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The Wise Kids (2011)
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The Wise Kids (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A vivid, dynamic Southern coming-of-age drama, takes place in the transitional space between high school and college, when life seems to be all questions and no answers, and the future is scarily wide open. Set in and around a Charleston, SC Baptist church, weaving through this ensemble piece are three main characters - Brea, an introspective pastor's daughter experiencing debilitating doubt, the hyperactive Laura, Brea's best friend and a devout believer, and Tim, the open-hearted son of a single father, confronting his homosexuality for the first time. Tensions and buried feelings abound, as colleges are chosen and adults behave badly, as Brea, Laura and Tim attempt to hang onto what they have, all the while yearning to break free.
Style: touching, serious, realistic, christian film, sexual, sexy, contemplative
Plot: family relations, single parent, coming of age, self discovery, teenage life, best friends, introspection, coming out, youth, parents and children, direction and purpose, society, high school life, doubt, crisis of faith, friends, religions or cults, hopes, small town life, gender, small town, gays and lesbians, male homosexuality, gay, religion ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south carolina, usa, southern usa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, touching, serious and sincere films with plots about youth, family relations, coming of age, teenage life, parents and children, self discovery and society mostly in Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like The Wise Kids: Rock Haven (2007), Vacationland (2006), Drunkboat (2010), Face (2002), All the Wilderness (2014). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Rock Haven (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Canada
Duration: 78 min.
Story: The coastal California community of Rock Haven is the perfect place for cute eighteen-year-old Brady and his loving mother to begin a fresh start. Their mission: to spread the word of the Lord. But while roaming the beach one day, Brady meets ...
Style: sincere, psychological, touching, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: coming out, gay love, gay, first gay sexual experience, gay relationship, gay teenager, beach, friendship, family relations, church, christianity, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california
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 5.0
 592
Vacationland (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Filmmaker Todd Verow revisits his own youth for his latest work. The film's main character is Joe, who, like the director, grew up in Bangor in Maine. Joe, an 18 year old high school senior who longs to move away from poor white trash roots and ...
Style: serious, realistic, disturbing, touching, sexual ...
Plot: family relations, friendship, coming out, gay relationship, lifestyle, teenage life, haunted by the past, self discovery, youth, misfit, lgbt teen, single mother ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: maine
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100%
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Drunkboat (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: After twenty years of broken bottles and empty hallways, Mort Gleason witnesses his nephew Moo being beaten while in a drunken stupor. The short contact with family brings Mort back to what are left of his senses and he returns to the last home he ...
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, touching
Plot: family relations, parents and children, single parent, youth, social relations, haunted by the past, suburbs, coming of age, teenage life, self discovery, teenager, suburban life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 6.3
 253
Face (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Genie, a Chinese-American teenager, develops feelings for a charming African-American DJ, but her grandmother forbids their romance forcing Genie to choose between family and love.
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, realistic, serious ...
Plot: teenage life, parents and children, opposites attract, immigrants, family relations, friends, friendship, family life, human nature, coming of age, youth, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary
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81%
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All the Wilderness (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Keeping to himself in the wake his father's death, James Charm finds refuge in solitary walks and creating morbid sketches — until a charismatic new friend and a quirky young woman begin to draw him out of his shell.
Style: realistic, serious, sentimental, touching, stylized
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage life, family relations, self discovery, single parent, youth, therapist, boy, teenage boy, mother son relationship, coming of age, hamster, undressing ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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77%
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Sonja (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 72 min.
Story: Sonja is struggling to deal with her parent separation, and find her feelings for her best friend might not just be a phase.
Style: realistic, sexy, sincere, touching, sexual
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: friendship, coming of age, love and romance, family relations, youth, best friends, lifestyle, unfulfilled love, coming out, friends, couples, unfulfillment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
Bilal's Stand (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Bilal, a Muslim high school senior works at his family's long-owned taxi stand. "The Stand," as they call it, has been the source of all activity and money for the family for the last sixty years. It seems like Bílal is about to ...
Style: touching, sentimental, sincere, realistic, serious ...
Audience: student film
Plot: coming of age, teenage life, family business, self discovery, follow your dream, society, hopes, family problems, parents and children, human spirit, family life, workplace ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: detroit, usa
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76%
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Standing Firm (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: David, a widower, is working himself to death. Late nights doing paperwork and running on fumes is normal. Bills are piling up by the week, and foreclosure looms on the horizon. Blaming God for his wife's death, he ends his relationship with ...
Style: realistic, serious, christian film, sentimental, touching
Plot: family problems, religions or cults, church, family relations, society, best friends, parents and children, unsupportive spouse, hopes, grieving widower, widower, christian ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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74%
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Due East (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The movie spotlights an intelligent high school senior and National Merit Scholar (Bryant) who has never been part of the "in crowd." She teaches a high school equivalency night class, tends to the needs of her widower father, Jesse ...
Style: sincere, emotional, realistic, serious, contemplative ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: single parent, small town, coming of age, destructive relationship, teenage life, youth, love and romance, lifestyle, family relations, couples, parents and children, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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72%
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Virgin (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: When a teenager finds herself pregnant, with no memory of having had sex, she determines that she is carrying the child of God.
Style: realistic, touching, captivating, psychological, serious ...
Plot: pregnancy, coming of age, family relations, clergy, parents and children, sexual abuse, small town, teenage life, youth, society, teenage girl, pastor ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
The Lost & Found Family (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: When her husband dies, Mrs. Ester Hobbes (Ellen Bry, TV's St. Elsewhere) learns that his wealth was just an illusion. Her only real inheritance is a run-down Southern home occupied by a foster family. Slowly, Mrs. Hobbes finds herself making ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: adoption, introspection, family problems, youth, orphan, society, family relations, religions or cults, parents and children, self discovery, family, redemption ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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Swimming (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Two girl friends in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina find their relationship changing as they encounter new arrivals to the town.
Style: sincere, sentimental, touching, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: friendship, coming of age, teenage life, small town life, best friends, youth, self discovery, teenage love, fall in love, couple relations, family relations, social relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, south carolina
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69%
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The Last Year (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Paul's homosexual affair at Bible College with a new student named Alex sets tongues wagging, mostly with un-Christian reactions. The dean, himself a closet case, threatens to expel Paul, and the football jocks have their eye on Alex. The ...
Style: emotional, sincere, touching, realistic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: gay, incest, gays and lesbians, love and romance, gender, youth, couples, love affair, teenage love, friendship, injustice, friends ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, london
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68%
 6.5
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Sebbe (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 79 min.
Story: Duct tape, electrical cables, trigger, explosives. Sebbe never planned to build a bomb. It just happened. Sebbe is 15 years old and lives with his mother in an apartment that is too narrow. He does his best. He never strikes back. Sebbe loves his ...
Style: psychological, captivating, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: teenage boy, teenage life, introspection, life is a bitch, losing-it hero, youth, juvenile delinquency, single parent, parents and children, society, family relations, escape from reality ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sweden, europe, eastern europe
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67%
 4.8
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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
Plot: coming of age, culture clash, self discovery, interracial relations, teenage life, love and romance, society, best friends, social misfits, on the road, small town, youth ...
Time: 90s, 60s, 1960s
Place: oregon, usa
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67%
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Toe to Toe (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Out on the lacrosse pitch, wealthy but troubled Jesse and poor but driven Tosha form an easy and deep bond, but their relationship is threatened once they enter the hallways of an elite prep school they attend in Washington, D.C. There, they must ...
Style: captivating, realistic, psychological, sentimental, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, coming of age, self discovery, teenage life, racism, youth, social differences, lacrosse, high school life, family relations, friends, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
To Save a Life (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Jake Taylor has everything. He has a beautiful girl, he's the champion in basketball and beer pong, and everyone loves him. Then, an old childhood friend, whom Jake used to be friends with, commits suicide. Jake begins to think. He wonders what ...
Style: christian film, captivating, serious, contemplative, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, religious, social differences, self discovery, bittersweet, misfit, youth, teenage life, innocence lost, high school life, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, coming of age ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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64%
 6.5
 368
Waterproof (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Single mother Tyree Battle struggles to keep her young son Thaniel away from the gang-plagued city streets that he is mixed up in. Under severe gang pressure, Thaniel accidentally shoots Jewish shopkeeper Eli Zeal in a botched robbery attempt. ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, emotional, contemplative
Plot: family relations, homecoming, gang, going straight, youth, family problems, parents and children, redemption, family life, heist, self discovery, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, louisiana
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64%
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Jess + Moss (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Jess, age 18, and Moss, age 12 are second cousins in the dark-fire tobacco fields of rural Western Kentucky. Without immediate families that they can relate to, and lacking friends their own age, they only have each other. Over the course of a ...
Style: realistic, atmospheric, contemplative, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: farm, coming of age, friendship, teenage life, self discovery, youth, love and romance, society, hopes, memory, brunette, tape recorder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, kentucky
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61%
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Boys Life 2 (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 74 min.
Story: Compilation of four short films about homoerotic situations involving young men. In "Trevor", by Peggy Rajski, a teenager faces homophobia and falls in love for the first time. Tom DeCerchio directed "Nunzio's Second ...
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, touching, anthology ...
Plot: gay, youth, coming out, gay interest, coming of age, high school, best friends, love and romance, gender, gays and lesbians, single parent, social misfits ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: iowa, usa, canada, new jersey, italy
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61%
Another Perfect Stranger (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Ten years have passed. Nikki's daughter Sarah, now 19 and heading West for college, is at her own spiritual crossroads. To make matters worse, her mother has recently revealed that, nearly a decade ago, she was the dinner guest of the Almighty ...
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: teenage life, mysterious character, youth, family relations, religions or cults, parents and children, friendship, college, stranger, christian propaganda, discussion, friends ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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61%
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Faith (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The fates of three German-born Muslims in Berlin collide as they struggle to find their place between faith and modern life in contemporary western society, caught at a crossroads where alluring liberated lifestyles conflict with deeply-rooted ...
Style: atmospheric, touching, sincere, serious, realistic
Plot: introspection, self discovery, haunted by the past, against the rules, family relations, rebellion, love and romance, youth, forbidden love, parents and children, adolescence vs adulthood, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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Local Color (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A successful artist looks back with loving memories on the summer of his defining year, 1974. A talented but troubled 18-year-old aspiring artist befriends a brilliant elderly alcoholic painter who has turned his back on not only art but life. The ...
Style: sincere, touching, serious, realistic, contemplative
Plot: friendship, self discovery, youth, family relations, parents and children, unsupportive parent, artists and showbiz, inspiration, mentor, intergenerational friendship, coming of age, painter ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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My Louisiana Sky (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A girl comes to terms with her mentally challenged parents.
Style: serious, emotional, touching, sentimental, contemplative ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: self discovery, family life, parents and children, society, youth, family problems, disability, small town life, child's point of view, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, coming of age ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Everybody Dies But Me (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 80 min.
Story: One Monday morning Katya, Vika and Zhanna learn that there will be a school disco, their first disco, on the coming Saturday night. The girls feverishly start preparing for the event, which rapidly becomes the most important moment ever in their ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, suspense, psychological ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: teenage life, youth, life is a bitch, friendship, family relations, high school life, dysfunctional family, parents and children, friends, society, social decay, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: russia, moscow russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 4.7
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Steam (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Three women — a young coed, a forty-something single mother, and one a senior-aged widow — meet in the sauna of the local gym, where they gradually get to know one another and bond over their respective trials and tribulations.
Style: touching, emotional, serious, talky, sexual ...
Plot: widow, sauna, introspection, life is a bitch, love and romance, family problems, family relations, hopes, elderly, parents and children, self discovery, human spirit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Off the Black (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: An aging, disillusioned alcoholic (Nick Nolte) gets a younger friend (Trevor Morgan) and wants him to pose as his son at a school reunion.
Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, touching
Plot: teenage life, parents and children, friendship, youth, family relations, sport team, high school life, reunion, high school, father son relationship, brother sister relationship, friends ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Welcome to Paradise (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: When big-city preacher Debbie Laramie (Crystal Bernard) moves to the small town of Paradise with her son Hayden (Bobby Edner), she finds the local community unreceptive to her message of love and forgiveness. Determined to get through to her ...
Style: realistic, uplifting, captivating, inspirational, serious ...
Plot: church, small town, love affair, self discovery, introspection, clergy, social relations, village, society, hopes, preacher, community ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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Eighteen (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Pip, a street kid just turning 18, receives his grandfather's World War II-era memoirs and discovers parallels to his own life.
Style: touching, psychological, serious, realistic
Plot: street kid, introspection, self discovery, survival, parents and children, teenage life, homecoming, redemption, soldier, juvenile delinquency, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Mrs. Worthington's Party (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Father Jonathan Keene - a cold, impatient Catholic priest arrives in a tiny fishing village the week before Christmas to do what he does best: shut down a dying parish...
Style: touching, feel good, serious, realistic, contemplative
Plot: redemption, priest, christmas, introspection, society, clergy, self discovery, church, religions or cults, moral dilemma, cause and meaning, small town life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%