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About A Boy (2002)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

About A Boy (2002)

Twelve year old Marcus Brewer lives with his chronically depressed single mother, Fiona Brewer. Both Fiona and Marcus beat to their own respective drummers. Marcus will do whatever he can to make his depressed mother happy, even if it causes himself grief. As such, he realizes that he is perceived as different than most kids, as even the self-professed weird kids don't want to hang out with him as he is the target of bullying. Part of the taunts against him are the fact that he sings and speaks to himself without even realizing that he is doing it. Meanwhile, thirty-eight year old Will Freeman is a slacker who has lived comfortably off the royalties of a song written by his deceased father, and as such has never had to work a day in his life. He is a solitary man who places himself as the first and only priority in life. He comes across the idea that dating single moms meets his selfish carnal needs. It is in this capacity that Will meets Marcus, as one of Will's single mother conquests, Suzie, is friends with the Brewers. Trying to escape his life but wanting Will to date Fiona, Marcus infiltrates Will's life, much to Will's chagrin. Will slowly begins to realize that Marcus is more than just a nuisance, but rather someone who needs some guidance navigating through the trials of adolescence and the trials of dealing with a suicidal mother, and perhaps he can be a small part of providing that direction. Conversely, Marcus may be able to show Will the path to becoming a real adult. (Read More)

Themes:unemployment,  bullying,  dating,  unfaithfulness,  redemption,  depression,  loneliness,  anger,  fear,  adultery,  christmas,  infidelity,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:bathtub,  school
Characters:bully,  baby,  teacher,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:fear of commitment,  boy girl relationship,  reference to madonna the singer,  suicide note,  reference to xena warrior princess,  reference to jon bon jovi,  peter pan complex,  held upside down,  upside down image,  swinging single,  two narrators,  reference to the spice girls,  trust exercise,  inner dialogue,  surrogate uncle,  being cool,  amnesty international,  music therapy,  granola,  velcro,  soup kitchen,  self centeredness,  surrogate son,  tambourine,  directed by several directors,  maturity,  superficiality,  intergenerational friendship,  schoolyard,  breakdancing,  godfather,  mcdonald's restaurant,  overhead shot,  reference to michael jackson,  duet,  talent show,  teenage crush,  ferrari,  hair salon,  lip synching,  immaturity,  cd,  fatherhood,  department store,  stoned,  peer pressure,  british comedy,  group therapy,  urine,  teasing,  bachelor,  selfishness,  playing pool,  earphones,  motherhood,  age difference,  thirty something,  slacker,  vegetarian,  absent father,  hit on the head,  aquarium,  mentor,  shopping,  charity,  rejection,  child's point of view,  rap music,  haircut,  following someone,  new year's eve,  womanizer,  single father,  santa claus,  guitarist,  slow motion,  supermarket,  applause,  freeze frame,  class,  suicide attempt,  storytelling,  park,  break up,  football,  eating,  montage,  ambulance,  single mother,  guitar,  classroom,  urban setting,  tears,  lie,  extramarital affair,  letter,  london england,  watching tv,  computer,  food,  rain,  song,  crying,  voice over narration,  coming of age,  three word title,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  sex,  flashback

August Rush (2007)
Drama, Music

August Rush (2007)

The story of a charismatic young Irish guitarist and a sheltered young cellist who have a chance encounter one magical night above New York's Washington Square, but are soon torn apart, leaving in their wake an infant, August Rush, orphaned by circumstance. Now performing on the streets of New York and cared for by a mysterious stranger, August uses his remarkable musical talent to seek the parents from whom he was separated at birth. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:school
Characters:bully,  baby,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:peer pressure,  absent father,  child's point of view,  guitarist,  class,  eating,  guitar,  tears,  lie,  food,  rain,  song,  crying,  voice over narration,  singing,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback

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Me And Earl And The Dying Girl (2015)
Comedy, Drama

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl (2015)

Seventeen-year-old Greg has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh high school without having any friends, but his life changes when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukemia.

Themes:dating,  anger,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:boy,  friend
Story:overhead shot,  stoned,  rap music,  class,  storytelling,  eating,  montage,  ambulance,  single mother,  classroom,  lie,  letter,  watching tv,  computer,  food,  song,  crying,  voice over narration,  coming of age,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  flashback

Die Welle (2008)
Drama, Thriller

Die Welle (2008)

High school teacher, Rainer Wegner, may be popular with the students, but he's also unorthodox. He's forced to teach autocracy for the school's project week. He's less than enthusiastic at first, but the response of the students is surprising to say the least. He forces the students to become more invested in the prospect of self rule, and soon the class project has its own power and eerily starts to resemble Germany's past. Can Wegner and his class realize what's happening before the horrors start repeating themselves? (Read More)

Themes:unemployment,  bullying,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:bully,  teacher,  boy,  friend
Story:peer pressure,  applause,  class,  eating,  montage,  ambulance,  classroom,  tears,  lie,  computer,  food,  rain,  crying,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  sex

White Oleander (2002) is one of the best movies like About A Boy (2002)
Drama

White Oleander (2002)

Astrid Magnussen is a 15 year old girl, living in California. Her mother, Ingrid, is a beautiful, free-spirited poet. Their life, though unusual, is satisfying until one day, a man named Barry Kolker (that her mother refers to at first as "The goat man") comes into their lives, and Ingrid falls madly in love with him, only to have her heart broken, and her life ruined. For revenge, Ingrid murders Barry with the deadly poison of her favourite flower: The White Oleander. She is sent to prison for life, and Astrid has to go through foster home after foster home. Throughout nearly a decade she experiences forbidden love, religion, near-death experiences, drugs, starvation, and how it feels to be loved. But throughout these years, she keeps in touch with her mother via letters to prison. And while Ingrid's gift is to give Astrid the power to survive, Astrid's gift is to teach her Mother about love. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  redemption,  loneliness,  anger,  adultery,  christmas,  infidelity,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:teacher,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:absent father,  haircut,  class,  ambulance,  single mother,  classroom,  tears,  extramarital affair,  letter,  watching tv,  computer,  crying,  voice over narration,  coming of age,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  flashback,  sex

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Nowhere Boy (2009)
Biography, Drama, Music, Romance

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 of The Beatles. This is why Nowhere Boy (2009) is one of the best movies like About A Boy (2002). (Read More)

Themes:depression,  anger,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:baby,  teacher,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:absent father,  guitarist,  eating,  montage,  ambulance,  guitar,  tears,  lie,  letter,  food,  song,  crying,  coming of age,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback,  sex

Gifted (2017)
Drama

Gifted (2017)

Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is a single man raising a child prodigy - his spirited young niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) in a coastal town in Florida. Frank's plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old's mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank's formidable mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan) whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary. Octavia Spencer plays Roberta, Frank and Mary's landlady and best friend. Jenny Slate is Mary's teacher, Bonnie, a young woman whose concern for her student develops into a connection with her uncle as well. (Read More)

Themes:bullying,  unfaithfulness,  anger,  fear,  adultery,  infidelity,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:bully,  teacher,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:applause,  class,  montage,  classroom,  extramarital affair,  letter,  watching tv,  computer,  song,  singing,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  sex

Elf (2003)
Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance

Elf (2003)

Buddy was a baby in an orphanage who stowed away in Santa's sack and ended up at the North Pole. Later, as an adult human who happened to be raised by elves, Santa allows him to go to New York City to find his birth father, Walter Hobbs. Hobbs, on Santa's naughty list for being a heartless jerk, had no idea that Buddy was even born. Buddy, meanwhile, experiences the delights of New York City (and human culture) as only an elf can. When Walter's relationship with Buddy interferes with his job, he is forced to reevaluate his priorities. (Read More)

Themes:christmas
Locations:school
Characters:baby,  boy,  singer
Story:breakdancing,  department store,  selfishness,  santa claus,  class,  storytelling,  park,  eating,  montage,  classroom,  lie,  watching tv,  food,  song,  voice over narration,  singing,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

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The School Of Rock (2003) is one of the best movies like About A Boy (2002)
Comedy, Family, Music

The 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 prodigy, 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:depression,  anger,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:teacher,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:guitar,  slacker,  guitarist,  class,  montage,  classroom,  lie,  computer,  food,  song,  singing,  family relationships

Boy A (2007)
Drama

Boy A (2007)

A young man is released from prison after many years and given a new identity in a new town. Aided by a supervisor who becomes like a father to him he finds a job and friends and hesitantly starts a relationship with a compassionate girl. But the secret of the heinous crime he committed as a boy weighs down on him, and he learns that it is not so easy to escape your past. (Read More)

Themes:bullying,  dating,  redemption,  depression,  fear,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:bathtub,  school
Characters:bully,  teacher,  boy,  friend
Story:surrogate son,  mcdonald's restaurant,  applause,  class,  ambulance,  classroom,  tears,  lie,  letter,  watching tv,  crying,  coming of age,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  based on novel,  flashback

The Woodsman (2004)
Drama, Romance

The Woodsman (2004)

After twelve years in prison, Walter arrives in an unnamed city, moves into a small apartment across the street from an elementary school, gets a job at a lumberyard, and mostly keeps to himself. A quiet, guarded man, Walter finds unexpected solace from Vickie, a tough-talking woman who promises not to judge him for his history. But Walter cannot escape his past. A convicted sex offender, Walter is warily eyed by his brother-in-law, shunned by his sister, lives in fear of being discovered at work, and is hounded by a suspicious local police officer, Detective Lucas. After befriending a young girl in a neighborhood park, Walter must also grapple with the terrible prospect of his own reawakened demons. This is why The Woodsman (2004) is one of the best movies like About A Boy (2002). (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  redemption,  loneliness,  anger,  fear,  adultery,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:friend
Story:schoolyard,  playing pool,  rejection,  following someone,  freeze frame,  park,  tears,  extramarital affair,  watching tv,  computer,  food,  rain,  crying,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  sex

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Alfie (2004)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Alfie (2004)

In Manhattan, the British limousine driver Alfie is surrounded by beautiful women, most of them clients, and he lives as a Don Juan, having one night stands with all of them and without any sort of commitment. His girl-friend and single-mother Julie is quite upset with the situation and his best friends are his colleague Marlon and his girl-friend Lonette. Alfie has a brief affair with Lonette, and the consequences of his act forces Alfie to reflect and wonder about his life style. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  adultery,  christmas,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:bathtub
Characters:baby,  friend
Story:fear of commitment,  self centeredness,  selfishness,  rejection,  womanizer,  freeze frame,  montage,  single mother,  tears,  extramarital affair,  food,  rain,  crying,  voice over narration,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  mother son relationship,  flashback,  sex

Another Year (2010) is one of the best movies like About A Boy (2002)
Comedy, Drama

Another Year (2010)

A married couple who have managed to remain blissfully happy into their autumn years, are surrounded over the course of the four seasons of one average year by friends, colleagues, and family who all seem to suffer some degree of unhappiness.

Themes:unfaithfulness,  depression,  loneliness,  anger,  adultery,  christmas,  infidelity,  friendship
Characters:baby,  friend
Story:earphones,  vegetarian,  football,  eating,  tears,  extramarital affair,  london england,  watching tv,  computer,  food,  rain,  crying,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

21 Grams (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

21 Grams (2003)

This is the story of three well-meaning but flawed people: Paul Rivers, an ailing mathematician lovelessly married to an English emigre; Christina Peck, an upper-middle-class suburban housewife, happily married homemaker with two young daughters, with hiding a secret past; and Jack Jordan, an ex-convict who has found in his Christian faith the strength to live a law-abiding life and raise a family. They will be brought together by a terrible accident that will change their lives. By the final frame, none of them will be the same as they will have learnt harsh truths about love, faith, courage, desire and guilt, and how chance can change our worlds irretrievably, forever. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  redemption,  loneliness,  anger,  adultery,  infidelity,  suicide
Characters:teacher,  boy
Story:stoned,  playing pool,  thirty something,  slow motion,  class,  suicide attempt,  ambulance,  tears,  extramarital affair,  watching tv,  computer,  food,  rain,  crying,  voice over narration,  singing,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback

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The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)
Drama, Romance

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 introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors, Sam and Patrick, who welcome him to the real world. (Read More)

Themes:bullying,  dating,  depression,  loneliness,  fear,  christmas,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:teacher,  bully,  friend,  boy,  singer
Story:suicide note,  teenage crush,  lip synching,  stoned,  new year's eve,  class,  suicide attempt,  break up,  football,  eating,  classroom,  tears,  letter,  watching tv,  food,  crying,  voice over narration,  coming of age,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  sex,  flashback

The Good Girl (2002)
Drama, Romance

The Good Girl (2002)

The plot revolves around a young married woman whose mundane life takes a turn for the worse when she strikes up a passionate and illicit affair with an oddball discount-store stock boy who thinks he's Holden Caulfield. This is why The Good Girl (2002) is one of the best movies like About A Boy (2002). (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  depression,  adultery,  infidelity,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:bathtub
Characters:baby,  boy,  friend
Story:stoned,  thirty something,  tears,  lie,  extramarital affair,  watching tv,  rain,  crying,  voice over narration,  three word title,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback

Adoration (2013) is one of the best movies like About A Boy (2002)
Drama, Romance

Adoration (2013)

Lil ('Naomi Watts' (qv)) and Roz ('Robin Wright (V)' (qv)) are two lifelong friends, having grown up together as neighbors in an idyllic beach town. As adults, their sons have developed a friendship as strong as that which binds their mothers. One summer, all four are confronted by simmering emotions that have been mounting between them, and each find unexpected happiness in relationships that cross the bounds of convention. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  loneliness,  fear,  adultery,  infidelity,  friendship
Characters:baby,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:surrogate son,  overhead shot,  eating,  tears,  lie,  extramarital affair,  computer,  food,  song,  crying,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  sex

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Hesher (2010)
Comedy, Drama

Hesher (2010)

T.J., a high school freshman, lost his mother two months before in a car accident: his father pops pills and sits on the couch; his grandmother holds things together, chatting and cooking. T.J. wants the car back from the salvage yard where the owner's son is a bully. By happenstance, Hesher, a foul-mouthed squatter, moves in with T.J's family. T.J. also meets Nicole, a grocery clerk near poverty who helps him once. Hesher involves T.J. in crime, the bully is omnipresent, mom's car is slipping away, dad has checked out, T.J. watches Nicole at work, and his grandma invites him to join her morning walk: the odds are long that T.J. can assemble a family to help him thrive. (Read More)

Themes:bullying,  depression,  friendship
Locations:bathtub,  school
Characters:bully,  teacher,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:teenage crush,  group therapy,  following someone,  guitarist,  class,  storytelling,  eating,  guitar,  classroom,  tears,  lie,  watching tv,  food,  rain,  song,  crying,  singing,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback

Heavenly Creatures (1994)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Heavenly Creatures (1994)

Based on the true story of Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker, two close friends who share a love of fantasy and literature, who conspire to kill Pauline's mother when she tries to end the girls' intense and obsessive relationship.

Themes:unfaithfulness,  redemption,  adultery,  christmas,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:bathtub,  school
Characters:teacher,  singer,  friend
Story:teenage crush,  hit on the head,  slow motion,  class,  montage,  ambulance,  classroom,  extramarital affair,  letter,  song,  crying,  voice over narration,  coming of age,  singing,  family relationships,  flashback

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid (2010)
Comedy, Family

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid (2010)

To Greg Heffley, middle school is the dumbest idea ever invented. It's a place rigged with hundreds of social landmines, not the least of which are morons, wedgies, swirlies, bullies, lunchtime banishment to the cafeteria floor - and a festering piece of cheese with nuclear cooties. To survive the never-ending ordeal and attain the recognition and status he feels he so richly deserves, Greg devises an endless series of can't-miss schemes, all of which, of course, go awry. And he's getting it all down on paper, via a diary - "it's NOT a diary, it's a journal!" Greg insists, preferring the less-sissyfied designation - filled with his opinions, thoughts, tales of family trials and tribulations, and (would-be) schoolyard triumphs. "One day when I'm famous," writes Greg, "I'll have better things to do than answer people's stupid questions all day." So was born the Wimpy Kid's diary. (Read More)

Themes:bullying,  fear,  christmas,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:bully,  teacher,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:boy girl relationship,  schoolyard,  breakdancing,  peer pressure,  child's point of view,  class,  classroom,  watching tv,  computer,  rain,  song,  voice over narration,  singing,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  flashback

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Persepolis (2007) is one of the best movies like About A Boy (2002)
Animation, Biography, Drama, War

Persepolis (2007)

In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah's defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. However as Marji grows up, she witnesses first hand how the new Iran, now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, has become a repressive tyranny on its own. With Marji dangerously refusing to remain silent at this injustice, her parents send her abroad to Vienna to study for a better life. However, this change proves an equally difficult trial with the young woman finding herself in a different culture loaded with abrasive characters and profound disappointments that deeply trouble her. Even when she returns home, Marji finds that both she and homeland have changed too much and the young woman and her loving family must decide where she truly belongs. This is why Persepolis (2007) is one of the best movies like About A Boy (2002). (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  depression,  anger,  fear,  christmas,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:bathtub,  school
Characters:teacher,  boy,  friend
Story:reference to michael jackson,  selfishness,  earphones,  supermarket,  class,  suicide attempt,  storytelling,  eating,  classroom,  tears,  lie,  watching tv,  food,  rain,  crying,  voice over narration,  coming of age,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback

I Am Sam (2001)
Drama

I Am Sam (2001)

Sam Dawson has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old. He works at a Starbucks and is obsessed with the Beatles. He has a daughter with a homeless woman; she abandons them as soon as they leave the hospital. He names his daughter Lucy Diamond (after the Beatles song), and raises her. But as she reaches age 7 herself, Sam's limitations start to become a problem at school; she's intentionally holding back to avoid looking smarter than him. The authorities take her away, and Sam shames high-priced lawyer Rita Harrison into taking his case pro bono. In the process, he teaches her a great deal about love, and whether it's really all you need. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  fear,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:baby,  teacher,  friend
Story:overhead shot,  fatherhood,  single father,  slow motion,  freeze frame,  park,  montage,  single mother,  classroom,  tears,  watching tv,  song,  crying,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

Accepted (2006)
Comedy

Accepted (2006)

After being rejected from every college he applied, Bartleby Gaines decided to create a fictitious university, South Harmon Institute of Technology, with his friends, to fool their parents. But when their deception works too well and every other college rejects starts to apply to his school, B. must find a way to give the education and future his students and friends deserves, including his own, while trying to win the heart of the girl next door. (Read More)

Themes:bullying,  fear
Locations:school
Characters:bully,  teacher,  boy,  singer
Story:immaturity,  playing pool,  rejection,  class,  montage,  classroom,  letter,  computer,  food,  song,  singing,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  sex

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Taare Zameen Par (2007)
Drama, Family

Taare Zameen Par (2007)

Ishaan Awasthi is an eight-year-old child whose world is filled with wonders that no one else seems to appreciate; colours, fish, dogs and kites are just not important in the world of adults, who are much more interested in things like homework, marks and neatness. And Ishaan just cannot seem to get anything right in class. When he gets into far more trouble than his parents can handle, he is packed off to a boarding school to 'be disciplined'. Things are no different at his new school, and Ishaan has to contend with the added trauma of separation from his family. One day a new art teacher bursts onto the scene, Ram Shankar Nikumbh, who infects the students with joy and optimism. He breaks all the rules of 'how things are done' by asking them to think, dream and imagine, and all the children respond with enthusiasm, all except Ishaan. Nikumbh soon realizes that Ishaan is very unhappy, and he sets out to discover why. With time, patience and care, he ultimately helps Ishaan find himself. (Read More)

Themes:bullying,  depression,  loneliness,  anger,  fear,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:teacher,  bully,  baby,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:overhead shot,  teasing,  earphones,  hit on the head,  aquarium,  child's point of view,  following someone,  applause,  freeze frame,  class,  eating,  montage,  classroom,  tears,  lie,  food,  song,  crying,  singing,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

Step Brothers (2008) is one of the best movies like About A Boy (2002)
Comedy

Step Brothers (2008)

Brennan Huff and Dale Doback are both about 40 when Brennan's mom and Dale's dad marry. The sons still live with the parents so they must now share a room. Initial antipathy threatens the household's peace and the parents' relationship. Dad lays down the law: both slackers have a week to find a job. Out of the job search and their love of music comes a pact that leads to friendship but more domestic disarray compounded by the boys' sleepwalking. Hovering nearby are Brennan's successful brother and his lonely wife: the brother wants to help sell his step-father's house, the wife wants Dale's attention, and the newlyweds want to retire and sail the seven seas. Can harmony come from the discord? (Read More)

Themes:unemployment,  unfaithfulness,  adultery,  christmas,  infidelity,  friendship
Characters:bully,  singer,  friend
Story:lip synching,  immaturity,  earphones,  thirty something,  slacker,  rap music,  guitarist,  storytelling,  eating,  guitar,  extramarital affair,  watching tv,  food,  song,  crying,  singing,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback

Choke (2008)
Comedy, Drama

Choke (2008)

Sex addict and colonial theme park worker, Victor Mancini, has devised a complicated scam to pay for his mom's hospital bills while she suffers from an Alzheimer's disease that hides the truth about his childhood. He pretends to choke on food in a restaurant and the person who "saves" him will feel responsible for Victor for the rest of their lives. This is why Choke (2008) is one of the best movies like About A Boy (2002). (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  depression,  loneliness,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:boy,  friend
Story:park,  department store,  group therapy,  absent father,  hit on the head,  womanizer,  freeze frame,  storytelling,  eating,  tears,  lie,  watching tv,  computer,  food,  crying,  sex,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  flashback

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Swingers (1996)
Comedy, Drama

Swingers (1996)

This is a story about Mike, a guy who left his girl in New York when he came to LA to be a star. It's been six months since his girlfriend left him and he's not doing so good. So, his pal and some other friends try and get him back in the social scene and forget about his 6 year relationship.

Themes:unemployment,  dating,  depression,  friendship
Characters:baby,  singer,  friend
Story:fear of commitment,  following someone,  womanizer,  slow motion,  storytelling,  break up,  montage,  urban setting,  tears,  song,  crying,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  sex

Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
Drama

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 find 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)

Themes:dating,  unfaithfulness,  fear,  adultery,  christmas,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:teacher,  baby,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:peer pressure,  thirty something,  class,  storytelling,  classroom,  tears,  lie,  extramarital affair,  letter,  watching tv,  food,  rain,  song,  crying,  voice over narration,  coming of age,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship

Reign Over Me (2007) is one of the best movies like About A Boy (2002)
Drama

Reign Over Me (2007)

Alan Johnson has everything he needs to get through life: a good job, a beautiful and loving wife, and their wonderful children. Yet he feels isolated because he finds having a hard-working job and managing a family too much to handle and has no one to talk to about it. Charlie Fineman, on the other hand, doesn't have a job or a family. He used to have both until a terrible loss, and the grief caused him to quit his job and isolate himself from everyone around him. As it turns out, Alan and Charlie were roommates in college, and a chance encounter one night rekindles the friendship they shared. But when Charlie's problems become too much to deal with, Alan is determined to help Charlie come out of his emotional abyss. (Read More)

Themes:depression,  anger,  friendship
Characters:singer,  friend
Story:earphones,  rejection,  class,  eating,  montage,  guitar,  tears,  letter,  watching tv,  computer,  food,  song,  crying,  three word title,  singing,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  sex

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The Spectacular Now (2013)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Spectacular Now (2013)

Sutter Keely lives in the now. It's a good place for him. A high school senior, charming and self-possessed, he's the life of the party, loves his job at a men's clothing store, and has no plans for the future. A budding alcoholic, he's never far from his supersized, whiskey-fortified thirst-master cup. But after being dumped by his girlfriend, Sutter gets drunk and wakes up on a lawn with Aimee Finecky hovering over him. She's different: the "nice girl" who reads science fiction and doesn't have a boyfriend. While Aimee has dreams of a future, Sutter lives in the impressive delusion of a spectacular now, yet somehow, they're drawn together. (Read More)

Themes:dating,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:teacher,  friend
Story:absent father,  class,  storytelling,  break up,  montage,  single mother,  classroom,  tears,  lie,  computer,  crying,  voice over narration,  coming of age,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  sex,  flashback

The Squid And The Whale (2005)
Comedy, Drama

The Squid And The Whale (2005)

In 1986, In Brooklyn, New York, the dysfunctional family of pseudo intellectuals composed by the university professor Bernard and the prominent writer Joan split. Bernard is a selfish, cheap and jealous decadent writer that rationalizes every attitude in his family and life and does not accept "philistines" - people that do not read books or watch movies, while the unfaithful Joan is growing as a writer and has no problems with "philistines". Their sons, the teenager Walt and the boy Frank, feel the separation and take side: Walt stays with Bernard, and Frank with Joan, and both are affected with abnormal behaviors. Frank drinks booze and smears with sperm the books in the library and a locker in the dress room of his school. The messed-up and insecure Walt uses Roger Water's song "Hey You" in a festival as if it was of his own, and breaks up with his girlfriend Sophie. Meanwhile Joan has an affair with Frank's tennis teacher Ivan and Bernard with his student Lili. This is why The Squid And The Whale (2005) is one of the best movies like About A Boy (2002). (Read More)

Themes:dating,  unfaithfulness,  adultery,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:bathtub,  school
Characters:teacher,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:earphones,  guitarist,  class,  park,  break up,  eating,  ambulance,  guitar,  classroom,  tears,  lie,  extramarital affair,  letter,  watching tv,  food,  song,  crying,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  sex

Easy A (2010)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Easy A (2010)

After a little white lie about losing her virginity gets out, a clean cut high school girl sees her life paralleling Hester Prynne's in "The Scarlet Letter," which she is currently studying in school - until she decides to use the rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing.

Themes:dating,  unfaithfulness,  adultery,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:teacher,  friend,  boy,  singer
Story:lie,  letter,  cd,  peer pressure,  hit on the head,  aquarium,  rap music,  freeze frame,  class,  guitar,  classroom,  tears,  extramarital affair,  watching tv,  song,  crying,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  sex,  father son relationship,  family relationships

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Sleeping With Other People (2015) is one of the best movies like About A Boy (2002)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Sleeping With Other People (2015)

Themes:dating,  unfaithfulness,  anger,  fear,  adultery,  christmas,  infidelity,  friendship
Characters:teacher,  boy,  friend
Story:fear of commitment,  stoned,  womanizer,  freeze frame,  break up,  lie,  extramarital affair,  watching tv,  rain,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  flashback,  sex

Mommy (2014)
Drama

Mommy (2014)

Forty-six year old Diane Despres - "Die" - has been widowed for three years. Considered white trash by many, Die does whatever she needs, including strutting her body in front of male employers who will look, to make an honest living. That bread-winning ability is affected when she makes the decision to remove her only offspring, fifteen year old Steve Despres, from her previously imposed institutionalization, one step below juvenile detention. She institutionalized him shortly following her husband's death due to Steve's attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and his violent outbursts. He was just kicked out of the latest in a long line of facilities for setting fire to the cafeteria, in turn injuring another boy. She made this decision to deinstitutionalize him as she didn't like the alternative, sending him into more restrictive juvenile detention from which he would probably never be rehabilitated. However, with this deinstitutionalization, she has to take care of him which means only being able to do home based work. Despite they always yelling expletives at each other and Steve sometimes demonstrating those violent tendencies toward her, Die and Steve truly do love each other, his emotions which are sometimes manifested as an Oedipus complex especially as he seems to need her complete attention most specifically when it is being directed at possible male suitors. Their lives, both individually and as a family, are affected with the entrance of two of their neighbors. The first is Paul, a lawyer, who does have that sexual interest in Die as he tries to help Steve through his legal problems. The second and more important is Kyla, who lives across the street with her husband Patrick and their adolescent daughter, they who are in transit in their life to wherever Patrick's job will take them. Kyla is a high school teacher on sabbatical as she deals with her own emotional issues, which are manifested in stuttering whenever she feels incapable of dealing with her life. Kyla may find that she needs the Despres as much as they need her. (Read More)

Themes:bullying,  anger,  fear,  christmas,  friendship
Locations:bathtub,  school
Characters:bully,  baby,  teacher,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:lip synching,  cd,  stoned,  supermarket,  suicide attempt,  storytelling,  eating,  montage,  ambulance,  single mother,  tears,  lie,  letter,  food,  rain,  song,  crying,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  mother son relationship

Sunshine Cleaning (2008)
Comedy, Drama

Sunshine Cleaning (2008)

A family. Rose and Norah, in Albuquerque, lost their mother when they were young. Rose is responsible - a housecleaner, raising her seven-year-old son Oscar. She's also having an affair with Mac, a married cop, her high-school sweetheart. Norah can't hold a job. Their dad, Joe, is quirky. When Oscar is expelled for odd behavior, Rose wants to earn enough to send him to private school. Mac suggests she clean up after crime scenes, suicides, and deaths that go undiscovered for awhile. Rose enlists Norah, and Sunshine Cleaners is born. Norah bonds with the dead, Rose finds out that it's a regulated business, and complications arise. Can a family marked by tragedy sort things out? (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  adultery,  infidelity,  suicide
Locations:bathtub,  school
Characters:teacher,  boy
Story:slacker,  following someone,  supermarket,  storytelling,  break up,  montage,  single mother,  tears,  lie,  extramarital affair,  watching tv,  crying,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  sex,  flashback

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This Is England (2006)
Crime, Drama

This Is England (2006)

This is England: Mods, New Romantics, and Skinheads are the major youth sub-cultures of this very English summer of 1983 and young 12-year-old Shaun is left wandering aimlessly alone and lost during the start of his school holidays, until his chance meeting with Woody and his fun and friendly Skinhead pack. Finding a new lease of life; girls, parties, Ben Sherman shirts, Doc Martin boots and shaven hairstyles young Shaun is welcomed, life during this summer holiday has got a whole lot better. That is until Combo arrives on the scene bitter, dangerous, racist, militant and psychotic life for young Shaun has just approached his first major crossroads. This is England is a look back at the early eighties of British working-class life through the eyes of young Shaun and his new gang, and dealing with the bitterness of outside influences such as racism and xenophobia, of mass unemployment and the fall out of the Falkland's War; Thatcher's Britain: Did we ever have it so good? When you see Shaun, ask Him. This is why This Is England (2006) is one of the best movies like About A Boy (2002). (Read More)

Themes:unemployment,  bullying,  fear,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:bully,  teacher,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:stoned,  peer pressure,  teasing,  rejection,  haircut,  slow motion,  class,  storytelling,  montage,  tears,  watching tv,  song,  crying,  coming of age,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship

Happy-go-lucky (2008) is one of the best movies like About A Boy (2002)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Happy-go-lucky (2008)

Poppy Cross is happy-go-lucky. At 30, she lives in Camden: cheeky, playful, frank while funny, and talkative to strangers. She's a conscientious and exuberant primary-school teacher, flatmates with Zoe, her long-time friend; she's close to one sister, and not so close to another. In this slice of life story, we watch her take driving lessons from Scott, a dour and tightly-wound instructor, take classes in flamenco dance from a fiery Spaniard, encounter a tramp in the night, and sort out a student's aggressive behavior with a social worker's help. Along the way, we wonder if her open attitude puts her at risk of misunderstanding or worse. What is the root of happiness? (Read More)

Themes:bullying,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:teacher,  bully,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:thirty something,  class,  park,  eating,  classroom,  urban setting,  lie,  london england,  food,  song,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

Bacheha-ye Aseman (1997)
Drama, Family

Bacheha-ye Aseman (1997)

Zahra's shoes are gone; her older brother Ali lost them. They are poor, there are no shoes for Zahra until they come up with an idea: they will share one pair of shoes, Ali's. School awaits. Will the plan succeed?

Themes:friendship
Locations:school
Characters:baby,  teacher,  boy,  friend
Story:schoolyard,  child's point of view,  slow motion,  class,  classroom,  urban setting,  tears,  lie,  watching tv,  rain,  crying,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships

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Birth (2004)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Birth (2004)

Anna is a young widow who is finally getting on with her life after the death of her husband, Sean. Now engaged to be married, Anna meets a ten-year-old boy who tells her he is Sean reincarnated. Though his story is both unsettling and absurd, Anna can't get the boy out of her mind. And much to the concern of her fiance, her increased contact with him leads her to question the choices she has made in her life. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  adultery,  infidelity
Locations:bathtub
Characters:boy,  baby,  teacher,  singer
Story:santa claus,  class,  classroom,  tears,  lie,  extramarital affair,  song,  crying,  singing,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  sex,  flashback

Haevnen (2010)
Drama, Romance

Haevnen (2010)

Anton is a doctor who commutes between his home in an idyllic town in Denmark, and his work at an African refugee camp. In these two very different worlds, he and his family are faced with conflicts that lead them to difficult choices between revenge and forgiveness. Anton and his wife Marianne, who have two young sons, are separated and struggling with the possibility of divorce. Their older, ten-year-old son Elias is being bullied at school, until he is defended by Christian, a new boy who has just moved from London with his father, Claus. Christian's mother recently lost her battle with cancer, and Christian is greatly troubled by her death. Elias and Christian quickly form a strong bond, but when Christian involves Elias in a dangerous act of revenge with potentially tragic consequences, their friendship is tested and lives are put in danger. Ultimately, it is their parents who are left to help them come to terms with the complexity of human emotions, pain and empathy. (Read More)

Themes:bullying,  unfaithfulness,  loneliness,  anger,  fear,  adultery,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:bully,  boy,  baby,  teacher,  friend
Story:peer pressure,  absent father,  single father,  class,  ambulance,  classroom,  tears,  lie,  extramarital affair,  london england,  computer,  crying,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  sex

An Education (2009) is one of the best movies like About A Boy (2002)
Drama

An Education (2009)

In the early 1960's, sixteen year old Jenny Mellor lives with her parents in the London suburb of Twickenham. On her father's wishes, everything that Jenny does is in the sole pursuit of being accepted into Oxford, as he wants her to have a better life than he. Jenny is bright, pretty, hard working but also naturally gifted. The only problems her father may perceive in her life is her issue with learning Latin, and her dating a boy named Graham, who is nice but socially awkward. Jenny's life changes after she meets David Goldman, a man over twice her age. David goes out of his way to show Jenny and her family that his interest in her is not improper and that he wants solely to expose her to cultural activities which she enjoys. Jenny quickly gets accustomed to the life to which David and his constant companions, Danny and Helen, have shown her, and Jenny and David's relationship does move into becoming a romantic one. However, Jenny slowly learns more about David, and by association Danny and Helen, and specifically how they make their money. Jenny has to decide if what she learns about them and leading such a life is worth forgoing her plans of higher eduction at Oxford. This is why An Education (2009) is one of the best movies like About A Boy (2002). (Read More)

Themes:dating,  unfaithfulness,  adultery,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:teacher,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:teasing,  age difference,  class,  montage,  classroom,  tears,  lie,  extramarital affair,  letter,  london england,  rain,  song,  crying,  coming of age,  singing,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  sex

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Conviction (2010)
Biography, Drama

Conviction (2010)

Betty Anne Waters (Swank) is a high school dropout who spent nearly two decades working as a single mother while putting herself through law school, tirelessly trying to beat the system and overturn her brother's (Rockwell) unjust murder conviction.

Themes:fear,  christmas,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:baby,  boy,  friend
Story:single mother,  new year's eve,  supermarket,  class,  eating,  classroom,  tears,  lie,  letter,  watching tv,  computer,  food,  crying,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback

Deception (2008)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Deception (2008)

Cat and mouse. Jonathan McQuarry is an auditor in Manhattan, moving from office to office checking their books. While working late, a smooth and well-dressed man named Wyatt Bose chats Jonathan up, offers him a joint, and soon they're pals. When their cell phones are accidentally swapped, Jonathan answers Wyatt's phone to a series of women asking if he's free tonight. Jonathan discovers it's a sex club: busy powerful people meet each other anonymously in hotels. Jonathan falls for one of the club members, whom he knows only as "S," whom he's also seen on a subway. When she goes missing, patterns emerge and Jonathan faces demands involving violence and lots of money. (Read More)

Themes:loneliness
Characters:singer,  friend
Story:stoned,  guitarist,  park,  eating,  montage,  ambulance,  guitar,  lie,  london england,  watching tv,  computer,  food,  rain,  song,  voice over narration,  singing,  sex

The Last Picture Show (1971)
Drama

The Last Picture Show (1971)

In tiny Anarene, Texas, in the lull between World War Two and the Korean Conflict, Sonny and Duane are best friends. Enduring that awkward period of life between boyhood and manhood, the two pass their time the best way they know how -- with the movie house, football, and girls. Jacey is Duane's steady, wanted by every boy in school, and she knows it. Her daddy is rich and her mom is good looking and loose. It's the general consensus that whoever wins Jacey's heart will be set for life. But Anarene is dying a quiet death as folks head for the big cities to make their livings and raise their kids. The boys are torn between a future somewhere out there beyond the borders of town or making do with their inheritance of a run-down pool hall and a decrepit movie house -- the legacy of their friend and mentor, Sam the Lion. As high school graduation approaches, they learn some difficult lessons about love, loneliness, and jealousy. Then folks stop attending the second-run features at the movie house and the time comes for the last picture show. With the closure of the movie house, the boys feel that a stage of their lives is closing. They stand uneasily on the threshold of the rest of their lives. (The movie was adapted from the novel by Larry McMurtry). (Read More)

Themes:dating,  unfaithfulness,  depression,  loneliness,  adultery,  christmas,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:boy,  teacher,  singer,  friend
Story:football,  peer pressure,  playing pool,  mentor,  santa claus,  class,  classroom,  extramarital affair,  watching tv,  song,  crying,  coming of age,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel

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Role Models (2008) is one of the best movies like About A Boy (2002)
Comedy

Role Models (2008)

Danny and Wheeler, well into their 30s, lack something: Danny feels stuck; he's sour and has driven away his terrific girlfriend. Wheeler chases any skirt he sees for empty sex. When they get in a fight with a tow-truck driver, they choose community service over jail and are assigned to be big brothers - Danny to Augie, a geek who loves to LARP (Live Action Role Play), and Wheeler to Ronnie, a pint-size foul-mouthed kid. After a rocky start, things start to go well until both Danny and Wheeler make big mistakes. Can the two men figure out how to change enough to be role models to the boys? (Read More)

Themes:depression,  friendship
Characters:singer
Story:surrogate son,  immaturity,  urine,  absent father,  aquarium,  mentor,  storytelling,  montage,  single mother,  guitar,  computer,  food,  crying,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  sex

C.r.a.z.y. (2005)
Comedy, Drama

C.r.a.z.y. (2005)

Born Christmas Day 1960, Zac Beaulieu is the fourth of five sons of Gervais and Laurianne Beaulieu. Zac feels somewhat disconnected to his brothers, all of whom are different from each other. They include the bookworm Christian who is the eldest, the dumb jock Antoine who is third, and the youngest Yvan. But Zac has the most contempt for his second eldest brother, the shiftless druggie Raymond. To his devout Catholic mother, Zac is her miracle son, both for being born the same day as Jesus Christ (a fact which Zac has always hated), and because a Tupperware-selling mystic once told her that he has the power to heal. Laurianne has always coddled Zac, the two who have a special if unspoken bond. But Zac wants more to please his father, who wants more than anything in his sons that they grow up to be man's men and not sissies. As Zac goes through his mid-teens to early twenties, Zac isn't sure if he can live up to the ideals of either his mother or especially his father. A young man with stress-induced asthma, Zac just wants to be what he considers normal, which includes getting rid of his asthma. But more importantly, he wants to get rid of the underlying thoughts that he has and which most going through puberty have, but that for him are becoming more prevalent as he grows older. This is why C.r.a.z.y. (2005) is one of the best movies like About A Boy (2002). (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  christmas
Locations:bathtub,  school
Characters:baby,  boy,  singer
Story:stoned,  peer pressure,  earphones,  suicide attempt,  storytelling,  park,  eating,  ambulance,  tears,  lie,  food,  rain,  song,  crying,  voice over narration,  coming of age,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  sex

Almost Famous (2000)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Music

Almost Famous (2000)

William Miller is a 15-year-old kid hired by Rolling Stone magazine to tour with and write about Stillwater, an up and coming rock band. This wonderfully witty coming-of-age film follows William as he falls face first to confront life, love, and lingo.

Themes:unfaithfulness,  anger,  adultery,  infidelity,  friendship
Characters:teacher,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:teenage crush,  guitarist,  suicide attempt,  eating,  guitar,  watching tv,  food,  song,  crying,  coming of age,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  sex

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High-rise (2015)
Drama

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:unfaithfulness,  adultery,  infidelity,  suicide
Characters:baby,  boy
Story:overhead shot,  earphones,  supermarket,  class,  eating,  montage,  lie,  extramarital affair,  london england,  watching tv,  food,  voice over narration,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  based on novel,  sex,  flashback

Igby Goes Down (2002) is one of the best movies like About A Boy (2002)
Comedy, Drama

Igby Goes Down (2002)

Seventeen year old Jason Slocumb, Jr. - Igby to most that know him - comes from east coast old money, the second son of self-absorbed and controlling Mimi Slocumb and medically-diagnosed schizophrenic Jason Slocum, Sr., the latter who has for several years been institutionalized in a Maryland psychiatric facility. While Igby's economics-studying Columbia-attending older brother Ollie Slocum has embraced and aspires to continue their wealthy life, Igby has rebelled against it, considering his brother a fascist (although he could soften that label to Republican). Because of Jason's situation, Mimi has largely left the role of male role model for Ollie and Igby to their godfather, D.H. Banes. Igby's rebellion has led to him being kicked out of one prep school after another, the latest, a military academy, from which Igby escapes before he can graduate. As such, Mimi and D.H. arrange for Igby to live in New York with Ollie for the summer while working for D.H. renovating some of his properties, before Mimi arranges for yet another strict school for the fall so that Igby can at least graduate. Igby is largely able to hide out for most of the summer with the help of Rachel, D.H.'s younger heroin addict mistress, and Sookie, a slightly older waitress with who he falls in love. An issue with Sookie and the aftermath of a joint mission with Ollie leads to Igby having a clearer picture of what his immediate future will look like. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  depression,  anger,  adultery,  infidelity,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:bathtub,  school
Characters:boy,  friend
Story:godfather,  immaturity,  vegetarian,  hit on the head,  storytelling,  park,  eating,  tears,  lie,  extramarital affair,  food,  rain,  crying,  coming of age,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  sex

Sing Street (2016)
Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance

Sing Street (2016)

This is the beginning of the eighties and everybody is moving to the beat of Pop music, as the brand-new concept of the music video appears on television for the first time. However, in Dublin, Conor, a teenager with a sensitive heart, is trying to deal with a tense family relationship, reconnect with his older brother while dealing with the hostile environment in his new public school. And then one day, he sees her. Tall, with long chestnut hair, a buttery complexion and big, dark eyes; an enigmatically beautiful girl standing in front of his school's gate, indolently observing people passing by. But who is she and how could a boy ever get noticed by such a distant girl? That's easy. He would form a band. Surprisingly, with every lyric Conor writes, the gap narrows and with every song he plays, her heart fills with affection. In the end, before a sea of opportunities lying ahead of them, what will the future hold for a brave love like this? (Read More)

Themes:bullying,  unfaithfulness,  adultery,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:bully,  teacher,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:earphones,  guitarist,  applause,  montage,  lie,  extramarital affair,  song,  crying,  coming of age,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  sex,  flashback

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