Movies like The Squid and the Whale

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The Squid and the Whale
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, realistic, witty, intellectual, clever, serious, gloomy, depressing, dark humor, melancholic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, coming of age, divorce, parenthood, adolescence, childhood, depression, infidelity, drinking, marriage, adultery, strong sexual content, relationships, writers, crumbling marriage, family drama, honest, loneliness, family, foul language, storytelling, parents and children, eccentricity, crime gone awry, sarcasm ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, california
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Hannah and Her Sisters
Comedy, Drama
USA
107 min.
 7.9
Imaginary Heroes
Comedy, Drama
USA, Germany, Belgium
111 min.
 7.2
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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 loneliness, dysfunctional family, dialogue, depression, storytelling, writers and drinking mostly in Drama, Comedy and Mystery genres. Some movies like The Squid and the Whale: Margot at the Wedding (2007), The Savages (2007), Imaginary Heroes (2004), Mistress America (2015), The Door in the Floor (2004). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Margot at the Wedding
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, semi serious, witty ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family, adultery, mental illness, drugs/alcohol, siblings relations, relationships, infidelity, drinking, sisters, wedding, storytelling ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, harvard university, vermont
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 7.2
 34K
The Savages
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, semi serious, clever, touching ...
Plot: midlife crisis, depression, family, childhood, mental illness, guilt, aging, death, dysfunctional family, hospital, drinking, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: arizona, poland, usa, new york, phoenix arizona ...
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System:   81%
    User:   90%
 
Imaginary Heroes
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: clever, semi serious, realistic, gloomy, dark humor ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, suicide, coming of age, depression, marijuana, infidelity, high school, hospital, adultery, drugs, drugs/alcohol, crumbling marriage ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: atlanta georgia
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    User:   72%
 
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Mistress America
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Brazil
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Tracy, a lonely college freshman in New York, is rescued from her solitude by her soon-to-be stepsister Brooke, an adventurous gal about town who entangles her in alluringly mad schemes. MISTRESS AMERICA is a comedy about dream-chasing, ...
Style: realistic, humorous, offbeat, semi serious, melancholic ...
Plot: friendship, hopes, relationships, dialogue, loneliness, dialogue driven, writing, college, unlikely friendships, mentor, follow your dream, urban ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, california
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    User:   59%
 
The Door in the Floor
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: emotional, psychological, reflective, clever, serious ...
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System:   54%
    User:   62%
 
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Igby Goes Down
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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: clever, realistic, witty, talky, intellectual ...
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Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The feature film debut by artist Miranda July about a various comic situations and plots that intertwine. One story line is about a father who is ending his marriage and the other story is of a video artist (possibly autobiographical of Miranda ...
Style: realistic, touching, clever, humorous, offbeat ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: artist, childhood, mentally unstable, suburbs, loneliness, single father, relationships, innocence lost, pornography, looking for love, existentialism, life philosophy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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System:   48%
    User:   44%
 
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This Is Where I Leave You
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: When their father passes away, four grown, world-weary siblings return to their childhood home and are requested -- with an admonition -- to stay there together for a week, along with their free-speaking mother and a collection of spouses, exes and ...
Style: humorous, touching, realistic, semi serious, talky ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family, adultery, infidelity, marijuana, marriage, siblings relations, drugs/alcohol, family drama, family bonds, relationships, spelling bee ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   46%
    User:   43%
 
 6.6
 10K
Please Give
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: In New York City, a husband and wife butt heads with the granddaughters of the elderly woman who lives in the apartment the couple owns.
Style: touching, clever, semi serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: cancer, infidelity, homeless, midlife crisis, suicide, guilt, death, family life, relationships, sarcasm, family relations, urban ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, california, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   46%
    User:   38%
 
Kicking and Screaming
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, semi serious ...
Plot: college, friendship, coming of age, drinking, writing, beer, buddies, dialogue driven, dialogue, relationships, urban, twentysomething life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city ...
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System:   46%
    User:   37%
 
 7.5
 8K
Trust
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, realistic, humorous ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, opposites attract, deadpan, relationships, redemption, dialogue, love and romance, suburbs, character study, loneliness, crime gone awry, life philosophy ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, long island
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   44%
    User:   36%
 
 7.8
 61K
Happiness
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: disturbing, dark humor, bleak, realistic, cynical ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, rape, sexual abuse, obsession, loneliness, child abuse, depression, sex, strong sexual content, siblings relations, relationships, multiple storylines ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   44%
    User:   43%
 
Driving Lessons
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, humorous, semi serious, realistic, touching ...
Plot: coming of age, friendship, dysfunctional family, road trip, cancer, divorce, mentor, coming-of-age, religion, poetry, actor's life, eccentricity ...
Time: contemporary
Place: england, edinburgh scotland, scotland
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System:   44%
    User:   41%
 
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The Weather Man
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
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Story: A Chicago weather man, separated from his wife and children, debates whether professional and personal success are mutually exclusive.
Style: realistic, semi serious, sentimental, talky, melancholic ...
Plot: midlife crisis, terminal illness, dysfunctional family, existentialism, father son relationship, weatherman, introspection, life, depression, foul language, loneliness, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   43%
    User:   36%
 
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Heartburn
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: talky, semi serious, clever, realistic, witty ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: infidelity, romance, dysfunctional family, pregnancy, marriage, fall in love, cheating, divorce, relationships, writer's life, adultery, battle of the sexes ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, washington d.c.
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System:   43%
    User:   48%
 
 6.6
 20K
Thumbsucker
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, semi serious, offbeat, clever, humorous ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: high school, coming of age, addiction, drugs, drug addiction, depression, loneliness, youth, teenager, drinking, self discovery, adolescence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oregon, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   43%
    User:   41%
 
The Daytrippers
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: clever, witty, humorous, talky, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, adultery, infidelity, crumbling marriage, suburbs, relationships, on the road, self discovery, dialogue, secrets, betrayal, writers ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   42%
    User:   35%
 
Spanking the Monkey
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Bright young student Raymond Aibelli is forced to sidetrack an important medical internship because his mother, Susan, is recovering from a broken leg. When he isn't tasked with the most mundane aspects of Susan's recuperation, Raymond ...
Style: dark humor, psychological, humorous, semi serious, sexual ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, incest, adultery, coming of age, suicide attempt, male nudity, parents and children, high school, pornography, suburbs, teenage life, relationships ...
Time: 90s
Place: medical school
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System:   42%
    User:   37%
 
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Junebug
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: humorous, realistic, semi serious, offbeat, thought provoking ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, pregnancy, culture clash, artist, small town, art, hospital, family bonds, in-laws, marriage, relationships, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: north carolina, usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   42%
    User:   38%
 
Hannah and Her Sisters
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Between two Thanksgivings, Hannah's husband falls in love with her sister Lee, while her hypochondriac ex-husband rekindles his relationship with her sister Holly.
Style: clever, talky, witty, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: sisters, infidelity, dysfunctional family, adultery, dialogue driven, thanksgiving, guilt, suicide attempt, divorce, relationships, human nature, artist ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   41%
    User:   42%
 
Slums of Beverly Hills
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, clever, semi serious, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: coming of age, single father, drugs, storytelling, incest, single parent, dysfunctional family, coming-of-age, parenthood, jewish, adolescence, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976
Place: beverly hills, usa, california, tokyo
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System:   40%
    User:   37%
 
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Shrink
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Unable to cope with a recent personal tragedy, LA's top celebrity shrink turns into a pothead with no concern for his appearance and a creeping sense of his inability to help his patients.
Style: psychological, realistic, serious, gloomy, dark humor ...
Plot: depression, suicide, hollywood, psychiatrist, marijuana, death, drugs/alcohol, loneliness, weed, character study, hospital, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   39%
    User:   34%
 
The Royal Tenenbaums
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: clever, stylized, humorous, witty, cynical ...
Audience: date night
Plot: dysfunctional family, redemption, terminal illness, suicide attempt, depression, eccentricity, deadpan, hotel, drugs/alcohol, eccentric family, family bonds, storytelling ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   38%
    User:   44%
 
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World's Greatest Dad
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In the wake of a freak accident, Lance suffers the worst tragedy and the greatest opportunity of his life. He is suddenly faced with the possibility of fame, fortune and popularity, if he can only live with the knowledge of how he got there.
Style: dark humor, semi serious, clever, realistic, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teacher, death, workplace, high school, father son relationship, single father, drugs/alcohol, single parent, suicide, loneliness, life & death, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   37%
    User:   33%
 
You Can Count on Me
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A single mother's life is thrown into turmoil after her struggling, rarely-seen younger brother returns to town.
Style: realistic, talky, touching, semi serious, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: small town, workplace, childhood, adultery, single parent, relationships, drifter, family bonds, family drama, character study, complex characters, dialogue ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   43%
 
The Adventures of Sebastian Cole
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In June, 1983, in Dutchess County, New York, Sebastian Cole joins his mother, step-father, and sister for dinner. Hank, Sebastian's step-father, drops a bomb: he announces he's changing sexes. Sebastian's sister splits immediately for ...
Style: clever, semi serious, realistic, humorous, sentimental ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, small town, high school, drinking, teenager, drugs/alcohol, coming-of-age, hospital, dysfunctional family, relationships, parents and children, adolescence ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1983
Place: england, new york, europe, usa, chicago illinois ...
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System:   36%
    User:   38%
 
God Said, 'Ha!'
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Julia Sweeney tells the viewers the monologue about the hard time in her life when her brother fought with cancer and she was also diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
Style: touching, talky, humorous, dark humor, witty ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, cancer, human nature, life & death, solitude, life, family in crisis, loneliness, storytelling, depression, family, childhood ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, tokyo, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   35%
    User:   41%
 
Welcome to the Dollhouse
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: bleak, dark humor, realistic, cynical, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, dysfunctional family, bullying, school, friendship, kidnapping, teacher, adolescence, loneliness, childhood, social misfits, brutality ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new jersey, usa
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System:   35%
    User:   36%
 

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Winter Passing
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: psychological, serious, melancholic, realistic, clever ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, addiction, loneliness, depression, drug abuse, writing, drugs, drinking, suicide, death, writers, relationships ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, manhattan new york city, michigan
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System:   34%
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While We're Young
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: An uptight documentary filmmaker and his wife find their lives loosened up a bit after befriending a free-spirited younger couple.
Style: talky, semi serious, realistic, humorous, melancholic ...
Plot: friendship, hip hop, couple relations, midlife crisis, couples, documentary filmmaking, hipster, introspection, runaway, foul language, aging, unlikely friendships ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california
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System:   34%
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