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What Goes Up (2009)
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What Goes Up (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Set in the mid-80's when a reporter is sent to cover the Challenger Space Shuttle launch only to become mixed up in the lives of some local students.
Style: touching, serious, realistic, sexual, sexy
Plot: high school, journalism, dangerous attraction, introspection, youth, obsession, teachers and students, fall in love, couples, lifestyle, uncover truth, small town, suicide, braless teen, teenage life, misfit, manipulations, high school life, manipulation, small town life, media, social misfits, hardcase students, social relations, bittersweet ...
Time: 80s, year 1986
Place: new hampshire, usa

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Most similar movies to What Goes Up

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, semi serious, humorous and touching films with plots about youth, teenage life, high school, coming of age, high school life, love and romance and friendship mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres. Some movies like What Goes Up: Archie's Final Project (2009), Fat Girls (2006), The Beautiful Person (2008), The Wild Life (1984), The Breakfast Club (1985). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Archie's Final Project (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A teen coming-of-age romantic dramedy about a media-obsessed geek and the most beautiful and twisted girl in school.
Style: touching, humorous, realistic, witty, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: suicide, teenage love, hopes, obsession, media, filmmaking, high school life, introspection, teenage life, misfit, love and romance, teenager ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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95%
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Fat Girls (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Fat Girls is an original off-beat comedy feature. It focuses on Rodney Miller, not your typical Texas high school student...he is a theater lover and his ultimate dream is to be on Broadway. Awkward and shy, he doesn't have many people to talk ...
Style: humorous, witty, semi serious, realistic, sexy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, lifestyle, social misfits, youth, eccentric family, teenage life, obsession, teachers and students, coming of age, family relations, small town, high school ...
Time: contemporary
Place: texas, usa, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
The Beautiful Person (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: In the wake of her mother's tragic death, French teenager Junie (Léa Seydoux) transfers to a different high school. Though Junie lives mostly inside her own head, her beauty and stoicism win her the attention of the entire male student ...
Style: serious, touching, emotional, sexual, melancholic ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: forbidden love, teachers and students, romance, lifestyle, love triangle, high school, coming of age, teenage life, high school life, fall in love, gender, friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, paris france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
The Wild Life (1984)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Eighties teen romp involving Bill and his new apartment, Jim and his rebellious antics, Tom and his crazy self, and Anita with her older man David.
Style: witty, humorous, semi serious, realistic, sex comedy ...
Plot: high school, obsession, strip club, teenager, party, police, voyeur, partners, lifestyle, youth, gender, buddies ...
Time: 80s
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
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The Breakfast Club (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Five high school students, all different stereotypes, meet in detention, where they pour their hearts out to each other, and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, sincere, talky ...
Audience: teens, teen comedy, date night, kids, girls' night
Plot: coming of age, high school, teenager, adolescence vs adulthood, high school life, teachers and students, introspection, teenage love, friendship, teenage angst, youth, coming-of-age ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Movie star Roxy Carmichael is abandoning the bright lights of Hollywood, Calif. and returning to her small Ohio hometown -- at least long enough to dedicate a city building. And now the whole town of Clyde is bracing for Carmichael's return, ...
Style: humorous, touching, semi serious, realistic, offbeat ...
Audience: teens
Plot: homecoming, misfit, coming of age, reunion, puppy love, worship, celebrity, fame, teenage rebellion, idol, small town, social misfits ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: ohio, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage life, high school, youth, teenage love, internet, computers and web, parents and children, overprotective parent, teenager, infidelity, coming of age, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
Foreign Letters (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A bittersweet coming-of-age film, Foreign Letters is itself a love letter to the unshakeable bond between friends. Set in the pre-email era of the 1980s, young Ellie, newly arrived to the US from Israel, anxiously waits for letters from her best ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, sentimental
Plot: coming of age, friendship, introspection, hopes, society, youth, culture clash, teenage life, fish out of water, family life, immigrants, high school life ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, vietnam, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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 6.5
 9K
Terri (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Terri, a pajama-clad, disaffected high school student learns how to engage the world with the help of Mr. Fitzgerald, his assistant principal.
Style: melancholic, depressing, compassionate, clever, humorous ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: friendship, high school, teenage life, misfit, physical appearance, small town, overweight child, teachers and students, freak, mentor, unlikely friendships, bullying ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
The Good Life (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A story about a mostly normal young man who makes the most out of fitting in when he obviously doesn't.
Style: semi serious, sincere, humorous, realistic
Plot: small town, fish out of water, small town life, family problems, hopes, sport team, athlete's life, youth, lifestyle, dysfunctional family, working class, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary
Place: nebraska, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Hot Times at Montclair High (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: It's a new year at Montclair High and it's about to become the most tumultuous time for this year's senior crop. At Montclair High School, three different students bond with one another through a variety of comic, dramatic and ...
Style: realistic, semi serious
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: high school, drug dealing, rivalry, youth, best friends, hardcase students, partners, love and romance, friends, couples, buddies, coming of age ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 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, touching, sentimental, clever ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage love, high school, debate, teenage life, nothing goes right, contests and competitions, misfit, love and romance, introspection, fall in love, coming of age, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new jersey, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Foreign Exchange (2008)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Four high school friends plan to ride out their senior year taking easy classes, including a program for housing foreign exchange students and eventually all attending Ohio State. Hurdles befall each of the four: grades, higher aspirations, love. Is ...
Style: humorous, not serious, realistic, sexy, sexual
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, teenage life, youth, buddies, love and romance, sexual content, profanity, couples, social relations, lifestyle, hardcase students, wooing ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Whole New Thing (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Socially isolated by his parents (Rebecca Jenkins, Robert Joy), an androgynous teen (Aaron Webber) enrolls in high school and develops a crush on his male teacher (Daniel MacIvor).
Style: touching, sentimental, humorous, captivating, disturbing ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, teachers and students, coming out, school, coming of age, love and romance, gender, friendship, college, fall in love, youth, social misfits ...
Time: contemporary
Place: canada, nova scotia
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 7.0
 30K
The Wackness (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Set in New York City in the sweltering summer, The Wackness tells the story of a troubled teenage drug dealer, who trades pot for therapy sessions with a drug-addled psychiatrist. Things get more complicated when he falls for one of his classmates, ...
Style: realistic, humorous, touching, semi serious, dark humor ...
Audience: teens
Plot: marijuana, coming of age, friendship, first love, therapy, fall in love, doctors and patients, hip hop, love affair, lifestyle, misfit, social misfits ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1994, 1990s
Place: usa, new york, new jersey, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Follows a group of high school students growing up in southern California, based on the real-life adventures chronicled by Cameron Crowe. Stacy Hamilton and Mark Ratner are looking for a love interest, and are helped along by their older classmates, ...
Style: humorous, feel good, captivating, light, sexy ...
Audience: teens, teen comedy, girls' night, date night
Plot: coming of age, loss of virginity, first sex, high school, friendship, unwanted pregnancy, abortion, teenage love, high school life, youth, teacher, school dance ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Struck by Lightning (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 90 min.
Story: After being struck and killed by lightning, a young man recounts the way he blackmailed his fellow classmates into contributing to his literary magazine.
Style: witty, humorous, semi serious, realistic, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, lightning, blackmail, dead boy, teenage life, ambition, misfit, social misfits, youth, social relations, best friends, journalism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 4.8
 277
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: serious, realistic, sentimental, touching, talky
Audience: girls' night
Plot: coming of age, culture clash, self discovery, interracial relations, teenage life, love and romance, lifestyle, best friends, society, on the road, small town, youth ...
Time: 90s, 60s, 1960s
Place: oregon, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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 4.9
 206
Santa Fe (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Paul Thomas is an ex-cop who happened to be the sole survivor of a mass cult suicide in Wyoming. He returns to his home town of Santa Fe in order to put his life back together. However, soon he realizes that his ex-wife is sucked into new-age ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: rescue, crumbling marriage, rehabilitation, dangerous attraction, haunted by the past, obsession, fall in love, uncover truth, love and romance, couples, religions or cults, ex cop ...
Time: 90s
Place: wyoming, usa, new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.7
 1K
Just Looking (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: It's 1955. Lenny is a 14-year old boy who is totally fascinated by sex. He is too scared to "do it," so he dedicates his summer to seeing two other people do it. Easier said than done. Caught in the act of spying, his mother and ...
Style: sexy, sexual, touching, feel good, semi serious ...
Audience: date night, kids, teens, girls' night
Plot: coming of age, voyeurism, teenager, espionage, infidelity, nurse, friendship, obsession, parents and children, forbidden love, teenage life, fall in love ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
There Goes My Baby (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A group of high school seniors meets in the summer of 1965 and all struggle with the choices they have to make.
Style: realistic, serious, touching, sentimental, contemplative ...
Plot: high school, hopes, coming of age, vietnam war, high school life, feminism, idealism, self discovery, human nature, teenage life, introspection, adolescence vs adulthood ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: california, vietnam, usa, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Remember the Daze (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: During the summer of 1999, a group of teenagers, through interconnected narratives, live through their last day of high school and prepare for the future. Holly, once the new girl in school, does whatever it takes to remain popular. Dawn, who is ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, feel good, touching, realistic
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: high school, juvenile delinquency, teenage love, teenage life, love and romance, friends, nightlife, high school life, adolescence vs adulthood, hardcase students, lifestyle, youth ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 5.0
 4K
Cougars Inc. (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: When Sam learns his mother cannot afford to send him to another school after he is kicked out, he and his friends start their own escort service for mature women to pay for his tuition.
Style: touching, sincere, semi serious, realistic, captivating ...
Audience: teens
Plot: escort service, underage sex, teenage girl, friendship, boarding school, infidelity, teenage love, parents and children, youth, housewife, high school life, teachers and students ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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The Debut (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Filipino-American high school student Ben (Dante Mercado) works in a comic book shop to earn money to pay his way into Cal Arts. His father, a postman, is determined that his son--who has won a pre-med scholarship to UCLA--will become a doctor. The ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, witty, touching
Plot: high school, culture clash, coming of age, friendship, school, high school life, looking for love, couples, teenage life, siblings relations, eccentric family, love and romance ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Pretty Persuasion (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A 15-year-old girl incites chaos among her friends and a media frenzy when she accuses her drama teacher of sexual harassment.
Style: dark humor, realistic, biting, cynical, disturbing ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: false accusation, manipulation, high school, adolescence, sexual harassment, teachers and students, dishonesty, lifestyle, rejection, high school life, teenager, strong sexual content ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, beverly hills
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.2
 717
Girls Town (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Four women, Patti, Emma, Angela, and Nicki are completing their last year of high school. Unfortunately for the group, one of their own, Nicki, unexpectedly commits suicide. The three remaining women, upon finding out that Nicki had been raped ...
Style: disturbing, sincere, touching, harsh, realistic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: friendship, high school, women, juvenile delinquency, teenage love, righting the wronged, human nature, life is a bitch, family relations, feminism, suicide, domestic violence ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Pregnancy Project (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The Pregnancy project tells the real story of Gaby Rodriguez, a seventeen-year-old who attended a Washington state high-school and made her senior school project the treatment of pregnant teenagers by pretending to be pregnant.
Style: touching, serious, sentimental, realistic, thought provoking
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage life, youth, high school, parents and children, family relations, pregnancy, dishonesty, teachers and students, power relations, social relations, high school life, teenager
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: washington d.c., usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.0
 115
Out of It (1969)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: An introverted nerd and a dumb, violent jock vie for the attentions of a cheerleader.
Style: realistic, semi serious, sexy, touching, humorous ...
Audience: date night
Plot: rivalry, beach, coming of age, teenager, ambition, partners, power relations, social relations, sport team, friends, performer's life, misfit ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.4
 10K
Dirty Girl (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: It's 1987 and Danielle, the high school 'Dirty Girl', is running away. With her is chubby, gay Clarke, a bag of flour called Joan and a Walkman full of glorious '80s tunes.
Style: semi serious, realistic, humorous, road movie, melancholic ...
Plot: friends, friendship, on the road, high school, coming of age, teenager, teenage life, family problems, gay slur, female protagonist, teacher, reputation ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1987
Place: usa, california, oklahoma
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Everybody's Doing It (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Angela and Travis consider having sex for the first time just as their high school starts up an abstinence education program. Making matters worse, a "good girl" collects abstinence pledges from students and blows the whistle on Angela and ...
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, captivating
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage love, teenage life, buddies, love and romance, battle of the sexes, lifestyle, youth, couples, adolescence vs adulthood, politics, sexual relations, school ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%