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Question: I'm looking for the name of a movie (possibly TV show) that aired in the 90s. It may have been a direct to TV affair. It possibly was a movie my parents rented and I only caught glimpses of. In it, a man's wife and son are in the final stages of moving out and leaving him. He jokingly jump scares the wife or something. The wife is scared and fed up with the man. We see them leave with their stuff in the car and he's looking at them leave, sad and lonely. Later, we see this man talking with another man in a cellar or basement. For whatever reason, the other man is killed by the father by having bugs crawl across his face - somehow. The father callously left the man to die. Anyone help me out on this? It's been bugging me most of my life, what the movie was and what was wrong with the dad.

Question: Need the name of a movie where the main actress looks like Kat Dennings. Her BF is in a band and proposes on stage, she says no, and they break up. She gets a new red haired boyfriend, she loses her cat at one time and he looks for it. She is a cartoonist. Draws random events that happened to her and her present/past boyfriend. In the end she has an art exhibit of her drawings. Her sister is getting married at some point and I think she (main actress) gets pregnant. I'm interested in searching for the drawings she did in the film.

Question: I was talking to someone recently about drone technology and where it's headed - I was trying to give a movie reference to this friend about a movie I saw 10, 15, maybe 20 years ago? In this movie, there are a few gentlemen walking around a lab and one of them spots a fly and I believes tries to swat it with a newspaper. The other guy tells him, no, that it's actually a machine that looks like a fly, I can't remember if it is remote controlled or who the actors were.

Question: I'm looking for a the name of a movie possibly made 1940-1958 about the 1800s-1940s. In it there's a fancy ballroom dancing scene where the dancers are getting hot and the host orders all the windows to be broken out (I love that scene). Please help. Thanks.

Answer: Madame Bovary (1949) starring Jennifer Jones, directed by Vincent Minnelli.

Question: In a movie I saw years ago, there was a dumb man who inherited the wealth of a recently deceased relative (possibly uncle) so he moves into the city to live in his mansion. Then he meets this girl who is a reporter and he likes her. He pretends to be someone he's not; using someone else's name. The girl looks up that name (or something) and somehow finds out where his hometown is and really wants him to take her there, so he does, and pretends that he belongs there. He even pretends that he grew up in some house, but it backfires because the the current residents (children answer the door) say that their daddy built the house a few years ago. Anyways, his lies get him into trouble and that's all I remember.

Answer: Sounds vaguely like "Mr Deeds" starring Adam Sandler.

Greg Dwyer

Question: What's the movie where the male lead is a detective, and at the very end he goes to visit his mother for some reason at her beach house - they're on the beach and he's trying to talk to her, but she's crazy?

Answer: Sounds like the Law and Order: SVU episode, "Swing".

MasterOfAll

Question: A movie I watched many years ago about two women playing piano duets together in performances and very successful but with husbands/partners who were not so happy about it. Does anyone know the title please?

Question: In this movie a woman decides to live for a short time with a stranger - they fall in love and then she pretends to die. After some time he finds her and realizes she was actually a book writer - he forces her to live everything again, and then she is the one that falls in love.

Question: A long time ago I watched a movie but I can't remember its title. There was a couple - I think they were young and they loved each other, but they got into a fight. One day the boy was waiting for the girl in a diner so they can talk, but when she entered she found a new girl sitting beside him, she ran outside and followed her. The new girl got into her car and drove but she had a big accident and ended up in the ICU, and her father told the boy not to talk to her again.

Answer: Endless Love.

Question: There is a movie starring Milla Jovovich that features a bike chase with astonishingly bad CGI. I was wondering what this movie is called?

Answer: Ultraviolet (2006).

Rydersriot87

Question: I'm looking for a movie about a family who owns a restaurant and then their kids start to do some things that make the restaurant has more people to come to it.

Question: Once I saw a movie involving little people (like "oompa loompas") and a little car. It was a weird type comedy. Anyway, there was a scene with the little people along with the car on a road and the background song talked about the car. The lyrics of this song tried to imitate the engine sounds by singing "brrum brrum" and talked about the car having four gears... I don't know for sure, but the movie could be Italian... And that's all I can remember. Please, help!

Answer: Sounds like the old Disney movie "The Gnome-Mobile".

Question: There was a movie that I believe took place in the 70's. The movie was about a female reporter who goes to a convent to investigate a supernatural event. The event in question is a nun receiving stigmata wounds on her hands. The nun is terrified by the event and believes that she is being punished by God.

Answer: "Agnes of God" with Jane Fonda and Meg Tilly. Fonda is investigating a pregnant nun who believes she conceived by divine intervention. P.S. The title means "lamb of God."

Question: Why do so many shows, especially cartoons, end or get canceled after 13 episodes. Its like it really is the unlucky number for shows. More often than not, if a show is canceled early on, it's right after episode 13. Why is that?

Answer: Generally, 13 episodes is, depending on the network, either a half-season or a whole one. If it's a half, by the time they finish the 13th episode, they have a decent enough sampling of the average ratings to determine if they want to buy more episodes or not.

Question: I've been trying to find this movie for months now, I don't know much because it was a while ago when I saw it, on TV, but it's about a girl who gets pregnant and her musician boyfriend leaves her. She ends up going to live I think with her family on a farm, and while she is there a guy shows up, and I think that she likes him. They draw her belly each month, and after she has the baby she starts running with her/her, and at the end of the movie she is on a rooftop with the guy - that's all I know!

Question: What movie features a scene where a baby's pram is witnessed rolling away downhill (possibly down steps)?

Answer: Most famously probably The Untouchables, although that took its cue from a sequence in the silent movie Battleship Potemkin, which has been referenced in several movies since.

Jon Sandys

Question: I've been trying to find this film I watched ages ago and can't remember the name. A strange boy and a good girl fall for one another during study period, they get really close and tell each other everything. His dad and big brother abuses him and his little brother and sister. One dies at the end I think.

Answer: Teenage Dirtbag (2009).

Question: Why do I remember a scene where Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz tries to turn the hourglass over? She then says she can't, it won't move. Is it one of the later remakes like The Wiz?

Answer: I don't recall a version of Wizard of Oz where this happens, however, there is a scene in Flash Gordon where Dale tries to turn an hourglass over and is unable to. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080745).

Question: I'm looking for an older movie similar to Miracle on 34th Street where some guy picks up a trash bag and it becomes Santa's bag. When anyone else picks up the bag it is just a trash bag. It might even have been a Twilight Zone episode. Thank you in advance for any help.

Answer: It was an old Twilight Zone episode, The Night of the Meek (s02e11).

Bishop73

Question: I remember watching a movie where a man comes to a village and saves it from an oncoming army by teaching the villagers and setting traps. There are two scenes I remember from the movie: 1) The woman offers the man a gift, but he never accepts gifts because it is against his teaching. However, he accepts her gift because he loves her. I think it was shoes. 2) The woman who gave the gift is in a cell underground and the man is trying to find her to save her. She ends up drowning just as he arrives. If this sounds familiar, please answer!

Answer: The 13th Warrior, with Antonio Banderas.

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