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Wishin' and Hopin' (2014)
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Wishin' and Hopin' (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Based on the New York Times best-selling novel by award winning author Wally Lamb. A vivid slice of 1960s life, Wishin' and Hopin' is a wise-and-witty holiday tale that celebrates where we've been-and how far we've come. In the small town of Three Rivers, Connecticut, we go straight into the halls of St. Aloysius Gonzaga Parochial School with Felix Funicello, a Catholic school fifth-grader in 1964, whose claim to fame is his cousin Annette Funicello, the famous Mouseketeer and teen movie queen. But grammar and arithmetic move to the back burner this holiday season with the sudden arrivals of substitute teacher Madame Frechette and feisty Russian student Zhenya Kabakova. While Felix learns the meaning of French kissing, cultural misunderstanding, and tableaux vivants, Wishin' and Hopin' barrels toward one outrageous Christmas!
Style: humorous, semi serious, sincere, light, captivating, entertaining, sentimental, touching, realistic
Plot: small town, christmas, coming of age, teachers and students, parents and children, catholic school, youth, family relations, substitute teacher, friendship, student life, small town life, elementary school, power relations, social relations, exchange student, black stockings
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: connecticut, usa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out humorous, semi serious, realistic and sentimental films with plots about family relations, youth, coming of age, friendship, parents and children, teenage life and friends mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres. Some movies like Wishin' and Hopin': Papa Was Not a Rolling Stone (2014), Lost Islands (2008), The Grass Harp (1995), You're My Hero (2003), Housekeeping (1987). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Papa Was Not a Rolling Stone (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The 1980s. Stéphanie grows up in La Courneuve, on the outskirts of Paris, in a home where her mother is rarely there and her step-father is brutal. She quickly decides to escape her morose everyday life. Thanks to her grandmother's love, ...
Style: sincere, touching, humorous, sentimental, semi serious ...
Plot: follow your dream, dysfunctional family, family relations, youth, teenage life, friendship, parents and children, society, adolescence vs adulthood, family problems, hopes, high school life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: paris france, france
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Lost Islands (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A family with five kids in the 80s get into a crisis when twin brothers fall in love with the same girl.
Style: humorous, semi serious, captivating, emotional, stylized ...
Audience: teens
Plot: family relations, twins, love triangle, coming of age, parents and children, family in crisis, teenage love, family problems, fall in love, small town, friendship, rivalry ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: israel
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The Grass Harp (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Based on the novel by Truman Capote, this often-witty coming-of-age drama looks at a young man growing up with an unusual family in the Deep South in the 1940s.
Style: realistic, semi serious, feel good, humorous, touching ...
Plot: coming of age, family relations, dysfunctional family, americana, small town, maid, couple relations, siblings relations, cons and scams, parents and children, eccentric family, teenage life ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: southern usa, alabama
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You're My Hero (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Thirteen-year-old Ramon is on the verge of many adolescent discoveries -- and the confusion that goes along with them. Shy and awkward, he's moved from town to town throughout his childhood and believes that life is about winning and losing. ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, touching, captivating, humorous
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, friendship, youth, teenage life, idealism, society, misfit, clergy, snitch, rebelliousness, parents and children, teachers and students ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: spain
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Housekeeping (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: In the Pacific Northwest during the 1950s, two young sisters whose mother has abandoned them wind up living with their Aunt Sylvie, whose views of the world and its conventions don't quite live up to most people's expectations.
Style: realistic, atmospheric, semi serious, humorous, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: small town, coming of age, orphan, friendship, strong female presence, teenage life, small town life, self discovery, human nature, parents and children, custody, siblings relations ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s, 70s
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83%
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Just a Dream (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Film crew arrives in a small town in Nevada desert. Ends up changing the life of a 12-year-old kid and a friend of his, a movie lover.
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, realistic, touching ...
Plot: desert, filmmaking, friends, friendship, family life, interracial relations, obsession, youth, family relations, social relations, society, coming of age ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: nevada, usa
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Hardboiled Egg (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The story of Piero, from when he was a kid to fatherhood, over the background of the town of Livorno, Tuscany, where the director Virzì was born.
Style: semi serious, humorous, gloomy, sentimental, captivating ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, bittersweet, working class, dysfunctional family, teenage love, factory worker, love and romance, youth, small town life, teenage life, parents and children, teachers and students ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: tuscany, europe, italy
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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, romance, gender ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, south carolina
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Diggers (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Diggers is a coming-of-age story directed by Katherine Dieckmann. It portrays four working-class friends who grow up in The Hamptons, on the South Shore of Long Island, New York, as clam diggers in 1976. Their fathers were clam diggers as well as ...
Style: humorous, touching, witty, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: friendship, coming of age, parents and children, americana, social differences, social relations, love and romance, save the day, youth, family relations, father son relationship, coping ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, long island
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A Grandpa for Christmas (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: An old-time movie-star singer/ hoofer rebonds with his estranged daughter and 9-year-old granddaughter.
Style: touching, humorous, sentimental, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: christmas, family, family relations, elderly, grandfather granddaughter relationship, father daughter estrangement, mother daughter relationship, golden years, youth, estrangement, holiday season, stage fright ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
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Style: touching, sentimental, humorous, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, teenage life, youth, family, family relations, family life, jewish family, child protagonist, teenager, best friends, coming of age, school ...
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Place: north carolina, usa
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The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Elizabeth Alison Gray is just your average suburban 11-year old waiting for adolescence to arrive when she finds out her whole life has been a lie. With only her imagination to guide her, she runs away to find the truth.
Style: semi serious, sentimental, feel good, realistic, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: adoption, coming of age, parents and children, family relations, hopes, family in crisis, self discovery, family problems, youth, obsessive quest, on the road, life turned upside down ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, canada
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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, realistic, emotional, semi serious, sentimental ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, friendship, youth, parents and children, family life, coming of age, family problems, prodigy, hopes, society, eccentric family, family relations ...
Time: 90s
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Genre: Comedy, Drama
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Duration: 95 min.
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Style: touching, humorous, realistic, semi serious, sentimental ...
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Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
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Style: feel good, semi serious, humorous, sentimental, touching
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Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
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Duration: 104 min.
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As Cool as I Am (2013)
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Style: humorous, touching, semi serious, realistic
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⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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, feel good, contemplative, semi serious, realistic ...
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Teen's Confessions (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
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Duration: 96 min.
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Place: brazil
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The Summer of Flying Fish (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Chile, France
Duration: 95 min.
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The Breakfast Club (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Five high school students, all different stereotypes, meet in detention, where they pour their hearts out to each other, and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.
Style: humorous, talky, realistic, semi serious, sincere ...
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50%
Girl in Progress (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: As single mom Grace juggles work, bills, and her affair with a married doctor, her daughter, Ansiedad, plots a shortcut to adulthood after finding inspiration in the coming-of-age stories she's reading for school.
Style: touching, semi serious, sentimental, humorous, realistic
Audience: girls' night
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: Singapore
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Style: sentimental, semi serious, realistic, humorous, biting ...
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Gueros (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
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Duration: 106 min.
Story: Set amidst the 1999 student strikes in Mexico City, this coming-of-age tale finds two brothers venturing through the city in a sentimental search for an aging legendary musician. Shot in black-and-white, Güeros brims with youthful exuberance.
Style: road movie, humorous, light, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: coming of age, on the road, friendship, family relations, disorder, youth, escapades, brother brother relationship, buddies, bittersweet, teenage life, siblings relations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
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Turning Green (2005)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: USA, Ireland
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Set in late 1970s Ireland, it tells the story of 16-year-old James Powers, an American who finds himself lost after his mother dies and he is forced to live with his three Irish aunts. Displaced and depressed, he longs for a way to make it back to ...
Style: sincere, touching, realistic, semi serious, humorous
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Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: ireland, europe
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The Best Things in the World (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Everyday family life as perfectly normal madness. “As Melhores Coisas do Mundo“ follows a few days in the life of the 15-year-old Mano, who is fighting on two fronts: his parents have just got divorced and he is going through puberty. Mano tries ...
Style: humorous, sentimental, touching, semi serious, captivating ...
Audience: teens
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: brazil, sao paulo brazil
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47%
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The Santa Con (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Small-time con man Nick DeMarco is ordered by his parole officer to take a minimum-wage job as a department store Santa during the holidays...and he hates it. Near the end of his first shift, he hastily promises a young boy, Billy, that Santa will ...
Style: sentimental, humorous, semi serious, feel good, light ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens
Plot: christmas, parents and children, family, moral dilemma, family relations, wish come true, introspection, store, santa claus, love, friendship, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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Mystic Pizza (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Three teenage girls come of age while working at a pizza parlor in Mystic Connecticut.
Style: feel good, sentimental, humorous, touching, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, date night, teens
Plot: small town, coming of age, commitment, coming-of-age, romance, siblings relations, small town life, teenage life, love and romance, hopes, graduation, best friends ...
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2 Francs, 40 Pesetas (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Madrid, 1974. Six years have passed since Martin and his family have returned to Spain from Switzerland. A visit to their adopted country will bring complications.
Style: humorous, semi serious, light, captivating, feel good ...
Plot: family relations, culture clash, friendship, parents and children, disorder, farce, homecoming, love affair, nothing goes right, couples, friends, family life ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: switzerland
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A Madea Christmas (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Madea dispenses her unique form of holiday spirit on rural town when she's coaxed into helping a friend pay her daughter a surprise visit in the country for Christmas.
Style: sincere, captivating, light, feel good, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, christmas, parents and children, family life, family, nothing goes right, friendship, society, adventure, family problems, disorder, unfulfillment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, alabama
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