Movies like Running with Scissors

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Running with Scissors (2006)
 6.2
 22K
Running with Scissors (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Young Augusten Burroughs absorbs experiences that could make for a shocking memoir: the son of an alcoholic father and an unstable mother, he's handed off to his mother's therapist, Dr. Finch, and spends his adolescent years as a member of Finch's bizarre extended family.
Style: touching, realistic, talky, humorous, tragicomedy, disturbing, intense, stylized, offbeat, contemplative ...
Plot: therapist, dysfunctional family, coming of age, family relations, adoption, parents and children, marital problem, drinking problem, teenage life, family problems, diary, unhappy, sibling relationship, mental illness, homosexual, poet, husband wife relationship, psychiatrist, cat, virginity, youth, mentally unstable, drugs/alcohol, innocence lost, sexual content ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, massachusetts, california, new jersey

Most similar movies to Running with Scissors

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, semi serious, humorous and touching films with plots about family relations, dysfunctional family, parents and children, storytelling, drinking, husband wife relationship and dialogue mostly in Comedy, Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like Running with Scissors: Igby Goes Down (2002), Wetlands (2013), Crooklyn (1994), Slums of Beverly Hills (1998), Margot at the Wedding (2007). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.9
 32K
Igby Goes Down (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A young man's peculiar upbringing renders him unable to competently cope with the struggle of growing up.
Style: suspense, humorous, dark humor, cynical, depressing ...
Plot: mental illness, dysfunctional family, teenage life, eccentric family, family problems, addiction, life is a bitch, falling in love, fall in love, coming of age, parents and children, terminal illness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, new jersey, chicago illinois, manhattan new york city, connecticut ...
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100%
 5.8
 11K
Wetlands (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Helen is a nonconformist teenage girl who maintains a conflictual relationship with her parents. Hanging out most of her time with her friend Corinna, with whom she breaks one social taboo after another, she uses sex as a way to rebel and break the ...
Style: touching, dark humor, cynical, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage life, dysfunctional family, coming of age, parents and children, family problems, youth, parents separation, misfit, mentally unstable, escape from reality, nudity (full frontal - brief), hospital ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany, turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 9K
Crooklyn (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: From Spike Lee comes this vibrant semi-autobiographical portrait of a school-teacher, her stubborn jazz-musician husband and their five kids living in '70s Brooklyn.
Style: humorous, touching, semi serious, sentimental, melancholic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, parenthood, coming of age, family relations, parents and children, urban, single parent, family problems, school, teenage life, couple relations, black people ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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, eccentric family, teenage life, 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 ⇓
76%
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Margot at the Wedding (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Margot and her son Claude decide to visit her sister Pauline after she announces that she is getting married to less-than-impressive Malcolm. In short order, the storm the sisters create leaves behind a mess of thrashed relationships and exposed ...
Style: talky, cynical, humorous, semi serious, tragicomedy ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family relations, sister sister relationship, confession, secret, jealousy, family problems, family gatherings, family life, siblings relations, human nature, wedding preparations and rituals ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: usa, long island, vermont, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
August: Osage County (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, incestuous relationship, suicide, funeral, family in crisis, family secret, drug addiction, family relations, death in the family, parents and children, life is a bitch, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: oklahoma, usa, midwest, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 7.9
 31K
C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A story of two love affairs. A father's love for his five sons. And one son's love for his father, a love so strong it compels him to live a lie. That son is Zac Beaulieu, born on the 25th of December 1960, different from all his brothers, ...
Style: humorous, touching, realistic, semi serious, sentimental ...
Plot: coming of age, homosexual, reconciliation, acceptance, eccentric family, parents and children, self discovery, lgbt, siblings relations, family life, teenage life, gender ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 60s, 1960s, 80s
Place: canada, quebec, montreal quebec, israel, jerusalem ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 7.1
 36K
The Savages (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A sister and brother face the realities of familial responsibility as they begin to care for their ailing father.
Style: sentimental, realistic, sincere, humorous, emotional ...
Plot: professor, midlife crisis, depression, family relations, family, mental illness, neighbor, dying, nursing, parents and children, siblings relations, responsibility ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: arizona, new york, usa, poland, phoenix arizona ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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 6.6
 21K
Thumbsucker (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Justin, a teenager boy, throws himself and everyone around him into chaos when he attempts to break free from his addiction to his thumb.
Style: humorous, witty, sentimental, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: high school, coming of age, rehabilitation, psychologist, addiction, self discovery, teenage life, youth, lifestyle, parents and children, life is a bitch, family life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oregon, manhattan new york city, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
As Cool as I Am (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A smart teenage girl comes of age in a small town with her self-centered parents who had her when they were teenagers.
Style: semi serious, touching, humorous, realistic
Plot: coming of age, teenage angst, dysfunctional family, teenage life, family relations, family problems, youth, crumbling marriage, parents and children, teen romance, small town, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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: semi serious, touching, humorous, realistic, offbeat
Plot: family relations, dysfunctional family, youth, family problems, couples, estrangement, family gatherings, vengeance, parents and children, family life, introspection, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
The Kids Are All Right (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, France
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Two women, Nic and Jules, brought a son and daughter into the world through artificial insemination. When one of their children reaches age, both kids go behind their mothers' backs to meet with the donor. Life becomes so much more interesting ...
Style: semi serious, touching, witty, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: lesbian, adultery, lesbian relationship, lesbian love, lesbianism, gender, artificial insemination, family relations, control freak, argument, parenthood, gays and lesbians ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, los angeles, usa, buenos aires argentina, southern california
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 5.6
 4K
Peep World (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: On the day of their Father's 70th birthday party, four siblings come to terms with the publication of a novel written by the youngest sibling, that exposes the family's most intimate secrets.
Style: humorous, dark humor, talky, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family relations, family feud, writer's life, eccentric family, parents and children, siblings relations, family gatherings, artists and showbiz, sexual dysfunction, family problems, humiliation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: An unattractive 7th grader struggles to cope with suburban life as the middle child with un-attentive parents and bullies at school.
Style: realistic, cynical, semi serious, sincere, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, suburbs, misfit, dysfunctional family, sibling relationship, humiliation, family problems, social awkwardness, parents and children, unfulfillment, youth, siblings relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The life you love may be your own.... The wife of a much older man finds herself attracted to their neighbour's son, who is closer to her age.
Style: emotional, touching, offbeat, sweet, stylized ...
Audience: chick flick, teens
Plot: self discovery, family life, starting over, love affair, love and romance, marriage, family problems, parents and children, haunted by the past, age difference, neighbor, depression ...
Time: 70s, 80s, contemporary, 90s, 20th century ...
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 6.9
 14K
Lymelife (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A coming of age dramedy where infidelity, real estate, and Lyme disease have two families falling apart on Long Island in the early eighties. Scott, 15, is at the point in his life when he finds out that the most important people around him, his ...
Style: touching, serious, sentimental, talky, emotional ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, american dream, marital problem, infidelity, first love, marriage, teenage love, family life, family problems, violence, love, teenage life ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Unstrung Heroes (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Steven Lidz, unhappy with his home life since his mother got sick, goes and lives with his two crazy Uncles. There he changes and gets closer to his Uncles, but his parents want him home even though he is finally happy and popular. Written by Todd ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: coming of age, dysfunctional family, family relations, terminal illness, mental illness, youth, unfulfillment, single parent, love and romance, bittersweet, human nature, parents and children ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1962
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.7
 66K
Happiness (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: The lives of many individuals connected by the desire for happiness, often from sources usually considered dark or evil.
Style: banned film, cynical, dark humor, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: pedophilia, rape, loneliness, sibling relationship, marriage, therapist, divorce, depression, obsession, dysfunctional family, child abuse, unhappiness ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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The World According to Garp (1982)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Based on the John Irving novel, this film chronicles the life of T S Garp, and his mother, Jenny. Whilst Garp sees himself as a "serious" writer, Jenny writes a feminist manifesto at an opportune time, and finds herself as a magnet for all ...
Style: touching, humorous, clever, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: writers, family relations, coming of age, wrestling, wrestler, love, typewriter, writer's life, impregnation, men hatred, strong female presence, single parent ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
Men, Women & Children (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives.
Style: touching, realistic, suspense, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage life, high school, youth, teenage love, internet, computers and web, parents and children, overprotective parent, teenager, infidelity, coming of age, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Imaginary Heroes (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany, Belgium
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Matt Travis is good-looking, popular, and his school's best competitive swimmer, so everyone is shocked when he inexplicably commits suicide. As the following year unfolds, each member of his family struggles to recover from the tragedy with ...
Style: witty, humorous, sentimental, emotional, biting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dysfunctional family, suicide, family secret, family problems, society, lifestyle, teenage life, loss of son, suburbs, coming of age, high school, gay ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: atlanta georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Driving Lessons (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A shy teenage boy trying to escape the influence of his domineering mother, has his world changed when he begins to work for a retired actress.
Style: touching, sentimental, realistic, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, dysfunctional family, parents and children, love and romance, artists and showbiz, actor's life, family relations, family problems, friendship, infidelity, christianity, letter ...
Time: contemporary, 70s
Place: england, london, scotland, edinburgh scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Strange Relations (2001)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Drama - A NYC psychiatrist is diagnosed with leukemia - and when he finds out he was adopted, he travels to England in search of his birth mother and some answers. - Paul Reiser, Amber Sealey, Lachele Carl
Style: humorous, touching, emotional, semi serious, realistic
Plot: adoption, terminal illness, self discovery, uncover truth, family problems, hopes, introspection, family life, parents and children, working class, dysfunctional family, transplant ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa, england, europe, liverpool
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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 5.8
 24K
Georgia Rule (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Georgia Rule follows a rebellious, uncontrollable teenager who is hauled off by her dysfunctional mother to spend the summer with her grandmother. Her journey will lead all three women to revelations of buried family secrets and an understanding ...
Style: sincere, realistic, sentimental, serious, melancholic ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: family problems, mother daughter relationship, dysfunctional family, parents and children, family relations, teenager, small town, confession, redemption, generation gap, uncontrollable, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: idaho, usa, san francisco, salt lake city utah, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 7.2
 7K
Henry Fool (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: An egocentric bum transforms the lives of a shy New Jersey garbageman and his sister.
Style: stylized, talky, humorous, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: family relations, poet, fame, politics, money, bittersweet, suburbs, writer's life, murder, lifestyle, profanity, sexual content ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new jersey, new york, stockholm sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Maps to the Stars (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada, Germany, France, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Driven by an intense need for fame and validation, members of a dysfunctional Hollywood family are chasing celebrity, one another and the relentless ghosts of their pasts.
Style: disturbing, semi serious, realistic, emotional, surreal ...
Plot: hollywood, dysfunctional family, aspiring actor, satire, haunted by the past, profanity, mental illness, therapy, rehabilitation, obsession, parents and children, desire for fame ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, beverly hills
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 7.0
 44K
Parenthood (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: The story of the Buckman family and friends, attempting to bring up their children. They suffer/enjoy all the events that occur: estranged relatives, the "black sheep" of the family, the eccentrics, the skeletons in the closet, and the ...
Style: touching, humorous, melancholic, emotional, light ...
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: family relations, family life, single parent, dysfunctional family, parents and children, eccentric family, youth, siblings relations, living with parents, supportive parent, teenage life, parenting ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: missouri, st. louis missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Outside Providence (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In this coming-of-age comedy, Tim Dunphy is leading a go-nowhere existence, spending his days smoking pot and hanging out with his best friend, Drugs Delaney. But Tim's lazy days of getting high are jettisoned after a brush with the law ...
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, sweet, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, family relations, high school life, love, student, prank, party, romance, teenager, parents and children, teenage life, father son relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: rhode island, usa, connecticut, florida, arizona ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
The Chumscrubber (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The Chumscrubber is a dark comedy about the lives of people who live in upper-class suburbia. It all begins when Dean Stiffle finds the body of his friend, Troy. He doesn't bother telling any of the adults because he knows they won't care. ...
Style: surreal, dark humor, bleak, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: suburbs, suicide, kidnapping, mistaken identity, friendship, drug dealing, drug abuse, coming of age, crimes, youth, social decay, disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 6.3
 2K
Diggers (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Diggers is a coming-of-age story directed by Katherine Dieckmann. It portrays four working-class friends who grow up in The Hamptons, on the South Shore of Long Island, New York, as clam diggers in 1976. Their fathers were clam diggers as well as ...
Style: humorous, touching, witty, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, coming of age, parents and children, americana, social differences, social relations, love and romance, youth, save the day, family relations, father son relationship, coping ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, long island
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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