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Adventureland (2009)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Adventureland (2009)

In 1987, James Brennan's dreams of a summer European tour before studying at an Ivy League school in New York City are ruined after his parents have a severe career setback. As a result, James must get a summer job to cover his upcoming expenses at the decrepit local amusement park, Adventureland, where he falls in love with a witty co-worker, Emily Lewin. In that bizarrely shady workplace, the young carnies have unforgettable and painful learning experiences about life, love and trust while James discovers what he truly values. (Read More)

Themes:drugs,  infidelity,  friendship
Characters:student
Story:summer job,  amusement park,  illegal drugs,  reference to judas priest the band,  harvard business school,  mentally handicapped person,  reference to herman melville,  stuffed toy panda,  reference to neil young,  reference to lou reed,  drinking on the job,  ex best friend,  graduate school,  fixed game,  marijuana pipe,  columbia university,  job application,  new york university,  college graduate,  drinking and driving,  following a dream,  lawn mowing,  new beginning,  reference to david bowie,  reference to charles dickens,  aspiring writer,  generation x,  job seeking,  pittsburgh pennsylvania,  leaving home,  stepmother stepdaughter relationship,  reference to ronald reagan,  rock musician,  fourth of july,  romantic rivalry,  older man younger man relationship,  guitar player,  quitting a job,  roller coaster,  horse racing,  stage performance,  marijuana joint,  reckless driving,  boston massachusetts,  job interview,  reconciliation,  rock star,  listening to music,  pot smoking,  reference to william shakespeare,  falling in love,  older man younger woman relationship,  rock band,  car crash,  rock music,  extramarital affair,  swimming pool,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  coming of age,  new york city,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male

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:drugs,  infidelity,  friendship
Story:illegal drugs,  reference to neil young,  reference to lou reed,  following a dream,  reference to david bowie,  aspiring writer,  leaving home,  rock musician,  romantic rivalry,  older man younger man relationship,  guitar player,  stage performance,  boston massachusetts,  reconciliation,  rock star,  listening to music,  pot smoking,  older man younger woman relationship,  rock band,  rock music,  swimming pool,  brother sister relationship,  coming of age,  new york city,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male

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The Runaways (2010)
Biography, Drama, Music

The Runaways (2010)

In 1975, San Fernando Valley teen Joan Larkin reinvents herself as Joan Jett, a guitarist who wants to form an all-girl punk band. She pitches the idea to a sleazy manager, Kim Fowley, who pairs her with a drummer and then searches for a face: he finds Cherie Currie, at age 15, the perfect jailbait image for his purpose; by luck, she can sing. Two others round out the band, The Runaways. Fowley books a tour, signs them to Mercury Records, and packs them off to crowds in Japan. Seeds of conflict sprout early: Fowley puts Cherie front and center in the publicity, she's soon strung out on drugs and vodka, and jealousies arise. Without adult supervision, where can Joan and Cherie end up? (Read More)

Themes:drugs
Story:illegal drugs,  reference to david bowie,  leaving home,  rock musician,  guitar player,  stage performance,  reconciliation,  rock star,  listening to music,  rock band,  rock music,  coming of age,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships

Get Him To The Greek (2010)
Comedy, Music

Get Him To The Greek (2010)

English rock star Aldous Snow relapses into drugs and booze after a break up and a disastrous record. In L.A., Aaron Green works for a record company stuck in recession. Aaron's boss gives him a career making task - to bring Aldous from London to L.A. for a concert in 72 hours. That day, Aaron's girlfriend Daphne tells him she wants to finish her medical residency in Seattle. Aaron's sure this ends their relationship. In London, things aren't much better: Aldous delays their departure several times, plies Aaron with vices, and alternates between bad behavior and trenchant observations. Can Aaron moderate Aldous's substance abuse and get him to the Greek? What about Daphne? (Read More)

Themes:drugs,  infidelity,  friendship
Story:illegal drugs,  quitting a job,  rock star,  pot smoking,  rock music,  swimming pool,  new york city,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship

The Wackness (2008) is one of the best movies like Adventureland (2009)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

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-daughter. 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)

Themes:drugs,  infidelity,  friendship
Story:illegal drugs,  summer job,  generation x,  older man younger man relationship,  listening to music,  pot smoking,  falling in love,  older man younger woman relationship,  coming of age,  new york city,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male

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The Human Stain (2003)
Drama, Romance, Thriller

The Human Stain (2003)

The Human Stain is the story of Coleman Silk (Hopkins), a classics professor with a terrible secret that is about to shatter his life in a small New England town. When his affair with a young troubled janitor (Kidman) is uncovered, the secret Silk had harbored for over fifty years from his wife, his children and colleague, writer Nathan Zuckerman, fast explodes in a conflagration of devastating consequences. It is Zuckerman who stumbles upon Silk's secret and sets out to reconstruct the unknown biography of this eminent, upright man, esteemed as an educator for nearly all his life, and to understand how this ingeniously contrived life came unraveled. This is why The Human Stain (2003) is one of the best movies like Adventureland (2009). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Story:new york university,  quitting a job,  reference to william shakespeare,  older man younger woman relationship,  car crash,  extramarital affair,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships

Killer Joe (2011)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Killer Joe (2011)

Finding himself in considerable debt, Chris, a Texan drug dealer, decides the only solution is to murder his mother to collect the insurance money. Getting together with his father, the ex-husband of Chris' mother, they decide to hire Joe Cooper (a contract killer) who also happens to be a police detective. The plan is that the money will go to Chris' sister Dottie. However due to the size of the contract fee, Chris agrees that Joe can take Dottie as a retainer until the insurance comes through. (Read More)

Themes:drugs,  infidelity
Story:stepmother stepdaughter relationship,  horse racing,  marijuana joint,  listening to music,  pot smoking,  falling in love,  extramarital affair,  brother sister relationship,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male

Youth In Revolt (2009)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Youth In Revolt (2009)

At 16, Nick Twisp is wry about his teen funk: he lives in Oakland with his sex-addled mother; his father's child support is her meal ticket. While camping in Ukiah, Nick meets Sheeni: for him, it's love at first sight. Nick has to figure out how to get his father a job in Ukiah, then how to get sent to live with his father, then how to get close to Sheeni, whose religious parents may want her sent away from temptation to a boarding school. There's also Sheeni's all-American boyfriend to contend with. Overwhelmed by the challenges, Nick's about to give up when he conjures an alter ego who whispers revolt into his ear. Nick is not altogether hapless, but can this end well? (Read More)

Themes:infidelity,  friendship
Characters:student
Story:aspiring writer,  listening to music,  pot smoking,  older man younger woman relationship,  extramarital affair,  brother sister relationship,  coming of age,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship

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White Oleander (2002) is one of the best movies like Adventureland (2009)
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:drugs,  infidelity,  friendship
Story:roller coaster,  amusement park,  older man younger woman relationship,  extramarital affair,  swimming pool,  brother sister relationship,  coming of age,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Comedy, Drama

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

Three grown prodigies, all with a unique genius of some kind, and their mother are staying at the family household. Their father, Royal had left them long ago, and comes back to make things right with his family.

Themes:friendship
Story:reconciliation,  car crash,  extramarital affair,  swimming pool,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  new york city,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships

Detroit Rock City (1999)
Comedy, Music

Detroit Rock City (1999)

Four members of a high school band called Mystery do everything they can to attend a KISS concert in Detroit. In order to make it to the show they must steal, cheat, strip, deal with an anti-rock mom and generally do whatever it takes to see the band that has inspired them to be musicians. This is why Detroit Rock City (1999) is one of the best movies like Adventureland (2009). (Read More)

Themes:drugs,  friendship
Characters:student
Story:reckless driving,  listening to music,  rock band,  rock music,  brother brother relationship,  coming of age,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships

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Kill Your Darlings (2013)
Biography, Drama, Romance, Thriller

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)

Themes:drugs,  friendship
Characters:student
Story:reference to herman melville,  columbia university,  pot smoking,  reference to william shakespeare,  coming of age,  new york city,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male

The Spectacular Now (2013) is one of the best movies like Adventureland (2009)
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:friendship
Story:drinking on the job,  reckless driving,  falling in love,  swimming pool,  brother sister relationship,  coming of age,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male

Pineapple Express (2008)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Pineapple Express (2008)

Lazy court-process clerk and stoner Dale Denton has only one reason to visit his equally lazy dealer Saul Silver: to purchase weed, specifically, a rare new strain called Pineapple Express. But when Dale becomes the only witness to a murder by a crooked cop and the city's most dangerous drug lord, he panics and dumps his roach of Pineapple Express at the scene. Dale now has another reason to visit Saul: to find out if the weed is so rare that it can be traced back to him--and it is. As Dale and Saul run for their lives, they quickly discover that they're not suffering from weed-fueled paranoia: incredibly, the bad guys really are hot on their trail and trying to figure out the fastest way to kill them both. All aboard the Pineapple Express. (Read More)

Themes:drugs,  friendship
Story:marijuana pipe,  new beginning,  marijuana joint,  reckless driving,  pot smoking,  car crash,  brother brother relationship,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male

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Into The Wild (2007)
Adventure, Biography, Drama

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.

Themes:infidelity
Story:graduate school,  college graduate,  following a dream,  new beginning,  leaving home,  older man younger man relationship,  guitar player,  stage performance,  listening to music,  brother sister relationship,  coming of age,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male

Sid And Nancy (1986)
Biography, Drama, Music, Romance

Sid And Nancy (1986)

Morbid biographical story of Sid Vicious, bassist with British punk group the Sex Pistols, and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen. When the Sex Pistols break up after their fateful US tour, Vicious attempts a solo career while in the grip of heroin addiction. One morning, Nancy is found stabbed to death and Sid is arrested for her murder. This is why Sid And Nancy (1986) is one of the best movies like Adventureland (2009). (Read More)

Themes:drugs
Story:guitar player,  rock star,  rock band,  rock music,  new york city,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

Empire Records (1995) is one of the best movies like Adventureland (2009)
Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance

Empire Records (1995)

A day in the life of the employees of Empire Records. Except this is a day where everything comes to a head for a number of them facing personal crises - can they pull through together? And more importantly, can they keep their record store independent and not swallowed up by corporate greed?

Themes:drugs,  friendship
Story:generation x,  quitting a job,  reconciliation,  rock star,  rock music,  coming of age,  bare chested male

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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. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:student
Story:guitar player,  listening to music,  rock band,  rock music,  coming of age,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship

Wonder Boys (2000)
Comedy, Drama

Wonder Boys (2000)

Grady Tripp is a professor/writer living in Pittsburgh who is struggling with writer's block. Whilst doing this, he also manages to get the chancellor pregnant. In the meantime, he and a college student, James Leer are trying to find a rare jacket once owned by Marilyn Monroe, and a college girl, Hannah Green boarding with Grady has a bit of a crush on him. (Read More)

Themes:drugs,  friendship
Characters:student
Story:pittsburgh pennsylvania,  marijuana joint,  pot smoking,  extramarital affair,  coming of age,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male

Bully (2001)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Bully (2001)

After finding himself at the constant abuse of his best friend, Bobby, Marty has become fed up with his friend's twisted ways. His girlfriend, a victim of Bobby's often cruel ways, couldn't agree more and they strategize murdering Bobby, with a group of willing and unwilling participants in a small Florida town. In the midst of their plotting, they find themselves contemplating with the possible aftermath of what could happen. (Read More)

Themes:drugs,  friendship
Characters:student
Story:drinking and driving,  marijuana joint,  pot smoking,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male

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Taking Woodstock (2009) is one of the best movies like Adventureland (2009)
Biography, Comedy, Drama, Music

Taking Woodstock (2009)

Themes:drugs
Story:rock band,  rock music,  swimming pool,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  new york city,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male

Election (1999)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Election (1999)

Tracy Flick is running unopposed for this year's high school student election. But school civics teacher Jim McAllister has a different plan. Partly to establish a more democratic election, and partly to satisfy some deep personal anger toward Tracy, Jim talks popular varsity football player Paul Metzler to run for president as well. Chaos ensues. (Read More)

Themes:infidelity
Characters:student
Story:lawn mowing,  extramarital affair,  brother sister relationship,  coming of age,  new york city,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship

Vacation (2015)
Adventure, Comedy

Vacation (2015)

Hoping to bring his family closer together and to recreate his childhood vacation for his own kids, an adult Rusty Griswold takes his wife and two sons on a cross-country road trip to Walley World. Needless to say, things don't go quite as planned.

Story:roller coaster,  amusement park,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male

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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. (Read More)

Themes:infidelity,  friendship
Characters:student
Story:reference to charles dickens,  guitar player,  listening to music,  older man younger woman relationship,  extramarital affair,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  new york city,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male

Sing Street (2016) is one of the best movies like Adventureland (2009)
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:infidelity,  friendship
Story:reference to david bowie,  listening to music,  falling in love,  extramarital affair,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  coming of age,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

Rock Star (2001)
Drama, Music

Rock Star (2001)

Chris Cole was born to rock. His longtime girlfriend Emily believes his talent could take him all the way - but Chris worships at the altar of Bobby Beers, the fiery frontman for heavy metal legends Steel Dragon. By day, Chris still lives at home with his parents and spends his days repairing copy machines. But when Chris takes the stage, fronting Pennsylvania's premiere Steel Dragon tribute band, all of that disappears. Chris Cole is Bobby Beers - mesmerizing audiences with his perfect imitation of Beers' electrifying vocals. The night his bandmates boot him out of the group, Chris is devastated - until an unexpected phone call changes his life forever: He, Chris Cole, has been tapped to replace Bobby Beers as the lead singer of Steel Dragon. In an instant, Chris rockets to the dizzying heights of sudden stardom, rising from devotee to icon, from rock fan to rock god - the wanna-be who got to be. So what happens when an average guy gets everything he wants - and discovers it's not enough? This is why Rock Star (2001) is one of the best movies like Adventureland (2009). (Read More)

Story:rock star,  rock band,  rock music,  brother brother relationship,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male

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Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance

Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001)

In Mexico City, late teen friends Tenoch Iturbide and Julio Zapata are feeling restless as their respective girlfriends are traveling together through Europe before they all begin the next phase of their lives at college. At a lavish family wedding, Tenoch and Julio meet Luisa Cortes, the twenty-something wife of Tenoch's cousin Jano, the two who have just moved to Mexico from Spain. Tenoch and Julio try to impress the beautiful Luisa by telling her that they will be taking a trip to the most beautiful secluded beach in Mexico called la Boca del Cielo (translated to Heaven's Mouth), the trip and the beach which in reality don't exist. When Luisa learns of Jano's latest marital indiscretion straight from the horse's mouth, she takes Tenoch and Julio's offer to go along on this road trip, meaning that Tenoch and Julio have to pull together quickly a road trip to a non-existent beach. They decide to head toward one suggested by their friend Saba, who seems a little confused himself of this beach's location. On the road trip, which ends up not being totally harmonious, the three go on a trip of discovery. For Luisa, she has to figure out what to do with her immediate future based on the news from Jano and a secret she is keeping. And Tenoch and Julio have to figure out what their friendship really means as they grow up. (Read More)

Themes:drugs,  infidelity,  friendship
Characters:student
Story:aspiring writer,  listening to music,  pot smoking,  extramarital affair,  swimming pool,  brother sister relationship,  coming of age,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male

Alpha Dog (2006)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Alpha Dog (2006)

1999, Claremont, California. Middle-class kids, in their 20s, talk trash, wave guns, hang out in a pack. Johnny Truelove, drug dealer and son of a underworld figure, threatens Jake Mazursky, an explosive head case who owes Johnny money; Jake responds by breaking into Johnny's house. On impulse, Johnny and a couple pals kidnap Jake's 15-year-old brother, Zach. Zach's okay with it, figuring his brother will pay the debt soon. Johnny assigns his buddy Frankie to be Zach's minder, and they develop a brotherly friendship. Zach parties with his captors as things begin to spin out of control. Group think, amorality, and fear of prison assert a hold on the pack. Is Zach in danger? (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Story:marijuana joint,  reckless driving,  pot smoking,  swimming pool,  brother brother relationship,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male

Another Year (2010) is one of the best movies like Adventureland (2009)
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:infidelity,  friendship
Story:pot smoking,  older man younger woman relationship,  extramarital affair,  brother brother relationship,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

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Fish Tank (2009)
Drama

Fish Tank (2009)

Mia, an aggressive fifteen-year-old girl, lives on an Essex estate with her tarty mother, Joanne, and precocious little sister Tyler. She has been thrown out of school and is awaiting admission to a referrals unit and spends her days aimlessly. She begins an uneasy friendship with Joanne's slick boyfriend, Connor, who encourages her one interest, dancing. (Read More)

Themes:infidelity,  friendship
Story:leaving home,  listening to music,  older man younger woman relationship,  extramarital affair,  coming of age,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male

Mary Poppins (1964)
Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical

Mary Poppins (1964)

When Jane and Michael, the children of the wealthy and uptight Banks family, are faced with the prospect of a new nanny, they are pleasantly surprised by the arrival of the magical Mary Poppins. Embarking on a series of fantastical adventures with Mary and her Cockney performer friend, Bert, the siblings try to pass on some of their nanny's sunny attitude to their preoccupied parents. This is why Mary Poppins (1964) is one of the best movies like Adventureland (2009). (Read More)

Story:quitting a job,  horse racing,  job interview,  brother sister relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

American Beauty (1999)
Drama, Romance

American Beauty (1999)

After his death sometime in his forty-third year, suburbanite Lester Burnham tells of the last few weeks of his life, during which he had no idea of his imminent passing. He is a husband to real estate agent Carolyn Burnham and father to high school student Janie Burnham. Although Lester and Carolyn once loved each other, they now merely tolerate each other. Typical wallflower Janie too hates both her parents, the three who suffer individually in silence in their home life. Janie tries to steer clear of both her parents. Carolyn, relatively new to the real estate business, wants to create the persona of success to further her career, she aspiring to the professional life of Buddy Kane, the king of the real estate business in their neighborhood. Lester merely walks mindlessly through life, including at his job in advertising. His company is downsizing, and he, like all the other employees, has to justify his position to the newly hired efficiency expert to keep his job. Things change for Lester when he falls in love at first sight with Janie's more experienced classmate, Angela Hays. Both Janie and Angela can see Lester's sexual infatuation with Angela, who courts such attention from any man as a sign that she is model material, she having once appeared in Seventeen and it a career to which she aspires. Lester's infatuation with Angela gives him a reenergized view on life, where he openly doesn't care anymore what anyone thinks about what he does, anyone except Angela. This infatuation coincides with the Fittses moving in next door: homophobic disciplinarian US Marine Colonel Frank Fitts who rules the house with a military fist (that fist being both figurative and literal), his semi-comatose wife Barbara Fitts, and their bright and quietly subversive eighteen year old son Ricky Fitts, who openly abides by his father's rules while behind the scenes lives by his own quite different perspective. Much like Lester's infatuation, Ricky immediately becomes infatuated with Janie, he who considers girls like Angela as ordinary. The entry of Angela and the Fittses into the Burnhams' lives ultimately leads to each of the players confronting what is truly in his or her heart. (Read More)

Themes:drugs,  infidelity,  friendship
Characters:student
Story:quitting a job,  job interview,  pot smoking,  falling in love,  older man younger woman relationship,  extramarital affair,  swimming pool,  coming of age,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male

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Dazed And Confused (1993) is one of the best movies like Adventureland (2009)
Comedy

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.

Themes:drugs,  friendship
Characters:student
Story:guitar player,  marijuana joint,  reckless driving,  listening to music,  pot smoking,  brother sister relationship,  coming of age,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship

Broken Flowers (2005)
Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Romance

Broken Flowers (2005)

The resolutely single Don Johnston has just been dumped by his latest lover, Sherry. Don resigns himself to being alone yet again and left to his own devices. Instead, he is compelled to reflect on his past when he receives by mail a mysterious pink letter. It is from an anonymous former lover and informs him that he has a 19-year-old son who may now be looking for his father. Don is urged to investigate this "mystery" by his closest friend and neighbor, Winston, an amateur sleuth and family man. Hesitant to travel at all, Don nonetheless embarks on a cross-country trek in search of clues from four former flames. Unannounced visits to each of these unique women hold new surprises for Don as he haphazardly confronts both his past and, consequently, his present. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Story:reconciliation,  listening to music,  older man younger woman relationship,  brother sister relationship,  coming of age,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

Before The Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Before The Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)

Needing extra cash, two brothers conspire to pull off the perfect, victimless crime. No guns, no violence, no problem. But when an accomplice ignores the rules and crosses the line, his actions trigger a series of events in which no one is left unscathed.

Themes:drugs,  infidelity
Story:reckless driving,  listening to music,  rock music,  extramarital affair,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  new york city,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male

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A Serious Man (2009)
Comedy, Drama

A Serious Man (2009)

Bloomington, Minnesota, 1967: Jewish physics lecturer Larry Gopnik is a serious and a very put-upon man. His daughter is stealing from him to save up for a nose job, his pot-head son, who gets stoned at his own bar-mitzvah, only wants him round to fix the TV aerial and his useless brother Arthur is an unwelcome house guest. But both Arthur and Larry get turfed out into a motel when Larry's wife Judy, who wants a divorce, moves her lover, Sy, into the house and even after Sy's death in a car crash they are still there. With lawyers' bills mounting for his divorce, Arthur's criminal court appearances and a land feud with a neighbour Larry is tempted to take the bribe offered by a student to give him an illegal exam pass mark. And the rabbis he visits for advice only dole out platitudes. Still God moves in mysterious - and not always pleasant - ways, as Larry and his family will find out. This is why A Serious Man (2009) is one of the best movies like Adventureland (2009). (Read More)

Themes:drugs,  friendship
Characters:student
Story:lawn mowing,  listening to music,  pot smoking,  car crash,  swimming pool,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships

Lovelace (2013) is one of the best movies like Adventureland (2009)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Themes:friendship
Story:pot smoking,  reference to william shakespeare,  car crash,  swimming pool,  new york city,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male

A Hologram For The King (2016)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

A Hologram For The King (2016)

Themes:infidelity
Story:roller coaster,  listening to music,  extramarital affair,  swimming pool,  brother sister relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male

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Tenacious D In The Pick Of Destiny (2006)
Adventure, Comedy, Music, Musical

Tenacious D In The Pick Of Destiny (2006)

This is the story of a friendship that changes the course of rock history forever, of the fateful collision of minds between JB and KG that led to the creation of the precedent-shattering band Tenacious D, and of the two heroes' quest to find the fabled Guitar Pick Of Destiny...

Themes:drugs,  friendship
Story:marijuana pipe,  guitar player,  rock band,  rock music

An Education (2009)
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. (Read More)

Themes:infidelity,  friendship
Characters:student
Story:listening to music,  reference to william shakespeare,  older man younger woman relationship,  extramarital affair,  coming of age,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male

Enter The Void (2009) is one of the best movies like Adventureland (2009)
Drama, Fantasy

Enter The Void (2009)

Tokyo's nasty underside, seen primarily through the eyes of Oscar, a heavy drug user, whose sister Linda is a stripper. Oscar also has flashbacks to his childhood when trauma upends the siblings. Oscar's drug-fed hallucinations alter Tokyo's already-disconcerting nights, and after the police shoot him, he can float above and look down: on his sister's sorrow, on the rooms of a love hotel, and on life at even a molecular level. The spectrum's colors can be beautiful; it's people's colorless lives that can be ugly. And what of afterlife, is there more than a void? This is why Enter The Void (2009) is one of the best movies like Adventureland (2009). (Read More)

Themes:drugs,  friendship
Story:roller coaster,  pot smoking,  older man younger woman relationship,  car crash,  brother sister relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male

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Big Fish (2003)
Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Big Fish (2003)

United Press International journalist Will Bloom and his French freelance photojournalist wife Josephine Bloom, who is pregnant with their first child, leave their Paris base to return to Will's hometown of Ashton, Alabama on the news that his father, Edward Bloom, stricken with cancer, will soon die, he being taken off chemotherapy treatment. Although connected indirectly through Will's mother/Edward's wife, Sandra Bloom, Will has been estranged from his father for three years since his and Josephine's wedding. Will's issue with his father is the fanciful tales Edward has told of his life all his life, not only to Will but the whole world. As a child when Edward was largely absent as a traveling salesman, Will believed those stories, but now realizes that he does not know his father, who, as he continues to tell these stories, he will never get to know unless Edward comes clean with the truth before he dies. On the brink of his own family life beginning, Will does not want to be the kind of father Edward has been to him. One of those stories from Edward's childhood - that he saw his own death in the glass eye of a witch - led to him embracing life since he would not have to fear death knowing when and how it would eventually come. The question is whether Will will be able to reconcile Edward's stories against his real life, either directly from Edward before he dies and/or from other sources, and thus allow Will to come to a new understanding of himself and his life, past, present and future. (Read More)

Themes:infidelity
Characters:student
Story:leaving home,  romantic rivalry,  older man younger man relationship,  stage performance,  falling in love,  extramarital affair,  swimming pool,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

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:drugs,  friendship
Characters:student
Story:reference to charles dickens,  aspiring writer,  pittsburgh pennsylvania,  listening to music,  reference to william shakespeare,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  coming of age,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

Left Behind (2014)
Action, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller

Left Behind (2014)

Themes:infidelity
Story:car crash,  extramarital affair,  brother sister relationship,  new york city,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships

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Trainspotting (1996) is one of the best movies like Adventureland (2009)
Drama

Trainspotting (1996)

A wild, freeform, Rabelaisian trip through the darkest recesses of Edinburgh low-life, focusing on Mark Renton and his attempt to give up his heroin habit, and how the latter affects his relationship with family and friends: Sean Connery wannabe Sick Boy, dimbulb Spud, psycho Begbie, 14-year-old girlfriend Diane, and clean-cut athlete Tommy, who's never touched drugs but can't help being curious about them... (Read More)

Themes:drugs
Story:reference to lou reed,  reference to david bowie,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male

Woman In Gold (2015)
Biography, Drama, History

Woman In Gold (2015)

Maria Altman sought to regain a world famous painting of her aunt plundered by the Nazis during World War II. She did so not just to regain what was rightfully hers, but also to obtain some measure of justice for the death, destruction, and massive art theft perpetrated by the Nazis. This is why Woman In Gold (2015) is one of the best movies like Adventureland (2009). (Read More)

Story:quitting a job,  job interview,  reconciliation,  listening to music,  brother brother relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

Spartan (2004)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Spartan (2004)

In the US-government's special ops, Scott is a shooter, not a planner, doing the job without regard to quaint or obsolete convention. When a Harvard undergrad goes missing (the daughter of a US leader), it's Scott who applies the pressure, first to her boyfriend, then to a madam whose cathouse is the initial stop en route to a white slavery auction in Dubai. The abductors may not know the girl's identity, but once they figure it out, she's doomed. Deadly double crosses force Scott to become a planner. Through it all, earnest TV newscasters read the drivel they're handed. (Read More)

Themes:drugs,  infidelity
Characters:student
Story:boston massachusetts,  older man younger woman relationship,  car crash,  extramarital affair,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  bare chested male

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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:infidelity,  friendship
Characters:student
Story:guitar player,  pot smoking,  older man younger woman relationship,  extramarital affair,  swimming pool,  brother sister relationship,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male

We Are Your Friends (2015) is one of the best movies like Adventureland (2009)
Drama, Music, Romance

We Are Your Friends (2015)

Cole is an aspiring DJ who spends his days scheming with his childhood friends and his nights working on the one track that will set the world on fire. All of this changes when he meets a charismatic but damaged older DJ named James, who takes him under his wing. Things get complicated, however, when Cole starts falling for James' much younger girlfriend, Sophie. With Cole's forbidden relationship intensifying and his friendships unraveling, he must choose between love, loyalty, and the future he is destined for. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Story:reference to david bowie,  marijuana joint,  older man younger woman relationship,  swimming pool,  coming of age,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male

The School Of Rock (2003)
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:friendship
Characters:student
Story:rock musician,  guitar player,  rock star,  rock band,  rock music,  family relationships

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