Movies like The Way Way Back

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The Way Way Back (2013)
 7.4
 132K
The Way Way Back (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Over the course of his summer break, a teenager comes into his own thanks in part to the friendship he strikes up with one of the park's managers.
Style: realistic, touching, sentimental, witty, humorous, feel good, semi serious, dramatic, sweet, funny ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: friendship, vacation, summer, shyness, coming of age, teenager, loneliness, party, job, neighbor, bicycle, adolescence, mentor, dysfunctional family, divorce, parenthood, teenage life, teenage love, youth, friends, family relations, misfit, loner, parents and children, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california

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Most similar movies to The Way Way Back

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, humorous, semi serious and melancholic films with plots about coming of age, friendship, runaway, loneliness, mentor, dialogue and drinking mostly in Comedy, Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like The Way Way Back: It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010), Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015), The Kings of Summer (2013), Juno (2007), The Spectacular Now (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A clinically depressed teenager gets a new start after he checks himself into an adult psychiatric ward.
Style: touching, sentimental, humorous, sweet, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: depression, mental illness, teenage love, love and romance, teenage life, friendship, psychiatric ward, friends, shyness, adolescence, coming of age, supportive friend ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
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100%
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Greg is coasting through senior year of high school as anonymously as possible, avoiding social interactions like the plague while secretly making spirited, bizarre films with Earl, his only friend. But both his anonymity and friendship threaten to ...
Style: touching, realistic, semi serious, emotional, clever ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, friends, friendship, coming of age, teenager, cancer, leukemia, high school student, tattoo, teenage boy, high school life, best friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, kindergarten
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Kings of Summer (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Joe Toy, on the verge of adolescence, finds himself increasingly frustrated by his single father, Frank's attempts to manage his life. Declaring his freedom once and for all, he escapes to a clearing in the woods with his best friend, Patrick, ...
Style: sentimental, touching, humorous, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: coming of age, friendship, teenage life, lifestyle change, off the grid, self discovery, choice, rebelliousness, in the woods, runaway, frustration, overbearing parent ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 462K
Juno (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A young girl named Juno gets herself pregnant and tries to stand on her own, but soon learns a few lessons about being grown up.
Style: sentimental, witty, humorous, realistic, clever ...
Audience: date night, teen comedy, teens
Plot: teenage life, love and romance, coming of age, pregnancy, teenager, social relations, adoption, small town life, youth, abortion, eccentric family, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: minnesota, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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The Spectacular Now (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A hard-partying high school senior's philosophy on life changes when he meets the not-so-typical "nice girl."
Style: sincere, touching, semi serious, sentimental, melancholic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage love, coming of age, love and romance, teenage life, youth, drinking problem, couples, classmates, teenager, high school, self discovery, prom ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Anywhere But Here (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In this adaptation of the Mona Simpson novel, single mother Adele August is bad with money, and even worse when it comes to making decisions. Her straight-laced daughter, Ann, is a successful high school student with Ivy League aspirations. When ...
Style: touching, realistic, semi serious, humorous, clever ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: mother daughter relationship, coming of age, audition, hollywood, dream, teen angst, small town, love and romance, human nature, youth, teenage life, small town life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1995
Place: california, los angeles, wisconsin, usa, beverly hills
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 74K
Flipped (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: When Juli meets Bryce in the second grade, she knows it's true love. After spending six years trying to convince Bryce the same, she's ready to give up - until he starts to reconsider.
Style: touching, sentimental, feel good, exciting, sweet ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, date night, kids
Plot: teenage love, love and romance, school, fall in love, first love, neighbor, childhood sweetheart, teenage life, adolescence, high school life, teenage boy, youth ...
Time: 1960s, 1950s, contemporary, 21st century, year 1957 ...
Place: usa, michigan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Staten Island Summer (2015)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Pals Danny and Frank spend the summer after high school working as lifeguards while figuring out their future.
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, funny, sexy ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: lifeguard, coming of age, friendship, workplace, youth, buddies, swimming, power relations, boss and employee, friends, love and romance, workplace situations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.3
 89K
St. Vincent (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A young boy whose parents just divorced finds an unlikely friend and mentor in the misanthropic, bawdy, hedonistic, war veteran who lives next door.
Style: realistic, humorous, inspirational, entertaining, witty ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: friendship, neighbor, family relations, parents and children, youth, coming of age, drinking, mentor, divorce, unlikely friendships, husband wife relationship, character study ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1965, year 1946
Place: usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 106K
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, humorous, realistic, atmospheric, thought provoking ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: age difference, coming of age, friendship, adolescence, teenage life, best friends, graduation, youth, social outcast, dysfunctional family, older man young girl relationship, geek ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, indiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Edge of Seventeen (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, China
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Two high school girls are best friends until one dates the other's older brother, who is totally his sister's nemesis.
Style: emotional, sweet, witty, realistic, touching ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: adolescence, teenager, teen angst, best friend, high school, loneliness, sibling relationship, coming of age, teacher, stereotypes, life & death, betrayal ...
Time: contemporary, 80s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 146K
Adventureland (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In the summer of 1987, a college graduate takes a 'nowhere' job at his local amusement park, only to find it's the perfect course to get him prepared for the real world.
Style: humorous, realistic, sentimental, semi serious, witty ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: job seeking, summer job, coming of age, friendship, party, dating, college graduate, leaving home, reconciliation, amusement park, workplace, workplace situations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1987
Place: usa, europe, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 159K
About a Boy (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA, France, Germany
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Will Freeman is a hip Londoner who one day realizes that his friends are all involved with the responsibilities of married life and that leaves him alone in the cold. Passing himself off as a single father, he starts to meet a string of single mums, ...
Style: touching, feel good, sentimental, humorous, romantic ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, kids
Plot: friendship, single parent, mentor, age difference, depression, dysfunctional family, coming of age, couples, family problems, parents and children, hopes, romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, europe, mcdonald's restaurant
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.6
 17K
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, midlife crisis, coming of age, teenage life, imaginary character, down on your luck, superhero, small town, party, writers, life philosophy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, long island, atlantic ocean, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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
Plot: friendship, divorce, midlife crisis, vacation, human nature, introspection, best friends, self discovery, partners, couples, family problems, wilderness ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.7
 6K
Angus (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, France, Germany, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Angus is a large, pathetic 14 year old whose thoughts are most often filled with the image of one Melissa Lefevre. Angus is shy and thinks that he has no chance of ever 'getting' her. Being especially uncool, he is incredibly surprised ...
Style: touching, realistic, humorous, feel good, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, date night, kids
Plot: high school, coming of age, friendship, prank, public humiliation, blow up doll, school, vengeance, lifestyle, teenage life, buddies, human nature ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A family loaded with quirky, colorful characters piles into an old van and road trips to California for little Olive to compete in a beauty pageant.
Style: road movie, feel good, witty, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: dysfunctional family, obsessive quest, nothing goes right, parenthood, beauty pageant, heroin, road trip, businessman, homosexual, journey, teacher, singer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, new mexico, cross country, albuquerque new mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.2
 1K
Bruno (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The story of a unique young boy genius, Bruno, whose expression of his own individuality leads his family and community along an emotional journey.
Style: touching, semi serious, realistic, sentimental, humorous ...
Plot: coming of age, dysfunctional family, youth, friendship, prodigy, family life, parents and children, hopes, society, eccentric family, family problems, family relations ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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 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: humorous, sincere, semi serious, sentimental, touching ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: high school, friendship, urination, underage drinking, small town, coming of age, youth, teenage life, high school life, misfit, freak, physical appearance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.5
 10K
Dirty Girl (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: It's 1987 and Danielle, the high school 'Dirty Girl', is running away. With her is chubby, gay Clarke, a bag of flour called Joan and a Walkman full of glorious '80s tunes.
Style: realistic, semi serious, humorous, road movie, melancholic ...
Plot: friends, friendship, high school, coming of age, on the road, teenager, teenage life, family problems, female protagonist, teacher, reputation, virgin ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1987
Place: usa, oklahoma, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Clockwatchers (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The relationship between four female temps all working for the same credit company is threatened with the arrival of a new hire, who lands a permanent position one of the women was vying for.
Style: humorous, dark humor, clever, offbeat, biting ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: office, friendship, eating disorder, workplace, couples, fighting the system, love and romance, boss and employee, workplace situations, couple relations, friends, siblings relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
The Chumscrubber (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The Chumscrubber is a dark comedy about the lives of people who live in upper-class suburbia. It all begins when Dean Stiffle finds the body of his friend, Troy. He doesn't bother telling any of the adults because he knows they won't care. ...
Style: surreal, dark humor, bleak, clever, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: suicide, suburbs, kidnapping, mayor, mistaken identity, psychiatrist, friendship, drug dealing, drug abuse, dysfunctional family, coming of age, loss of son ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Driving Lessons (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A shy teenage boy trying to escape the influence of his domineering mother, has his world changed when he begins to work for a retired actress.
Style: sentimental, realistic, humorous, touching, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, dysfunctional family, parents and children, love and romance, artists and showbiz, family relations, family problems, actor's life, friendship, infidelity, letter, christianity ...
Time: contemporary
Place: england, scotland, edinburgh scotland, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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Middle of Nowhere (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The film follows Grace, a young woman whose irresponsible mother blows her college fund on her younger sister's beauty pageant campaign.
Style: sentimental, realistic, humorous, semi serious
Plot: coming of age, friendship, summer, troubled teen, workplace situations, drugs/alcohol, crimes, unlikely partners, ambition, small town, drug dealing, power relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.1
 185K
The Intern (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: 70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker has discovered that retirement isn't all it's cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin.
Style: feel good, humorous, sweet, light, inspirational ...
Audience: family outing, chick flick
Plot: workplace, elderly, workplace situations, intern, family, mentor, unlikely friendships, life philosophy, destiny, stereotypes, loneliness, prejudice ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.9
 62K
The First Time (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Dave, a high school senior, spends most of his time pining away over a girl he can’t have. Aubrey, a junior with artistic aspirations, has a hot boyfriend who doesn’t quite understand her or seem to care. Although they go to different schools, ...
Style: sincere, realistic, humorous, touching, sexy ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: teenage love, first sex, teenage life, love and romance, first love, youth, high school, fall in love, romance, friendship, teenagers, coming of age ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.3
 79K
Submarine (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: 15-year-old deep-thinking Welsh schoolboy, Oliver Tate struggles to initiate and maintain a relationship with Jordana, his devilish, dark-haired classmate at their Swansea high school. As his parents' marriage begins to fall apart, similar ...
Style: witty, semi serious, talky, melancholic, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens, teen comedy
Plot: teenage love, coming of age, love and romance, bullying, adolescence, virginity, first love, parents and children, crumbling marriage, school, infidelity, friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 80s, 20th century
Place: wales, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Shag - More Dancing (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Summer of 1963. Carson is getting married to her boyfriend so her friends Melaina, Pudge and Luanne take her to Myrtle Beach for one last irresponsible weekend.
Style: touching, feel good, sentimental, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: friendship, coming of age, beach, romance, lifestyle, young lovers, unfulfillment, contests and competitions, family relations, adolescence vs adulthood, looking for sex, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1960s, 80s
Place: south carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.2
 5K
Tadpole (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: Beautiful, sophisticated women are all over Oscar Grubman. He is sensitive and compassionate, speaks French fluently, is passionate about Voltaire, and thinks the feature that tells the most about a woman is her hands. On the train home from ...
Style: sexy, witty, sentimental, humorous, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, fall in love, love and romance, seduction, youth, family relations, family life, couples, adolescence, friendship, older woman younger man relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, grand central station manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
The Go-Getter (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: When his mother dies, a teenager takes a road-trip in a stolen car to find his long-lost brother. Along the way he discovers a profound connection with the car-owner and with himself as well.
Style: realistic, sentimental, touching, offbeat, humorous ...
Plot: road trip, on the road, car thief, coming of age, friendship, society, misfit, youth, self discovery, fish out of water, obsessive quest, track down ...
Time: contemporary
Place: oregon, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%