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Ball in the House (2001)
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Ball in the House (2001)
Original name: Relative Evil
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Relative Evil (aka Ball in the House) - When JJ (Jonathan Tucker) returns home from rehab, he is greeted by a conniving family who are plotting to cash in on a life insurance policy before his 18th birthday
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, bleak, gloomy
Plot: teenage life, against the odds, dysfunctional family, going straight, kids in trouble, crimes, drug abuse, youth, misfit, life is a bitch, addiction, family problems, rehabilitation, social misfits, seductress, insurance policy, incest, alcohol abuse, female director, teenager, baseball, chess, snow, drugs, seduction ...
Time: contemporary

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, gloomy and touching films with plots about life is a bitch, society, youth, addiction, family problems, drug abuse and dysfunctional family mostly in Drama, Comedy and Biography genres. Some movies like Ball in the House: The Secret Life of Zoey (2002), Sweet Nothing (1995), Purgatory House (2004), Acts of Worship (2001), The Motel (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Secret Life of Zoey (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Marcia always thought her overachieving daughter Zoey was the dream child. But then she discovers that her perfect teen has a not-so-perfect drug addiction. Marcia and her ex-husband go through plenty of denial as their daughter spirals out of ...
Style: humorous, captivating, touching, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: rehabilitation, drug abuse, introspection, doctors and patients, teenage life, drug dealing, family problems, couples, life is a bitch, crimes, going straight, addiction ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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95%
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Sweet Nothing (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Angel celebrates the birth of his daughter by taking his first hit of crack cocaine. With the hesitant support of his wife, Monika, he joins a friend of his to deal drugs for a short time--enough time to get out of debt and buy some nice things for ...
Style: realistic, serious, melancholic, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: drug abuse, family problems, family relations, downfall, introspection, life is a bitch, crumbling marriage, misfit, drug addiction, drug dealing, existentialism, loneliness ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city, new jersey
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86%
Purgatory House (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: An inside glimpse of how it feels to be a teen in today's disconnected world. PURGATORY HOUSE chronicles the after-life journey of Silver Strand: a lonely teen who abandons her life of turmoil and drug addiction, only to find herself caught ...
Style: serious, gothic, non-linear, realistic
Audience: teens
Plot: hopes, misfit, drug abuse, addiction, teenage life, social misfits, life is a bitch, family problems, custody, youth, society, redemption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
Acts of Worship (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Alix is taken in by a photographer, Digna, who despite her friends' protests, tries to help Alix piece her life back together and overcome her addictions.
Style: disturbing, rough, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: friendship, addiction, downfall, going straight, juvenile delinquency, drug abuse, destructive relationship, youth, life is a bitch, rehabilitation, overdose, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, lower east side manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
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The Motel (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 75 min.
Story: Thirteen-year-old Ernest Chin lives and works at a sleazy hourly-rate motel on a strip of desolate suburban bi-way. Misunderstood by his family and blindly careening into puberty, Ernest befriends Sam Kim, a self-destructive yet charismatic Korean ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, sincere, touching
Plot: human nature, power relations, family problems, misfit, youth, life is a bitch, hotel, dysfunctional family, male female relationship, friendship between men, mother son relationship, teaching the ways of the world ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Freaking Beautiful World (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: Finland
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Ippe and Papu are two teenagers spending the summer, when they get into trouble with their drug-dealer. They are forced to act as drug-mules. Along the way they meet a new girl, Mia.
Style: rough, bleak, disturbing, serious, realistic ...
Plot: youth, drug dealing, hip hop, addiction, drug dealer, teenager, crimes, misfit, going straight, love and romance, juvenile delinquency, social misfits ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: sweden, finland, helsinki finland
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
Around the Fire (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Simon is an intelligent and privileged young man whose family expects him to become a Princeton graduate. Crying out for attention from his reserved and cool hearted family, Simon commits numerous petty crimes and is soon sent away to boarding ...
Style: serious, realistic, disturbing, touching
Plot: rehabilitation, addiction, drug abuse, boarding school, youth, life is a bitch, teenage life, love and romance, social differences, parents and children, friends, society ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
Defying Gravity (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Cassandra, a mute runaway girl, takes refuge in the cemetery in which her mother is laid to rest. She is watched over by Jorge, the cemetery caretaker, an illegal alien who is committed to the restoration of a classic '60 cadillac hearse. Shore ...
Style: humorous, touching, realistic, semi serious, offbeat
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, teenage life, society, misfit, youth, social misfits, on the run, dysfunctional family, family problems, college dropout, mute or deaf, dealing with death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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15: The Movie (2003)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: Singapore
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Fast, frenetic, and furious best describe the story of five teenage boys all but abandoned by the system, estranged from any parents, and discarded by life in general. They build a world of there own in which gangs, drugs, fighting, body piercing, ...
Style: rough, realistic, serious, bleak, controversial ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, gang, juvenile delinquency, gangsters, drug smuggling, teenage life, hardcase students, misfit, urban ghetto, addiction, urban ghetto life, high school ...
Time: contemporary
Place: singapore, china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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A Week Alone (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Argentina
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Maria is a girl in her early teens whose family lives in an upscale gated suburb. Maria's parents are going out of town for a week, and rather than leave her with relatives or hire a babysitter, Maria is put in charge of looking after her ...
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic
Plot: juvenile delinquency, social decay, teenage life, social differences, family relations, family problems, mischievous children, crimes, society, youth, social misfits, countryside ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 6.9
 648
On the Outs (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Follows the choices made by three young women - one a drug dealer, one an addict, one a pregnant teen - in Jersey City.
Style: rough, touching, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: asthma, single mother, drug dealer, teenage pregnancy, kids in trouble, juvenile delinquency, lifestyle, life is a bitch, teenage life, addiction, gang, social misfits ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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Bullet Boy (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Ricky is just out of a young offenders institute, heading home to Hackney and determined to go straight. Instead, he heads straight for trouble when he becomes involved in a street confrontation, siding with his best friend Wisdom against a local ...
Style: psychological, rough, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, urban ghetto life, friendship, social decay, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, going straight, family problems, dysfunctional family, teenage life, gang, youth ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london, europe, england
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67%
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Glassland (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In a desperate attempt to reunite his broken family, a young taxi driver becomes entangled in the criminal underworld.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, disturbing, bleak
Plot: dysfunctional family, unlikely criminals, moral dilemma, youth, family problems, life is a bitch, addiction, family relations, family in crisis, crimes, society
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
The Best Thief in the World (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Izzy, the youngest son of a troubled New York family, takes a shine to breaking into people's apartments as a way to get attention.
Style: sincere, emotional, touching, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, unlikely criminals, young heroes, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, heist, teenage life, parents and children, family life, family problems, kids in trouble, estrangement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
The Toy Soldiers (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: On one evening in a decade of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, the innocence of youth and family unravels. Five parallel coming-of-age stories dramatize the stages of grief. A youthful mother in a custody battle over her children, finds ...
Style: serious, sincere, psychological, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: coming out, haunted by the past, teenage life, youth, social misfits, addiction, custody, family problems, misfit, life is a bitch, society, bittersweet ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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1 Out of 7 (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Runaway teen Lexi find herself alone and pregnant on the streets. Seemingly beyond hope, she must turn to Devon, a woman with her own demons, to help her find a way back from her past mistakes.
Style: rough, realistic, serious, sincere, bleak
Audience: kids
Plot: life is a bitch, kids in trouble, teenage life, homeless, pregnancy, dysfunctional family, society, youth, family problems, love, urban ghetto life, loneliness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Love Is the Drug (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Jonah Brand (John Patrick Amedori) isn't necessarily the type of guy who would interest ultra-hot Sara Weller (Lizzy Caplan). But when she and her friends find out he works at a pharmacy, they charm him into their circle and gain his trust with ...
Style: serious, emotional, suspense, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: love triangle, teenage love, lifestyle, juvenile delinquency, kids in trouble, teenage life, life is a bitch, youth, drug dealing, fall in love, social relations, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 5.7
 882
Self Medicated (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Based on true events. On the edges of Las Vegas, 17-year-old Andrew's life is spiraling out of control. Unable to cope with the loss of his father, Andrew's descent into drugs and violence is gaining momentum, and the once promising young ...
Style: rough, psychological, realistic, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: drug abuse, mental institution, rehabilitation, downfall, kids in trouble, addiction, self discovery, youth, life is a bitch, mental illness, parents and children, uncontrollable ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: las vegas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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Lost Angels (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Rich L.A. party brat Tim (Adam Horovitz) spins into a cycle of despair after his parents divorce, and trying to fill the void with drugs and trouble only buys him a ticket to an asylum. But with the help of a psychiatrist (Donald Sutherland) who has ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, thought provoking, gloomy ...
Plot: gang, redemption, coming of age, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, youth, estrangement, family problems, teenage life, nightlife, dysfunctional family, mentally unstable ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
My Name Is Bill W. (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Bill W. (James Woods), a successful stock broker whose life falls apart after the stock crash of the 20's and how he comes to grips with his alcoholism. Along with a fellow alcoholic (James Garner) he forms a support ...
Style: realistic, touching, sincere, thought provoking, uplifting ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, support group, self discovery, drug abuse, against the odds, human spirit, friendship, hopes, rehabilitation, family problems, coping, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 1930s, 30s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
A Brother's Kiss (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Two brothers, Lex and younger Mick, are living in Harlem. Mick is a policeman, and Lex, who spent youth years in reformatory because of injustice after he confronted the cop who tried to sodomize Mick on the street, is living with his wife Debbie ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, rough, bleak ...
Plot: sexual abuse, downfall, haunted by the past, dysfunctional family, addiction, down on your luck, family problems, life is a bitch, going straight, society, crimes, drug abuse ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, harlem, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Pure (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A young boy trying to deal with his mother's heroin addiction befriends a waitress who helps him cope with the tough situation.
Style: sincere, emotional, touching, serious, realistic ...
Plot: rehabilitation, addiction, going straight, friendship, drug abuse, prostitute, family relations, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, hopes, youth, human nature ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london, europe, england
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50%
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Wasted (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A high-school track star (Nick Stahl) watches without judgment as his two best friends (Summer Phoenix, Aaron Paul) abuse heroin.
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious, rough, gloomy ...
Plot: high school, friendship, heroin, party, drug addict, teenage life, downfall, life is a bitch, small town, going straight, lifestyle, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Dealer (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hungary
Duration: 130 min.
Story: In an impressive follow up to his debut film Forest, Benedek Fliegauf tells the uncompromising story of a day in the life of a drug dealer. His clients include the leader of a religious sect, a friend who needs a final fix, a former lover who has ...
Style: psychological, stylized, serious, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: life is a bitch, addiction, drug abuse, misfit, crimes, drug dealing, estrangement, social misfits, society, overdose, criminal heroes, urban ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: hungary, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.6
 749
Mainline (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 77 min.
Story: The uneasy relationship between a mother and daughter is made all the more turbulent by drug abuse in this downbeat drama from Iranian filmmakers Rakhshan Bani-Etemad and Mohsen Abdolvahab
Style: sincere, emotional, serious, realistic, gloomy
Plot: dysfunctional family, redemption, couples, family relations, life is a bitch, hopes, rehabilitation, drug abuse, addiction, parents and children, family problems, lovers apart ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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 873
Bluebird (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: On a freezing January evening, school bus driver Lesley completes her route, but her final inspection abruptly ends when a bluebird comes into view. What happens next shakes her small Maine logging town, proving that even the slightest actions have ...
Style: touching, sincere, bleak, serious, realistic ...
Plot: isolation, family problems, family in crisis, youth, single parent, drug abuse, working class, dysfunctional family, teenage life, parents and children, drugs/alcohol, bus ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Clean and Sober (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Hotshot real estate salesman Daryl has a bad cocaine habit. After embezzling his company's money, he wakes up next to a girl who overdosed. To hide from the police, he checks into a rehabilitation program guaranteeing anonymity. Under the ...
Style: realistic, sincere, touching, serious, emotional ...
Plot: drug abuse, drug rehabilitation, addiction, human nature, life is a bitch, crimes, alcohol abuse, introspection, self discovery, rehabilitation, going straight, downfall ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, philadelphia, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 5.2
 642
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, social decay, teenage life, dangerous attraction ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Love in the Time of Civil War (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Lauded Quebec filmmaker Rodrigue Jean (Lost Song) takes a fearless, unflinching look at the reality of addiction in this tough-minded docudrama set in the bleak milieu of hustlers and junkies in Montreal.
Style: bleak, disturbing, touching, realistic, serious
Plot: prostitute, gay, male prostitute, misfit, life is a bitch, drug abuse, addiction, youth, social misfits, urban ghetto, drugs/alcohol, drug dealer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Postcards from the Edge (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Substance-addicted Hollywood actress Suzanne Vale is on the skids. After a spell at a detox centre her film company insists as a condition of continuing to employ her that she live with her mother Doris Mann, herself once a star and now a champion ...
Style: humorous, touching, realistic, sentimental, melancholic ...
Plot: mother daughter relationship, hollywood, dysfunctional family, rehabilitation, addiction, drug abuse, family problems, parents and children, filmmaking, self discovery, life is a bitch, actor's life ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%