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Joshua Then and Now (1985)
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Joshua Then and Now (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Based on a novel by Mordecai Richler, allegedly his autobiography, it tells the story of a Jewish writer, from his life as a young boy in Montreal to his more complicated grown-up life.
Style: psychological, sincere, clever, serious, realistic
Plot: courtroom drama, youth, writer's life, family relations, religions or cults, parents and children, injustice, life is a bitch, family life, ambition, dysfunctional family, rise and fall, family problems, society, false accusation, lifestyle, introspection, coming of age, homecoming, eccentric family, unfulfillment, celebrity culture, family in crisis, love, sex ...
Time: 80s
Place: canada, montreal

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, touching, humorous and semi serious films with plots about family relations, parents and children, family problems, dysfunctional family, youth, family life and unfulfillment mostly in Drama, Comedy and Family genres. Some movies like Joshua Then and Now: The Art of Crying (2006), Momma's Man (2008), You Can Thank Me Later (1998), Slums of Beverly Hills (1998), Raising Genius (2004). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Art of Crying (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Life is not easy for 11-year-old Allan living in South Jutland during the early 1970s. His mentally unstable father frequently threatens suicide and his mother has long since given up. It's up to Allan to keep the family together. When a rival ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, psychological, cult film
Plot: dysfunctional family, small town, child's point of view, lifestyle, young heroes, family life, life is a bitch, society, youth, hysteria, understanding, siblings relations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: denmark, europe, germany, scandinavia
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Momma's Man (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: In Momma's Man an adult decides to escape the pressures of life and return to his old bedroom at his parents' house. An odd premise, but executed with skill and tenderness.
Style: psychological, emotional, realistic, sincere, serious ...
Plot: midlife crisis, family problems, introspection, family life, eccentric family, love and romance, pregnancy, unfulfillment, parents and children, family relations, elderly lovers, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, new york
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86%
You Can Thank Me Later (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: In this Canadian comedy-drama, Shirley Cooperberg heads a Montreal Jewish family. During her husband's operation, her brood arrives at the hospital -- failed writer Eli, neurotic Susan, and successful theatrical producer Edward. An onslaught of ...
Style: sincere, clever, witty, humorous, touching ...
Plot: family relations, hospital, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, lifestyle, golden years, artists and showbiz, clergy, writer's life, love and romance, unfulfillment, family in crisis ...
Time: 90s
Place: canada
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81%
Slums of Beverly Hills (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In 1976, a lower-middle-class teenager struggles to cope living with her neurotic family of nomads on the outskirts of Beverly Hills.
Style: humorous, semi serious, sincere, disturbing, clever ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, family relations, teenage life, eccentric family, social differences, self discovery, parents and children, single parent, sex aid, youth, nomad, incest ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1976
Place: beverly hills, usa, california, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1974)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The younger son of a working-class Jewish family in Montreal, Duddy Kravitz yearns to make a name for himself in society. This film chronicles his short and dubious rise to power, as well as his changing relationships with family and friends. Along ...
Style: suspense, clever, humorous, witty, cynical ...
Plot: anti semitism, social differences, workplace situations, parents and children, adolescence vs adulthood, innocence lost, family relations, rise to the top, ambition, society, youth, misfit ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: canada
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69%
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Raising Genius (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: The film is about a boy who locks himself in the bathroom to work out math equations on the shower wall. The boy has obsessive compulsive parents. The boy is obsessed with a cheerleader named Lacy, who lives across the street from.
Style: psychological, humorous, realistic, semi serious, dark humor ...
Audience: teen comedy
Plot: dysfunctional family, prodigy, family relations, parents and children, family life, eccentric family, family problems, couples, couple relations, youth, society, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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55%
Winter Passing (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Actress Reese Holden has been offered a small fortune by a book editor if she can secure for publication the love letters that her father, a reclusive novelist, wrote to her mother, who has since passed away. Returning to Michigan, Reese finds that ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, emotional, heartbreaking ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: family relations, homecoming, dysfunctional family, couple relations, unlikely couple, artists and showbiz, love and romance, lifestyle, family problems, addiction, writer's life, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: usa, new york, michigan, manhattan new york city, new jersey
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52%
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Childstar (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Childstar is about an egotistical 12-year-old named Taylor Brandon Burns who has skyrocketed to fame at that young age. His relationship with his driver, Rick, takes a turn when Taylor confides in him about the problems of celebrity and the fears of ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, captivating, light, thought provoking ...
Plot: actor's life, fame, filmmaking, coming of age, lifestyle, showbiz, youth, artists and showbiz, satire, celebrity culture, parents and children, family relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: canada
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49%
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Two Weeks (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: In this bittersweet comedy, four adult siblings gather at their dying mother's house in North Carolina for what they expect to be a quick, last goodbye. Instead, they find themselves trapped — together — for two weeks.
Style: touching, sentimental, humorous, realistic, semi serious
Plot: terminal illness, eccentric family, family life, introspection, estrangement, single parent, homecoming, family gatherings, parents and children, dysfunctional family, family problems, dying ...
Time: contemporary
Place: north carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Last Summer in the Hamptons (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Filmed entirely on location in East Hampton, Long Island, "Last Summer in the Hamptons" concerns a large theatrical family spending the last weekend of their summer together at the decades-old family retreat which economic circumstances ...
Style: talky, clever, realistic, semi serious, contemplative ...
Plot: death in the family, dysfunctional family, love and romance, family problems, estate, couples, family relations, religions or cults, lifestyle, artists and showbiz, on the run, reunion ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, long island, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Best Thief in the World (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Izzy, the youngest son of a troubled New York family, takes a shine to breaking into people's apartments as a way to get attention.
Style: sincere, emotional, touching, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, unlikely criminals, young heroes, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, heist, teenage life, parents and children, family life, estrangement, kids in trouble, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Marine Life (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Marine Life revolves around the choatic family life of June, a middle-aged lounge singer and mother. Aging and twice divorced, lounge singer June Nordstrom tries to cope with her fading beauty, her troubled offspring, her waning career and her young ...
Style: realistic, humorous, touching, emotional, semi serious
Plot: dysfunctional family, love affair, family life, youth, love and romance, parents and children, midlife crisis, child as adult, single parent, couples, family problems, family relations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
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45%
The Squid and the Whale (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Based on the true childhood experiences of Noah Baumbach and his brother, The Squid and the Whale tells the touching story of two young boys dealing with their parents divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980's.
Style: talky, sincere, depressing, absurd, humorous ...
Plot: divorce, writers, self fulfillment, coming of age, dysfunctional family, adolescence, self esteem, parents and children, lifestyle, writer's life, crumbling marriage, eccentric family ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Lost Song (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Pierre and Elisabeth, a couple in their thirties, move with their baby into a cottage on a lake for the summer. The setting is idyllic, and the couple’s happiness seems within reach. Every day, Pierre goes to work in the city while Elisabeth ...
Style: psychological, realistic, serious, sentimental, contemplative ...
Plot: couple relations, pregnancy, family problems, family relations, couples, losing-it hero, unfulfillment, babies and infants, parents and children, introspection, mentally unstable, love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Empire of Dirt (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Like many Native families, Lena Mahikan grew up in the cycle of abuse. Her father, a residential school survivor, was an alcoholic until he killed himself when Lena was 10. Her mother, only 14 years her senior, turned to the slots. By the time Lena ...
Style: sincere, emotional, serious, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: small town, haunted by the past, society, danger, family problems, youth, single parent, social misfits, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, family life, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
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42%
My Year Without Sex (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A tender story from Australia highlights the realistic ups and downs of an Australian family in the year following a parent's emergency medical procedure.
Style: sentimental, sincere, realistic, semi serious, uplifting ...
Plot: family relations, couples, introspection, couple relations, youth, lifestyle, hopes, thirtysomething life, family problems, family in crisis, parents and children, adolescence vs adulthood ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Papa Was Not a Rolling Stone (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The 1980s. Stéphanie grows up in La Courneuve, on the outskirts of Paris, in a home where her mother is rarely there and her step-father is brutal. She quickly decides to escape her morose everyday life. Thanks to her grandmother's love, ...
Style: sincere, touching, humorous, sentimental, semi serious ...
Plot: follow your dream, dysfunctional family, family relations, youth, teenage life, friendship, parents and children, society, adolescence vs adulthood, family problems, hopes, high school life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: paris france, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Curse of the Starving Class (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Curse of the Starving Class is a play by Sam Shepard, considered the first of a series on family tragedies. Drama about a dirt-poor 1950's-era farm family. Dad's a foul talking drunk and Mom is desperately trying to save what's left ...
Style: gloomy, realistic, serious
Plot: poverty, farm, alcoholic, family in crisis, cons and scams, family life, parents and children, countryside, alcohol abuse, midlife crisis, couples, injustice ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1920s
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39%
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Next of Kin (1984)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 70 min.
Story: Twenty-three-year old Peter Foster is an only child who lives at home, where he constantly hears his parents arguing. Because Peter does nothing all day, the family goes to a clinic where a therapist videotapes them. After Peter watches his tape, he ...
Style: psychological, serious, realistic
Plot: adoption, dysfunctional family, family relations, pretense, family in crisis, eccentric family, custody, suburban life, voyeurism, siblings relations, cons and scams, family gatherings ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Isn't It Delicious (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: When Joan Weldon discovers she is dying of lung cancer, she sets out to reconcile her dysfunctional relationships with her three children, her husband, and along the way, her former best friend. The family's destructive ways are offset by messy ...
Style: touching, sincere, humorous, semi serious, realistic
Plot: self discovery, dysfunctional family, parents and children, life is a bitch, family problems, family relations, terminal illness, family life, bittersweet, one night stand, husband wife relationship, cancer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Tribute (1980)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A shallow Broadway press agent learns he is dying just as his son by his ex-wife arrives for a visit.
Style: uplifting, realistic, serious, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: agent, dying, family relations, couples, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, prostitute, nudity (full frontal - brief), estrangement, family problems, bittersweet, family in crisis ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: manhattan new york city, new york
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37%
Falling Angels (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The wickedly funny story of three sisters' coming of age in a wildly dysfunctional family, set against the backdrop of the 60's, free love, the Cold War, LSD and the dawn of feminism. Affectionately dubbed "Little Women on acid", ...
Style: realistic, touching, clever, serious
Plot: infidelity, dysfunctional family, parents and children, family problems, family relations, siblings relations, suburban life, estrangement, couples, youth, eccentric family, teenage life ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
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36%
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Bruno (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The story of a unique young boy genius, Bruno, whose expression of his own individuality leads his family and community along an emotional journey.
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, semi serious, humorous ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, friendship, youth, parents and children, family life, coming of age, family problems, prodigy, hopes, society, eccentric family, pursuit ...
Time: 90s
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35%
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Growing Op (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The story of a teenage boy coming of age in a suburban grow-operation, where every day is paradise or fresh hell. But it's always a trip. Sheltered all his life and home-schooled by loving parents who are also committed criminals, Quinn Dawson ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, sincere, light, offbeat ...
Audience: teens
Plot: family relations, lifestyle, teenage life, eccentric family, parents and children, drugs/alcohol, social relations, teenage love, brother sister relationship, husband wife relationship, stoners, mother son relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
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34%
Birds of America (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A regular guy struggles with a repressive home and professional life, as well as making amends for the trouble his free-spirited brother and sister cause about town.
Style: touching, semi serious, realistic, humorous, offbeat
Plot: family relations, dysfunctional family, estrangement, couples, family problems, youth, family gatherings, vengeance, parents and children, lifestyle, family life, introspection ...
Time: contemporary
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33%
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Dad (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A busy executive (Ted Danson) learns during a meeting that his mother may be dying and rushes home to her side. He ends up being his father's caretaker and becomes closer to him (Jack Lemmon) than ever before. Estranged from his own son (Ethan ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, touching, uplifting, sincere ...
Plot: father son relationship, aging, parents and children, hopes, family life, hospital, terminal illness, family drama, heart attack, doctors, family bonds, redemption ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, new jersey, california, san francisco
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33%
It's Not Me, I Swear! (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: Canada
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Léon is ten years old, has lots of problems and an overly fertile imagination. Of course, there is mom and dad who are always fighting, and those annoying neighbors who get to spend the summer at the beach. And then, there's Léa, the ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, humorous, clever, offbeat ...
Plot: disorder, family relations, best friends, prank, love and romance, youth, parents and children, eccentric family, mischievous children, coming of age, family problems, domestic violence ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: canada, quebec
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32%
Under the Stars (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Selfish, opportunistic Benito returns to his home in Navarre when he learns that his father is dying. There, he reconnects with his younger brother Lalo, a metal sculptor who is emotionally needy. Benito also develops a surprising bond with Ainara, ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, touching
Plot: family in crisis, family relations, family problems, self discovery, siblings relations, lifestyle, youth, career change, down on your luck, homecoming, death in the family, high maintenance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain, madrid
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32%
Barney's Version (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Italy, Canada
Duration: 134 min.
Story: The picaresque and touching story of the politically incorrect, fully lived life of the impulsive, irascible and fearlessly blunt Barney Panofsky.
Style: emotional, semi serious, witty, sincere, thought provoking ...
Plot: suicide, marriage, friendship, lifestyle, everyday life, marital problem, human nature, aging, love and romance, divorce, jewish, actress ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 90s, 80s, year 1974 ...
Place: canada, rome italy, montreal quebec, new york, quebec ...
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30%
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In the Heart (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Netherlands, Belgium
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Masha (37) is in an overwhelming relationship with Luuk, father of two and separated. Nothing seems to stand in their way until Luuk turns incurably ill, leaving Masha without status.
Style: sincere, psychological, touching, serious, realistic
Plot: tragic love, couple relations, life is a bitch, terminal illness, love and romance, parents and children, couples, family relations, unfulfillment, down on your luck, female director, pubic hair
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: holland, europe
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30%