Movies like Spud

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Spud (2010)
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Spud (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: South Africa
Duration: 103 min.
Story: It's South Africa 1990. Two major events are about to happen: The release of Nelson Mandela and, more importantly, it's Spud Milton's first year at an elite boys only private boarding school. John Milton is a boy from an ordinary background who wins a scholarship to a private school in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. Surrounded by boys with nicknames like Gecko, Rambo, Rain Man and Mad Dog, Spud has his hands full trying to adapt to his new home. Along the way Spud takes his first tentative steps along the path to manhood. (The path it seems could be a rather long road). Spud is an only child. He is cursed with parents from well beyond the lunatic fringe and a senile granny. His dad is a fervent anti-communist who is paranoid that the family domestic worker is running a shebeen from her room at the back of the family home. His mom is a free spirit and a teenager's worst nightmare, whether it's shopping for Spud's underwear in the local supermarket
Style: sincere, sentimental, realistic, feel good, serious, emotional
Plot: private school, friendship, teachers and students, fish out of water, love and romance, nickname, school, teenage love, youth, friends, misfit, fall in love, boarding school, coming of age, power relations, bittersweet, boarding school life, masturbation, bully, teenage boy, teen angst, teenage crush, barefoot male, bare chested boy, school play ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: south africa, africa

Most similar movies to Spud

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, touching, sentimental and semi serious films with plots about youth, friendship, coming of age, friends, love and romance, teenage life and school mostly in Drama, Comedy and Family genres. Some movies like Spud: Dead Poets Society (1989), Rockford (1999), Crazy (2000), To Find a Man (1972), White as Milk, Red as Blood (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Dead Poets Society (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: At an elite, old-fashioned boarding school in New England, a passionate English teacher inspires his students to rebel against convention and seize the potential of every day, courting the disdain of the stern headmaster.
Style: philosophical, intellectual, uplifting, sentimental, motivational ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: teachers and students, boarding school life, teacher, literature, poetry, dedicated educator, poet, philosophy, student, professor, suicide, coming of age ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1959
Place: vermont, new england, usa, harvard university
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Rockford (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: India
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The movie chronicles the arrival of a (Hindu) student to a strict all-boys Christian boarding school in India and his assimilation into the school. The change is quite dramatic to the protagonist and there are a lot of events that would look ...
Style: humorous, sexual, semi serious, realistic, sexy
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Time: 90s, 20th century
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Crazy (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Benjamin is a 16 year old half-side spastic with lousy grades in math, who switches to a boarding school to reach grammar school. Acclimatization to the new environment is difficult in the first place and he has to struggle with the various problems ...
Style: touching, sentimental, sincere, realistic, semi serious ...
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Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: europe, germany, bavaria
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To Find a Man (1972)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A boarding-school girl (Pamela Sue Martin) comes home pregnant and asks the boy (Darren O'Connor) next door for help getting an abortion.
Style: humorous, touching, psychological, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: friendship, teenage pregnancy, family relations, couples, boarding school, friends, battles, family problems, betrayal, youth, life is a bitch, boarding school life ...
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White as Milk, Red as Blood (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Leo falls in love with Beatrice, a slightly older high-school student who has leukemia.
Style: sentimental, touching, semi serious, humorous, psychological
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage love, teenage life, love and romance, friendship, self discovery, high school, youth, leukemia, power relations, friends, mentally unstable, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Angus (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, France, Germany, USA
Duration: 90 min.
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Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Various experiences of childhood are seen in several sequences that take place in the small town of Thiers, France. Vignettes include a boy's awakening interest in girls, couples double-dating at the movies, brothers giving their friend a ...
Style: sincere, feel good, sentimental, touching, uplifting ...
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Foreign Letters (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A bittersweet coming-of-age film, Foreign Letters is itself a love letter to the unshakeable bond between friends. Set in the pre-email era of the 1980s, young Ellie, newly arrived to the US from Israel, anxiously waits for letters from her best ...
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, realistic
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Time: 20th century, 80s
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The Getting of Wisdom (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 101 min.
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Style: serious, realistic
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Duration: 103 min.
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Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, sentimental, touching
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, sincere, realistic ...
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Genre: Drama
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Duration: 99 min.
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Style: serious, sentimental, emotional, touching, realistic
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Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1963, 1960s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 100 min.
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Style: captivating, semi serious, realistic, sentimental, gloomy ...
Audience: teens
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Style: semi serious, humorous, sincere, light, captivating ...
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22%
The Last of the High Kings (1996)
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Style: serious, touching, emotional, sexual, melancholic ...
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21%
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Genre: Comedy, Drama
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Duration: 101 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, realistic
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