Movies like An American Summer

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An American Summer (1990)
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An American Summer (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In this youthful drama, Tom, a 14- year-old who's parents have just divorced, is abruptly uprooted from his wealthy Chicago home and sent to the strange land of LA to live in the far-out beach bungalow of his aunt, an aging hippie still stuck in a by-gone era. He is unhappy with the new arrangement and finds his new bohemian lifestyle strange and the activities of his new peers, stupid. His life begins to change a bit when he befriends a young surfer named Fin. At first he thinks of the fun-loving Fin as a real dolt, but later he admits he was wrong. Like the Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn characters on which they are loosely based, the two new friends soon find themselves having a series of adventures, some of them dangerous; by the summer's end, Tom finds himself wiser, accustomed to California, and a lot more grown up.
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious
Plot: friendship, beach, coming of age, surfing, teenage life, youth, friends, family relations, graphic violence, family life, family problems, couples, buddies, custody, profanity, nudity (full frontal - brief), dog, ice hockey, party, lifeguard, art, drug dealer, booby trap, coffee, teenage boy ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: california, los angeles, chicago illinois

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Most similar movies to An American Summer

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out humorous, realistic, semi serious and touching films with plots about youth, friendship, coming of age, friends, family relations, teenage life and love and romance mostly in Comedy, Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like An American Summer: Gueros (2014), California Dreaming (1979), Funeral Kings (2012), True Adolescents (2009), The Runnin' Kind (1989). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Gueros (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Mexico
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, youth, escapades, disorder, brother brother relationship, bittersweet, friends, buddies, siblings relations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: mexico
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95%
California Dreaming (1979)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Young T.T. comes from Chicago to spend the summer in California. He slowly becomes "California-ized," while learning about love and life in the Golden State.
Style: feel good, sentimental, sincere, humorous, touching ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: lifestyle, coming of age, infidelity, beach, friends, disorder, couples, fish out of water, teenage life, romance, love and romance, misfit ...
Time: 70s
Place: california, usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Funeral Kings (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: It's always a good day for a funeral at St. Mark's Middle School. Andy and Charlie, two altar servers, don't just get to miss class anytime a parishioner kicks the bucket, they cut out early and play hooky as soon as the service is ...
Style: humorous, realistic, captivating, psychological, semi serious
Audience: teens
Plot: altar boy, profanity, youth, friendship, coming of age, group of friends, best friends, teenage boy, buddies, drugs/alcohol, friends, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
True Adolescents (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: At 34, struggling Seattle musician Sam finds himself broke, jobless and losing touch with the person he wants to become. When his girlfriend kicks him out, he's forced to crash with his Aunt Sharon and is reluctantly enlisted to take her teen ...
Style: touching, humorous, semi serious, realistic, talky
Plot: lifestyle, on the road, teenage life, adolescence vs adulthood, family relations, friends, youth, buddies, wilderness, coming of age, thirtysomething life, male nudity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: washington d.c., seattle, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
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The Runnin' Kind (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An Ohio teen moves to L.A. to find fame as a rock musician and to find a drummer.
Style: offbeat, humorous, touching, realistic, semi serious
Plot: self discovery, music band, friends, family relations, law firm, punk, on the road, parents and children, coming of age, youth, artists and showbiz, profanity ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, ohio, california
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85%
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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
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
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The Dandelions (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A young girl is frustrated by her over-protective mom. At school, she meets another fearless little girl that is going to have a big influence on her.
Style: touching, semi serious, realistic, humorous
Plot: best friends, parents and children, family life, couple relations, friends, couples, little girl, friendship, youth, coming of age, family relations, elementary school ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: france
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77%
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Marine Life (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Marine Life revolves around the choatic family life of June, a middle-aged lounge singer and mother. Aging and twice divorced, lounge singer June Nordstrom tries to cope with her fading beauty, her troubled offspring, her waning career and her young ...
Style: realistic, emotional, touching, humorous, semi serious
Plot: dysfunctional family, love affair, family life, single parent, youth, parents and children, midlife crisis, child as adult, love and romance, family relations, family problems, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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Ride (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A mother travels cross-country to California to be with her son after he decides to drop out of school and become a surfer.
Style: captivating, sincere, humorous, thought provoking
Plot: surfing, beach, young man, mother son relationship, family relations, couples, friendship, female director, smoking weed, book editor, espionage, following someone ...
Time: 21st century
Place: california, pacific ocean, usa, new york, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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Mid90s (2018)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Stevie is a sweet 13-year-old about to explode. His mom is loving and attentive, but a little too forthcoming about her romantic life. His big brother is a taciturn and violent bully. So Stevie searches his working-class Los Angeles suburb for ...
Style: thought provoking, light, humorous, cynical
Plot: skateboarding, dysfunctional family, skateboard, underage sex, coming of age, friends, gay slur, teenager, skateboarder, foul language, misogyny, teenage sex ...
Time: 1990s, 90s, year 1996
Place: los angeles, california, spain, florida, france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Van Nuys Blvd. (1979)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A small-town kid hears about the wild nights of cruising the boulevard in Van Nuys, California. He drives out there to check it out, and gets involved with drag racers, topless dancers and bikers.
Style: sexual, futuristic, touching, offbeat, humorous ...
Plot: cruise, disco, amusement park, roller coaster, cruising, hot rod, out of the way, oracle, friends, partners, youth, society ...
Time: 70s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Breaking the Rules (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Two friends take their dying buddy on one last road trip.
Style: feel good, touching, sentimental, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: youth, friendship, best friends, hopes, partners, buddies, life is a bitch, tragic hero, unfulfillment, adventure, bittersweet, profanity ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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The Debut (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Filipino-American high school student Ben (Dante Mercado) works in a comic book shop to earn money to pay his way into Cal Arts. His father, a postman, is determined that his son--who has won a pre-med scholarship to UCLA--will become a doctor. The ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, touching, witty
Plot: high school, culture clash, coming of age, friendship, school, high school life, looking for love, couples, siblings relations, nightlife, social differences, family life ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Calendar Girl (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Like many adolescent boys, Roy Darpinian had the hots for movie divas, and one in particular was his wet dream as half of America's in the 1950s: Marilyn Monroe. The difference is, one summer holiday he actually decided to enlist his spineless ...
Style: feel good, humorous, semi serious, realistic, clever ...
Audience: teens, date night, kids
Plot: hollywood, coming of age, chase, nudity (full frontal - brief), friendship, on the road, marijuana, summer, calendar, party, beach, tattoo ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1950s, 50s, 1960s ...
Place: california, usa, los angeles, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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Kick'n Rush (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The story revolves around Jakob, Bo and Mikkel - three friends who spend their days lusting over unattainable women and engaging in a variety of illegal activities (i.e. they'll rent a movie and then break into a house to watch it). After ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, humorous
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage love, friendship, teenage life, teaching the ways of the world, parents and children, family relations, society, lifestyle, buddies, youth, friendship between boys, coming of age ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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Rich Kids (1979)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Two 12 year olds, the products of Upper West Side broken homes, struggle to make sense of their parents lives and their own adolescent feelings
Style: sentimental, humorous, touching, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: friends, divorce, meaningful kiss, friendship, family life, parents and children, bittersweet, youth, best friends, crumbling marriage, coming of age, family relations ...
Time: 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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, semi serious, realistic, contemplative ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: mother daughter relationship, coming of age, audition, family relations, hollywood, dream, teen angst, bittersweet, small town, small town life, teenage life, parents and children ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1995
Place: los angeles, beverly hills, california, usa, wisconsin
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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When the Party's Over (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: The story takes place in LA, in the house of four housemates, three women, MJ, Frankie and Amanda, and an homosexual, Banks. MJ is the kind of girl to whom money means everything and to whom others mean almost nothing. Frankie is a social worker and ...
Style: humorous, sexual, gloomy, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: love and romance, gender, self discovery, twentysomething life, friendship, coming of age, gays and lesbians, friends, couples, sex, neighbor, homosexual ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, beverly hills
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Follows a group of high school students growing up in southern California, based on the real-life adventures chronicled by Cameron Crowe. Stacy Hamilton and Mark Ratner are looking for a love interest, and are helped along by their older classmates, ...
Style: humorous, feel good, light, captivating, sexy ...
Audience: teens, teen comedy, girls' night, date night
Plot: coming of age, loss of virginity, high school, friendship, first sex, abortion, teenage love, high school life, unwanted pregnancy, youth, teacher, gay slur ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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56%
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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, youth, 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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55%
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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: humorous, realistic, semi serious, road movie, melancholic ...
Plot: friends, friendship, on the road, high school, coming of age, teenager, family problems, teenage life, gay slur, female protagonist, teacher, reputation ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1987
Place: usa, oklahoma, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
The Bad Mother's Handbook (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 71 min.
Story: Karen Cooper wants to domineer her family and believes she's its pillar. In fact she does everything wrong. Thus she messes up all their lives and futures, rather then help her loved-ones.
Style: touching, humorous, semi serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: parents and children, family relations, lifestyle, single parent, wooing, love and romance, adolescence vs adulthood, youth, teenage life, couples, pregnancy, dysfunctional family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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Two Shots Fired (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Argentina, Chile, Germany, Netherlands
Duration: 104 min.
Story: One early morning, at the beginning of a very hot summer, Mariano, a sixteen-year-old teenager, returns home, jumps into the pool and does some laps with a stopwatch. Then he gets out and mows the lawn, where he accidentally cuts the mower’s power ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, disturbing, humorous, offbeat
Plot: friendship, family relations, teenage life, parents and children, youth, dark humor, urban, siblings relations, friends, gun
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: argentina, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Staten Island Summer (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
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, light, funny, romantic ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: lifeguard, friendship, workplace situations, workplace, summer, pool party, love and romance, coming of age, teenager, teenagers, beach, friends ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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, dysfunctional family, americana, small town, family relations, maid, fall in love, couples, power relations, social relations, love and romance, youth ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: southern usa, alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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, misfit, youth, social misfits, on the run, family problems, dysfunctional family, society, mute or deaf, dealing with death, college dropout ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Short Skin (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Ever since he was a child, the seventeen-yearold Edoardo has suffered from a malformation of the foreskin that stops him from masturbating and makes him insecure and ill at ease with girls. Shut up in his sexless microcosm, Edoardo reacts with ...
Style: humorous, realistic, captivating, psychological, sexy ...
Plot: coming of age, teenage life, family relations, misfit, youth, anxiety, nudity (full frontal - brief), sexuality, foreskin, loss of virginity, uncertainty, pressure ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Face the Music (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Divorced couple Charlie and Lisa Hunter once a song writing team decide to spend a weekend in the French countryside to inspire them to write one last song together. But there is one person who isn't too crazy about the idea... Charlie's ...
Style: touching, humorous, semi serious, realistic
Plot: artists and showbiz, crumbling marriage, family relations, couples, breakup, friends, romance, unfulfillment, love and romance, friendship, divorced couple, french countryside ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Palm Springs Weekend (1963)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Set in Palm Springs during a long, fun-filled weekend where several Los Angeles college students flock to spring break, centering on Jim who finds romance with Bunny, the daughter of Palm Springs harred, stressful police chief. Jim's bumbling ...
Style: feel good, touching, humorous, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: college life, friendship, love triangle, resort, opposites attract, chase, spring break, fish out of water, teenage life, gambling, teenage love, adolescence vs adulthood ...
Time: 60s
Place: california, palm springs california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%