Movies like It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books

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It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books (1988)
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It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A nameless young character travels to the country, meeting some acquaintances and strangers, having banal conversations, and dedicating his existence to daily mundane activities.
Plot: dog, travel, basketball, painter, loneliness, train, food, friendship, snow, subway, hiking, lighthouse, restaurant, puppy, on the road, family relations, elevator, pills, rain, glacier, bus, mirror, thanksgiving, slacker, brother sister relationship ...
Place: los angeles, san francisco, austin texas, houston texas

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Most similar movies to It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, touching, serious and sincere films with plots about telephone call, food, drinking alcohol, eating, husband wife relationship, family relations and father son relationship mostly in Drama and Comedy genres. Some movies like It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books: Slacker (1990), Boyhood (2014), Bodies, Rest & Motion (1993), Road Movie (1973), Around the Bend (2004). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Slacker (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Presents a day in the life in Austin, Texas among its social outcasts and misfits, predominantly the twenty-something set, using a series of linear vignettes. These characters, who in some manner just don't fit into the establishment norms, ...
Style: talky, humorous, witty, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: philosophy, writers, hitchhiker, moon, dream, ufo, cafe, twenty something, telescope, hit and run, atomic bomb, anarchist ...
Time: 90s
Place: texas, austin texas, usa, houston texas, london ...
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Boyhood (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 165 min.
Story: The film tells a story of a divorced couple trying to raise their young son. The story follows the boy for twelve years, from first grade at age 6 through 12th grade at age 17-18, and examines his relationship with his parents as he grows.
Style: depressing, realistic, sincere, serious, emotional ...
Audience: kids
Plot: coming of age, stepsister stepsister relationship, childhood, bully, divorced parents, boy, marital problem, brother sister relationship, abusive husband, parents and children, teenage life, divorce ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2013, year 2009, year 2008 ...
Place: usa, texas, austin texas, houston texas
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Bodies, Rest & Motion (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Rebelling against his dreary life in a small Arizona town, salesman Nick abandons his girlfriend, Beth, and strikes out onto the highway in search of... something else. Encouraged by her best friend, Carol, Beth reluctantly accepts the romantic ...
Style: clever, semi serious, realistic, humorous, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: friends, self discovery, friendship, desert, love, highway, road trip, salesman, deaf man, performer's life, youth, partners ...
Time: 90s
Place: arizona, usa, las vegas, tucson arizona, california ...
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55%
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Road Movie (1973)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Gil and Hank are two independent truckers who run into problems when they are forced to pay off traffic managers to get loads. They also have to pay off highway cops when their rigs are overweight and bank loans but consider themselves lucky just to ...
Style: road movie
Plot: police officer, passenger, insurance, alimony, infidelity, labor, prostitute, argument, bible, adultery, abuse, hitchhiking ...
Place: pittsburgh, pennsylvania, chicago illinois
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Around the Bend (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A tale of four generations of men, all of whom have had their offspring at a young age: a great-grandfather, a grandfather, a father in his twenties and a son who is about 7 years old. When the oldest member passes away, the trio heads out on the ...
Style: touching, sentimental, semi serious, emotional, humorous ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: redemption, family relations, family gatherings, self discovery, human nature, parents and children, estrangement, bus, on the road, van, archaeologist, dealing with death ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new mexico, usa, albuquerque new mexico, los angeles, mexico ...
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The Dream Catcher (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: An abandoned teen jumps a freight train in Philadelphia intent on reaching his uncle in Indiana, whom he believes will help him with financial difficulties including a pregnant girlfriend. In Ohio, he meets another homeless teen, who escorts him to ...
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, gloomy, touching ...
Plot: friendship, on the road, family relations, teenage life, self discovery, down on your luck, parents and children, americana, friends, society, social misfits, hopes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, oklahoma, salt lake city utah, philadelphia, st. louis missouri
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Off the Map (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An 11-year-old girl watches her father come down with a crippling depression. Over one summer, she learns answers to several mysteries and comes to terms with love and loss.
Style: sincere, touching, atmospheric, emotional, intense ...
Plot: depression, family relations, eccentric family, youth, love and romance, family problems, parents and children, family in crisis, desert, childhood, coming of age, husband wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 70s
Place: new mexico, usa, boston, albuquerque new mexico, korea ...
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44%
Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: The Yosemite Valley Railroad, which runs through the breathtaking scenery and stunning vistas of Yosemite National Park, is on the brink of failure. The grandson of a Chinese railroad laborer embarks on a romantic, but ultimately doomed, quest to ...
Style: captivating, atmospheric, sincere, realistic, serious
Plot: racism, train, friends, obsession, against the odds, self discovery, americana, ambition, obsessive quest, society, escapades, motorcycle ...
Time: 1940s, post world war two
Place: usa, california, washington d.c., paris france, new york ...
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Maladies (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A talented and successful actor retires at a young age due to a perceived mental illness. Now living in a small town with his deranged sister and his best friend, we watch as their Maladies intertwine.
Style: psychological, realistic, emotional, touching, captivating ...
Plot: mental illness, siblings relations, mentally unstable, family relations, small town, friendship, actor, split personality, gender bending, misfit, spoken inner thoughts, suicide by drowning ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 60s
Place: usa, new york
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42%
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Jerome (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Jerome is a day in the life of a dreamer. Wade Hampton has found himself trapped by responsibility and lack of understanding by those closest to him. As a result, Wade simply leaves his old life with the idea of fulfilling a repressed dream of ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, gloomy, psychological ...
Plot: desert, on the road, factory, workplace romance, unemployment, small town, fish out of water, small town life, family in crisis, self discovery, hopes, love and romance ...
Time: 90s
Place: arizona, usa
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C'mon C'mon (2021)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Johnny and his young nephew forge a tenuous but transformational relationship when they embark on a cross-country trip to see life away from Los Angeles.
Style: captivating, sincere, psychological
Plot: uncle nephew relationship, nephew, family relations, bipolar disorder, brother sister relationship, relationships, travel, road trip, radio announcer, childhood, motherhood, feces ...
Time: future
Place: los angeles, new orleans, detroit, new york, oakland california ...
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Certain Women (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The lives of four women intersect in small-town America, where each is imperfectly blazing a trail.
Style: thought provoking, ironic, disturbing, captivating, feminist film
Plot: loneliness, ranch, female lawyer, flirting, dysfunctional relationship, marriage, lesbian interest, husband wife relationship, mother daughter relationship, teacher, small town, old man ...
Time: year 1918, year 1959, 2010s, year 1966, year 1975
Place: montana
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Along the Way (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A funny, gripping and powerful drama about the post graduation summer of four lifelong friends and one night that changed the course of their lives... forever. Like Crash , Saint Elmo s Fire and it s inspiration Stand By Me, Along the WAY is a ...
Style: emotional, gloomy, touching, realistic, serious ...
Plot: college, friendship, friends, world, redemption, showbiz, partners, youth, coming of age, best friends, buddies, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1996, year 1983
Place: new york, madison square garden manhattan new york city, connecticut
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American Gun (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Seemingly disparate portraits of people -- among them a single mother, a high school principal, and an ace student -- Distinctly American -- all affected by the proliferation of guns in American society.
Style: thought provoking, emotional, realistic, serious, bleak ...
Plot: high school, family relations, family problems, teenage life, americana, on the road, single parent, dealing with death, death in the family, working class, human nature, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, chicago illinois, virginia, oregon
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Redwood Highway (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Marie, a reluctant resident of a retirement community in Southern Oregon, decides to walk 80 miles down the Redwood Highway to see the ocean for the first time in 45 years.
Style: touching, serious, realistic, feel good, sentimental
Plot: family relations, on the road, obsessive quest, estrangement, introspection, haunted by the past, escapades, parents and children, redemption, strong female presence, golden years, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, pacific ocean, oregon
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Things That Hang from Trees (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: St. Augustine, Florida, 1969. An eight-year-old boy's wish to see the fireworks from atop the city's lighthouse is complicated by his odd neighbors, abusive peers, and hopeless parents. The young boy's seemingly simple goal develops ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, touching, captivating
Plot: child abuse, traumatic childhood, husband wife relationship, mental illness, boy, father son relationship, drunkenness, teasing, small town, bullying, abusive husband, mother son relationship ...
Time: year 1969, 60s
Place: florida
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: James White is a troubled twentysomething trying to stay afloat in a frenzied New York City. As he retreats further into a hedonistic lifestyle, his mother's battle with a serious illness faces a series of setbacks that force him to assume more ...
Style: disturbing, captivating, sincere, psychological
Plot: mother son relationship, terminal illness, friendship, promise, chemotherapy, lie, slacker, cancer, self destructing, new life, bigger dreams, beach resort ...
Time: year 2000, year 1983, year 2013
Place: manhattan new york city, new york, mexico
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Luminous Motion (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A mom and her 10 year son motor around the country as she makes ends meet by turning tricks until her car breaks down. She then temporarily takes up with a hardware store owner until she gets her own place. Then the kid's father shows up to try ...
Style: serious, realistic, psychological, offbeat
Plot: family relations, on the road, dysfunctional family, road trip, family problems, friendship, alcohol abuse, parents and children, store, single parent, island, mother son relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, beirut lebanon
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36%
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Wendy and Lucy (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Wendy, a near-penniless drifter, is traveling to Alaska in search of work, and her only companion is her dog, Lucy. Already perilously close to losing everything, Wendy hits a bigger bump in the road when her old car breaks down and she is arrested ...
Style: touching, realistic, psychological, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: dog, small town, owner dog relationship, hopes, life is a bitch, social problems, financial problem, down on your luck, pets, loneliness, friendship, depression ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: oregon, usa, alaska, portland oregon, california
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The Dynamiter (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 73 min.
Story: All fourteen-year-old Robbie Hendrick ever wanted was a family. Yet as another Mississippi summer begins, his wayward mother has run off again fearing a breakdown and he's left to burn the days caring for his half brother, Fess. As the deep ...
Style: realistic, serious, atmospheric, touching, sincere ...
Plot: family relations, small town, family problems, youth, social relations, dysfunctional family, small town life, teenage life, siblings relations, innocence lost, bittersweet, coming of age ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mississippi, usa
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Columbus (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: When a renowned architecture scholar falls suddenly ill during a speaking tour, his son Jin finds himself stranded in Columbus, Indiana - a small Midwestern city celebrated for its many significant modernist buildings. Jin strikes up a friendship ...
Style: sincere, captivating, touching
Plot: father son relationship, mother daughter relationship, architecture, korean american, coma, small town, friendship, middle aged man, hospital, library, family relations, social problems ...
Time: year 1954, year 1950, year 2008, 2010s
Place: indiana, midwest
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Levelland (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A coming-of-age drama, with skateboards, set in Texas.
Audience: teens
Plot: american football, internet, high school, skinny dipping, actor, depression, hospital, brother sister relationship, oil company, older woman younger man relationship, intergenerational friendship, coming of age ...
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Landscape in the Mist (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: Greece, France, Italy
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Road movie about two children searching for their father who is supposed to live in Germany. Their obsession for this father figure will take them to the boundaries between childhood and adolescence.
Style: serious, touching, realistic, rough, contemplative
Plot: family relations, soldier, on the road, siblings relations, human nature, life is a bitch, youth, mother daughter relationship, bus, chase, fear, father daughter relationship ...
Time: 80s
Place: germany, europe
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Stand Clear of the Closing Doors (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: When autistic teen Ricky is scolded for skipping class, he escapes into the subway for a days-long odyssey among the subway’s disparate denizens. Meanwhile, his mother wages an escalating search effort above ground. Based on a true story and set ...
Style: sincere, touching, melancholic, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: self discovery, parents and children, teenage life, family relations, social misfits, autism, missing child, train, imagination, hopes, misfit, mentally challenged ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1984, year 2012
Place: new york, usa
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Nomadland (2020)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A woman in her sixties embarks on a journey through the American West after losing everything in the Great Recession, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.
Style: road movie, sincere, realistic, captivating, serious ...
Plot: nomad, motor home, homelessness, traveler, unemployment, van, female protagonist, crocodile, travel, loneliness, loss of job, on the road ...
Time: year 2011
Place: nevada, arizona
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The Spitfire Grill (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Percy, upon being released from prison, goes to the small town of Gillead, to find a place where she can start over again. She is taken in by Hannah, to help out at her place, the Spitfire Grill. Percy brings change to the small town, stirring ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: small town, friendship, prison, hopes, false accusation, redemption, church, bittersweet, self discovery, couples, friends, social relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: maine, usa, ohio, new england, kentucky
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32%
The Exploding Girl (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: On a summer break from college, Ivy, a young epileptic woman, struggles to balance her feelings for her fledgling boyfriend while her friend Al crashes with her for the season.
Style: serious, touching, realistic, sincere
Audience: girls' night
Plot: looking for love, lovers apart, disability, romance, introspection, young lovers, youth, husband wife relationship, male female relationship, loneliness, awkwardness, ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city
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31%
A Kid Like Jake (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: On the eve of the admissions cycle for New York City kindergartens, Alex and Greg Wheeler have high hopes for four-year-old Jake. The director of Jake’s preschool encourages them to accentuate Jake’s gender expansive behavior to help him stand ...
Style: captivating, fairy tale
Audience: preschoolers
Plot: gender issues, lgbt, desire for fame, family relations, father son relationship, husband wife relationship, disney princess, gender, social issues, mother son relationship, cinderella, education ...
Place: brooklyn new york city, switzerland, montana, scotland
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Wildlife (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: 14-year-old Joe is the only child of Jeanette and Jerry—a housewife and a golf pro—in a small town in 1960s Montana. Nearby, an uncontrolled forest fire rages close to the Canadian border, and when Jerry loses his job—and his sense of ...
Style: melancholic, suspenseful, disturbing, thought provoking, captivating
Plot: infidelity, teenage boy, unemployment, parents and children, husband wife relationship, family relations, marital separation, fired from the job, depression, marriage, coming of age, unemployed ...
Time: 60s, year 1960
Place: montana, washington state, idaho, portland oregon
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So B. It (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A young girl named Heidi who lives with her mentally disabled mother, travels across the country to find out about her and her mothers past.
Plot: family relations, mentally challenged person, foster parent, memory, storm, soccer, painting, money, friend, bus driver, grandmother granddaughter relationship, sleeping ...
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