Funny, quirky, earnest movies?
November 10, 2017 1:08 PM   Subscribe

Looking for movie recommendations for a blustery weekend. I loved "We Are The Best!" and "Lars and the Real Girl," because they were sweet and funny and slightly offbeat, but also earnest and thoughtful with endearing but not saccharine plots and characters. What other movies might I like?
posted by stillmoving to Media & Arts (65 answers total) 82 users marked this as a favorite
If you liked We Are the Best I think you will like Linda Linda Linda
posted by stinker at 1:13 PM on November 10 [3 favorites]

Little Miss Sunshine might do it
posted by potrzebie at 1:15 PM on November 10 [12 favorites]

Galaxy Quest!
posted by cooker girl at 1:15 PM on November 10 [10 favorites]

I really enjoyed The Before trilogy, with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. Note: each subsequent film doesn't quite live up to its predecessor.
posted by bologna on wry at 1:16 PM on November 10 [2 favorites]

Truly, Madly, Deeply. A little sad, but ultimately a quite optimistic movie.
posted by bonehead at 1:16 PM on November 10 [3 favorites]

Maybe Beginners?
posted by frau_grubach at 1:18 PM on November 10 [2 favorites]

I just watched The Fundamentals of Caring recently and very much enjoyed it. Quirky, funny, sweet.
posted by bologna on wry at 1:19 PM on November 10 [4 favorites]

But I'm a Cheerleader
Slums of Beverly Hills
Dear White People
Thank You for Smoking
Easy A
posted by phunniemee at 1:23 PM on November 10 [1 favorite]

Joe Versus the Volcano
posted by dilaudid at 1:27 PM on November 10 [4 favorites]

Safety Not Guaranteed
posted by Gorgik at 1:34 PM on November 10 [7 favorites]

Captain Fantastic
posted by Beardman at 1:37 PM on November 10 [2 favorites]

posted by phunniemee at 1:37 PM on November 10 [3 favorites]

Romantics Anonymous and Amelie could be consider saccharine but they still have a place in my heart. I like the Before Trilogy previously mentioned. Amongst older films Roman Holiday is a particular favourite.
posted by AuroraSky at 1:44 PM on November 10

Heart and Souls
posted by NoraCharles at 1:47 PM on November 10

Ed Wood
Ghost World
The Lobster
posted by dilaudid at 1:50 PM on November 10

Columbus was my quirky and charming find of the year.
posted by art.bikes at 1:53 PM on November 10 [3 favorites]

The Straight Story.
posted by amf at 1:59 PM on November 10 [6 favorites]

Happy Go Lucky
posted by 6thsense at 2:00 PM on November 10 [3 favorites]

Local Hero
posted by Bron at 2:08 PM on November 10 [9 favorites]

Lubitsch films might do it for you, especially (given your comments) The Shop Around the Corner.
posted by praemunire at 2:13 PM on November 10 [1 favorite]

Strictly Ballroom. Also Muriel's Wedding
posted by O9scar at 2:14 PM on November 10 [5 favorites]

Mr. Pig (1:32:11)
posted by cooper green at 2:32 PM on November 10

City Island
posted by AdagioCantabile at 2:36 PM on November 10 [2 favorites]

Walking and Talking -- Nicole Holofcener's first feature length, (and starring 3 not-yet-famous actors, Catherine Keener, Anne Heche and Liev Schrieber.)
posted by flourpot at 2:52 PM on November 10

The Castle, Rat Race, Four Lions, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil
posted by Jessica Savitch's Coke Spoon at 2:54 PM on November 10

The Big Sick!! So very good.
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 3:02 PM on November 10 [8 favorites]

The Station Agent.. It is a quiet movie about making unexpectedly delightful new friends when you least expect it and most need it .. and i love it.
posted by elgee at 3:22 PM on November 10 [11 favorites]

Sing Street!
posted by wsquared at 3:29 PM on November 10 [2 favorites]

Everybody Wants Some!! was a low-stakes, slice-of-life kind of movie that I really enjoyed.
posted by topophilia at 4:18 PM on November 10

Eagle vs. Shark
Italian for Beginners
Born Romantic
Nthing: Galaxy Quest, Muriel's Wedding, Strictly Ballroom, Juno, But I'm A Cheerleader, Little Miss Sunshine
posted by thetarium at 4:38 PM on November 10 [1 favorite]

20th Century Women (dir Mills)
Our Little Sister (dir Koreeda) — skews sweet
After the Storm (dir Koreeda)
After Life (dir Koreeda)
Hunt for the Wilderpeople (dir Waititi)
Smoke Signals (dir Eyre) — skews sad
George Washington (dir Green) — skews sad

These movies remind me that I love humanity a lot a lot.
posted by phonebia at 4:53 PM on November 10 [1 favorite]

Nthing Be Kind Rewind, Beginners, Station Agent, COLUMBUS (YES), Strictly Ballroom, Safety Not Guaranteed. So many great suggestions.

Also ...... Hunt for the Wilderpeople > Captain Fantastic
posted by phonebia at 4:59 PM on November 10

Moonrise Kingdom

(both are Wes Anderson films).
posted by jabo at 5:28 PM on November 10 [1 favorite]

It might be worth looking into Whit Stillman's oeuvre. Metropolitan is my favorite. Last Days of Disco might be a little more accessible.
posted by kevinbelt at 5:29 PM on November 10 [2 favorites]

Lady in the Water
posted by jointhedance at 5:44 PM on November 10

About Time is a wonderfully sweet movie with a great soundtrack.
posted by cairnoflore at 6:23 PM on November 10 [4 favorites]

When I think 'funny, quirky, and earnest' I think Manny and Lo.
posted by googly at 6:41 PM on November 10

Strictly Ballroom. (Don't watch the trailer, it's not good.)
posted by Lexica at 7:12 PM on November 10 [1 favorite]

Most of these have already been posted

Little Miss Sunshine
Moonrise Kingdom/Grand Budapest Hotel
The Big Chill
Cinema Paradiso

Do not recommend Ghost World. I love it but it is extremely dark.
posted by seesom at 7:28 PM on November 10

Strictly Ballroom.

Indeed, one of my favourites. In the same vein, Shall We Dance, but the original 1996 Japanese version, not the later remake.
posted by bonehead at 7:50 PM on November 10 [3 favorites]

Maybe it's just me, but Muriel's Wedding made me so, so sad.

Seconding Little Miss Sunshine. Catch Me if You Can. The Big Year. Any Jane Austen adaptation. Sideways, in a melancholy way.
posted by Threeve at 7:53 PM on November 10 [1 favorite]

Bottle Rocket
posted by under_petticoat_rule at 8:34 PM on November 10

Stranger Than Fiction.
posted by Gneisskate at 10:30 PM on November 10 [2 favorites]

For some reason Amelie shares the same spot in my head as Chungking Express.
posted by zengargoyle at 10:31 PM on November 10 [2 favorites]

Nthing Frances Ha
Harold and Maude
Being There
posted by All hands bury the dead at 10:56 PM on November 10

Oh, and Luc Besson's Angel-A.
posted by zengargoyle at 11:00 PM on November 10

Rocket Science
Dan In Real Life
posted by madonna of the unloved at 11:08 PM on November 10

Kitchen Stories
posted by effluvia at 6:29 AM on November 11 [1 favorite]

The perfect double feature: Local Hero and I Know Where I'm Going! Those will make you want to fall in love and move to northern Scotland immediately.
posted by old_growler at 4:10 PM on November 11

A Man Called Ove. Watched it last night, nice.
Win Win. From the director of The Station Agent, recommended above.
Up, or just about anything from Pixar.
posted by conscious matter at 1:18 AM on November 12

Hunt for the Wilderpeople. Seriously, you will love it.
posted by emd3737 at 3:46 AM on November 12 [3 favorites]

This is great! I've seen almost none of these movies, so this should last me well in to spring. Thank you for all of the suggestions!
posted by stillmoving at 9:17 AM on November 12

My Big Fat Greek Wedding
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
(we just watched the second one last night and it is silly and heartwarming and wonderful)
posted by jillithd at 8:27 AM on November 13

The Invention of Lying
posted by rhizome at 8:00 PM on November 13

Paper Moon.
posted by Sys Rq at 6:53 PM on November 14

In addition to nthing the Station Agent, Safety not Guaranteed and Frances Ha:

Butter, City of Lost Children, Bernie
posted by athirstforsalt at 9:56 PM on November 14

Magic Mike 2 is honestly too pure and joyous for this world, so I'd add it to the list.
posted by nerdfish at 11:35 PM on November 14 [1 favorite]

Dean Spanley.

The Angel's Share (the first 20 minutes are bleak but if you persevere the rest of the film is very different).
posted by riddley at 3:01 AM on November 15 [1 favorite]

Just in case it's of interest, you might find some good recommendations in my two previous questions about funny, charming, intelligent movies. Two specific examples from those threads you might enjoy:

Baghdad Cafe
The Artist
posted by kristi at 8:28 AM on November 15 [1 favorite]

Ooh, more recommendations! Thank you!
posted by stillmoving at 12:03 AM on November 16

I feel like The Truman Show should get a mention.
posted by rhizome at 12:20 PM on November 16

Late to the thread, but If I Were You stars Marcia Gay Harden as a women who finds out her husband is having an affair, and unexpectedly ends up playing King Lear in the world's most amateur production of the play.
posted by Orlop at 3:30 AM on November 17

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