Creativity vs success, well, there’s a huge gap between these two heavy nouns — or is there? When someone is too whimsical, dreamy, and imaginative, is he/she able to achieve triumph in his/her endeavors? Most of the time, it is difficult. And this is exactly what ‘Unicorn Store’, a coming-of-age comedy, tries to explore. If you are someone who has a flair for art and was forced to give up your creativity for success, then you shall relate a lot to the main protagonist here. Kit (Brie Larson) is a failed artist who returns to her hometown and starts staying with her family.
She lands a job in an office and then one day, she gets a mysterious letter from an unnamed salesman who invites her to “The Store”. Kit goes there, only to learn that this strange place which sells “what you need” offers her the chance to own something which she had dreamt all her life — her childhood fantasy, a unicorn. But yes, she has to fulfill some conditions first. A quintessential coming-of-age comedy, ‘Unicorn Store’ is available on Netflix, but if you have already watched it and are in search of some similar titles, then you’ve come to the right place. So, here’s the list of best movies similar to ‘Unicorn Store’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like ‘Unicorn Store’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. Amelie (2001)
The first movie that comes to mind after ‘Unicorn Store’ is ‘Amelie’, one of the loveliest French romantic comedies, which is the perfect, whimsical depiction of contemporary Parisian life. Amelie is a shy waitress who works in a cafe and wishes to change the world by positively influencing those around her through sweet acts of kindness. She didn’t have a normal childhood and was diagnosed with a weird heart condition. Therefore, she didn’t attend any schools like regular kids and spent most of her time in her room, where she often indulged in her own imaginations and fantasies. Amelie grows up to be a beautiful woman who has a dreamy, romantic nature.
One day, she receives the news of Princess Diana’s death and she realizes that life is unpredictable and so she needs to use her time to help by intervening in the lives of those around her. Her efforts are successful in bringing happiness to her neighbors and the daily cafe visitors. Some of her acts include bringing together two lonely individuals, returning a box of old toys in her apartment to its previous owner, befriending an elderly artist with brittle bones, and guiding a blind man down the road while describing the scenes around him. In her quest, she also falls in love with Nino, a guy who collects photographs that people leave behind at photo booths. Eventually, she is able to find love as well as happiness for herself. ‘Amelie’ is a beautiful movie, a true French masterpiece, which is thoughtful, enchanting, and quirky. Do give it a watch if you haven’t already!
9. Bridge to Terabithia (2017)