Movies like Running with Scissors

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Running with Scissors (2006)
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Running with Scissors (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 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: disturbing, stylized, intense, touching, realistic, talky, humorous, tragicomedy, psychological, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, mental illness, dysfunctional family, therapist, unhappy, family relations, adoption, parents and children, drinking problem, marital problem, sibling relationship, lgbt, teenage life, family problems, diary, psychology, suburbs, mental disorder, gay, husband wife relationship, psychiatrist, sexual content, loser, lgbtq, lesbian ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
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 weird films with plots about dysfunctional family, family relations, storytelling, parents and children, drinking alcohol, dialogue and husband wife relationship mostly in Comedy, Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like Running with Scissors: Igby Goes Down (2002), Wetlands (2013), Carnage (2011), Slums of Beverly Hills (1998), Crooklyn (1994). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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: cynical, depressing, suspense, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, dysfunctional family, mental illness, addiction, depression, existentialism, dark humor, teenage life, eccentric family, eccentricity, character study, fall in love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, chicago illinois, connecticut, new york, manhattan new york city ...
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 5.7
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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: sexy, touching, erotic, intense, cynical ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens
Plot: coming of age, nudity (full frontal - brief), mother daughter relationship, dysfunctional family, father daughter relationship, teenage life, sexuality, rebellion, youth, family problems, parents and children, misfit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany, turkey
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 7.1
 127K
Carnage (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France, Germany, Poland, Spain, USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: After 11-year-old Zachary Cowan strikes his classmate across the face with a stick after an argument, the victim's parents invite Zachary's parents to their Brooklyn apartment to deal with the incident in a civilized manner.
Style: talky, ironic, twists and turns, thought provoking, cynical ...
Plot: husband wife relationship, marriage, dark humor, bully, parenthood, family relations, psychology, family problems, under the surface, society, art, satire ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, brooklyn new york city, africa
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100%
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, disturbing, semi serious, sincere, sexy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, incest, adolescence, family relations, teenager, teenage life, eccentric family, parents and children, social differences, self discovery, single parent, sex aid ...
Time: 70s, year 1976, 20th century
Place: california, los angeles, tokyo, beverly hills, usa
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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, sentimental, stylized, light ...
Plot: coming of age, parenthood, dysfunctional family, poverty, child's point of view, family relations, parents and children, black people, family problems, school, teenage life, couple relations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, brooklyn new york city, tokyo, usa
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59%
Margot at the Wedding (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 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, depressing, stylized, melancholic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family, nudity (full frontal - brief), complex characters, sister sister relationship, family relations, secrets, greed, character study, jealousy, confession, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: usa, harvard university, vermont, long island
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58%
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: melancholic, emotional, touching, depressing, stylized ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, suicide, incestuous relationship, family secret, funeral, cancer, mother daughter relationship, drugs, brother sister incest, drug addiction, pills, family in crisis ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: oklahoma, california, midwest, usa
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56%
 7.9
 33K
C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada, Morocco
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, realistic, touching, talky, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, gay, father son relationship, lgbt, childhood, husband wife relationship, gay teenager, homosexual, coming out, drug addict, gender, sexuality ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 60s, 80s
Place: canada, quebec, jerusalem, holy land, israel ...
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55%
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The Savages (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A sister and brother face the realities of familial responsibility as they begin to care for their ailing father.
Style: sentimental, realistic, compassionate, emotional, melancholic ...
Plot: family, midlife crisis, depression, mental illness, dysfunctional family, father daughter relationship, character study, redemption, family relations, professor, nursing, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: arizona, poland, new york, usa, new york state ...
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54%
 6.5
 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: emotional, humorous, witty, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: teens, date night, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, high school, addiction, youth, teenager, depression, psychologist, teenage life, self discovery, lifestyle, teenage crush, grownups ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: oregon, new york, manhattan new york city
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54%
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, realistic, humorous, funny ...
Plot: family relations, dysfunctional family, family gatherings, parents and children, vengeance, youth, estrangement, family problems, couples, couple relations, family life, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary
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53%
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: touching, witty, twists and turns, semi serious, sexy ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: lesbian, lesbian relationship, lesbian love, coming of age, suburbs, gender, lesbianism, lesbian couple, infidelity, gay, gays and lesbians, adultery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, los angeles, usa, buenos aires argentina, southern california
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53%
 5.5
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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: realistic, talky, humorous, semi serious, cynical
Plot: dysfunctional family, family relations, family gatherings, parents and children, siblings relations, eccentric family, writer's life, family feud, dark humor, artists and showbiz, family problems, sexual dysfunction ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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, humorous, touching, realistic
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, dysfunctional family, teenage life, teenage angst, family relations, family problems, crumbling marriage, youth, parents and children, teen romance, innocence lost, infidelity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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53%
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, sentimental, emotional, atmospheric, light ...
Plot: coming of age, dysfunctional family, terminal illness, youth, mental illness, eccentricity, jewish, cancer, uncle nephew relationship, segregation, first contact, police investigation ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1962
Place: los angeles
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52%
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, melancholic, stylized, sexy ...
Audience: chick flick, teens
Plot: age difference, self discovery, marriage, love and romance, starting over, family life, love affair, family problems, haunted by the past, parents and children, dysfunctional family, depression ...
Time: 70s, 80s, contemporary, 20th century, 2000s ...
Place: new york, new jersey, usa
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52%
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: disturbing, depressing, realistic, cynical, talky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, misfit, bullying, dysfunctional family, school, youth, humiliation, teenager, social outcast, high school life, suburbs, sibling relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new jersey, usa
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52%
 7.7
 70K
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: cynical, disturbing, depressing, dark, art house ...
Plot: pedophilia, rape, dysfunctional family, loneliness, unhappiness, dark humor, obsession, depression, pedophile, sexual abuse, social satire, satire ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new jersey, usa
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52%
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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: emotional, stylized, witty, sentimental, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gay, coming of age, dysfunctional family, suicide, suburbs, family secret, loneliness, parenthood, family problems, society, youth, lifestyle ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: atlanta georgia
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52%
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: humorous, clever, touching, sad, ironic ...
Plot: writers, transsexual, single mother, dysfunctional family, psychology, coming of age, writer's life, lgbtq, lgbt, female nudity, death, dark humor ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york
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51%
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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, realistic, emotional, melancholic ...
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: dysfunctional family, mother daughter relationship, father son relationship, brother sister relationship, brother brother relationship, father daughter relationship, family relations, family life, little boy, single mother, teenage girl, little girl ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: missouri, st. louis missouri
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51%
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: sexy, realistic, touching, thought provoking, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: teenage life, high school, youth, coming of age, internet, teenager, sex scene, teenage love, infidelity, anorexia, depression, teenage girl ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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51%
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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: sexy, talky, touching, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, coming of age, infidelity, love, family, marital problem, american dream, first love, violence, marriage, teenage love, family problems ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, new jersey, usa
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51%
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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, witty, sweet, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, dysfunctional family, parenthood, redemption, eccentricity, honest, obsession, parents and children, love and romance, family problems, family relations, artists and showbiz ...
Time: contemporary, 70s
Place: england, edinburgh scotland, united kingdom, scotland, london
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51%
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, cynical, emotional, melancholic, stylized ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, hollywood, aspiring actor, mental illness, sex, incest, child star, satire, male nudity, actress, mother daughter relationship, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, beverly hills
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51%
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: semi serious, humorous, emotional, touching, realistic
Plot: adoption, terminal illness, self discovery, uncover truth, hopes, introspection, dysfunctional family, working class, parents and children, family life, family problems, transplant ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, england, europe, usa, liverpool
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51%
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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: stylized, melancholic, sincere, realistic, sentimental ...
Audience: chick flick, teens, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: mother daughter relationship, family problems, teenager, dysfunctional family, small town, parents and children, redemption, family relations, sexual abuse, honest, secrets, confession ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: idaho, san francisco, new jersey, california, usa ...
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50%
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, bleak, semi serious, humorous, witty ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, suicide, suburbs, kidnapping, dark humor, drug abuse, youth, friendship, mistaken identity, teenager, parent child relationship, disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
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50%
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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: sexy, talky, stylized, humorous, allegory ...
Plot: suicide, suburbs, writer's life, bittersweet, poetry, writers, violence, promiscuity, janitor, strip club, death of mother, brother sister relationship ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new jersey, usa, stockholm sweden, new york
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50%
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: feel good, humorous, intense, sweet, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, teenager, romance, high school life, father son relationship, love, adaptation, family relations, prank, honest, parents and children, teenage life ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: rhode island, usa, new jersey, connecticut, florida ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%