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3 Idiots (2009)
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3 Idiots (2009)

Farhan Qureshi and Raju Rastogi want to re-unite with their fellow collegian, Rancho, after faking a stroke aboard an Air India plane, and excusing himself from his wife - trouser less - respectively. Enroute, they encounter another student, Chatur Ramalingam, now a successful businessman, who remin…ds them of a bet they had undertaken 10 years ago. The trio, while recollecting hilarious antics, including their run-ins with the Dean of Delhi's Imperial College of Engineering, Viru Sahastrabudhe, race to locate Rancho, at his last known address - little knowing the secret that was kept from them all this time. (Read More)

Subgenre:
slapstick coming of age 
Themes:
first love education rivalry wedding drunkenness drinking suicide friendship 
Mood:
parody satire 
Characters:
suicide by hanging muslim best friend professor student friend father daughter relationship 
Story:
engineering school college life wedding crasher following a dream reference to hippocrates based on bestseller electricity failure wildlife photography fake heart attack bhagavad gita against the system middle class family flashback within a flashback science project velcro β€¦emergency landing ladakh imagery nri optimist power cut catch phrase stolen identity anti conformity rebelliousness lisp three friends motivation number 3 in title rubik's cube dilemma sexual innuendo power failure engineering optimism expose ashes bollywood boy with glasses vacuum cleaner scooter assumed identity webcam local blockbuster lecture paralysis fast motion scene loss of brother genius black and white scene love at first sight plot twist buddy girl with glasses social commentary morality embarrassment black humor flatulence male bonding quest shaving freeze frame childbirth hairy chest suicide attempt prank character's point of view camera shot mistaken identity character repeating someone else's dialogue journey search subjective camera classroom college slow motion scene urination digit in title dream bare chested male number in title based on novel kiss flashback  (See All)

Dead Poets Society (1989)
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Dead Poets Society (1989)

Painfully shy Todd Anderson has been sent to the school where his popular older brother was valedictorian. His roommate, Neil Perry, although exceedingly bright and popular, is very much under the thumb of his overbearing father. The two, along with their other friends, meet Professor Keating, their… new English teacher, who tells them of the Dead Poets Society, and encourages them to go against the status quo. Each does so in his own way, and is changed for life. (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of age 
Themes:
first love education suicide friendship 
Characters:
professor student 
Story:
following a dream anti conformity dilemma morality suicide attempt 

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Gattaca (1997)
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Gattaca (1997)

In the not-too-distant future, a less-than-perfect man wants to travel to the stars. Society has categorized Vincent Freeman as less than suitable given his genetic make-up and he has become one of the underclass of humans that are only useful for menial jobs. To move ahead, he assumes the identity …of Jerome Morrow, a perfect genetic specimen who is a paraplegic as a result of a car accident. With professional advice, Vincent learns to deceive DNA and urine sample testing. Just when he is finally scheduled for a space mission, his program director is killed and the police begin an investigation, jeopardizing his secret. (Read More)

Themes:
drunkenness drinking suicide 
Story:
anti conformity engineering vacuum cleaner assumed identity social commentary shaving childbirth character's point of view camera shot mistaken identity character repeating someone else's dialogue subjective camera urination dream bare chested male flashback β€¦kiss  (See All)

The Wackness (2008)
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The Wackness (2008)

Friendship, love, and coming of age in New York City, summer of 1994. Luke Shapiro has just graduated from high school, sells marijuana, and trades pot for therapy from a psychologist, Dr. Jeffrey Squires. Luke is attracted to a classmate, Stephanie, who's out of his league and Squires' step-daughte…r. By July, he's hanging out with Stephanie, taking her on his rounds selling pot out of an ice-cream pushcart. Then things take a turn. In the background, Squires and his wife as well as Luke's parents are having their troubles. (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of age 
Themes:
first love drunkenness drinking friendship 
Characters:
suicide by hanging best friend friend 
Story:
fast motion scene freeze frame suicide attempt subjective camera college slow motion scene urination dream bare chested male kiss 

A Walk To Remember (2002) is one of the best movies like 3 Idiots (2009)
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A Walk To Remember (2002)

In North Carolina especially in Beaufort a prank on a guy goes wrong and puts the student in the clinic. Carter, a famous student with no plans for the future, is held responsible and forced to join in after-school community service activities as consequence, which include starring as the lead in th…e play. And participating in these activities is Jamie Sullivan, the reverend's daughter who has great ambitions and nothing in common with Landon. When Landon decides he wants to take his activities seriously, he asks Jamie for help and begins to spend most of his time with her. But he starts to like her, that he did not expect to do. They relationship, much to the chagrin of Landon's old popular friends and Jamie's strict reverend father. But when a heart-breaking secret becomes known that puts their relationship to the test, it is then that Landon and Jamie realize the true meaning of love and fate. (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of age 
Themes:
first love wedding friendship 
Characters:
best friend student father daughter relationship 
Story:
paralysis love at first sight male bonding prank character repeating someone else's dialogue slow motion scene urination based on novel kiss 

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The Rules Of Attraction (2002)
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The Rules Of Attraction (2002)

Camden College. Sean Bateman is the younger brother of depraved Wall Street broker Patrick Bateman. He's also a drug dealer who owes a lot of money to "fellow" dealer Rupert Guest, as well as a well-known womanizer, for he sleeps with nearly half of the female population on campus. Lauren Hynde is, …technically, a virgin. She's saving herself for her shallow boyfriend, Victor Johnson, who's left the States to backpack across Europe. Her slutty roommate, Lara, has the hots for Victor as well. Paul Denton, who used to date Lauren, is openly bisexual and attracted to Mitchell Allen, who's dating Candice to prove to Paul that he's not gay. Sean loves Lauren. Paul loves Sean. And Lauren may love Sean. (Read More)

Themes:
drunkenness drinking suicide 
Mood:
satire 
Characters:
professor student 
Story:
black humor freeze frame suicide attempt character's point of view camera shot character repeating someone else's dialogue subjective camera college urination based on novel kiss flashback 

Rang De Basanti (2006)
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Rang De Basanti (2006)

A young idealistic English filmmaker, Sue, arrives in India to make a film on Indian revolutionaries Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad and their contemporaries and their fight for freedom from the British Raj. Owing to a lack of funds, she recruits students from Delhi University to act in her docu-d…rama. She finds DJ, who graduated five years ago but still wants to be a part of the University because he doesn't think there's too much out there in the real world to look forward to. Karan, the son of Industrialist Rajnath Singhania, who shares an uncomfortable relationship with his father, but continues to live off him, albeit very grudgingly. Aslam, is a middle class Muslim boy, who lives in the by-lanes near Jama Masjid, poet, philosopher and guide to his friends. Sukhi, the group's baby, innocent, vulnerable and with a weakness for only one thing - girls. Laxman Pandey, the fundamentalist in the group, the only one who still believes that politics can make the world a better place and finally Sonia - the sole girl in the group, tomboy and vivacious spirit, engaged to Ajay - the dashing air pilot. Through her film, Sue wishes to showcase to the world the efforts of these young revolutionaries and the enormity of their contribution to the freedom movement in India. What unfolds is the inspiration behind Sue's passion for bringing their story to the world. The twist in the tale is of course the fact that more than just telling the world, Sue's film makes DJ and his friends stop… (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of age 
Themes:
drunkenness drinking suicide friendship 
Characters:
muslim student friend 
Story:
following a dream anti conformity rebelliousness local blockbuster social commentary shaving freeze frame character repeating someone else's dialogue subjective camera college slow motion scene urination bare chested male flashback 

A Single Man (2009)
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A Single Man (2009)

It's November 30, 1962. Native Brit George Falconer, an English professor at a Los Angeles area college, is finding it difficult to cope with life. Jim, his personal partner of sixteen years, died in a car accident eight months earlier when he was visiting with family. Jim's family were not going to… tell George of the death or accident, let alone allow him to attend the funeral. This day, George has decided to get his affairs in order before he will commit suicide that evening. As he routinely and fastidiously prepares for the suicide and post suicide, George reminisces about his life with Jim. But George spends this day with various people, who see a man sadder than usual and who affect his own thoughts about what he is going to do. Those people include Carlos, a Spanish immigrant/aspiring actor/gigolo recently arrived in Los Angeles; Charley, his best friend who he knew from England, she who is a drama queen of a woman who romantically desires her best friend despite his sexual orientation; and Kenny Potter, one of his students, who seems to be curious about his professor beyond English class. (Read More)

Themes:
drunkenness drinking suicide friendship 
Characters:
professor student friend father daughter relationship 
Story:
lecture black and white scene shaving classroom college urination dream bare chested male based on novel kiss flashback 

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Hair (1979) is one of the best movies like 3 Idiots (2009)
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Hair (1979)

This movie, based on the cult Broadway musical of the 60s, tells a story about Claude, a young man from Oklahoma who comes to New York City. There he strikes up a friendship with a group of hippies, led by Berger, and falls in love with Sheila, a girl from a rich family. However, their happiness is …short because Claude must go to the Vietnam war. (Read More)

Themes:
wedding drunkenness drinking friendship 
Characters:
friend father daughter relationship 
Story:
love at first sight freeze frame hairy chest mistaken identity journey subjective camera slow motion scene urination bare chested male flashback 

Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (2000)
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Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (2000)

Professor Sherman Klump is getting married. And the Klump family could not be more delighted for him. But Buddy Love, his Mr. Hyde alter-ego from the first film, is back and trying to make it on his own. Buddy keeps resurfacing in untimely outbursts, and threatening the portly professor's marriage p…lans to colleague Denise Gaines. Utilizing Denise's cutting-edge DNA research, Sherman decides to rid himself of his monstrous nemesis -and his disruptive outbursts-once and for all by extracting Buddy's DNA from his system. But Buddy bursts full-bodied into Sherman's world and lays claim to the professor's astounding invention - a revolutionary youth serum. Desperate to keep it from Buddy, Sherman hides the serum in the Klump family home, thinking it will be safe. Buddy correctly divines where Sherman has placed the serum, but to get it, he has to deal with the entire Klump family first. (Read More)

Subgenre:
slapstick 
Themes:
wedding 
Characters:
professor 
Story:
genius buddy flatulence urination dream number in title flashback 

The To Do List (2013)
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The To Do List (2013)

Brandy Klark ('Aubrey Plaza (I)' (qv)) has just graduated from high school where she excelled in every subject, except real-life sexual education. When her older sister tells her how important it is to be experienced, Brandy writes out a sex to do list for herself for the summer. Her friend Cameron …might be the perfect guinea pig while she sets her sights on the popular and sexy Rusty Waters as the ultimate end goal. But once feelings get in the way, it becomes much harder for Brandy to check off the remaining items on her sex to do list. (Read More)

Themes:
education drinking friendship 
Characters:
best friend friend father daughter relationship 
Story:
girl with glasses embarrassment black humor prank bare chested male kiss 

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Swiss Army Man (2016)
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Swiss Army Man (2016)

Hank, stranded on a deserted island and about to kill himself, notices a corpse washed up on the beach. He befriends it, naming it Manny, only to discover that his new friend can talk and has a myriad of supernatural abilities...which may help him get home.

Themes:
drunkenness friendship 
Characters:
friend 
Story:
fast motion scene embarrassment flatulence suicide attempt mistaken identity slow motion scene urination flashback 

13 Going On 30 (2004) is one of the best movies like 3 Idiots (2009)
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13 Going On 30 (2004)

After total humiliation at her thirteenth birthday party, Jenna Rink wants to just hide until she's thirty. Thanks to some wishing dust, Jenna's prayer has been answered. With a knockout body, a dream apartment, a fabulous wardrobe, an athlete boyfriend, a dream job, and superstar friends, this can'…t be a better life. Unfortunately, Jenna realizes that this is not what she wanted. The only one that she needs is her childhood best friend, Matt, a boy that she thought destroyed her party. But when she finds him, he's a grown up, and not the same person that she knew. (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of age 
Themes:
first love wedding friendship 
Characters:
best friend friend father daughter relationship 
Story:
hairy chest prank digit in title dream bare chested male number in title kiss 

Nowhere Boy (2009)
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Nowhere Boy (2009)

The story of John Lennon's childhood and teenage years from 1944 to 1960, his relationship with his aunt Mimi and his mother Julia -the two dominant women in the first part of his life-, his first meeting with Paul McCartney and George Harrison, their friendship, their love for music and the birth o…f The Beatles. (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of age 
Themes:
drunkenness drinking friendship 
Characters:
best friend student friend 
Story:
boy with glasses fast motion scene black humor college urination dream flashback kiss 

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A Beautiful Mind (2001)
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A Beautiful Mind (2001)

From the heights of notoriety to the depths of depravity, John Forbes Nash, Jr. experienced it all. A mathematical genius, he made an astonishing discovery early in his career and stood on the brink of international acclaim. But the handsome and arrogant Nash soon found himself on a painful and harr…owing journey of self-discovery. After many years of struggle, he eventually triumphed over his tragedy, and finally - late in life - received the Nobel Prize. (Read More)

Themes:
rivalry wedding friendship 
Characters:
professor student 
Story:
lecture genius prank journey college flashback kiss 

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (2010)
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Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (2010)

Scott Pilgrim plays in a band which aspires to success. He dates Knives Chau, a high-school girl five years younger, and he hasn't recovered from being dumped by his former girlfriend, now a success with her own band. When Scott falls for Ramona Flowers, he has trouble breaking up with Knives and tr…ies to romance Ramona. As if juggling two women wasn't enough, Ramona comes with baggage: seven ex-lovers, with each of whom Scott must do battle to the death in order to win Ramona. (Read More)

Subgenre:
slapstick coming of age 
Themes:
drunkenness drinking friendship 
Characters:
friend 
Story:
boy with glasses fast motion scene girl with glasses character's point of view camera shot character repeating someone else's dialogue subjective camera urination dream bare chested male kiss flashback 

127 Hours (2010) is one of the best movies like 3 Idiots (2009)
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127 Hours (2010)

127 Hours is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston's remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah. Over the next five days Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courag…e and the wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary, scale a 65 foot wall and hike over eight miles before he can be rescued. Throughout his journey, Ralston recalls friends, lovers, family, and the two hikers he met before his accident. Will they be the last two people he ever had the chance to meet? (Read More)

Story:
fast motion scene freeze frame hairy chest character's point of view camera shot journey subjective camera slow motion scene urination digit in title bare chested male number in title flashback 

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Into The Wild (2007)
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Into The Wild (2007)

Based on a true story. After graduating from Emory University, Christopher McCandless abandoned his possessions, gave his entire savings account to charity, and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters who shape his life.

Subgenre:
coming of age 
Themes:
drunkenness drinking 
Characters:
father daughter relationship 
Story:
following a dream flashback within a flashback anti conformity fast motion scene shaving freeze frame journey search slow motion scene urination dream bare chested male flashback 

Chaos Theory (2008)
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Chaos Theory (2008)

At his daughter's wedding, time-management specialist Frank Allen corners the reluctant groom and tells him a long story: about the night his wife chose him, and then, about eight years later, when a missed ferry, a corporate groupie, a panicked expectant mother, and a medical test brought Frank's m…arriage to a crisis. In the midst of the crisis were Frank, his wife Susan, their daughter Jesse, and Frank's best friend, the feckless Buddy. Things come to a head at a lake when Frank, armed with a shotgun, decides to cross something permanently from one of his time-management lists. Is there ever room for whim and chaos? (Read More)

Themes:
wedding drunkenness 
Characters:
best friend friend father daughter relationship 
Story:
lecture buddy childbirth classroom flashback 

Cashback (2006)
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Cashback (2006)

When art student Ben Willis is dumped by his girlfriend Suzy, he develops chronic insomnia after finding out how quickly she moved on. To pass the long hours of the night, he starts working the late night shift at the local supermarket. There he meets a colorful cast of characters, all of whom have …their own 'art' in dealing with the boredom of an eight-hour-shift. Ben's art is that he imagines himself stopping time. This way, he can appreciate the artistic beauty of the frozen world and the people inside it - especially Sharon, the pretty and quiet checkout girl, who perhaps holds the answer to solving the problem of Ben's insomnia. (Read More)

Characters:
best friend student friend 
Story:
scooter flatulence freeze frame prank classroom college slow motion scene dream flashback 

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Proof (2005) is one of the best movies like 3 Idiots (2009)
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Proof (2005)

The daughter of a brilliant but mentally disturbed mathematician (recently deceased) tries to come to grips with her possible inheritance: his insanity. Complicating matters are one of her father's ex-students who wants to search through his papers and her estranged sister who shows up to help settl…e his affairs. (Read More)

Themes:
education drunkenness drinking friendship 
Characters:
student friend father daughter relationship 
Story:
genius search classroom college flashback kiss 

Movie 43 (2013)
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Movie 43 (2013)

Ineffectual, 'has-been' film-maker (Dennis Quaid) swindles his way into an interview with a film executive (Greg Kinnear) in order to pitch an outrageous and controversial comedy manuscript. After pitching the first of his thirteen offbeat fables, the dejected artist forces the rest of his disjointe…d allegory on the executive at gunpoint. He tells stories of a woman on a blind date with a man who has testicles growing from his neck, in another a smitten woman offers her neck to her boyfriend to 'poop' on -as a sign of commitment and love. In yet another two parents take home-schooling to a whole new level of indecency, striving to give their isolated teenage son all the 'regular' torment and humiliation of puberty by bullying, peer-pressuring and even seducing him themselves. An off-beat, elephant-in-the-room type film. (Read More)

Themes:
drinking 
Characters:
best friend friend 
Story:
boy with glasses webcam black and white scene embarrassment flatulence freeze frame character repeating someone else's dialogue slow motion scene urination number in title kiss flashback 

I Love You, Man (2009)
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I Love You, Man (2009)

Peter Klaven's world revolves around his real estate work and Zooey, his soon-to-be fiancee. After he pops the question, she calls her best friends and they go into wedding planning mode. Peter has no male friends and that poses problems: will he turn out to be a clingy guy, and who will be his best… man? Zooey, her friends, and Peter's brother Robbie offer help that results in awkward moments. Then, at an open house Peter's hosting, he meets Sydney, an amiable, low-key guy. They trade business cards, and Peter calls him to meet for drinks. A friendship develops that's great at first but then threatens Peter's engagement and career. Can guys be friends and couples be in love? (Read More)

Themes:
wedding drunkenness drinking friendship 
Characters:
best friend friend 
Story:
buddy embarrassment flatulence male bonding subjective camera kiss 

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Not Another Teen Movie (2001)
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Not Another Teen Movie (2001)

At John Hughes High School, the students are the same as just about every other teenager in a teen movie. The popular jock, Jake, takes a bet from Austin, the cocky blonde guy, that he can transform Janey, the pretty ugly girl, into the prom queen before the prom. But two people are trying to stop J…ake from succeeding: his evil sister, Catherine, the cruelest girl in school, and Priscilla, the bitchy cheerleader. And all of their friends are the same as any other teen movie: Areola, the naked foreign exchange student, Les, the beautiful weirdo, Malik, the token black guy, the desperate virgins, Amanda Becker, the perfect girl, Ricky, Janey's obsessed best friend, and Sadie, the VERY old undercover reporter. (Read More)

Themes:
rivalry 
Mood:
parody 
Characters:
student friend father daughter relationship 
Story:
girl with glasses embarrassment black humor flatulence freeze frame classroom slow motion scene flashback 

Natural Born Killers (1994) is one of the best movies like 3 Idiots (2009)
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Natural Born Killers (1994)

Mickey Knox and Mallory Wilson aren't your typical lovers - after killing her abusive father, they go on a road trip where, every time they stop somewhere, they kill pretty well everyone around them. They do however leave one person alive at every shootout to tell the story and they soon become a me…dia sensation thanks to sensationalized reporting. Told in a highly visual style. (Read More)

Mood:
satire 
Characters:
father daughter relationship 
Story:
expose fast motion scene black and white scene social commentary black humor freeze frame character's point of view camera shot character repeating someone else's dialogue subjective camera slow motion scene urination dream bare chested male flashback 

Blades Of Glory (2007)
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Blades Of Glory (2007)

When rivalry between the world's best men's figure skaters - sex addicted, improvisational Chazz Michael Michaels and germophobic, precise Jimmy MacElroy - breaks into a fight on the awards platform, they're banned from the event for life. Three years later, desire for a gold medal and a careful rea…ding of the rules lead them to compete as skating's first male-male pair. Can they overcome mutual dislike, limited time to prepare, their coach's secret past, and the dirty tricks of their main opponents, the Van Waldenberg siblings? The key to victory or defeat may lie in the attraction of the virginal Jimmy toward Katie, the Van Waldenbergs' little sister. (Read More)

Subgenre:
slapstick 
Themes:
rivalry drunkenness drinking friendship 
Mood:
satire 
Characters:
friend 
Story:
catch phrase male bonding freeze frame subjective camera slow motion scene kiss 

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Kill Your Darlings (2013)
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Kill Your Darlings (2013)

In the early 1940s, Allen Ginsberg is an English major at Columbia University, only to learn more than he bargained for. Dissatisfied by the orthodox attitudes of the school, Allen finds himself drawn to iconoclastic colleagues like Lucien Carr, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. Together, this …gang would explore bold new literary ideas that would challenge the sensibilities of their time as the future Beat Generation. However, for all their creativity, their very appetites and choices lead to more serious transgressions that would mark their lives forever. (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of age 
Themes:
drunkenness drinking friendship 
Characters:
best friend professor student friend 
Story:
hairy chest suicide attempt mistaken identity search college bare chested male kiss flashback 

High-rise (2015)
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High-rise (2015)

Class struggle becomes all too real as a young doctor moves into a modern apartment block in suburban 1975 London. Drugs, drink & debauchery dissolve into murder, mayhem and misogyny in this pseudo-post-apocalyptic breakdown of societal norms.

Themes:
drunkenness drinking suicide 
Mood:
satire 
Characters:
father daughter relationship 
Story:
power failure shaving childbirth character's point of view camera shot character repeating someone else's dialogue subjective camera slow motion scene bare chested male based on novel flashback kiss 

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Neighbors (2014)

Kelly and Mac are settling down in a quiet neighborhood with their newborn child, until the frat brothers move into the house next door. Teddy is the President, and Pete is his right hand man, and they're quick to accept friendship when Kelly and Mac introduce themselves as the neighbors. Night afte…r night, Mac asks Teddy to lower the fraternity's noise, even accepting the invitation to the party one evening. When Teddy goes back on his word to keep the partying down, Mac calls the police to deal with the problem. The police quickly blame Mac for their presence, and the war begins. As the family feuds with the frat brothers, things get hilariously dangerous and the fraternity ends up on thin ice with their college. After receiving their final warning and being placed on probation, Mac and Kelly pull a prank so ingenious that Teddy and Pete are forced to respond. All hell breaks loose, from Robert DeNiro parties to Christopher Mintz-Plasse having sex in the bushes, this comedy shows how things can go really wrong really quickly when a family and a frat house become neighbors. (Read More)

Themes:
drunkenness drinking friendship 
Characters:
father daughter relationship 
Story:
black and white scene prank character repeating someone else's dialogue college slow motion scene urination bare chested male flashback 

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War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)
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War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)

Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and… the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet. (Read More)

Themes:
suicide friendship 
Story:
loss of brother social commentary quest shaving character's point of view camera shot journey subjective camera slow motion scene dream bare chested male flashback 

The 5th Wave (2016)
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The 5th Wave (2016)

Four waves of increasingly deadly attacks have left most of Earth in ruin. Against a backdrop of fear and distrust, Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. As she prepares for the inevitable and lethal fifth wave, Cassie teams up with a young man who may become her fina…l hope - if she can only trust him. (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of age 
Themes:
friendship 
Characters:
father daughter relationship 
Story:
love at first sight social commentary freeze frame character's point of view camera shot character repeating someone else's dialogue search subjective camera slow motion scene digit in title bare chested male number in title based on novel kiss flashback 

The Longest Ride (2015)
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The Longest Ride (2015)

Based on the bestselling novel by master storyteller Nicholas Sparks, THE LONGEST RIDE centers on the star-crossed love affair between Luke, a former champion bull rider looking to make a comeback, and Sophia, a college student who is about to embark upon her dream job in New York City's art world. …As conflicting paths and ideals test their relationship, Sophia and Luke make an unexpected and fateful connection with Ira, whose memories of his own decades-long romance with his beloved wife deeply inspire the young couple. Spanning generations and two intertwining love stories, THE LONGEST RIDE explores the challenges and infinite rewards of enduring love. (Read More)

Themes:
drunkenness 
Characters:
best friend student 
Story:
black and white scene freeze frame college slow motion scene dream bare chested male flashback 

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Shaolin Soccer (2001) is one of the best movies like 3 Idiots (2009)
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Shaolin Soccer (2001)

After a fateful mistake costing his career, an ex-soccer player bum meets a shaolin kung fu student trying to spread the word of kung fu. The ex-soccer player helps reconcile with his five brothers, and teaches them soccer, adding shaolin kung fu as a twist.

Themes:
drunkenness drinking suicide friendship 
Characters:
best friend student friend 
Story:
black and white scene freeze frame character's point of view camera shot slow motion scene urination dream bare chested male flashback 

Superbad (2007)
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Superbad (2007)

Seth and Evan are best friends, inseparable, navigating the last weeks of high school. Usually shunned by the popular kids, Seth and Evan luck into an invitation to a party, and spend a long day, with the help of their nerdy friend Fogell, trying to score enough alcohol to lubricate the party and in…ebriate two girls, Jules and Becca, so they can kick-start their sex lives and go off to college with a summer full of experience and new skills. Their quest is complicated by Fogell's falling in with two inept cops who both slow and assist the plan. If they do get the liquor to the party, what then? Is sex the only rite of passage at hand? (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of age 
Themes:
drunkenness friendship 
Characters:
best friend friend 
Story:
boy with glasses embarrassment quest classroom college slow motion scene flashback kiss 

Cool Hand Luke (1967)
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Cool Hand Luke (1967)

Luke Jackson is a cool, gutsy prisoner in a Southern chain gang, who, while refusing to buckle under to authority, keeps escaping and being recaptured. The prisoners admire Luke because, as Dragline explains it, "You're an original, that's what you are!" Nevertheless, the camp staff actively works t…o crush Luke until he finally breaks. (Read More)

Themes:
drunkenness friendship 
Story:
against the system anti conformity rebelliousness social commentary freeze frame character repeating someone else's dialogue bare chested male based on novel 

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Man Up (2015)
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Man Up (2015)

A 34 year old single woman, Nancy, hung-over again, exhausted by the endless fruitless set ups by her friends, traveling up to London to toast another 10 years of her parent's successful happy magical marriage runs in with a 40 year old divorcee, Jack, who mistakes her for his 24 year old blind date…. Nancy, deciding to go with it, happens to hop on the most chaotic yet hilarious journey of her life which neither of them will ever forget. There is drinking, truths, an old stalker class mate with a long standing crush, lost divorce papers, lost hopes, competitive indoor sports and yeah Jack finding out the truth that Nancy isn't his blind date. 'Man Up' a romantic comedy about taking chances, finding about being yourself, making decisions and rolling with the consequences. (Read More)

Themes:
drinking friendship 
Characters:
friend father daughter relationship 
Story:
love at first sight embarrassment mistaken identity journey search kiss 

Made Of Honor (2008) is one of the best movies like 3 Idiots (2009)
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Made Of Honor (2008)

Made of Honor revolves around Tom and Hannah, who have been platonic friends for 10 years. He's a serial dater, while she wants marriage but hasn't found Mr. Right. Just as Tom is starting to think that he is relationship material after all, Hannah gets engaged. When she asks Tom to be her "maid" of… honor, he reluctantly agrees just so he can attempt to stop the wedding and woo her. (Read More)

Themes:
wedding drunkenness drinking friendship 
Characters:
best friend student friend father daughter relationship 
Story:
love at first sight hairy chest bare chested male kiss 

Planet Of The Apes (1968)
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Planet Of The Apes (1968)

Taylor and two other astronauts come out of deep hibernation to find that their ship has crashed. Escaping with little more than clothes they find that they have landed on a planet where men are pre-lingual and uncivilized while apes have learned speech and technology. Taylor is captured and taken t…o the city of the apes after damaging his throat so that he is silent and cannot communicate with the apes. (Read More)

Themes:
friendship 
Mood:
satire 
Characters:
friend 
Story:
plot twist shaving hairy chest character's point of view camera shot journey search bare chested male based on novel kiss 

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Real Genius (1985)
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Real Genius (1985)

Mitch Taylor is one of the youngest students ever accepted to a university known for its programs for geniuses. He partners up with his roommate, science club legend Chris Knight, on a project to develop a high-powered laser. Together with their hyperkinetic friends, they employ their intellects in …the pursuit of bigger blasts, practical jokes, and a deeper understanding of what real genius means. When they find out that their professor intends to turn their work over to the military for use as a weapon, they decide to get even. (Read More)

Characters:
professor student 
Story:
genius prank college 

School Of Rock (2003)
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School Of Rock (2003)

Down and out rock star Dewey Finn gets fired from his band, and he faces a mountain of debts and depression. He takes a job as a 4th grade substitute teacher at an uptight private school where his attitude and hijinx have a powerful effect on his students. He also meets Zack, a 10-year-old guitar pr…odigy, who could help Dewey win a "battle of the bands" competition, which would solve his financial problems and put him back in the spotlight. (Read More)

Themes:
education drunkenness drinking friendship 
Characters:
best friend student friend 
Story:
boy with glasses embarrassment classroom urination 

The Brothers Grimsby (2016) is one of the best movies like 3 Idiots (2009)
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The Brothers Grimsby (2016)

MI6's top assassin (Mark Strong) has a brother. Unfortunately for him, he's a football hooligan (Sacha Baron Cohen) from the town of Grimsby. Nobby has everything a man from the poor English fishing town of Grimsby could want - 9 children and the most attractive girlfriend in northern England (Rebel… Wilson). There's only one thing missing in his life: his little brother, Sebastian. After they were adopted by different families as children, Nobby spent 28 years searching for him. Upon hearing of his location, Nobby sets off to reunite with his brother, unaware that not only is his brother an MI6 agent, but he's just uncovered a plot that puts the world in danger. On the run and wrongfully accused, Sebastian realizes that if he is going to save the world, he will need the help of its biggest idiot. (Read More)

Themes:
drunkenness friendship 
Mood:
satire 
Characters:
father daughter relationship 
Story:
sexual innuendo assumed identity fast motion scene social commentary freeze frame character's point of view camera shot mistaken identity character repeating someone else's dialogue subjective camera slow motion scene urination bare chested male flashback 

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21 & Over (2013)
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21 & Over (2013)

When Straight-A college student Jeff Chang's two best friends take him out for his 21st birthday on the night before an important medical school interview, what was supposed to be a quick beer becomes a night of humiliation, over indulgence and utter debauchery.

Themes:
drunkenness friendship 
Characters:
student 
Story:
three friends character repeating someone else's dialogue college slow motion scene urination bare chested male number in title 

The Hangover Part II (2011)
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The Hangover Part II (2011)

Stu is getting married. Along with Doug, Phil, and his soon-to-be brother-in-law Teddy, he regretfully invites Alan to Thailand for the wedding. After a quiet night on the beach with a beer and toasting marshmallows by the camp fire, Stu, Alan and Phil wake up in a seedy apartment in Bangkok. Doug i…s back at the resort, but Teddy is missing, there's a monkey with a severed finger, Alan's head is shaved, Stu has a tattoo on his face, and they can't remember any of it. The wolf-pack retrace their steps through strip clubs, tattoo parlors and cocaine-dealing monkeys on the streets of Bangkok as they try and find Teddy before the wedding. (Read More)

Themes:
wedding drunkenness friendship 
Story:
male bonding freeze frame hairy chest mistaken identity character repeating someone else's dialogue digit in title bare chested male number in title flashback 

Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
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Mona Lisa Smile (2003)

Katherine Ann Watson has accepted a position teaching art history at the prestigious Wellesley College. Watson is a very modern woman, particularly for the 1950s, and has a passion not only for art but for her students. For the most part, the students all seem to be biding their time, waiting to fin…d the right man to marry. The students are all very bright and Watson feels they are not reaching their potential. Altough a strong bond is formed between teacher and student, Watson's views are incompatible with the dominant culture of the college. (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of age 
Themes:
wedding drunkenness drinking friendship 
Characters:
professor student friend father daughter relationship 
Story:
hairy chest classroom college bare chested male kiss 

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The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012) is one of the best movies like 3 Idiots (2009)
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The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)

Based on the novel written by Stephen Chbosky, this is about 15-year-old Charlie (Logan Lerman), an endearing and naive outsider, coping with first love (Emma Watson), the suicide of his best friend, and his own mental illness while struggling to find a group of people with whom he belongs. The intr…overt freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors, Sam and Patrick, who welcome him to the real world. (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of age 
Themes:
first love drinking suicide friendship 
Characters:
best friend friend 
Story:
suicide attempt prank subjective camera classroom college slow motion scene based on novel kiss flashback 

Dazed And Confused (1993)
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Dazed And Confused (1993)

It's the last day of school at a high school in a small town in Texas in 1976. The upperclassmen are hazing the incoming freshmen, and everyone is trying to get stoned, drunk, or laid, even the football players that signed a pledge not to.

Subgenre:
coming of age 
Themes:
drinking friendship 
Characters:
student friend 
Story:
rebelliousness embarrassment male bonding classroom slow motion scene dream kiss 

The Social Network (2010)
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The Social Network (2010)

On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication. …A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history... but for this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications. (Read More)

Themes:
rivalry drunkenness friendship 
Characters:
best friend 
Story:
lecture genius prank character repeating someone else's dialogue classroom slow motion scene bare chested male 

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The Great Debaters (2007)
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The Great Debaters (2007)

Marshall, Texas, described by James Farmer, Jr. as "the last city to surrender after the Civil War," is home to Wiley College, where, in 1935-36, inspired by the Harlem Renaissance and his clandestine work as a union organizer, Professor Melvin Tolson coaches the debate team to a nearly-undefeated s…eason that sees the first debate between U.S. students from white and Negro colleges and ends with an invitation to face Harvard University's national champions. The team of four, which includes a female student and a very young James Farmer, is tested in a crucible heated by Jim Crow, sexism, a lynch mob, an arrest and near riot, a love affair, jealousy, and a national radio audience. (Read More)

Themes:
education drinking 
Characters:
professor student 
Story:
journey classroom college kiss 

The Big Lebowski (1998) is one of the best movies like 3 Idiots (2009)
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The Big Lebowski (1998)

When "The Dude" Lebowski is mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, two thugs urinate on his rug to coerce him into paying a debt he knows nothing about. While attempting to gain recompense for the ruined rug from his wealthy counterpart, he accepts a one-time job with high pay-off. He enlists the help… of his bowling buddy, Walter, a gun-toting Jewish-convert with anger issues. Deception leads to more trouble, and it soon seems that everyone from porn empire tycoons to nihilists want something from The Dude. (Read More)

Themes:
drunkenness friendship 
Mood:
satire 
Characters:
father daughter relationship 
Story:
three friends buddy character's point of view camera shot mistaken identity character repeating someone else's dialogue subjective camera slow motion scene urination dream bare chested male flashback 

Billy Elliot (2000)
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Billy Elliot (2000)

County Durham, during the endless, violent 1984 strike against the Thatcher closure of British coal mines. Widower Jackie Elliot and his firstborn, fellow miner Tony, take a dim view of 11 year-old second son Billy's poor record in boxing class, which worsens when they discover he sneakily transferr…ed to the neighboring, otherwise girls-only-attended ballet class. Only one schoolmate, closet-gay Michael Caffrey, encourages Billy's desire, aroused by the teacher, who judged him talented enough for private lesson, to train and try out for the world-renowned Royal Ballet audition. Only the prospect of a fancy career unimagined in the pauper quarter may twist pa and big brother's opposition to indispensable support. (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of age 
Themes:
drunkenness friendship 
Characters:
best friend friend father daughter relationship 
Story:
following a dream motivation embarrassment shaving classroom urination kiss 

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