Julie's Movie Recommendations

40 Year-Old Virgin, The

40 Year-Old Virgin, The

Andy Stitzer (Steve Carell) is a 40 year-old electronics story employee with a large collection of action figures and video games who rides his bicycle to work. He also happens to be a virgin. Though he tried in the past, he found himself too nervous and finally just gave up. When his friends at work find out about Andy's little problem they try to help him in their own little ways. Andy may not need their help, however, when he meets and begins dating a single mother (Catherine Keener).

"This movie is so funny. Absolutely hilarious."

Julie's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Amelie

Amelie

Amelie Poulain, a shy and quirky waitress, sets out on a mission to make others happy and finds love along the way. A French movie released in 2001 starring Audrey Tautou.

"I love this movie! The story is sweet and charming and just the right amount of silly. The cinematography is absolutely stunning. A really beautiful, feel-good film."

Julie's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

San Diego anchorman Ron Burgundy is at the top of his game, until Veronica Corningstone walks in and not only steals his heart, but steals his job. Stars Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell and Paul Rudd.

"I don't think this is a truly brilliant movie, but it's worth watching for the anchorman street fight alone."

Julie's Rating: Good
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Aristocats, The

Aristocats, The

After a butler of an aristocratic household gets word that the lady is going to leave all of her money to the cats, he comes up with an elaborate plan to get rid of them by leaving them in the French countryside. Assisted by an alley cat, they have to make their way back to Paris. Originally released in 1970 by Disney.

Julie's Rating: Good
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

Charlie Bucket is a young boy who comes from a poor but loving family and would love nothing more than to find a golden ticket to enter the amazing chocolate factory run by inventor and owner Willy Wonka. As luck would have it, Charlie finds the last golden ticket and goes on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure with his grandpa Joe. Among the other four winners are Veruca Salt, a spoiled rich girl; Augustus Gloop, a gluttonous kid who stuffs his face with sweets; Violet Beuragarde, a champion trophy gum chewer; and Mike Teavee, a kid who spends more time watching TV and playing video games than anything else. Most fascinating is the mysterious Willy Wonka who in turn had a troubled childhood and has a special grand prize at the end for one of the kids. Also along the tour are Wonka's staff the singing, working Oommpa Loompas. Starring Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, Deep Roy, and Helena Bonham Carter.

"My heart belongs to the original movie interpretation of this book, but this movie is good. Johnny Depp really cracked me up as Willy Wonka. A totally different Wonka from Gene Wilder, definitely. The movies are different enough that I can appreciate both."

Julie's Rating: Grointastic
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Cinderella

Cinderella

A love story with birds, fairy godmothers, pumpkin carriages and glass slippers.

Julie's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Clueless

Clueless

Cher and Dionne are best friends who live in Beverly Hills. They are popular, rich, pretty, and charming. One day, they spot a new girl at school, Tai, and decides to do a makeover on her. They are very successful, but Cher realizes that she needed a makeover herself in a spiritual way. With this makeover, she learns about caring for others, going through pain, and love.

Julie's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Cruel Intentions

Cruel Intentions

Kathryn makes a bet that her step-brother, Sebastian, won't be able to bed Annette (a virgin, who wants to wait until love). If he loses, Kathryn gets his Jaguar, if he wins, he gets Kathryn. Released in 1999, and starts Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon.

"Fun guilty pleasure movie."

Julie's Rating: Good
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Dick

Dick

What if the famous Watergate informant "Deep Throat" had been two stupid 15 year old girls? Dick is a hilarious comedy that explores just that, with a fantastic cast including Kirsten Dunst, Michelle Williams, Dan Hedaya, Will Ferrell, Bruce McCulloch, and Dave Foley.

"OMG! A teen comedy about Richard Nixon! This is just too much. I love Watergate. I love teen movies. Dick was made for me."

Julie's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Peter Bretter takes a Hawaii vacation in order to deal with recent break-up with his TV star girlfriend, Sarah Marshall. Little does he know Sarah's traveling to the same resort as her ex... and she's bringing along her new boyfriend. Stars Jason Segal, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis and Russell Brand.

"Funny and ... wait for it ... sweet."

Julie's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Gift, The

Gift, The

Annie is a psychic who uses her gift to make money so she can care for her three sons after her husband dies. She sees the dead body of a missing girl, Jessica King, and must help the police find the person responsible for her death.

Julie's Rating: Grointastic
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Harold and Maude

Harold and Maude

A very funny and inspiring black comedy cult classic from 1971 about Harold, a young man who drives a hearse and attends funerals for fun, who falls in love with Maude, a 79-year old woman with a unique perspective on life and death.

"Harold and Maude is incredibly funny with a dark sense of humor, yet also touching and inspires you to look at life in a new way. Great writing, performances, and a stand-out soundtrack by Cat Stevens. I love this movie."

Julie's Rating: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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Inception

Inception

A team of "extractors" usually hired to steal information from people by entering their dreams is hired to perform "inception," the difficult task of planting an idea in a man's mind and making him believe the idea is truly his own. Directed by Christopher Nolan. Stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, Ken Watanabe, Dileep Rao, Cillian Murphy, and many more.

"An intriguing movie that I was still thinking about the next day."

Julie's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

The last Indiana Jones film reunites Indy with his father, Henry Jones Sr. when he is kidnapped by Nazis. They want his diary, which contains a map that will lead them to the Holy Grail. Indy and his father embark on a journey to stop the Nazis, while joined by Sallah and Marcus Brody.

"Definitely my favorite of the series! Very fun, entertaining, and adventurous!"

Julie's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

In Indiana Jones' second outing, which takes place before the first, he and his sidekick Short Round are joined by nightclub singer Willie Scott. The three start out in China and find themselves in India after a plane crash. Once there, they have to find sacred stones take from the village where they've been taken in, as well as the village's missing children.

"The weakest of the series but still a lot of fun."

Julie's Rating: Good
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Jungle Book, The

Jungle Book, The

Bagheera the Panther and Baloo the Bear have a difficult time trying to convince a boy to leave the jungle for human civilization.

"One of the best Disney films."

Julie's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Kayak Pals

Kayak Pals

A very funny movie about best buddies on a kayaking adventure. Chock full of wacky hijinks. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire. Directed by Alan Smithee.

"This movie ROXORS!"

Julie's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Knocked Up

Knocked Up

Go-getter Alison (Katherine Heigl) finds herself pregnant after an ill-advised drunken one night stand with slacker Ben (Seth Rogen). The two must figure out how they're going to fit a baby into their lives, and whether they can make a relationship work and raise their child together. Written and directed by Judd Apatow with a large supporting cast that includes Jason Segel, Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, and Martin Starr. Also features cameos by various celebrities including COTWWSB favourite Steve Carell.

Julie's Rating: Grointastic
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L.A. Confidential

L.A. Confidential

1950's Los Angeles is the seedy backdrop for this intricate noir-ish tale of police corruption and Hollywood sleaze. Three very different cops are all after the truth, each in their own style: Ed Exley, the golden boy of the police force, willing to do almost anything to get ahead, except sell out; Bud White, ready to break the rules to seek justice, but barely able to keep his raging violence under control; and Jack Vincennes, always looking for celebrity and a quick buck until his conscience drives him to join Exley and White down the one-way path to find the truth behind the dark world of L.A. crime. Stars Kevin Spacey, Guy Pearce, Russell Crowe and Kim Basinger. Directed by Curtis Hanson.

Julie's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Little Mermaid, The

Little Mermaid, The

A mermaid princess makes a faustian bargain with an unscrupulous seahag in order to meet a human prince on land.

"I don't think any animated Disney films released since The Little Mermaid have topped it. It's really fantastic and I love the songs."

Julie's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Little Miss Sunshine

Little Miss Sunshine

When a young girl wins a spot in the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant, her (extremely odd) family packs into their old VW bus and races to drive her to California in time for the competition. Wackiness and family bonding ensues. Stars Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, Steve Carell, Alan Arkin, Paul Dano, and Abigail Breslin.

Julie's Rating: Grointastic
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Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins

Jane and Michael have never been able to keep their nanny for very long - that is, until Mary Poppins arrived! Follow the children on their magical and fantastical journeys with their new nanny and her old friend Bert. Released in 1964, this film stars Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke.

"Oh, I love this movie so much. It fills me with happiness and the music is a big part of my childhood. :)"

Julie's Rating: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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Nightmare Before Christmas, The

Nightmare Before Christmas, The

Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king of Halloween Town, is bored with doing the same thing every year for Halloween. One day he stumbles into Christmas Town, and is so taken with the idea of Christmas that he tries to get the resident bats, ghouls, and goblins of Halloween town to help him kidnap Santa and put on a more frightening Christmas.

Julie's Rating: Grointastic
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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

The governor's daughter Elizabeth Swann is kidnapped by Captain Barbossa as he and his crew try and lift a curse that fell upon them. Will Turner enlists the help of Captain Jack Sparrow to get Elizabeth back as Jack tries to get his ship back, the Black Pearl, which Barbossa took from him. Based on the Disneyland ride and starring Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Keira Knightley and COTWWSB mentor Orlando Bloom.

"A fun movie!"

Julie's Rating: Good
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Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Archaeologist Indiana Jones goes on an adventure to Africa at the request of the U.S. government. He's supposed to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis get to it. He's joined by old flame Marion Ravenwood.

"Indiana Jones is so awesome."

Julie's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Rear Window

Rear Window

Photo journalist L.B. Jeffries is stuck in his apartment with a broken leg and spends his time spying on his neighbors. He begins to suspect one neighbor of murdering his wife and sets about trying to prove it.

Julie's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Saved!

Saved!

Mary's boyfriend Dean has just told her that he is gay. In the perfect Christian world she has grown up in, this is a problem. Mary thinks that Jesus has come to her in a vision and told her that she just do everything she can to help Dean. As a result she finds herself pregnant after Dean's parents send him away. Mary must now spend her senior year of high school as an outcast, spending time with bad girl Cassandra and Roland while school saint Hilary Faye tries to save her soul.

"Funny movie with just the right amount of mocking -- it doesn't cross the line into over-the-top parody. Great cast, too."

Julie's Rating: Grointastic
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Scream

Scream

One year after the brutal murder of her mother, Sidney Prescott and her small group of friends become the target of a masked serial killer. Two of her classmates have already been murdered and Sidney must try and find out who the killer is before he kills again. Starring Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Courteney Cox, Rose McGowan, and Drew Barrymore.

Julie's Rating: Grointastic
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Serenity

Serenity

Based on Joss Whedon's short lived series Firefly, Serenity follows the crew aboard the Firefly class ship as they protect one of their own from the Alliance.

"Holy crap, this movie rocks! It's absolutely fantastic and exceeded my high expectations. I am full of love. Highly recommended even if you haven't seen Firefly (but even better if you have)!"

Julie's Rating: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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Shaun of the Dead

Shaun of the Dead

29-year-old Shaun is stuck in a dead-end job and spends most nights hanging out at the pub with his slacker friend Ed. His girlfriend Liz wants something more out of life, so she breaks up with him. It just so happens that said break-up occurs on the eve of a zombie apocalypse. Loser Shaun must become a very unlikely hero if he wants to save his family and friends, and win back his girlfriend. Star Simon Pegg also co-wrote the script with director Edgar Wright. The film also stars Nick Frost, Bill Nighy, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis and Dylan Moran.

"It's very funny and clever! Not a typical horror movie in any way. I loved it."

Julie's Rating: Grointastic
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Sin City

Sin City

An adaptation of Frank Miller's stories based in the fictional town of Sin City. Released in 2005, and stars Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Elijah Wood, Clive Owen and Benicio Del Toro.

"Its style is captivating."

Julie's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Disney's first feature length animated film made in 1937.

"Classic Disney!"

Julie's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut

South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut

The movie spun off from the South Park tv show. When the four boys see an R-rated movie featuring Canadians Terrance & Phillip, they are pronounced "corrupted", and their parents pressure the United States to wage war against Canada.

"Good god, this is the funniest movie ever. I almost died from laughter the first time I saw it."

Julie's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Spider-Man

Spider-Man

When geeky teenager Peter Parker is bitten by a genetically enhanced spider, he gains the powers of the arachnid. After his uncle is murdered by criminals he decides to use his new abilities to become a costumed crimefighter named Spider-Man, and lives by the motto "With great power comes great responsibility." In this first movie in the series, released in 2002, he faces off against the Green Goblin, a villain who knows the secret of Peter Parker's true identity. Starring Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Rosemary Harris, J.K. Simmons, and Cliff Robertson.

Julie's Rating: Grointastic
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Spider-Man 2

Spider-Man 2

As Peter Parker begins to experience inexplicable losses of his spider powers, his non-Spidey life spiral out of control, too: Mary Jane is engaged, Peter loses his job, Harry continues to search for Spider-Man's true identity, Aunt May's house is about to be taken away, and a new villain, Doctor Octopus, emerges to make things even more challenging. Maguire, Dunst, Franco, Harris, Robertson, Dafoe, and Simmons return for the sequel and Alfred Molina joins the cast as the many-armed Otto Octavius. Released in 2004.

Julie's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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V For Vendetta

V For Vendetta

In post-war England, a mysterious stranger known as V rescues a girl named Evey and fights against the totalitarian government.

Julie's Rating: Grointastic
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Waitress

Waitress

Jenna (Keri Russell) is an unhappily married waitress who specializes in making pies. When she finds out she is pregnant she tries to find happiness by having an affair with a married man.

"A cute movie that really makes you want to eat pie. Keri Russell is great in her role and I love Nathan Fillion as always."

Julie's Rating: Grointastic
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Wall E

Wall E

Wall E (Waste Allocation Load Lifter - Earth Class) has been on Earth cleaning up garbage for 700 years and has managed to develop a personality. When Eve lands on Earth in an attempt to find out if it is inhabitable, Wall E seeks to befriend her and put an end to his lonely existence.

Julie's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Wearing Hats

Wearing Hats

Hilarious story of two best friends who get matching baseball caps. Stars real life hat-wearing best friends Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire.

"Two thumbs up! This movie really delivers what it promises: non-stop, heart-pounding, hat-wearing action."

Julie's Rating: Good
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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

When Charlie Bucket, a young boy froma poor family, finds the last Golden Ticket, winning him a trip to the Wonka Chocolate Factory, it is everything he ever dreamed of and more. Released in 1971 and starring Gene Wilder.

Julie's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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