Movies like The Squid and the Whale

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The Squid and the Whale (2005)
 7.4
 69K
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, intellectual, realistic, witty, tense, sentimental ...
Plot: divorce, self fulfillment, museum, coming of age, dysfunctional family, adolescence, writer's life, parents and children, self esteem, crumbling marriage, childhood memory, teenage life, family problems, human relationship, understanding, eccentric family, infidelity, father son relationship, tennis, masturbation, parenthood, childhood, depression, strong sexual content, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, california

Most similar movies to The Squid and the Whale

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, melancholic, talky and clever films with plots about storytelling, dysfunctional family, dialogue, mentor, pornography, loneliness and relationships mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres. Some movies like The Squid and the Whale: American Splendor (2003), The Savages (2007), Margot at the Wedding (2007), Driving Lessons (2006), Heartburn (1986). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
American Splendor (2003)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: An original mix of fiction and reality illuminates the life of comic book hero everyman Harvey Pekar.
Style: neurotic, realistic, stylized, sincere, semi serious ...
Plot: writer's life, loneliness, depression, artist, antisocial behavior, self discovery, rising to stardom, new job, ambition, social misfits, lifestyle, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 1960s
Place: usa, ohio, cleveland ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 34K
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: realistic, sentimental, witty, biting, sincere ...
Plot: professor, midlife crisis, neighbor, doctor, dying, depression, childhood, guilt, mental illness, family, parents and children, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: arizona, new york, usa, poland, new york state ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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, tragicomedy, realistic, witty ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, confession, neighbor, secret, jealousy, sister sister relationship, eccentric family, wedding preparations and rituals, under the surface, family relations, family problems, family life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, long island, vermont, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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: sentimental, realistic, humorous, touching, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, dysfunctional family, love and romance, parents and children, artists and showbiz, actor's life, family relations, family problems, friendship, infidelity, actress, letter ...
Time: contemporary
Place: england, scotland, edinburgh scotland, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 6.1
 8K
Heartburn (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Rachel is a food writer at a New York magazine who meets Washington columnist Mark at a wedding and ends up falling in love with him despite her reservations about marriage. They buy a house, have a daughter, and Rachel thinks they are living ...
Style: sentimental, realistic, humorous, semi serious, melancholic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: infidelity, journalism, pregnancy, journalist, battle of the sexes, dysfunctional family, romance, fall in love, crumbling marriage, couple relations, wife husband relationship, introspection ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 7.0
 31K
Igby Goes Down (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A young man's peculiar upbringing renders him unable to competently cope with the struggle of growing up.
Style: witty, realistic, clever, intellectual, talky ...
Plot: coming of age, dysfunctional family, love triangle, mistress, drug dealing, artist, heavy metal, mental illness, addiction, unfulfillment, rock, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, california, chicago illinois, manhattan new york city, connecticut ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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, sincere, semi serious, disturbing, clever ...
Plot: coming of age, nomad, teenage life, eccentric family, self discovery, single parent, family relations, social differences, parents and children, sex aid, youth, sex ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1976
Place: beverly hills, usa, california, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 6.7
 13K
Rocket Science (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Hal, a 15-year-old high-school student with a minor yet socially alienating (and painful) disability: he stutters uncontrollably. Determined to work through the problem, Hal opts for an extreme route he joins the school debating team, which sends ...
Style: realistic, humorous, semi serious, sincere, sentimental ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, coming of age, masturbation, debate, dysfunctional family, teenage life, family relations, hopes, parents separation, love and romance, interracial relations, overcoming ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new jersey, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Kicking and Screaming (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: After college graduation, Grover's girlfriend Jane tells him she's moving to Prague to study writing. Grover declines to accompany her, deciding instead to move in with several friends, all of whom can't quite work up the inertia to ...
Style: talky, witty, clever, humorous, realistic ...
Plot: college, friendship, coming of age, twentysomething life, social misfits, partners, friends, graduation, society, lifestyle, urban, buddies ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city, prague czechoslovakia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.6
 20K
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: realistic, witty, humorous, semi serious, clever ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: high school, youth, coming of age, debate, psychologist, addiction, human nature, high school life, lifestyle, parents and children, life is a bitch, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: oregon, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Royal Tenenbaum and his wife Etheline had three children and then they separated. All three children are extraordinary --- all geniuses. Virtually all memory of the brilliance of the young Tenenbaums was subsequently erased by two decades of ...
Style: humorous, witty, talky, dark humor, stylized ...
Audience: date night
Plot: dysfunctional family, redemption, eccentric family, depression, terminal illness, reconciliation, divorce, nervous breakdown, child prodigy, parents and children, ex couple relations, family conflict ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.9
 8K
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, parents and children, urban, couple relations, school, family relations, single parent, family problems, teenage life, jazz musician ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
The Door in the Floor (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Alternately tragic and comic, an exploration of the complexities of love in both its brightest and darkest corners. Adapted from John Irving's best-selling novel A Widow for One Year, the film is set in the privileged beach community of East ...
Style: psychological, emotional, tense, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: book, fainting, summer, assistant, infidelity, beach, innocence, writer's life, cheating wife, dysfunctional family, loss of child, suburbs ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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, touching, semi serious, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, misfit, dysfunctional family, sibling relationship, humiliation, family problems, social awkwardness, parents and children, suburbs, high school life, siblings relations, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.0
 13K
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, marital problem, american dream, infidelity, first love, marriage, teenage love, family problems, family life, violence, love, teenage life ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.8
 62K
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, dark humor, disturbing, banned film, bleak ...
Plot: pedophilia, rape, child abuse, unhappiness, loneliness, masturbation, sibling relationship, divorce, therapist, marriage, depression, obsession ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 5.9
 23K
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: chick flick, teens
Plot: family problems, parents and children, dysfunctional family, small town, confession, mother daughter relationship, redemption, teenager, generation gap, life is a bitch, uncontrollable, secret ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: idaho, usa, salt lake city utah, california, san francisco ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.0
 40K
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: single parent, dysfunctional family, parents and children, family life, eccentric family, family relations, youth, supportive parent, teenage life, living with parents, siblings relations, parenting ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: st. louis missouri, missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.4
 8K
Trust (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: After being thrown away from home, pregnant high school dropout Maria meets Matthew, a highly educated and extremely moody electronics repairman. The two begin an unusual romance built on their sense of mutual admiration and trust.
Style: dark humor, talky, witty, humorous, realistic ...
Plot: love and romance, dysfunctional family, pregnancy, romance, social misfits, dysfunctional character, parents and children, odd, fall in love, homeless, coming of age, age difference ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, long island
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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, humorous, semi serious, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage life, high school, youth, computers and web, teenage love, internet, parents and children, overprotective parent, teenager, infidelity, coming of age, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.6
 17K
Paper Man (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A coming-of-middle-age comedy that chronicles the unlikely friendship between failed author Richard Dunne and a Long Island teen who teaches him a thing or two about growing up, all under the disapproving eye of his long-suffering wife and his ...
Style: psychological, touching, humorous, tricky, enigmatic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, imaginary friend, midlife crisis, coming of age, teenage life, imaginary character, down on your luck, superhero, small town, party, writers, life philosophy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, long island, atlantic ocean, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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 ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, offbeat, touching, tragicomedy ...
Plot: therapist, dysfunctional family, coming of age, poet, cat, homosexual, gay, adoption, psychiatrist, virginity, teenage life, drinking problem ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: massachusetts, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Myth of Fingerprints (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: When a New England dysfunctional family gathers for Thanksgiving, past demons reveal themselves as one son returns for the first time in three years.
Style: emotional, touching, sincere, intense, melancholic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, reunion, human nature, crumbling marriage, family life, siblings relations, dealing with death, parents and children, estrangement, eccentric family, thanksgiving, youth ...
Time: 90s
Place: new england, usa, massachusetts, maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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 7.0
 21K
Junebug (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: On the way to meet with an independent artist in the South, newlywed art dealer Madeleine is convinced by her husband, George, that they should stop to meet his family in North Carolina. Madeleine's affluent lifestyle clashes with the family, ...
Style: realistic, humorous, sentimental, offbeat, thought provoking ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, in-laws, culture clash, artist, pregnancy, jealousy, jewish, painting, newlywed, family problems, hopes, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: north carolina, usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Daytrippers (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Eliza D'Amico thinks her marriage to Louis is going great, until she finds a mysterious love note to her husband. Concerned, she goes to her mother for advice. Eliza, her parents, her sister Jo and Jo's boyfriend all pile into a station ...
Style: witty, talky, humorous, clever, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, adultery, on the road, chance meeting, drunkenness, rooftop, infidelity, family relations, lifestyle, pregnancy, midlife crisis, self discovery ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.5
 462K
Juno (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A young girl named Juno gets herself pregnant and tries to stand on her own, but soon learns a few lessons about being grown up.
Style: sentimental, witty, humorous, realistic, clever ...
Audience: date night, teen comedy, teens
Plot: teenage life, love and romance, coming of age, pregnancy, teenager, social relations, adoption, small town life, youth, abortion, eccentric family, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: minnesota, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Upside of Anger (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany, UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: After her husband runs off with his secretary, Terry Wolfmeyer is left to fend for herself -- and her four daughters. As she hits rock bottom, Terry finds a friend and drinking buddy in next-door neighbor Denny, a former baseball player. As the two ...
Style: sentimental, realistic, semi serious, sincere, humorous ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: friendship, dysfunctional family, neighbor, couples, couple relations, love and romance, suburban life, starting over, family relations, fall in love, parents and children, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: michigan, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The story of Peter McGowan, a chain-smoking, impotent, insomniac playwright who lives in Los Angeles. Once very successful, he is now in the tenth year of a decade-long string of production failures. He finds himself bonding with a new ...
Style: humorous, sentimental, touching, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: midlife crisis, single parent, dog, family life, introspection, couple relations, parents and children, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage, love and romance, lifestyle, family relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, kindergarten
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.2
 45K
Orange County (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Shaun Brumder is a local surfer kid from Orange County who dreams of going to Stanford to become a writer and to get away from his disfunctional family household. Except Shaun runs into one complication after another starting when his application is ...
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, witty, realistic ...
Audience: teen comedy, teens
Plot: high school, college, family relations, eccentric family, teenage life, teachers and students, siblings relations, parents and children, love and romance, lifestyle, high school life, dysfunctional family ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa, yale university, southern california, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.4
 58K
Wonder Boys (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany, UK, Japan
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Grady (Michael Douglas) is a 50-ish English professor who hasn't had a thing published in years -- not since he wrote his award winning "Great American Novel" 7 years ago. This weekend proves even worse than he could imagine as he ...
Style: talky, humorous, realistic, touching, melancholic ...
Plot: midlife crisis, marijuana, professor, adultery, divorce, college, alienation, university, dog, mentor, friends, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 2000s
Place: pittsburgh, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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