I should put a trigger warning on this topic from Wandering Through The Shelves for myself. Small towns aren't for everyone. I was born and raised in one, I hated every minute of it. I hate walking into any given establishment and knowing somebody. I hated limited everything. And movie wise, I hated that I always had to drive two hours away to see indie films. Moving was one of the best things I ever did, even if it's not in a huge city. At least it's not a small town.
Anyways, rant aside, here are some films about small towns that subtly capture how horrible they can be for some. And how well they fit for others.
This is probably one of the sweetest movies I've ever seen. Jenna is a small town waitress/pie extraordinaire who finds herself pregnant by her loser husband when that's the last thing she wants.
2) Snow Angels
An ensemble drama about life in a small town before a tragedy strikes. The performances in this one are great, particularly Sam Rockwell, Michael Angarano and Olivia Thirlby
The film that stopped making me think of the ditz in Drop Dead Gorgeous. Amy Adams absolutely steals this movie to the point where it's kind of funny.The film is about a man bringing his new wife back to his home town, but the only thing that matters is Amy Adams, who plays his pregnant sister in law.