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Question: I've been desperately trying to find the title of a film I saw a few years ago and really enjoyed. I can't remember any of the actors' names and the main plot line is a bit hazy, but hopefully I have enough information for someone out there to recognize it and tell me what movie this is. It's a drama with comedic elements, it's the story of 2 or 3 siblings, I remember the brother having some emotional issues (he smokes too much, stays up all night, never gets out of his pajamas or walks around completely naked) and having recently moved back in with an older sister (perhaps after a parent has died?). The younger sister (an actress with a Lizzie Caplan, Zooey Deschanel type of look) returns from out of town and sees her ex-boyfriend, now in a wheelchair. They'd broken up, she left town, he got drunk and wrapped his car around a tree and lost use of his legs. He's now engaged to an overweight pretty redhead who was his nurse and perhaps physiotherapist. Does any of this ring a bell to anyone? Toward the end of the film the younger sister character runs to the ex-boyfriend's house, breaks down crying, sits on his lap and he holds her, and eventually (after they've shared a kiss, I think) she falls asleep, only to wake up to find him hanging out with his new fiancee by their pool in their backyard. The chubby redhead fiancee invites the younger sister to the wedding with an invitation, I think. I remember the families of the ex-boyfriend and the younger sister used to be close friends, there is now some bitterness between younger sister's siblings who stand up for her, and the ex's parents. I hope this helps.

Chosen answer: I don't know if this is the correct answer, but there is a movie called Our Idiot Brother. It does star Zooey Deschanel. The characters you describe are right, but the plot is different. Three sisters believe their brother is ruining their lives.

Question: Looking for a movie title that was or appears to be set in Alaska or an area somewhat like it. A man is new to a small town, maybe an outsider to the people that live there. He might be a writer. There was something about a boy. Not sure if he kidnapped or found out about a kidnapping. It was a slow paced movie. I think it came out late 1990's or early 2000's.

shhark

Chosen answer: There is a movie called Man Outside (1988). Robert Logan plays a former college professor who lives like a hermit near a small town in the wilderness. When a young boy is kidnapped, suspension falls on him because he never tried to socialize with the townsfolk. Kathleen Quinlan plays a lawyer who defends him.

Question: I am searching for the name of an old comedy, I believe, possibly black and white I saw as a child. Part of the story centers around a woman trying to lure a man to marry her. To do so she refuses to take off her white gloves until he becomes so obsessed with what is beneath them he marries her.

jackrabbit1313

Chosen answer: I think the movie you're describing is Homicidal (1961). A transvestite wears gloves to hid his manly hands. He needs a marriage license in a Hitchcockian plot to gain an inheritance from his sister. A low budget dark movie.

Question: I watched a movie years ago about some young brothers playing (1800's) and they take a little wealthy girl for fun. They are afraid to return her so they raise her as their sister. Years later, after some of her brothers die, she's told the truth about who she is and returns home. She looks exactly like the portrait on the wall of her mother. I can't remember any more.

Chosen answer: I believe the movie you're describing is Rose Hill, a Hallmark movie starring Jennifer Garner.

Question: There was a movie I saw maybe in the 80's. It was about a boy who ends up with some pirates that travel to different planets. During the movie the captain's crew is getting killed by several enemies. The captain is seriously injured so the boy takes some tools to save the captain's life. The movie ends with the captain living and either leaving the kid on another planet or returning him to his home planet.

Chosen answer: It is a low budget B-Movie, Space Raiders (1983). Vince Edwards is the Captain of the pirates. A young boy accidentally stows away on his ship and becomes a pawn between several pirate factions.

Question: Looking for 90's or early 2000s movie with two brothers home for a wedding or maybe a funeral. The good brother's fiance ends up cheating with the criminal brother at a hotel.

Chosen answer: "Feeling Minnesota" (1996) with Cameron Diaz, Keanu Reeves and Vincent D'Onofrio. A beautiful ex-stripper is reluctantly marrying one brother, but she's in love with the other brother, and she runs off with him on her wedding day. http://m.imdb.com/title/tt0116289/.

Charles Austin Miller

Question: Many, many TV series have episodes in which a pregnant woman goes into labor at an awkward time, and a main character(s) must deliver the baby. Is there some reason why?

Chosen answer: This unusually common, perhaps overused convention can be used for a variety of reasons. It can create dramatic tension for a drama, when babies are delivered amidst a crisis (example: "E.R." - "Love's Labor Lost," 1995). It can create an opportunity for comedy, usually resulting from some comedic mishap (example: "All in the Family" - Elevator Story," 1972 - Archie Bunker doesn't actually deliver the baby, but is stuck in the elevator while the delivery is taking place). It can add humanity to a gruff or seemingly emotionless character who must exhibit some tenderness and support during the delivery (example, Worf delivering Keiko's baby in "Star Trek: TNG" - "Disaster," 1991). It can also bring about some macabre or supernatural result (example: "Resurrection" - "Loved in Return," 2015). There are probably other reasons or better examples that aren't coming to my mind.

Michael Albert

Question: I'm looking for a movie (probably made for TV) that has a rich kid hiring a smart kid to attend college for him so his father won't disinherit him for failing one more time. Only saw the beginning of it. 1970-1980 time frame.

Shasta73

Chosen answer: Sounds like "Making the Grade" starring Judd Nelson, which came out in 1984 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087666/.

Heather Benton

Question: I'm looking for the title of a movie about a man who murdered his wife, and seemingly got away with it, but a woman is pretending to be his living wife and all of their friends and family say the the impostor really is his wife. Not sure if it was made for TV or not.

Chosen answer: There are a couple of films that use this story. "One of My Wives is Missing" from 1976, starring Jack Klugman and Elizabeth Ashley could be it. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075015/) It was later remade in 1986 as "Vanishing Act, " starring Mike Farrell and Margot Kidder. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092148/).

Captain Defenestrator

Question: Searching name for a movie for a VERY long time. In 80s/90s time frame I think. This I remember: the boy hits/shoots his girlfriend's dad (doesn't die I think, I think dad abuses her). The boy and girlfriend are on the run on the roads, very mushy sand, have sex in a car, police are after them (i think her father reported them). The police chase them, they hide in a bank/store/cafe, the boy tells his pregnant girlfriend to stay when he decides to go out and meet them, he is circled by cops and gets shot to death when he takes out a gun. The girlfriend cries when she sees it through the window. I would be forever grateful for the help to find this movie. Thanks.

Sanna Bengtsson

Chosen answer: This sounds like the movie "Wisdom" from 1986, starring Emilio Estevez and Demi Moore.

Scott215

Question: I am after the name of a movie where a woman goes through a day trying to escape people after her. In the end it turns out the whole town has been acting to scare her. In the end she is tied to a chair and we find out she murdered a child and as punishment she receives an injection at the end of each day and when she wakes up she has to relive the same traumatic day again. I have searched everywhere for this movie.

deniseward

Chosen answer: This is an episode of the TV show "Black Mirror", called "White Bear". It's season 2, episode 2.

Jon Sandys

Question: It was a strange movie I saw on TV where a boy was in his school during a shooting and he was looking for his friend to get him out of the school. He kept going around to people and asking them if they had seen his friend, and they kept responding in strange ways and just generally acting weird. In the end he found out his friend was the sniper on the roof and his friend told him how his family had all been snipers in wars in the past and that is why he was doing it. I would really appreciate any help finding out what this movie is.

balmung576

Chosen answer: The Delicate Art of the Rifle: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0126260/.

Question: A Lifetime movie based on a true story. A woman killed her husband who was abusive and on the police force. She changed identity, moved and remarried. They found her but I think her recent husband helps her and she get off. This movie was made around 80's or early 90's.

Chosen answer: Unfortunately, there are so many true stories of this nature, but I believe the one you want is Cries Unheard: The Donna Yaklich Story. Jaclyn Smith plays the victim, who murders her police officer husband.

Question: I can't figure out what movie I saw a few years ago. It may have been made in the 90's and I know few details. There was a woman who was in some sort of mental institution, this movie is not scary in any way. She was blonde and had a brother who may have become her caretaker, I know he taught her how to tie her shoes in the movie. He also got her help with some new special tests that did help her for a while but then began to fade, and she returned to being how she was before. In the institution was a man and they became very fond of each other, once in the movie I'm sure they rode a single bicycle. I also remember the brother living in an apartment and maybe she learned how to paint or draw there? She realized she would return to her normal state of mind and was very upset by it. That is basically all I can remember.

honeybee

Chosen answer: Molly, starring Elizabeth Shue as the autistic sister and Aaron Eckhart as the brother. She has an experimental surgery to increase her intelligence. He teaches her to tie her shoelaces and ride a bike. But she gets a brain infection and reverts back to her old self.

Question: There was this film I watched a few years ago that isn't very well known. I do not know any of the actors in it, but it's about this new girl at this school who comes between two best friends. The new girl is obsessed with one of them, so she invites the other one to a fake party with them and when they get to a warehouse, she murders the girl so that her and the girl she's obsessed with can be best friends. Stabs her. The other girl who the killer is obsessed with wants to tell the dead girl's parents but she's being forced not to, so the dead girl's mother investigates and ins out herself. Does anyone know what this film is called?

kira250

Chosen answer: Death clique. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3509114/

Question: I'm looking for a Christmas film that starts out with a boy noticing that one of the reindeer in the Christmas lights is missing. The film ends something along the lines of a group of people rescuing the missing reindeer from a pound in a pick up truck. I think it dates from the late 90s to the early 2000's.

Chosen answer: Sounds like the movie Prancer Returns.

Question: I'm trying to remember a black/white film where a man is diagnosed to live only several months. He decides to make a worthwhile time of it, and leads a happy life only to find out he is not mortally ill cause there was a mix-up, only to die in an accident.

Chosen answer: "Last Holiday" (1950) with Alec Guinness. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0042665/.

Question: 1970's - 80' TV movie. Actors in a small town help police to catch a man who murdered his wife by taking roles such as the butcher.

Senaph

Chosen answer: It is two movies, One of my Wives is Missing (1976) and the remake Vanishing Act (1986). Both were written and produced by the team behind the TV series, Murder, She Wrote.

Question: I've heard and I'm sure I've read about a movie franchise where every movie was a remake of the first movie. Does anyone know of a franchise like this?

Chosen answer: This sounds like it might be Trent Harris' "The Beaver Trilogy" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Beaver_Trilogy.

Question: What old horror movie had a big kid riding a big wheel and lived in a basement?

Chosen answer: There are two horror movies with kids riding a big wheel. The Omen (1976) who uses it to knock his mother off a ladder. The other is The Shining (1980), he rides it around a huge winter lodge to do some exploring. There are no basements in either. The Unseen (1980) has a large deformed and demented man child living in the basement.

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