds himself somewhere else, confused. Evan's friends and mother hardly believe him, thinking he makes it up just to get out of trouble. As Evan grows up he has fewer of these blackouts until he seems to have recovered. Since the age of seven he has written a diary of his blackout moments so he can remember what happens. One day at college he starts to read one of his old diaries, and suddenly a flashback hits him like a brick! (Read More)

Themes:insanity, paranoia, jealousy
Locations:wheelchair, school, restaurant, hospital
Characters:baby, girl, boy
Story:telephone call, reference to robin hood, vandalism, sociopath, killing an animal, scar, reading, flash forward, nonlinear timeline, basketball, teenage boy, psychopath, tears, vomiting, rain, prison, crying, brother sister relationship, father daughter relationship, father son relationship

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:drinking, christmas
Locations:restaurant
Characters:dancer, boy, singer
Story:target, target practice, suburb, telephone call, earphones, mass murder, gym, reading, search, apology, dinner, eating, basketball, massacre, wine, bra, handcuffs, running, sunglasses, lie

The Reader (2008)
Drama, Romance

The Reader (2008)

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

Themes:guilt
Locations:school, restaurant
Characters:policeman
Story:reading aloud, telephone call, ironing, 15 year old, alienation, listening to music, high school, egg, reading, flash forward, apology, nonlinear timeline, eating, wine, bra, teenage boy, tears, lie, vomiting, book

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:drinking, jealousy, christmas
Locations:school, restaurant
Characters:dancer, girl, singer
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror, christmas tree, telephone call, name calling, death of daughter, grocery store, promise, listening to music, tragic event, american flag, apology, eating, subjective camera, f word, telephone, sunglasses, tears, vomiting, drink, mirror

Changeling (2008) is one of the best movies like We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller

Changeling (2008)

Los Angeles, 1928. A single mother returns from work to find her nine-year-old son gone. She calls the LAPD to initiate a search. Five months later, a boy is found in Illinois who fits the description; he says he's her son. To fanfare and photos, the LAPD reunite mother and son, but she insists he's not her boy. The cops dismiss her as either a liar or hysterical. When she joins a minister in his public criticism of the police, they in turn use government power to silence and intimidate her. Meanwhile, a cop goes to a dilapidated ranch to find a Canadian lad who's without legal status; the youth tells a grisly tale. There's redress for murder; is there redress for abuse of power? This is why Changeling (2008) is one of the best movies like We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011). (Read More)

Themes:insanity, paranoia
Locations:school, restaurant
Characters:boy, policeman, girl, singer
Story:reading aloud, telephone, telephone call, media frenzy, medication, sociopath, american flag, reading, umbrella, liar, search, mental illness, eating, police car, handcuffs, running, psychopath, tears, lie, face slap

Lo Imposible (2012)
Drama, Thriller

Lo Imposible (2012)

A regular family - Maria ('Naomi Watts' (qv)), Henry ('Ewan McGregor' (qv)) and their three kids - travel to Thailand to spend Christmas. They get an upgrade to a villa on the coastline. After settling in and exchanging gifts, they go to the pool, like so many other tourists. A perfect paradise vacation until a distant noise becomes a roar. There is no time to escape from the tsunami; Maria and her eldest are swept one way, Henry and the youngest another. Who will survive, and what will become of them? (Read More)

Themes:christmas, paranoia, anger
Locations:restaurant, hospital
Characters:boy, doctor
Story:christmas present, little boy, telephone call, name tag, oxygen mask, stretcher, earphones, holding hands, ball, promise, hugging, tragic event, scar, search, apology, map, eating, wine, subjective camera, teenage boy

Oldeuboi (2003)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Oldeuboi (2003)

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

Themes:insanity, guilt, anger, drinking, jealousy
Locations:restaurant
Characters:baby, singer, doctor
Story:animal cruelty, telephone call, in medias res, ant, earphones, high school, umbrella, flash forward, eating, subjective camera, running, sunglasses, vomiting, book, drink, watching tv, computer, urination, food, rain

Natural Born Killers (1994)
Crime, Drama

Natural Born Killers (1994)

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

Themes:cruelty, insanity, paranoia
Characters:boy
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror, prison guard, extreme close up, ant, patricide, killing spree, covered in blood, mass murder, sociopath, murderer, author, flash forward, map, massacre, dysfunctional family, subjective camera, f word, handcuffs, psychopath, sunglasses

The Judge (2014) is one of the best movies like We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)
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:guilt, anger, drinking
Locations:restaurant, hospital
Characters:girl, doctor
Story:reading aloud, looking at oneself in a mirror, prison visit, little girl, stubbornness, knocking on a door, looking out a window, 17 year old, thunder, tragic event, american flag, umbrella, liar, flash forward, eating, police car, dysfunctional family, subjective camera, f word, sunglasses

Jarhead (2005)
Action, Biography, Drama, War

Jarhead (2005)

Anthony "Swoff" Swofford, a Camus-reading kid from Sacramento, enlists in the Marines in the late 1980s. He malingers during boot camp, but makes it through as a sniper, paired with the usually-reliable Troy. The Gulf War breaks out, and his unit goes to Saudi Arabia for Desert Shield. After 175 days of boredom, adrenaline, heat, worry about his girlfriend finding someone else, losing it and nearly killing a mate, demotion, latrine cleaning, faulty gas masks, and desert football, Desert Storm begins. In less than five days, it's over, but not before Swoff sees burned bodies, flaming oil derricks, an oil-drenched horse, and maybe a chance at killing. Where does all the testosterone go? This is why Jarhead (2005) is one of the best movies like We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011). (Read More)

Themes:drinking, christmas
Characters:baby, dancer, singer, masturbation
Story:target practice, christmas party, telephone call, defecation, sex talk, grocery store, supermarket, reading, flash forward, mental illness, subjective camera, running, tears, vomiting, book, drink, watching tv, urination, rain, pregnancy

Gone Girl (2014)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Gone Girl (2014)

On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife? (Read More)

Themes:cruelty, paranoia, anger, drinking, jealousy
Locations:wheelchair, hospital
Characters:girl
Story:media frenzy, telephone call, miniature golf, video game, covered in blood, hiding, sociopath, author, search, nonlinear timeline, eating, police car, telephone, psychopath, sunglasses, lie, book, drink, watching tv, urination

Side Effects (2013)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Side Effects (2013)

Emily Taylor, despite being reunited with her husband from prison, becomes severely depressed with emotional episodes and suicide attempts. Her psychiatrist, Jonathan Banks, after conferring with her previous doctor, eventually prescribes an experimental new medication called Ablixa. The plot thickens when the side effects of the drug lead to Emily killing her husband in a "sleepwalking" state. With Emily plea-bargained into mental hospital confinement and Dr. Banks' practice crumbling around him, the case seems closed. However, Dr. Banks cannot accept full responsibility and investigates to clear his name. What follows is a dark quest that threatens to tear what's left of his life apart even as he discovers the diabolical truth of this tragedy. (Read More)

Themes:guilt, anger, drinking
Locations:hospital
Characters:policeman, boy, doctor
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror, prison visit, prison guard, media frenzy, medication, job interview, promise, listening to music, answering machine, tragic event, umbrella, prison, apology, nonlinear timeline, eating, f word, handcuffs, vomiting, drink, watching tv

Brokeback Mountain (2005) is one of the best movies like We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)
Drama, Romance

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

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

Themes:drinking, jealousy
Locations:restaurant, hospital
Characters:baby, dancer, girl, boy, singer
Story:crying baby, baby boy, little girl, little boy, telephone call, belief in hell, pajamas, grocery store, thunder, promise, liar, eating, telephone, sunglasses, tears, lie, drink, watching tv, face slap, mirror

Get Out (2017)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Get Out (2017)

Chris and his girlfriend Rose go upstate to visit her parent's for the weekend. At first, Chris reads the family's overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter's interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, drinking, jealousy
Locations:wheelchair
Characters:policeman, boy, doctor
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror, telephone call, knocking on a door, looking out a window, name calling, earphones, hiding, hugging, suburb, flash forward, apology, wine, f word, telephone, running, psychopath, tears, drink, watching tv, computer

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. This is why Blood Diamond (2006) is one of the best movies like We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011). (Read More)

Themes:drinking
Locations:school, restaurant
Characters:baby, dancer, boy, singer, doctor
Story:target practice, telephone call, eye bandage, razor blade, stretcher, eye patch, hiding, vandalism, search, eating, massacre, wine, subjective camera, running, sunglasses, tears, drink, watching tv, mirror, food

Monster (2003)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Monster (2003)

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

Themes:drinking
Locations:wheelchair, restaurant
Characters:policeman, girl
Story:arm in a cast, triple f rated, killing spree, pajamas, broken arm, job interview, liar, eating, wine, teenage boy, telephone, handcuffs, tears, lie, vomiting, drink, watching tv, face slap, food, rain

The Kids Are All Right (2010) is one of the best movies like We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)
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:guilt, drinking, jealousy
Locations:restaurant, school
Characters:singer, doctor
Story:animal cruelty, telephone call, 15 year old, holding hands, pajamas, high school, answering machine, claim in title, hugging, apology, dinner, eating, basketball, wine, bra, subjective camera, teenage boy, f word, sunglasses, tears

I Am Sam (2001)
Drama

I Am Sam (2001)

Sam Dawson has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old. He works at a Starbucks and is obsessed with the Beatles. He has a daughter with a homeless woman; she abandons them as soon as they leave the hospital. He names his daughter Lucy Diamond (after the Beatles song), and raises her. But as she reaches age 7 herself, Sam's limitations start to become a problem at school; she's intentionally holding back to avoid looking smarter than him. The authorities take her away, and Sam shames high-priced lawyer Rita Harrison into taking his case pro bono. In the process, he teaches her a great deal about love, and whether it's really all you need. (Read More)

Themes:anger
Locations:school, restaurant, hospital
Characters:baby, girl
Story:halloween costume, little girl, balloon, answering machine, hugging, reading, halloween, running, tears, book, painting, watching tv, title directed by female, song, crying, dancing, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, character name in title

K-pax (2001)
Drama, Sci-fi

K-pax (2001)

Themes:paranoia
Locations:wheelchair, hospital
Characters:policeman, boy
Story:murder of daughter, venetian blinds, lawn sprinkler, death of daughter, medication, balloon, sunglasses, watching tv, computer, pregnancy, train, new york city, party, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, family relationships, based on novel

Zodiac (2007)
Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller

Zodiac (2007)

A serial killer in the San Francisco Bay Area taunts police with his letters and cryptic messages. We follow the investigators and reporters in this lightly fictionalized account of the true 1970's case as they search for the murderer, becoming obsessed with the case. Based on Robert Graysmith's book, the movie's focus is the lives and careers of the detectives and newspaper people. This is why Zodiac (2007) is one of the best movies like We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011). (Read More)

Themes:cruelty, paranoia, drinking, christmas
Locations:school, restaurant
Characters:baby, policeman, girl, boy
Story:target practice, christmas tree, telephone call, murderer, flash forward, search, wine, teenage boy, halloween, running, book, painting, drink, watching tv, rain, prison, photograph, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship

Catch Me If You Can (2002) is one of the best movies like We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)
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:christmas
Locations:restaurant, hospital
Characters:singer, doctor
Story:prison visit, christmas tree, inmate, new job, job interview, high school, umbrella, flash forward, nonlinear timeline, dinner, map, police car, bra, teenage boy, f word, handcuffs, sunglasses, lie, vomiting, prison

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:guilt, drinking
Locations:school, restaurant
Characters:girl, boy, singer
Story:high school, lie, telephone call, belief in the afterlife, belief in hell, cd, name calling, hugging, american flag, gym, liar, dinner, basketball, teenage boy, sunglasses, tears, drink, watching tv, face slap, mirror

Cold Mountain (2003)
Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, War

Cold Mountain (2003)

This Civil War saga addresses romance, friendship, and the ravages of war--both in the field and on the home front. Captures the horrors of war for both those fighting it, and for those left behind. This is a tale of hope, longing, redemption, second chances, and faith.

Themes:drinking, jealousy, christmas
Locations:hospital
Characters:baby, girl, doctor
Story:target practice, root beer, defecation, american flag, reading, flash forward, nonlinear timeline, eating, massacre, vomiting, book, drink, mirror, food, rain, pregnancy, train, singing, photograph, father daughter relationship

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Drama, Music

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

Follow a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles -- some of them of his own making.

Themes:anger, drinking
Locations:restaurant
Characters:singer, policeman, doctor
Story:reading aloud, little boy, telephone call, in medias res, looking out a window, listening to music, reading, liar, search, apology, eating, wine, police car, telephone, handcuffs, sunglasses, lie, drink, food, rain

War Of The Worlds (2005) is one of the best movies like We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)
Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

War Of The Worlds (2005)

Ray Ferrier (Cruise) is a divorced dockworker and less-than-perfect father. When his ex-wife and her new husband drop off his teenage son Robbie and young daughter Rachel for a rare weekend visit, a strange and powerful lightning storm suddenly touches down. What follows is the extraordinary battle for the future of humankind through the eyes of one American family fighting to survive it in this contemporary retelling of H.G. Wells seminal classic sci-fi thriller. This is why War Of The Worlds (2005) is one of the best movies like We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011). (Read More)

Locations:restaurant
Characters:policeman, girl, singer
Story:little girl, telephone call, earphones, mob, american flag, eating, massacre, teenage boy, tears, watching tv, mirror, food, rain, pregnancy, song, crying, train, brother sister relationship, new york city, singing

The Lovely Bones (2009)
Drama, Fantasy, Thriller

The Lovely Bones (2009)

A 14-year-old girl in suburban 1970's Pennsylvania is murdered by her neighbor. She tells the story from the place between Heaven and Earth, showing the lives of the people around her and how they have changed all while attempting to get someone to find her lost body.

Themes:drinking
Locations:school, hospital
Characters:girl, dancer, policeman, doctor
Story:little girl, little boy, telephone call, vacuum cleaner, death of daughter, hiding, murderer, reading, suburb, flash forward, search, eating, police car, subjective camera, teenage boy, running, tears, book, painting, drink

Hotaru No Haka (1988)
Animation, Drama, War

Hotaru No Haka (1988)

The story of Seita and Satsuko, two young Japanese siblings, living in the declining days of World War II. When an American firebombing separates the two children from their parents, the two siblings must rely completely on one another while they struggle to fight for their survival.

Locations:school, hospital
Characters:girl, boy, singer, doctor
Story:food, in medias res, tomato, ant, stretcher, janitor, reading, umbrella, apology, eating, teenage boy, running, tears, urination, rain, song, crying, train, brother sister relationship, singing

Body Of Lies (2008)
Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller, War

Body Of Lies (2008)

Roger Ferris is a CIA operative in the Middle East; Ed Hoffman is his control at Langley. Cynicism is everywhere. In Amman, Roger works with Hani Salaam, Jordan's head of security, whose only dictum is "Don't lie to me." The Americans are in pursuit of a cleric who leads a group placing bombs all over Europe. When Hani rebukes Ed's demand that Jordan allow the Americans to use one of Jordan's double agents, Roger and Ed hatch a plan to bring the cleric to them. The plan is complicated by its being a secret from Hani and by Roger's attraction to a local nurse. Satellites and cell phones, bodies and lies: modern warfare. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, drinking
Locations:restaurant, hospital
Characters:girl, boy, doctor
Story:baby boy, telephone call, cd, killing an animal, american flag, search, eating, wine, f word, telephone, running, sunglasses, lie, drink, watching tv, face slap, urination, food, rain, crying

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013) is one of the best movies like We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)
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:guilt, drinking
Locations:restaurant
Characters:dancer, policeman, masturbation
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror, little girl, telephone call, reference to robin hood, media frenzy, name calling, pills, promise, answering machine, american flag, apology, nonlinear timeline, eating, police car, subjective camera, f word, telephone, handcuffs, running, sunglasses

An Education (2009)
Drama

An Education (2009)

In the early 1960's, sixteen year old Jenny Mellor lives with her parents in the London suburb of Twickenham. On her father's wishes, everything that Jenny does is in the sole pursuit of being accepted into Oxford, as he wants her to have a better life than he. Jenny is bright, pretty, hard working but also naturally gifted. The only problems her father may perceive in her life is her issue with learning Latin, and her dating a boy named Graham, who is nice but socially awkward. Jenny's life changes after she meets David Goldman, a man over twice her age. David goes out of his way to show Jenny and her family that his interest in her is not improper and that he wants solely to expose her to cultural activities which she enjoys. Jenny quickly gets accustomed to the life to which David and his constant companions, Danny and Helen, have shown her, and Jenny and David's relationship does move into becoming a romantic one. However, Jenny slowly learns more about David, and by association Danny and Helen, and specifically how they make their money. Jenny has to decide if what she learns about them and leading such a life is worth forgoing her plans of higher eduction at Oxford. This is why An Education (2009) is one of the best movies like We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011). (Read More)

Themes:drinking
Locations:school, restaurant
Characters:dancer, boy, singer
Story:17 year old, listening to music, hugging, reading, umbrella, suburb, map, teenage boy, sunglasses, tears, lie, book, painting, drink, mirror, rain, title directed by female, pregnancy, song, crying

Jodaeiye Nader Az Simin (2011)
Drama, Mystery

Jodaeiye Nader Az Simin (2011)

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

Locations:wheelchair, school, hospital
Characters:girl, doctor
Story:reading aloud, body search, little girl, telephone call, venetian blinds, copy machine, oxygen mask, cd, knocking on a door, looking out a window, pills, promise, liar, apology, subjective camera, telephone, handcuffs, running, sunglasses, tears

Atonement (2007)
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:guilt, drinking, jealousy
Locations:school, restaurant, hospital
Characters:policeman, girl, singer, doctor
Story:precociousness, listening to music, reading, author, flash forward, search, apology, nonlinear timeline, dinner, eating, wine, handcuffs, tears, lie, drink, mirror, food, prison, song, crying

Dogville (2003) is one of the best movies like We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)
Crime, Drama

Dogville (2003)

Late one night, a beautiful and well-dressed young woman, Grace, arrives in the mountainous old mining town of Dogville as a fugitive; following the sound of gunshots in the distance which have been heard by Tom, the self-appointed moral spokesman for the town. Persuaded by Tom, the town agree to hide Grace, and in return she freely helps the locals. However, when the Sheriff from a neighbouring town posts a Missing notice, advertising a reward for revealing her whereabouts, the townsfolk require a better deal from Grace, in return for their silence; and when the Sheriff returns some weeks later with a Wanted poster, even though the citizens know her to be innocent of the false charges against her, the town's sense of goodness takes a sinister turn and the price of Grace's freedom becomes a workload and treatment akin to that of a slave. But Grace has a deadly secret that the townsfolk will eventually encounter. (Read More)

Themes:anger, jealousy
Locations:wheelchair
Characters:baby, girl, boy, singer, doctor
Story:little boy, telephone call, diaper, grocery store, mob, mass murder, hiding, vandalism, search, map, eating, massacre, police car, tears, food, song, crying, brother sister relationship, singing, photograph

Gone With The Wind (1939)
Drama, History, Romance, War

Gone With The Wind (1939)

Scarlett is a woman who can deal with a nation at war, Atlanta burning, the Union Army carrying off everything from her beloved Tara, the carpetbaggers who arrive after the war. Scarlett is beautiful. She has vitality. But Ashley, the man she has wanted for so long, is going to marry his placid cousin, Melanie. Mammy warns Scarlett to behave herself at the party at Twelve Oaks. There is a new man there that day, the day the Civil War begins. Rhett Butler. Scarlett does not know he is in the room when she pleads with Ashley to choose her instead of Melanie. (Read More)

Themes:anger, jealousy, christmas
Locations:hospital
Characters:baby, dancer, girl, singer, doctor
Story:reading aloud, title same as book, baby carriage, christmas tree, stubbornness, stretcher, ball, childbirth, reading, liar, mental illness, apology, tears, lie, book, face slap, mirror, food, pregnancy, song

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