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Telling Lies in America (1997)
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Telling Lies in America (1997)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Karchy (Brad Renfro) is a boy in school who has moved from Hungary to America in the 1960's. He is struggling in school and trying to adjust to America's culture. He then hears about a radio DJ Billy Magic (Kevin Bacon) who holds a contest for a Student Hall of Fame every week. When Karchy finally wins after several weeks, he spends more time with Billy Magic...a man with money, girls, and glam. Karchy thinks that by spending time with Magic, he can become "cool". He then starts telling lies, to make himself seem greater than he really is. But when his lies begin hurting the people he cares about, he realizes that it isn't worth telling lies if it affects your friends. Afterwards, he learns to accept himself for the person he is, and gives up lying. And as for Billy Magic, it turns out that he pays his price for all the lies that he has told as well.
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, humorous, semi serious, talky, biting, suspense, sexy, entertaining ...
Audience: teens
Plot: radio dj, coming of age, high school, parents and children, love and romance, high school life, human nature, false accusation, introspection, teenage life, family relations, misfit, contests and competitions, lifestyle, innocence lost, radio, forgery, father son relationship, immigrants, money, police investigation, happy ending, manipulation, honest, bittersweet ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 90s
Place: europe, hungary, cleveland ohio

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Footloose (1984)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: When teenager Ren and his family move from big-city Chicago to a small town in the West, he's in for a real case of culture shock.
Style: serious, captivating, feel good, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night, kids
Plot: dancing, high school, dance, youth, rebelliousness, love and romance, dancer's life, rebellion, small town, society, lifestyle, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, utah, chicago illinois
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Permanent Record (1988)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
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Style: touching, emotional, realistic, sincere, gloomy ...
Audience: teens
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Time: 80s, 70s
Place: oregon, portland oregon, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
The Battle of Shaker Heights (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: A quirky teen with a penchant for war reenactments, Kelly Ernswiler obsesses over military tactics with his buddy Bart. The school bully is one of Kelly's regular headaches, and he also has to deal with a frustrating situation at home, where ...
Style: humorous, touching, realistic, semi serious, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, coming of age, friends, human nature, addiction, contests and competitions, teenager, fall in love, lifestyle, teenage life, parents and children, family relations ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
Lackawanna Blues (2005)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In a story fueled by rhythm and blues, a young boy's life is shaped by love and the stories of a cast of characters in the boarding house where he lives in 1960s Lackawanna, New York.
Style: serious, touching, realistic, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: friendship, coming of age, family relations, family problems, friends, parents and children, youth, lifestyle, blues, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, nanny ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 20th century, 1960s, 1950s
Place: new york, usa, russia, pennsylvania, toronto ontario canada ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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An American Rhapsody (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Hungary
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A Hungarian family forced to flee the Communist country for the United States, must leave a young daughter behind. Six years later the family arranges to bring the absent daughter to the United States where she has trouble adjusting. The daughter ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, realistic, contemplative ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: immigrants, cold war, family relations, friendship, family, love and romance, self discovery, parents and children, siblings relations, human nature, on the run, sister sister relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1950s, 1960s ...
Place: hungary, europe, california, poland, budapest ...
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75%
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Roll Bounce (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Roll Bounce is a 2005 American comedy-drama film written by Norman Vance Jr. and directed by Malcolm D. Lee. The film stars hip hop artist Bow Wow as the leader of a roller skating crew in 1970s Chicago. The ...
Style: humorous, feel good, touching, sentimental, sweet ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids
Plot: rivalry, coming of age, friendship, teenage love, contests and competitions, romance, underdog, skating, parents and children, teenage life, ambition, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, new jersey, california
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74%
A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A recent high school graduate is faced with two options, either go to a business school where his father wants him to go to, or get a full time job. However he decides to defy his father and go to Hawaii. Trouble is he has no money. Along the way he ...
Style: humorous, sentimental, semi serious, touching, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, date night, kids
Plot: coming of age, school, friendship, family relations, looking for sex, fall in love, youth, rise to the top, lifestyle, teenage love, adolescence vs adulthood, parents and children ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, year 1962, 80s
Place: chicago illinois, usa, hawaii, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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Whatever (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: In the early 1980s, Anna, a New Jersey teenager faces her impending adulthood, dreaming of a life as a successful New York artist. When she gets caught up in the carefree sport of pre-AIDS sex and drugs, Anna's future becomes less certain.
Style: realistic, touching, sentimental, gloomy, humorous ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
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Time: 80s, future, 70s
Place: new jersey, new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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A Time for Dancing (2002)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
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Style: sincere, emotional, touching, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, teens
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Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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Jack (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
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Style: realistic, sentimental, humorous, touching, sincere ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 4.9
 292
Ricochet River (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: hree teenagers looking for adventure find more than they expected in this coming-of-age drama. High school seniors Wade (Jason James Richter) and Lorna (Kate Hudson) have spent all their lives in the small logging town of Calamus Grove, a ...
Style: realistic, serious, sentimental, touching, talky
Audience: girls' night
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Place: oregon, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
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Style: sincere, psychological, touching, sentimental, clever ...
Audience: teens
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66%
 6.6
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
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Style: sentimental, semi serious, realistic, touching, humorous ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
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Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, teens
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Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s, 90s, 60s ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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Angus (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, France, Germany, USA
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Style: feel good, humorous, sentimental, light, touching ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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Country: USA
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Style: psychological, touching, sincere, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: teens
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⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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Swimming (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
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Style: sincere, sentimental, touching, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
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Time: 90s
Place: usa, south carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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Genre: Drama, Music
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
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Style: touching, semi serious, realistic, humorous, witty ...
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Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: england, usa, europe, los angeles, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
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Style: semi serious, realistic, sentimental, touching, feel good ...
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Face (2002)
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Country: USA
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Style: emotional, sincere, touching, realistic, serious ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Music, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
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Style: humorous, feel good, sentimental, melancholic, romantic ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens, girls' night, chick flick, kids
Plot: high school life, high school, teenage love, teenage life, happy ending, love and romance, friendship, family relations, sport team, music, couple relations, teachers and students ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 80s
Place: usa, new mexico, albuquerque new mexico, utah
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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The Last of the High Kings (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Ireland, Denmark, UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: It is 1977, Dublin rocks to the music of Thin Lizzy and the world is stunned by the death of Elvis Presley. Frankie, caught between acne and adulthood, has just completed his final exams in school. Convinced he will fail, he survives the summer ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, sentimental, touching, feel good ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: politics, friendship, coming of age, infidelity, teenage love, self discovery, single parent, misfit, best friends, romance, adolescence vs adulthood, introspection ...
Time: 90s, 70s, year 1977
Place: ireland, dublin ireland, europe, paris france, milwaukee wisconsin ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Grace Unplugged (2013)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A talented young singer and aspiring songwriter’s Christian faith and family ties are tested when she defies her worship-pastor father and pursues pop-music stardom in GRACE UNPLUGGED, a moving and inspiring new film that explores the true meaning ...
Style: touching, sentimental, realistic, serious, contemplative
Plot: desire for fame, musician's life, ambition, lifestyle, teenage life, christianity, religious, youth, once in a lifetime opportunity, family relations, society, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, alabama, los angeles
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59%
Sex and the USA (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Thirteen year old Audrey Shaw is new to Bellweather, California and certain shell never fit in when she meets Krista Rich, the pretty, popular girl she aspires to be "or be with" shes just not sure. In a conservative California town, ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, humorous, sexual, sexy
Audience: teens
Plot: lifestyle, society, youth, teenage life, friendship, friends, innocence lost, high school life, coming of age, teenager, sexuality, drugs ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california
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59%
Echo Park, L.A. (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
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Style: touching, sentimental, melancholic, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
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⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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 3K
Girl (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
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Style: touching, realistic, humorous, sentimental, sexual ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, date night
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Time: 90s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 6.6
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Blue Car (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Gifted 18-year-old Meg has been abandoned by her father and neglected by her hardworking mother. Left to care for her emotionally disturbed younger sister, her world begins to unravel. She finds an outlet in writing poetry and support from her ...
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, serious, contemplative ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: teacher student relationship, family relations, love and romance, poetry, power relations, youth, parents and children, teachers and students, family in crisis, teenage life, family problems, high school ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.1
 9K
Duets (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Duets is a road-trip comedy which revolves around the little known world of karaoke and the whimsical characters who inhabit it. All roads lead to Omaha, site of a national karaoke competition where this motley group of singers and stars come ...
Style: humorous, touching, sentimental, entertaining, clever ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
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Time: 90s
Place: las vegas, usa, nevada, utah, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%