Movies like Once in a Lifetime

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Once in a Lifetime (2014)
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Once in a Lifetime (2014)
Original name: Les Héritiers
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Based on a true story. In Léon Blum high school in Créteil (France), a history teacher decides to have her weakest 10th grade class take a national history competition. This will change them.
Style: thought provoking, sincere, realistic, semi serious, captivating
Plot: high school, ambition, dedicated educator, youth, teachers and students, teenage life, contests and competitions, school, contest, teenager, holocaust, science project, power relations, teacher, religion, mathematics, church, bus, teacher student relationship, parrot, shoah, high school teacher, history teacher, classmate classmate relationship, talking parrot ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, brussels, brussels belgium

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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 life, high school, power relations, school and teachers and students mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres. Some movies like Once in a Lifetime: Life of a King (2013), Chalk (2006), Cheaters (2000), The Dream Kids (2013), Mumu (2010). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Life of a King (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Life of a King is the true story of one man's mission to give inner city kids of Washington DC something he never had - a future. After being incarcerated for eighteen years, Eugene Brown established the Big Chair Chess Club to get kids off the ...
Style: sincere, uplifting, touching, rough, captivating ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dedicated educator, chess, teenage life, changing lives, rebellion, ambition, society, bad attitude, contests and competitions, gain trust, teachers and students, hardcase students ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: washington d.c., usa
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Chalk (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Life in the trenches of that most honorable and frustrating profession...teaching. It's the start of a memorable new year at Harrison High. The self-conscious Mr. Stroope is convinced that his time has come - this year he will be furnished with ...
Style: humorous, semi documentary, captivating, psychological, suspense ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: high school, teacher, teachers and students, ambition, power relations, youth, hardcase students, lifestyle, rivalry, school, college, underdog ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, texas
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Cheaters (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: In the fall of 1994, a teacher at Chicago's run-down Steinmetz High conspires with the school's academic decathlon team to cheat on an academic competition.
Style: realistic, serious, clever, sincere, offbeat
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, lifestyle, ambition, society, dedicated educator, youth, contests and competitions, rivalry, teenage life, teachers and students, social differences, power relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: chicago illinois, usa
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73%
 6.3
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The Dream Kids (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 86 min.
Story: JB suffers from a heart malformation .He falsifies his medical file ,so that he can enter a top athlete training center.
Style: sincere, touching, captivating, humorous, serious ...
Plot: rivalry, sport, ambition, teenage life, follow your dream, friendship, youth, hopes, social relations, lifestyle, boarding school, contests and competitions ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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Mumu (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The story a rescue, the rescue of a bad brat's life in the post-WWII period. In 1947, Roger reaches 11 years old. He's a kid badly loved, mischievous and specializes in silly things to do. He is sent to a small boarding school in a small ...
Style: touching, sentimental, semi serious, realistic, humorous ...
Plot: boarding school, teachers and students, school, mischievous children, hardcase students, youth, village, rebellion, parents and children, family relations, power relations, boarding school life ...
Time: 1940s, 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, france
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53%
Physics or Chemistry (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 75 min.
TV show
Story: Física o Química was a Spanish television series made by Antena 3. The first episode premiered on 4 February 2008. Before its televised broadcast, Física o Química was released on cell phones in Vodafone live! and on the official website of ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, semi serious, humorous, erotic
Audience: teens
Plot: youth, teachers and students, teenage life, high school life, love, friendship, gay teenager, gay, power relations, dedicated educator, workplace situations, bullying ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, madrid, spain
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47%
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: realistic, semi serious, humorous, captivating
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage life, teenage love, buddies, love and romance, battle of the sexes, youth, lifestyle, couples, adolescence vs adulthood, politics, school, sexual relations ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Lower Learning (2008)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Barry Goldwater Elementary is on the brink of collapse: the lowest test scores in the state, teachers who are either drunk or having sex on school grounds, and a principal who extorts money from parents. It's up to Tom, the down-on-his-luck ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, witty, humorous
Plot: school, ambition, rebellion, dedicated educator, fighting the system, against the odds, satire, misfit, society, youth, hardcase students, high school life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Unexpected (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: An inner-city high school teacher discovers she is pregnant at the same time as one of her most promising students and the two develop an unlikely friendship while struggling to navigate their unexpected pregnancies.
Style: realistic, sincere, touching, semi serious, feel good ...
Plot: pregnancy, friendship, teenage pregnancy, teachers and students, dedicated educator, society, intergenerational friendship, teenage girl, high school, teacher student relationship, misfit, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: chicago illinois, illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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Cheeky Girls (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Germany
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Three teen-aged girlfriends navigate multiple love triangles.
Style: realistic, touching, semi serious, humorous, sexy ...
Plot: high school life, school, young love, coming of age, youth, high school, teenage life, friends, lifestyle, love and romance, family relations, teenage crush ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Hunky Dory (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Musical film about the trials and tribulations of an idealistic drama teacher as she tries to put on the end of year show.
Style: sincere, captivating, touching, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, dedicated educator, teenage life, idealism, youth, society, teachers and students, rock, self confidence, coming of age, rehearsal, power relations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1976
Place: england, europe, wales, united kingdom
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Summer of Flying Fish (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Chile, France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Manena is the headstrong adolescent daughter of Pancho, a rich Chilean landowner who devotes his vacation to one thing : the invasion of his artificial lagoon by carps. While he employs increasingly radical methods, Manena has her first romantic ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, touching, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: obsession, parents and children, teenage life, countryside, siblings relations, youth, family relations, landowner, fish, coming of age, lake, pet dog ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: chile, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Pieces of Me (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A crazy father old before his time, a tyrannical, sick mother, a sister who disappeared four years ago and me, Erell, who films everything, all the time... A fine family portrait. I live in the same town I've always lived in. You're born ...
Style: touching, realistic, captivating, humorous, psychological ...
Plot: youth, parents and children, teenage life, family life, coming of age, unfulfillment, bittersweet, mother daughter relationship, illness, family relations, sister sister relationship, friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Class Enemy (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Slovenia
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Relations between the students and the new teacher of German are extremely tense. When one female student commits suicide, her schoolmates blame the teacher for her death. An awareness that things are not quite so black and white comes too late.
Style: serious, sincere, touching, realistic, tense ...
Plot: high school, high school life, rebelliousness, teachers and students, teenage life, youth, coping, social relations, power relations, generation gap, rebellion, emotionless ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: slovenia, central europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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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, compassionate, clever, thought provoking, visually appealing ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: friendship, high school, teenage life, physical appearance, misfit, small town, overweight child, teachers and students, freak, social relations, mentor, bullying ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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, semi serious, humorous, suspense, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, lightning, blackmail, dead boy, teenage life, misfit, ambition, social misfits, youth, best friends, social relations, journalism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Miss Guided (2008)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
TV show
Story: Miss Guided is an American sitcom that ran from March 18, 2008 to April 3, 2008 as a mid-season replacement on ABC. The series follows the life of Becky Freeley, a guidance counselor at a high school that she attended when she was a teenager. The ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, sitcom, humorous, feel good ...
Plot: high school, high school student, teacher, school, high school teacher, dedicated educator, teachers and students, high school life, hardcase students, youth, workplace, power relations ...
Time: 20th century
Place: holland
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 5.6
 850
Gippi (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: India
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Gippi is a coming-of-age story of an ordinary, overweight girl, who, through the course of the film, learns to love herself for exactly who she is. It is also a tale of an underdog, who picks herself up from nothing and finds herself at the top of ...
Style: humorous, captivating, light, inspirational, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: coming of age, underdog, popularity, rivalry, ambition, social misfits, misfit, youth, teenage life, social relations, friends, school ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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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: sexual, serious, emotional, touching, melancholic ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: teachers and students, romance, lifestyle, fall in love, love triangle, forbidden love, high school, coming of age, love affair, teenage life, schoolgirl, tragic love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, paris france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The English Teacher (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Teacher Linda Sinclair (Julianne Moore) balances her staid home life with an incredible passion for her subject, but her routine is forever altered when a former star pupil and his unsupportive father reenter her life. Go-to television director ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, suspense, sincere, sentimental ...
Plot: teacher student sex, teacher student relationship, older woman younger man relationship, high school, older woman younger man sex, female teacher, failed attempt, power relations, workplace, writer's life, social relations, small town life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, pennsylvania
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36%
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: realistic, serious, sentimental, touching, thought provoking
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage life, high school, pregnancy, dishonesty, family relations, youth, parents and children, teachers and students, social relations, high school life, power relations, teenager
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: washington d.c., usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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My Life on Ice (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: France
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Etienne is crazy about ice skating and videoing his daily life with a digital camera. He records his mother, friends, and geography teacher. Initially his intention is to setup a date between his mother and his teacher, however, he starts to realize ...
Style: serious, sentimental, realistic, sexy, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gay teenager, gay, friendship, teachers and students, obsession, coming out, couples, lifestyle, contests and competitions, sexual relations, high school, self discovery ...
Time: contemporary
Place: france, europe, normandy, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Thailand
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Mary is a senior in high school. With graduation a few months away, she is faced with sudden changes in life, love, and friendship. Meanwhile, strange events begin to happen to her that seem completely random and without reason. She struggles to ...
Style: experimental, semi serious, realistic, surreal, humorous ...
Plot: high school, teenage life, high school life, youth, best friends, friends, social relations, first love, schoolgirl, fall in love, education, self discovery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: thailand, asia, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Excuse my French (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Egypt
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A Christian kid suddenly is forced to go to a public school after his father dies and because of a misunderstanding everyone thinks that he's a Muslim.
Style: semi serious, realistic, humorous, stylized
Plot: school, social differences, hidden identity, discrimination, religions or cults, family problems, society, teachers and students, dishonesty, youth, death in the family, disorder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, egypt
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Sunny (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Na-mi, a transfer student, becomes a laughingstock on her first day of school because of her strong southern dialect. Six girls jump in to help the new kid adapt to the new environment, and the girls come to call their circle of friends ...
Style: touching, humorous, captivating, psychological, thought provoking ...
Plot: strong female presence, bullying, high school, best friends, youth, social relations, teenage life, adolescence vs adulthood, friendship, hospital, newcomer, friends ...
Time: 21st century, 80s, 20th century, contemporary
Place: korea, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.2
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Spare Parts (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 114 min.
Story: With the help of their high school's newest teacher, four Hispanic students form a robotics club. Although they have no experience, the youths set their sights on a national robotics contest. With $800 and parts scavenged from old cars, they ...
Style: uplifting, serious, feel good, captivating, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: follow your dream, contests and competitions, teachers and students, inventions and discoveries, against the odds, youth, dedicated educator, ambition, high school, trophy, high school student, latin ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, arizona, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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The Class (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Teacher and novelist François Bégaudeau plays a version of himself as he negotiates a year with his racially mixed students from a tough Parisian neighborhood.
Style: sincere, psychological, melancholic, intellectual, talky ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: teachers and students, teacher, high school life, school, social relations, self discovery, workplace, interracial relations, teenage life, society, french, dedicated educator ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: paris france, france, europe, morocco, caribbean ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Shackles (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: An aspiring teacher (Hughley) takes the one job he's offered, a position at a school inside a prison.
Style: realistic, captivating, suspense, touching, semi serious
Plot: prison, dedicated educator, human spirit, prison life, idealism, starting over, hardcase students, ambition, rehabilitation, hopes, life is a bitch, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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Perfect Sport (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Lee Bishop is forced to grow up quickly when his mother leaves for Iraq and his younger sister joins him on the varsity wrestling squad.
Style: uplifting, realistic, semi serious, surprise ending
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, teenage life, ambition, family life, family relations, youth, sport, obsession, betrayal, wrestler, wrestling, coming of age ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Peppermint Soda (1977)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: In the fall of 1963, Anne is becoming a teenager. She lives in Paris with her mother and her older sister, Frédérique. They're just back from summer at the beach with their father. School starts. A turbulent year awaits them both.
Style: sentimental, sincere, humorous, touching, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, school, coming of age, high school, love and romance, youth, lifestyle, teenage life, human nature, high school life, teenage love, siblings relations ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: paris france, france, europe
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31%