Movies like Vacationland

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Vacationland (2006)
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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 this town, and dreams of attending art school, lives with his single mother and older sister Theresa on a notorious council estate called "Capehart Projects". Molested at the age of ten, Joe nevertheless decides to keep the incident to himself. He befriends an elderly disabled artist named Victor who hires him as houseboy/model. Joe moves in with Victor in his loft above the local opera house, hoping to escape Bangor with his help. He also works part time at a local market along with his sister, who wants to get out of town as much as he does. For most of high school, Joe has also had a crush on his best friend, Andrew, who plays on the high school football team.
Style: serious, realistic, touching, disturbing, sexual, sexy
Plot: friendship, family relations, coming out, teenage life, lifestyle, youth, misfit, self discovery, haunted by the past, lgbt teen, single mother, dysfunctional family, gay relationship, crush, coming of age, gay crush, shoplifting, mother son relationship, best friends, strong sexual content, friends, high school hunk, gender, gays and lesbians, profanity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: maine

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Most similar movies to Vacationland

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, touching, serious and sexy films with plots about youth, gender, gay, gays and lesbians, friendship, friends and family relations mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres. Some movies like Vacationland: Tan Lines (2005), You Are Not Alone (1978), Rock Haven (2007), Sugar (2004), The Toilers and the Wayfarers (1995). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Tan Lines (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Cute teen Midget Hollow wanders through life riding big waves and partying with surfer boys. When Midget's best friend's gay brother Cass arrives on the scene, the two quickly dive head first into a clandestine sea of sexual awakening.
Style: touching, sincere, sentimental, serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: surfing, coming of age, coming out, brother, homosexuality, self discovery, teenage life, teenage love, sexual relations, friendship, youth, young lovers ...
Time: contemporary
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
You Are Not Alone (1978)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Denmark
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Young teenager Bo (Anders Agensø) is too sensitive for the hothouse atmosphere of a boarding school run by a cold, unfeeling would-be man of the cloth (an uncharacteristically grim Ove Sprogøe). Lonely and scared, he finds a soul mate in the ...
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, realistic, erotic ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, friendship, coming of age, youth, teenage life, family relations, love and romance, friends, couples, lifestyle, school, parents and children ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: europe, denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 5.5
 2K
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: gay love, coming out, gay relationship, gay, beach, first gay sexual experience, family relations, friendship, christianity, church, gay teenager, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
 5.7
 2K
Sugar (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Canada
Duration: 78 min.
Story: Cliff has just turned 18 and his little sister has a gift for him: booze, a joint, a subway token and the command to have sex. Heading out on the town, Cliff finds friendship -- and more -- in the person of a young hustler named Butch. But ...
Style: sincere, touching, serious, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: gay teenager, coming out, gay, coming of age, lifestyle, friendship, self discovery, fall in love, teenage life, youth, life is a bitch, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
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The Toilers and the Wayfarers (1995)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 76 min.
Story: Phillip and Dieter nearly suffocate hiding their sexual identity in the face of puritanical small town values. Joined by a mysterious German relative, the three misfits escape to the big city searching for a place to belong.
Style: sexy, contemplative, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: coming out, immigrants, runaway, gender, life is a bitch, coming of age, lifestyle, misfit, social misfits, survival, family life, city life ...
Time: 90s
Place: minnesota, usa, minneapolis minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 6.8
 2K
White Frog (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Story of a neglected teen with mild Asperger’s syndrome whose life is changed forever when tragedy hits his family
Style: touching, feel good, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: asperger's syndrome, gay teenager, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, teenage life, self discovery, family problems, dealing with death, misfit, coming of age, family relations, teenage boy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
Blue Citrus Hearts (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A first love could quite possibly be the last for Sam, a Memphis teenager coming to terms with the romantic feelings he harbors for his best friend, Julian. Will the love he feels for this boy guide him through his struggles with his abusive father, ...
Style: touching, atmospheric, sentimental, sincere, gloomy ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: coming out, high school, coming of age, teenage love, teenage life, buddies, high school life, adolescence vs adulthood, youth, lifestyle, society, romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: memphis, tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
The Journey of Jared Price (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: "The Journey of Jared Price" is a gay-themed coming-of-age 2000 film written, produced and directed by Academy Award winner Dustin Lance Black. Black won the Oscar award for Best Original Screenplay for "Milk". The Journey of ...
Style: emotional, touching, sincere, sentimental, sexual ...
Plot: gay teenager, fall in love, self discovery, youth, couples, friendship, teenage life, couple relations, prostitute, coming of age, roommate, first gay sexual experience ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, southern california, santa monica california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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Regarding Billy (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: After Billy's parents are killed he moves home to care for his little brother Johnny, who is mentally challenged. Together the two struggle through the loss of their parents. Meanwhile, Billy's best friend from childhood, Dean, has moved ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic, sexy ...
Plot: family relations, gender, best friends, friendship, homecoming, death in the family, gender bending, couples, family problems, disability, youth, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, iraq, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 6.3
 911
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 ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, christian film, contemplative ...
Plot: coming of age, family relations, single parent, self discovery, teenage life, introspection, best friends, society, youth, direction and purpose, coming out, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south carolina, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 7.6
 21K
Shelter (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Forced to give up his dreams of art school, Zach works dead-end jobs to support his sister and her son. Questioning his life, he paints, surfs and hangs out with his best friend, Gabe. When Gabe's older brother returns home for the summer, Zach ...
Style: touching, sincere, romantic, sweet, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gay, gay relationship, coming out, gays and lesbians, best friends, homosexual, grownups, gay teenager, homosexuality, gay romance, teenage life, surfing ...
Time: contemporary, 70s
Place: california, southern california, san francisco, canada, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
Edge of Seventeen (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A gay teenager finds out who he is and what he wants, who his friends are, and who loves him, in this autobiographical tale set in middle U.S. in the 1980s. Growing up, learning about life, love, sex, friends, and lovers.
Style: realistic, sexual, sexy, touching, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: coming of age, homosexuality, gay teenager, lgbt teen, gays and lesbians, gay, first gay sexual experience, coming out, lgbt, self discovery, high school, friendship ...
Time: 80s, year 1984
Place: ohio, usa, midwest, new jersey, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 6.4
 1K
Watercolors (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Carter, a troubled teen stays with a friend of his dads and starts flirting with her son Danny. After the weekend school returns, however Carter a school jock tells Danny he does not want to be seen with him at school. Their relationship grows ...
Style: sincere, touching, serious, emotional, sexy ...
Plot: gay teenager, gay, coming out, gay sex, teenage love, love and romance, lifestyle, gay student, sexuality, drug use, opposites attract, gays and lesbians ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Between Something & Nothing (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: BETWEEN SOMETHING & NOTHING is based on filmmaker Todd Verow’s experiences at Rhode Island School of Design. After being accepted into a prestigious New England art school, sexy small-town JOE and townie mastermind JENNIFER quickly join ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, suspenseful, sexy ...
Plot: college, self discovery, dangerous attraction, lifestyle, youth, friendship, student life, sexual relations, prostitute, social misfits, gay, art school ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: rhode island
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 7.4
 12K
Boys (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 78 min.
Story: BOYS tells the story of Sieger, a sporty, rather quiet 15-year-old boy who discovers love during the summer holidays. Sieger is training in the new athletics team for the national relay championships and meets the intriguing and unpredictable Marc. ...
Style: touching, sentimental, realistic, serious
Plot: gay, gay teenager, teenage love, friendship, gay love, gay romance, gay relationship, teenage life, fall in love, love and romance, gay son, gays and lesbians ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: holland
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 6.6
 155
Boys Life 6 (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Anthonlogy of four gay-themed stories centered around the idea of first-time crushes.
Style: realistic, sentimental, anthology, psychological, semi serious ...
Plot: self discovery, friendship, teenage love, youth, gender, coming of age, family relations, seduction, addiction, love, love and romance, gays and lesbians ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, iowa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 5.5
 995
Harry + Max (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 74 min.
Story: Two brothers, 23 and 16, who are both teen idols, come to terms with their dysfunctional family past and deep affection for each other.
Style: emotional, touching, serious, captivating, contemplative ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, gay, siblings relations, sexual relations, teenage life, gender, lifestyle, romance, family relations, incest, alcohol abuse, artists and showbiz ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 6.5
 1K
Leo's Room (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Uruguay, Argentina
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Leo, a young man coming to terms with his own sexuality, runs into Caro, a primary school friend he fancied when they were kids, who's now trying to ward off her own personal demons. This casual re-encounter will affect their personal conflicts ...
Style: serious, touching, emotional, realistic, sexy ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: friendship, gay love, self discovery, family relations, gays and lesbians, therapy, couples, lifestyle, gender, curses spells and rituals, friends, tragedy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: uruguay
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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 6.6
 2K
Dorian Blues (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Dorian realizes he is gay in his final year of high school. He meets another gay youth locally, but remains confused. He starts therapy, then resorts to confession in the Church, and finally comes out to his brother. Dorian then decides to come out ...
Style: sentimental, touching, semi serious, feel good, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming out, coming of age, gay teenager, gay, self discovery, teenage life, friendship, introspection, parents and children, youth, father son relationship, college ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 5.5
 147
Domain (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Austria
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Nadia (Béatrice Dalle) is in her 30s and begins a serious relationship with a teen named Pierre (Isaïe Sultan).
Style: atmospheric, touching, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, alcohol abuse, self discovery, teenage love, addiction, adolescence vs adulthood, life is a bitch, youth, love and romance, friendship, coming of age, incest overtones ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 5.2
 633
Crutch (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: An autobiographical film taken from the experiences of writer-director Rob Moretti, CRUTCH is a coming-of-age tale about a young man's struggle with family problems and substance abuse. Behind a facade of suburban middle class perfection, ...
Style: psychological, emotional, realistic, serious, bleak ...
Plot: coming out, dysfunctional family, coming of age, family relations, drug abuse, suburbs, rehabilitation, lifestyle, kids in trouble, teenage life, social decay, dangerous attraction ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 5.9
 306
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: sexy, realistic, touching, sincere, sexual
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: friendship, coming of age, love and romance, family relations, youth, best friends, lifestyle, unfulfilled love, coming out, friends, couples, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A coming-of-age story based on the best-selling novel by Stephen Chbosky, which follows 15-year-old freshman Charlie, an endearing and naive outsider who is taken under the wings of two seniors. A moving tale of love, loss, fear and hope - and the ...
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, serious, talky ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: coming of age, teenage love, teenage life, first love, adolescence, friendship, teenagers, high school life, suicide, hopes, social misfits, teenager ...
Time: 90s, contemporary, 21st century, 1990s, 20th century ...
Place: pennsylvania, pittsburgh, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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Normal Adolescent Behavior (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: High school student Wendy has an odd relationship with her five friends: They're openly sexual with each other, swapping partners every week. But this is all thrown into turmoil when she meets Sean, a new student in school who has a crush on ...
Style: sincere, bleak, serious, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: high school, teenager, teenage love, high school life, coming of age, humiliation, friendship, sex, best friends, love and romance, siblings relations, fall in love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, rhode island
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.2
 4K
Dream Boy (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The story of Nathan, a young teenager who tries to flourish in a romantic relationship with neighbour Roy. The two young men will have to face the brutal reality of the rural south of the United States in the late 1970s.
Style: touching, sincere, sentimental, realistic, serious ...
Plot: gay, gay teenager, gays and lesbians, homosexual rape, gay relationship, small town, dysfunctional family, gay couple, teenage love, misfit, romance, couples ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: louisiana, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 5.7
 324
Innocent (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Canada, Hong Kong
Duration: 80 min.
Story: 17-year-old Eric follows his parents to immigrate to Canada and is thus forced to confront different emotional and cultural problems. He must not only adjust to the new environment, but also come to terms with his homosexuality. Standing at the ...
Style: touching, sincere, sentimental, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: immigrants, forbidden love, self discovery, culture clash, teenage life, lifestyle, youth, society, family relations, coming out, dysfunctional family, looking for love ...
Time: contemporary
Place: canada, hong kong, manhattan new york city, toronto ontario canada, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Grande école (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Paul and Agnes have been going out for quite a while and Agnes is shocked to learn that he'd rather live with two roommates on campus than move in with her. As soon as he meets one of his roommates, Louis-Anault, Paul's behavior changes - ...
Style: serious, psychological, sincere, sexy, sexual ...
Plot: coming out, teenage life, love triangle, lifestyle, college life, sexual relations, youth, social differences, love and romance, couples, couple relations, friendship ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 5.5
 2K
Redwoods (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Both original and incredibly romantic, Redwoods tells the story of an already-partnered man whose love is tested when a mysterious drifter passes through his small Northern California town.
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, serious, sexy ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, gay relationship, love affair, friendship, road not taken, breakup, couples, family problems, romance, lifestyle, love and romance, secret ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.7
 10K
Water Lilies (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Set during a sultry summer in a French suburb, Marie is desperate to join the local pool's synchronized swimming team, but is her interest solely for the sake of sport or for a chance to get close to Floriane, the bad girl of the team? Sciamma, ...
Style: psychological, sexy, serious, realistic, romantic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: lgbt, loss of virginity, lesbian, coming of age, friendship, teenage life, teenage love, unfulfilled love, sexual relations, youth, teenager, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary
Place: paris france, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 5.9
 10K
G.B.F. (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The bitter fight for supremacy between the three most popular girls at North Gateway High takes an unexpected turn when their classmate, Tanner, is outed and becomes the school’s first openly gay student. The trio races to bag the big trend in ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, funny, sweet, light ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: gay, gay teenager, gay lead character, coming out, lgbt teen, high school, friends, friendship, lgbt, teenage life, gays and lesbians, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%