Movies like Wonder Boys

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Wonder Boys (2000)
 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 finds himself reeling from one misadventure to another in the company of a new wonder boy author.
Style: talky, humorous, realistic, touching, melancholic, clever, contemplative, semi serious, dark humor, witty ...
Plot: midlife crisis, writers, professor, adultery, divorce, college, alienation, university, dog, mentor, marijuana, friends, coming of age, prodigy, teachers and students, writer's life, husband wife relationship, marriage, party, police, robbery, friendship, loneliness, character study, eccentricity ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 2000s
Place: pittsburgh, usa, pennsylvania

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Most similar movies to Wonder Boys

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, melancholic, clever and semi serious films with plots about dialogue, depression, life philosophy, relationships, loneliness, storytelling and mentor mostly in Comedy, Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like Wonder Boys: Educating Rita (1983), Ghost World (2001), Paper Man (2009), The Squid and the Whale (2005), Friends with Money (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.2
 12K
Educating Rita (1983)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Rita, a 26 year old Scouse hairdresser with a sharp wit, is married to her childhood sweetheart, the feckless Denny. He wants a baby, she doesn't. She wants to discover herself, so she joins the Open University. Dr. Frank Bryant Is a ...
Style: witty, touching, talky, humorous, sentimental ...
Audience: date night
Plot: working class, self discovery, infidelity, social differences, society, couples, romance, hopes, opposites attract, university, literature, troubled marriage ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, london, europe, liverpool
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 111K
Ghost World (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, UK, Germany
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Two quirky, cynical teenaged girls try to figure out what to do with their lives after high school graduation. After they play a prank on an eccentric, middle aged record collector, one of them befriends him, which causes a rift in the girls' ...
Style: sincere, stylized, thought provoking, realistic, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: coming of age, older man younger woman relationship, age difference, friendship, teenage life, adolescence, best friends, graduation, blues, youth, unlikely friendships, suburbs ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, indiana, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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 ⇓
55%
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 ...
Plot: divorce, writers, self fulfillment, coming of age, dysfunctional family, adolescence, self esteem, parents and children, writer's life, crumbling marriage, understanding, family problems ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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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 ⇓
45%
Friends with Money (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: After she quits her lucrative job, Olivia finds herself unsure about her future and her relationships with her successful and wealthy friends.
Style: witty, sentimental, semi serious, humorous, melancholic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: friendship, midlife crisis, money, marriage, maid, crumbling marriage, love and romance, looking for love, unfulfillment, master and servant, power relations, designer ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, santa monica california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
The Four Seasons (1981)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Three middle-aged wealthy couples take vacations together in Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Along the way we are treated to mid-life, marital, parental and other crises.
Style: sentimental, witty, humorous, touching, realistic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: friendship, divorce, midlife crisis, vacation, bittersweet, friends, family relations, human nature, wilderness, self discovery, best friends, introspection ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.0
 130K
A Serious Man (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A Serious Man is the story of an ordinary man's search for clarity in a universe where Jefferson Airplane is on the radio and F-Troop is on TV. It is 1967, and Larry Gopnik, a physics professor at a quiet Midwestern university, has just been ...
Style: meditative, talky, ironic, dark humor, depressing ...
Plot: midlife crisis, jewish, suburban life, professor, dysfunctional family, neighbor, family problems, desperation, nothing goes right, suburbs, divorce, marijuana ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1967
Place: minnesota, usa, poland, canada, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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 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 ⇓
37%
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 ⇓
36%
 7.4
 32K
Smoke (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Germany, Japan, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Writer Paul Benjamin is nearly hit by a bus when he leaves Auggie Wren's smoke shop. Stranger Rashid Cole saves his life, and soon middle-aged Paul tells homeless Rashid that he wouldn't mind a short-term housemate. Still grieving over ...
Style: intellectual, sentimental, clever, dark humor, touching ...
Plot: friendship, writers, christmas, family relations, abortion, smoking, redemption, creative block, regret, age difference, parents and children, owner ...
Time: 90s, year 1990, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.2
 19K
Meet Bill (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A mild-mannered bank executive (Aaron Eckhart) mentors a teenage con artist and tries to make a career change as a doughnut merchant.
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, surreal, clever ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: adultery, mentor, high school, marital problem, infidelity, midlife crisis, unhappy, couple relations, crumbling marriage, introspection, family problems, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.7
 165K
Rushmore (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: When a beautiful first-grade teacher arrives at a prep school, she soon attracts the attention of an ambitious teenager named Max, who quickly falls in love with her. Max turns to the father of two of his schoolmates for advice on how to woo the ...
Style: humorous, witty, semi serious, touching, melancholic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: love triangle, coming of age, depression, mentor, friendship, teacher, high school, jealousy, student, unlikely friendships, adolescence, teachers and students ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.8
 9K
Mumford (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: In the small town of Mumford, a psychologist of the same name moves in and quickly becomes very popular, despite a questionable past.
Style: feel good, humorous, realistic, touching, semi serious ...
Plot: small town, therapy, psychologist, fall in love, romance, mysterious character, power relations, small town life, hidden identity, starting over, depression, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: phoenix arizona, west virginia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Husbands and Wives (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When Jack and Sally announce that they're splitting up, this comes as a shock to their best friends Gabe and Judy. Maybe mostly because they also are drifting apart and are now being made aware of it. So while Jack and Sally try to go on and ...
Style: talky, realistic, sincere, semi serious, melancholic ...
Plot: infidelity, marriage, breakup, crumbling marriage, friendship, dishonesty, family problems, teacher student relationship, friends, human nature, couple relations, fall in love ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Box of Moon Light (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Al Fountain, a middle-aged electrical engineer, is on the verge of a mid-life crisis, when he decides to take his time coming home from a business trip, rents a car, and heads out looking for a lake he remembers from his childhood. But his wandering ...
Style: thought provoking, touching, humorous, road movie, scenic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: midlife crisis, friendship, stranger, free spirit, unfulfillment, friends, introspection, infidelity, phone sex, vandalism, engineer, life ...
Time: 90s
Place: chicago illinois, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.4
 3K
Metroland (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Spain, France, UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: After ten years absence Toni, Chris's best friend, suddenly reappears in London to bring chaos and doubt into Chris's calm, tranquil, slightly boring, predictable life. Chris starts to remember his carefree youth as a photographer in Paris ...
Style: sexual, sexy, humorous, semi serious, touching ...
Plot: friendship, infidelity, liar, midlife crisis, coming of age, bittersweet, fall in love, lifestyle, human nature, family relations, suburban life, thirtysomething life ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: london, england, paris france, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.3
 113K
Funny People (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 146 min.
Story: Famous and wealthy funnyman George Simmons doesn't give much thought to how he treats people until a doctor delivers stunning health news, forcing George to reevaluate his priorities with a little help from aspiring stand-up comic Ira.
Style: tragicomedy, humorous, funny, melancholic, dark humor ...
Plot: comedian, terminal illness, loneliness, old love, male friendship, hopes, supportive friend, human nature, fighting illness, unfulfilled love, cancer, coping ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, san francisco, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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 7.2
 32K
The Big Chill (1983)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Kevin Kline and Glenn Close star as Harold and Sarah Cooper, a couple whose marital troubles are put on hold while they host an unhappy reunion of former college pals gathered for the funeral of one of their own, a suicide victim named Alex. As the ...
Style: talky, realistic, sentimental, witty, clever ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: friendship, reunion, regret, midlife crisis, suicide, yuppie, generation gap, cocaine, funeral, group of friends, bittersweet, bat ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 70s
Place: south carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Lost in Translation (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Two lost souls visiting Tokyo -- the young, neglected wife of a photographer and a washed-up movie star shooting a TV commercial -- find an odd solace and pensive freedom to be real in each other's company, away from their lives in America.
Style: melancholic, atmospheric, touching, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: loneliness, midlife crisis, age difference, culture clash, actor, couple relations, dull life, photographer, marriage, advertising, friendship, introspection ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, kyoto japan, yale university
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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 ⇓
31%
 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, realistic ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: friendship, high school, teenage life, physical appearance, misfit, small town, overweight child, freak, teachers and students, mentor, unlikely friendships, bullying ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.1
 22K
Smart People (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Professor Lawrence Wetherhold (Dennis Quaid) might be imperiously brilliant, monumentally self-possessed and an intellectual giant -- but when it comes to solving the conundrums of love and family, he's as downright flummoxed as the next guy.
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: self discovery, family relations, parents and children, couple relations, introspection, family life, couples, romance, siblings relations, hopes, love and romance, alienation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, pittsburgh, new york, pennsylvania, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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Monster in a Box (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: This is the story of Spalding Gray and his attempt to write a novel. It is a first person account about writing and living, and dealing with success while trying to be successful.
Style: talky, witty, clever, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: live performance, creative block, friends, media satire, media, midlife crisis, showbiz, human nature, lifestyle, introspection, musician's life, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, future
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.7
 173K
Adaptation. (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A love-lorn script writer grows increasingly desperate in his quest to adapt the book 'The Orchid Thief'.
Style: mind bending, twists and turns, talky, witty, sincere ...
Plot: writers, writer's block, twins, obsession, mentally unstable, filmmaking, writer's life, odd, family relations, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, uptight character ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, florida, new york, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 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, therapy, first love, fall in love, doctors and patients, hip hop, buddies, misfit, love affair, social misfits ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1994, 1990s
Place: usa, new york, new jersey, empire state building manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.8
 9K
SubUrbia (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A group of suburban teenagers try to support each other through the difficult task of becoming adults.
Style: talky, realistic, witty, cynical, clever ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, racism, alcohol abuse, interracial relations, suburban life, human nature, lifestyle, introspection, showbiz, society, twentysomething life, friends ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: texas, usa, new jersey, los angeles, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.3
 15K
Solitary Man (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A car magnate watches his personal and professional life hit the skids because of his business and romantic indiscretions.
Style: psychological, realistic, clever, semi serious, suspense ...
Plot: family drama, womanizer, self destructing, loneliness, sex addict, midlife crisis, aging, infidelity, obsession, divorce, dishonesty, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, boston, macau, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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 ⇓
27%
 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 ⇓
26%