Movies like The Squid and the Whale

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The Squid and the Whale (2005)
 7.3
 76K
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, writers, self fulfillment, coming of age, dysfunctional family, adolescence, writer's life, parents and children, self esteem, crumbling marriage, teenage life, family problems, human relationship, understanding, eccentric family, museum, infidelity, father son relationship, family relations, tennis, masturbation, brooklyn new york city, dating, eccentricity, character study ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
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, clever and talky films with plots about storytelling, dysfunctional family, dialogue, writers, relationships, mentor and husband wife relationship mostly in Comedy, Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like The Squid and the Whale: Marriage Story (2019), Igby Goes Down (2002), American Splendor (2003), Carnage (2011), The Savages (2007). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.0
 221K
Marriage Story (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: A stage director and his actor wife struggle through a grueling, coast-to-coast divorce that pushes them to their personal and creative extremes.
Style: thought provoking, rough, psychological, touching, disturbing ...
Plot: parent child relationship, divorce, lawyer, marriage, husband wife relationship, infidelity, marital problem, husband wife conflict, troubled marriage, apology, theatre director, divorce lawyer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 32K
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: humorous, suspense, dark humor, cynical, depressing ...
Plot: mental illness, dysfunctional family, teenage life, eccentric family, family problems, addiction, life is a bitch, fall in love, falling in love, coming of age, parents and children, terminal illness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, chicago illinois, connecticut, new jersey, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, semi serious, sincere ...
Plot: writer's life, antisocial behavior, loneliness, depression, artist, self discovery, rising to stardom, social misfits, new job, ambition, lifestyle, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 60s, 50s, 70s ...
Place: usa, ohio, new york, cleveland ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 117K
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, dark humor, cynical, ironic, biting ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family relations, family problems, dialogue driven, marital problem, under the surface, husband wife relationship, parenthood, bully, marriage, battle of the sexes, unsupportive spouse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 35K
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, parents and children, siblings relations, nursing, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: arizona, new york, usa, poland, new york state ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
 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: humorous, witty, sentimental, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: high school, youth, coming of age, rehabilitation, psychologist, addiction, lifestyle, teenage life, self discovery, life is a bitch, parents and children, eccentric family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oregon, manhattan new york city, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, semi serious, humorous ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family relations, sister sister relationship, confession, jealousy, secret, family life, family problems, family gatherings, wedding preparations and rituals, couples, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: usa, long island, vermont, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
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, humorous, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, dysfunctional family, love and romance, parents and children, artists and showbiz, family relations, family problems, actor's life, friendship, christianity, letter, actress ...
Time: contemporary, 70s
Place: england, edinburgh scotland, london, scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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 6.1
 9K
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, semi serious, humorous, melancholic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: infidelity, journalism, pregnancy, journalist, battle of the sexes, dysfunctional family, romance, couple relations, crumbling marriage, fall in love, human nature, introspection ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: new york, washington d.c., usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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, humorous, semi serious, realistic, melancholic ...
Plot: friendship, college, coming of age, lifestyle, buddies, graduation, twentysomething life, drinking, father son relationship, husband wife relationship, party, roommate ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, new york, prague czechoslovakia, milwaukee wisconsin, prague ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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, single parent, self discovery, parents and children, sex aid, youth, nomad, incest ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1976
Place: beverly hills, usa, california, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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, touching, melancholic, reflective ...
Plot: infidelity, writer's life, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, family problems, loss of child, coping, crumbling marriage, loss of son, estrangement, writers, love triangle ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.6
 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: sincere, psychological, sentimental, touching, clever ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage love, high school, debate, teenage life, contests and competitions, nothing goes right, misfit, introspection, fall in love, love and romance, coming of age, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new jersey, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 7.3
 9K
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, family relations, pregnancy, age difference, bittersweet, society, misfit, human nature, parents and children, romance, fall in love ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, long island, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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: homecoming, family relations, dysfunctional family, lifestyle, family problems, couple relations, unlikely couple, love and romance, artists and showbiz, addiction, writer's life, unfulfillment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: usa, new york, michigan, manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 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, family problems, couple relations, teenage life, single parent, school, black people ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
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: talky, humorous, witty, sentimental, captivating ...
Audience: date night
Plot: artist, thanksgiving, infidelity, audition, family relations, hypochondriac, family problems, couples, human nature, romance, introspection, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 6.6
 18K
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, writers, midlife crisis, coming of age, imaginary character, teenage life, down on your luck, superhero, small town, party, life philosophy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, long island, atlantic ocean, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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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, 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, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 7.3
 60K
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, writers, professor, adultery, divorce, college, alienation, university, dog, mentor, marijuana, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 2000s
Place: pittsburgh, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 7.7
 65K
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, therapist, marriage, divorce, depression, obsession, dysfunctional family, child abuse, unhappiness ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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, tragicomedy, sentimental ...
Plot: writers, family relations, coming of age, typewriter, love, wrestler, wrestling, writer's life, impregnation, parents and children, eccentric family, single parent ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 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, sentimental, realistic, serious, melancholic ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: family problems, dysfunctional family, mother daughter relationship, parents and children, teenager, small town, confession, redemption, generation gap, family relations, uncontrollable, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: idaho, usa, san francisco, salt lake city utah, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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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: humorous, witty, sentimental, emotional, gloomy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dysfunctional family, suicide, family secret, family problems, society, teenage life, loss of son, suburbs, coming of age, high school, gay, family drama ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: atlanta georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 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, sentimental, serious, talky, emotional ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, american dream, marital problem, infidelity, first love, marriage, teenage love, family problems, family life, violence, love, teenage life ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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, touching, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, suburbs, misfit, dysfunctional family, sibling relationship, humiliation, family problems, social awkwardness, parents and children, siblings relations, unfulfillment, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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: suspense, sincere, sentimental, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: friendship, dysfunctional family, neighbor, family relations, suburban life, couple relations, love and romance, starting over, couples, fall in love, parents and children, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: michigan, usa, detroit, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 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, living with parents, teenage life, siblings relations, supportive parent, parenting ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: st. louis missouri, missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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, family relations, adultery, on the road, brawl, drunkenness, rooftop, chance meeting, suburbs, infidelity, couples, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: midlife crisis, single parent, dog, introspection, family life, parents and children, couple relations, family problems, infidelity, family relations, couples, lifestyle ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%