Movies like Detention 1998

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Detention (1998)
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Detention (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: After some personal trauma, Wilson Walmsley is invited to work as a substitute teacher in a suburban public high school. He finds lack of authority and interest in the school direction and teacher body; uncontrolled and abusive students in an environment of disrespect and lack of discipline. He becomes close to the arts teacher Louise and to the smart and abused student Joey. When he saves Louise from a sexual assault of the student Davey, Louise and him are sued by Davey's family lawyer; then Davey's girlfriend beats Louise. The upset Walmsley lures, drugs and kidnaps Joey and six troublemakers of his class and brings them to his isolate real estate in Alpine, Texas. When the seven students wake up, they are naked and caged in cages with electric fences. When Walmsley arrives, he advises that his class will begin, and any disrespect or lack of discipline will be duly punished, and shots Joey to make clear his intentions. And the class begins.
Style: dark humor, clever, rough, serious, biting, suspense, realistic, cynical, suspenseful
Audience: teens
Plot: kidnapping, teenage life, crimes, youth, confined, teachers and students, graphic violence, rebellion, high school life, society, re-education, high school, disorder, hardcase students, power relations, social relations, profanity, undisciplined, nudity (full frontal - brief), teacher, female nudity, cell, brainwashing, substitute teacher
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and gloomy films with plots about youth, high school, high school life, teenage life, power relations, society and teachers and students mostly in Drama and Comedy genres. Some movies like Detention: Cheaters (2000), To Sir, with Love II (1996), Bad Seeds (2012), The Substitute (1993), Student Confidential (1987). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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: clever, sincere, realistic, serious, offbeat
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, lifestyle, ambition, teachers and students, teenage life, society, dedicated educator, rivalry, contests and competitions, youth, social differences, cheating ...
Time: 90s
Place: chicago illinois, usa
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To Sir, with Love II (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Mark Thackeray (Poitier) is a West Indian, who in the 1967 film had taken teaching in a London East End school. He spent twenty years teaching and ten in administrative roles. He has taught the children of his former pupils, but is now retiring.
Style: sincere, emotional, touching, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: high school, juvenile delinquency, teacher, urban ghetto life, idealism, city life, hardcase students, society, youth, dedicated educator, hopes, teachers and students ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois, usa
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Bad Seeds (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Luxembourg, Belgium, France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Quiet 16-year-old Louis, the high school headmaster’s son, has never been in trouble. His best friend, 18-year-old Greg, however, is his polar opposite: provocative, angry, violent, he has been kicked out of school for physically threatening young ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: kidnapping, teenager, gun, cell phone, hardcase students, confined, crime gone awry, crimes, youth, single parent, rebellion, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france
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The Substitute (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A high school substitute English teacher resorts to murder to protect her murderous dark past while seducing a student whom begins to suspect her true identity.
Style: tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: murder, high school, dishonesty, deadly, high school hunk, power relations, disorder, workplace situations, teachers and students, haunted by the past, youth, hidden identity ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: minnesota, usa
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Student Confidential (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Four high school students are led into the world of adult vices by their guidance counselor, a shadowy, suicidal millionaire.
Style: sexual, humorous, sexy, semi serious, erotic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, suicide attempt, satire, juvenile delinquency, hardcase students, love and romance, coming of age, youth, society, nudity (full frontal - brief), graphic violence, profanity ...
Time: 80s
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A Better Place (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A high school outcast new to town becomes friends with a violent loner still haunted by the death of his parents.
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: misfit, high school, kidnapping, friendship, teenage life, juvenile delinquency, youth, social misfits, crimes, society, kids in trouble, friends ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey, usa
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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
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Place: washington d.c., usa
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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, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dedicated educator, chess, changing lives, teenage life, ambition, rebellion, youth, redemption, hardcase students, society, rivalry, teachers and students ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
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Style: emotional, serious, suspenseful, suspense, gloomy ...
Audience: teens
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california
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61%
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Fast-Walking (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
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Style: clever, rough, suspenseful, disturbing, bleak ...
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Time: 80s
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The Explosive Generation (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
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Style: sexual, realistic, serious, sexy, psychotronic
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Time: 60s
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Genre: Drama
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Style: disturbing, rough, serious, realistic, tense ...
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Time: contemporary
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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, psychological, captivating, suspense ...
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54%
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Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
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Style: emotional, serious, realistic, touching, gloomy
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Time: 80s
Place: new york
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Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
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Country: USA
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Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, tense, suspenseful
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A Girl Like Her (2015)
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Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 80 min.
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Style: realistic, touching, serious, suspense, psychological ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
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Up the Down Staircase (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
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Time: 60s
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Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
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Style: atmospheric, serious, touching, realistic, melancholic ...
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Betrayed at 17 (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
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Style: serious, touching, suspenseful, emotional, realistic
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Place: usa
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Genre: Drama
Country: Hungary
Duration: 99 min.
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Style: touching, emotional, rough, realistic, serious
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Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: hungary
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39%
One More Chance (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
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Style: exciting, realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful
Audience: student film
Plot: friendship, kidnapping, cons and scams, missing person, confined, adventure, crimes, father son relationship, ex convict
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: los angeles
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39%
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Walkout (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Walkout is the true story of a young Mexican American high school teacher, Sal Castro. He mentors a group of students in East Los Angeles, when the students decide to stage a peaceful walkout to protest the injustices of the public school system. ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, sincere, thought provoking
Plot: discrimination, society, rebellion, teachers and students, politics, righting the wronged, lifestyle, fighting the system, rebelliousness, dedicated educator, against the odds, racism ...
Time: 60s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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38%
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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, sentimental, psychological, emotional ...
Audience: teens
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c.
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37%
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Missing Pieces (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A heartbroken man kidnaps two strangers in hopes they will fall in love.
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, serious, suspense, touching ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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