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Boyhood (2014)
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Boyhood (2014)

Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, 'Richard Linklater' (qv)'s BOYHOOD is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by 'Ellar Coltrane' (qv)), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring 'Ethan Hawke' (qv) and 'Patricia Arquette' (qv) as Mason's parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, BOYHOOD charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay's Yellow to Arcade Fire's Deep Blue. BOYHOOD is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of age film coming of age 
Themes:
alcoholism homophobia photography humiliation divorce drunkenness drinking religion marriage 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
school bully singing in a car texas campfire baseball lake road trip woods bicycle church school 
Characters:
teacher student relationship little boy stepbrother stepsister relationship grandmother grandson relationship ex husband ex wife relationship teenage girl bible alcoholic single mother teenage boy reference to god christian baby photographer musician girl teacher brother sister relationship boy singer boyfriend girlfriend relationship mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships  (See All)
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year 2003 year 2002 year 2009 year 2007 year 2013 year 2005 year 2004 year 2006 year 2008 year 2010 year 2011 year 2012 2010s 2000s 
Story:
social reject thanksgiving dinner austin texas houston texas college roommate alcoholic husband swimming hole swimming in underwear apple computer long blonde hair blonde woman church service middle school elementary school underage drinking telephone call reference to john kerry reference to george harrison reference to twilight obama election reference to sarah palin reference to joe biden going for a walk abusive parents stepbrother stepbrother relationship golf practice reference to ringo starr reference to john mccain stepsister stepsister relationship marital trouble shot in sequence empty nest restaurant manager make out reference to paul mccartney shooting practice graduation party reject rejected separated parents iraq veteran hike busboy reference to britney spears abusive stepfather confederate flag reference to bob dylan generation y reference to 9 11 camping trip reference to john lennon abusive relationship reference to harry potter dishwasher dorm room daydreaming child with a gun liquor moving out leaving home reference to george w. bush preaching hide and seek long brown hair check remarriage video game liberal reference to star wars awkward situation divorced parents parenting iphone babysitting college professor domestic abuse darkroom playing a video game reference to the beatles drunk driving shouting reference to facebook hiking woman crying reference to barack obama sermon vodka abusive husband thanksgiving abusive father growing up family dinner bowling iraq war boxer shorts target practice haircut embarrassment preacher country music crying woman guitarist loss of virginity pot smoking teenage sex kissing while having sex flirting hate love interest graffiti class liar van roommate brunette football eating gay slur f word swimming telephone guitar reference to jesus christ classroom marijuana birthday beer rifle lie drink written by director camera computer blonde urination food song singing photograph cigarette smoking bare chested male one word title violence kiss sex  (See All)

Easy A (2010)
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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:
homophobia divorce drinking religion marriage 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
church school 
Characters:
teacher student relationship teenage girl bible teenage boy reference to god christian girl teacher brother sister relationship boy singer boyfriend girlfriend relationship mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship father son relationship family relationships  (See All)
Period:
2010s 
Story:
telephone call generation y preaching reference to facebook woman crying embarrassment preacher loss of virginity pot smoking graffiti class liar gay slur guitar reference to jesus christ classroom marijuana birthday beer lie drink song singing photograph bare chested male kiss  (See All)

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Almost Famous (2000)
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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.

Subgenre:
coming of age film coming of age 
Themes:
humiliation drunkenness drinking 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
road trip 
Characters:
teenage girl teenage boy musician teacher brother sister relationship boy singer boyfriend girlfriend relationship mother daughter relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
telephone call reference to bob dylan leaving home reference to the beatles growing up embarrassment guitarist loss of virginity pot smoking eating f word swimming telephone guitar marijuana birthday beer drink camera blonde urination food song singing photograph cigarette smoking bare chested male kiss sex  (See All)

The Spectacular Now (2013)
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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)

Subgenre:
coming of age 
Themes:
alcoholism divorce drunkenness drinking marriage 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
baseball school 
Characters:
teacher student relationship teenage girl alcoholic single mother teenage boy reference to god girl teacher brother sister relationship boyfriend girlfriend relationship mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
underage drinking telephone call generation y loss of virginity teenage sex class f word telephone reference to jesus christ classroom beer lie drink computer cigarette smoking bare chested male sex kiss  (See All)

The Wave (2008) is one of the best movies like Boyhood (2014)
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The Wave (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)

Mood:
high school 
Locations:
singing in a car lake bicycle school 
Characters:
teacher student relationship teenage girl teenage boy photographer teacher brother sister relationship boy boyfriend girlfriend relationship mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
reference to george w. bush iphone playing a video game class liar eating gay slur f word classroom marijuana lie camera computer food cigarette smoking bare chested male kiss sex violence  (See All)

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The Wackness (2008)
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The Wackness (2008)

Friendship, love, and coming of age in New York City, summer of 1994. Luke Shapiro has just graduated from high school, sells marijuana, and trades pot for therapy from a psychologist, Dr. Jeffrey Squires. Luke is attracted to a classmate, Stephanie, who's out of his league and Squires' step-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)

Subgenre:
coming of age 
Themes:
divorce drunkenness drinking 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
lake bicycle school 
Characters:
grandmother grandson relationship teenage girl teenage boy musician mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
underage drinking telephone call graduation party reference to bob dylan playing a video game guitarist loss of virginity pot smoking graffiti swimming guitar reference to jesus christ marijuana beer drink urination photograph cigarette smoking bare chested male sex kiss  (See All)

I Killed My Mother (2009)
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I Killed My Mother (2009)

Teenager Hubert haughtily regards his mother with contempt, and only sees her tacky sweaters and kitsch decorations. In addition to these irritating surface details, there is also his parent's cherished mechanisms of manipulation and guilt. Confused by this love/hate relationship that obsesses him more and more each day, Hubert drifts through the mysteries of adolescence - artistic discoveries, illicit experiences, the opening-up to friendship, and ostracism. The turbulent relationship between mother and son unfolds with a compelling combination of savage fury and melting affection. The stunning, semi-autobiographical directing debut of 20-year-old actor Xavier Dolan. (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of age 
Themes:
divorce 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
bicycle school 
Characters:
teacher student relationship little boy single mother teenage boy reference to god teacher mother son relationship father son relationship 
Story:
telephone call divorced parents boxer shorts pot smoking hate eating gay slur f word telephone reference to jesus christ classroom marijuana lie computer food cigarette smoking bare chested male  (See All)

Lovelace (2013)
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Lovelace (2013)

Themes:
humiliation divorce drinking marriage 
Characters:
reference to god photographer singer mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship 
Period:
year 2002 
Story:
telephone call abusive relationship domestic abuse woman crying abusive husband crying woman pot smoking eating swimming f word telephone reference to jesus christ marijuana drink camera food song singing photograph cigarette smoking bare chested male one word title kiss sex violence  (See All)

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Snowden (2016) is one of the best movies like Boyhood (2014)
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Snowden (2016)

SNOWDEN stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and is written and directed by Oliver Stone. The script is based on the books The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man by Luke Harding and Time of the Octopus by Anatoly Kucherena.

Themes:
drunkenness drinking 
Locations:
woods church 
Characters:
teacher student relationship reference to god photographer teacher boyfriend girlfriend relationship mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Period:
year 2009 year 2007 year 2013 year 2004 year 2006 year 2011 year 2012 2010s 2000s 
Story:
telephone call reference to john mccain reference to 9 11 reference to george w. bush liberal divorced parents drunk driving hiking crying woman class van f word telephone reference to jesus christ birthday beer rifle lie drink camera computer photograph bare chested male one word title sex kiss  (See All)

Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)
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Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)

Cal (Steve Carell) and Emily (Julianne Moore) have the perfect life together living the American dream... until Emily asks for a divorce. Now Cal, Mr Husband, has to navigate the single scene with a little help from his professional bachelor friend Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling). Make that a lot of help... (Read More)

Themes:
divorce drunkenness drinking marriage 
Locations:
baseball bicycle 
Characters:
teenage boy reference to god girl teacher brother sister relationship boyfriend girlfriend relationship mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
apple computer middle school telephone call kissing while having sex class f word reference to jesus christ classroom lie drink camera computer photograph bare chested male kiss 

Adore (2013)
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Adore (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:
divorce drunkenness drinking marriage 
Characters:
ex husband ex wife relationship teenage girl teenage boy reference to god baby boy singer boyfriend girlfriend relationship husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
telephone call remarriage eating swimming f word telephone reference to jesus christ birthday beer lie drink computer blonde food song singing photograph cigarette smoking bare chested male kiss sex  (See All)

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The Ice Storm (1997)
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The Ice Storm (1997)

In the weekend after thanksgiving 1973 the Hoods are skidding out of control. Benjamin Hood reels from drink to drink, trying not to think about his trouble at the office. His wife, Elena, is reading self help books and losing patience with her husband's lies. Their son, Paul, home for the holidays, escapes to the city to pursue an alluring rich girl from his prep school. And young, budding nymphomaniac, Wendy Hood roams the neighborhood, innocently exploring liquor cabinets and lingerie drawers of her friends' parents, looking for something new. Then an ice storm hits, the worst in a century. Things get bad... (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of age 
Themes:
divorce drunkenness drinking religion marriage 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
bicycle church school 
Characters:
teenage girl teenage boy girl teacher brother sister relationship boy mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
telephone call liquor thanksgiving embarrassment teenage sex class roommate football classroom marijuana drink cigarette smoking bare chested male kiss sex 

Nowhere Boy (2009) is one of the best movies like Boyhood (2014)
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Nowhere Boy (2009)

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

Subgenre:
coming of age 
Themes:
drunkenness drinking 
Locations:
bicycle school 
Characters:
little boy teenage girl teenage boy reference to god baby musician girl teacher boy singer boyfriend girlfriend relationship husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
telephone call guitarist eating telephone guitar birthday beer lie drink urination food song singing photograph cigarette smoking kiss sex  (See All)

Hesher (2010)
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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:
drinking 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
singing in a car bicycle school 
Characters:
grandmother grandson relationship teenage boy teacher singer mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship 
Story:
telephone call boxer shorts guitarist pot smoking class liar van eating f word swimming guitar reference to jesus christ classroom marijuana beer lie drink urination food song singing photograph cigarette smoking bare chested male one word title violence  (See All)

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Prime (2005)
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Prime (2005)

In colorful, bustling modern-day Manhattan, Rafi Gardet, a beautiful 37-year-old photography producer reeling from a recent divorce, meets David Bloomberg, a handsome 23-year-old painter recently out of college. Rafi's therapist, Dr. Lisa Metzger, who is working to help Rafi overcome her fears of intimacy, finds out that Rafi's new lover is--unfortunately for Lisa--her only son, David. Both David and Rafi must contend with their 14-year age gap, vastly different backgrounds and the demands of David's traditional mother. Despite their intense attraction, the charmed couple soon realizes that vastly different ages and backgrounds create much conflict. A Jewish hip-hop lover and closet painter who still lives with his grandparents, David has little in common with Rafi--a non-practicing Catholic from a wealthy, broken family who travels in the sophisticated, high-end world of fashion. (Read More)

Themes:
photography divorce drinking religion marriage 
Locations:
baseball church 
Characters:
grandmother grandson relationship baby photographer musician girl brother sister relationship boyfriend girlfriend relationship mother daughter relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
telephone call check liberal playing a video game thanksgiving embarrassment roommate eating reference to jesus christ birthday beer lie drink camera food cigarette smoking bare chested male sex kiss  (See All)

Elephant (2003)
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Elephant (2003)

A day in the lives of a group of average teenage high school students. The film follows every character and shows their daily routines. However two of the students plan to do something that the student body won't forget.

Themes:
photography drunkenness 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
school 
Characters:
teacher student relationship teenage girl teenage boy photographer girl teacher boy boyfriend girlfriend relationship father son relationship 
Story:
telephone call darkroom drunk driving pot smoking telephone classroom marijuana rifle camera photograph violence 

Saved! (2004) is one of the best movies like Boyhood (2014)
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Saved! (2004)

Mary is a senior at American Eagle Christian High School in suburban Baltimore. She considers herself born again, despite the fact that her rebirth was at age three. Her best girlfriends are two classmates that comprise the Christian Jewels band with her. Hilary Faye is the alpha Christian, who outwardly is perfect, especially in her connection to God. And Veronica is ethnic Vietnamese who was adopted and thus saved by a black Christian couple. A third is Tia, who is generally an outsider in her geek status but who aspires to be in this Christian clique. Also within their social circle solely out of necessity is Hilary Faye's older brother Roland, who has been in a wheelchair since age nine after falling out of a tree, and who, out of family obligation Hilary Faye transports everywhere including to/from school. Beyond that transportation, Roland and Hilary Faye generally have disdain for each other. One of Hilary Faye's God driven missions for the year is to save Cassandra, a Jewish girl new to the school, she who was expelled from her last school and is only attending a faith based school as a marginally better option than the alternative. Mary's world starts to fall apart just before the start of the school year when her boyfriend, Dean, admits to her that he thinks he is gay. Mary receives what she believes are messages from God, including one indirectly through Hilary Faye, leading to her thinking she can save Dean by having sex with him, God who will restore her spiritua… (Read More)

Themes:
alcoholism divorce drinking religion marriage 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
church school 
Characters:
teenage girl bible teenage boy reference to god christian baby musician girl brother sister relationship singer boyfriend girlfriend relationship mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships  (See All)
Story:
preaching target practice preacher loss of virginity graffiti van swimming reference to jesus christ classroom lie drink computer song singing cigarette smoking one word title sex kiss  (See All)

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Crazy Heart (2009)
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Crazy Heart (2009)

Bad Blake is a broken-down, hard-living country music singer who's had way too many marriages, far too many years on the road and one too many drinks way too many times. And yet, Bad can't help but reach for salvation with the help of Jean, a journalist who discovers the real man behind the musician. (Read More)

Themes:
alcoholism drunkenness drinking 
Locations:
texas 
Characters:
little boy alcoholic photographer musician singer mother son relationship 
Story:
houston texas telephone call bowling country music guitarist eating guitar drink camera food song singing cigarette smoking bare chested male sex 

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)
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The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)

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

Subgenre:
coming of age 
Themes:
homophobia drinking 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
church 
Characters:
teacher student relationship little boy stepbrother stepsister relationship teenage girl teenage boy reference to god photographer girl teacher brother sister relationship boy singer boyfriend girlfriend relationship husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships  (See All)
Story:
telephone call teenage sex class football eating gay slur f word telephone reference to jesus christ classroom marijuana birthday drink written by director camera food singing photograph kiss  (See All)

Youth In Revolt (2009)
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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)

Subgenre:
coming of age 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
lake woods school 
Characters:
grandmother grandson relationship teenage girl bible teenage boy brother sister relationship boyfriend girlfriend relationship mother daughter relationship father son relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
thanksgiving dinner telephone call divorced parents hiking thanksgiving family dinner boxer shorts loss of virginity pot smoking teenage sex eating f word marijuana lie computer urination food photograph cigarette smoking kiss sex  (See All)

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The Squid And The Whale (2005) is one of the best movies like Boyhood (2014)
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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:
divorce drunkenness drinking marriage 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
school 
Characters:
teacher student relationship teenage girl teenage boy girl teacher brother sister relationship boy singer boyfriend girlfriend relationship husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
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Brokeback Mountain (2005)
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Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Two young men, Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist, meet when they get a job as sheep herders on Brokeback Mountain. They are at first strangers, then they become friends. Throughout the weeks, they grow closer as they learn more about each other. One night, after some heavy drinking, they find a deeper connection. They then indulge in a blissful romance for the rest of the summer. Unable to deal with their feelings for each other, they part ways at the end of the summer. Four years go by, and they each settle down, Ennis in Wyoming with his wife and two girls, and Jack in Texas with his wife and son. Still longing for each other, they meet back up, and are faced with the fact that they need each other. They undeniably need each other, and unsure of what to do, they start a series of "fishing trips", in order to spend time together. The relationship struggles on for years until tragedy strikes. (Read More)

Themes:
humiliation divorce drunkenness drinking marriage 
Locations:
texas campfire lake woods church 
Characters:
little boy teenage girl baby girl boy singer boyfriend girlfriend relationship mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
telephone call remarriage thanksgiving loss of virginity pot smoking liar eating swimming telephone marijuana rifle lie drink food song singing photograph cigarette smoking violence kiss  (See All)

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl (2015)
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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.

Subgenre:
coming of age 
Themes:
humiliation drinking 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
school 
Characters:
teenage girl single mother teenage boy reference to god girl boy boyfriend girlfriend relationship mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
apple computer telephone call pot smoking class eating telephone reference to jesus christ classroom marijuana lie drink computer food song singing photograph  (See All)

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Mean Creek (2004)
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Mean Creek (2004)

When Sam Merrick is beaten up by local bully George Tooney, Sam's older brother Rocky and his friends Clyde and Marty plan to pretend it's Sam's birthday to "invite" George on a boat trip in which they would dare him to strip naked, jump in the lake, and run home naked. But when Sam, his girlfriend Millie, Rocky, and Clyde see George as not much of a bad guy, they want to call off the plan, but Marty refuses. Will the plan go ahead as planned? (Read More)

Themes:
humiliation drunkenness drinking 
Locations:
lake woods bicycle school 
Characters:
teacher student relationship teenage boy teacher father son relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
underage drinking drunk driving target practice liar gay slur marijuana birthday beer lie drink urination cigarette smoking one word title kiss violence 

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Love & Mercy (2014)

Brian Wilson is the creative soul of the Beach Boys, but he paid a heavy price for his talent. That especially shows during his peak artistic years in the 1960s, as his inner demons and obsessions trying to please his abusive father drive him to a mental breakdown that would plague him for years. In the 1980s, with Brian barely functional under the domination of the unscrupulous Dr. Landy, Brian meets and falls in love with Melinda Ledbetter. As their relationship grows, she observes Brian's crippling subservience to the abusive psychotherapist with growing alarm. Ultimately, she must take action with a love willing to stand up to oppression she cannot ignore. (Read More)

Themes:
drinking marriage 
Characters:
ex husband ex wife relationship reference to god musician boy singer husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Period:
year 2004 
Story:
telephone call reference to paul mccartney reference to john lennon reference to the beatles abusive father boxer shorts guitarist pot smoking love interest liar eating swimming f word telephone guitar reference to jesus christ marijuana lie drink food song singing cigarette smoking bare chested male kiss  (See All)

Thirteen (2003)
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Thirteen (2003)

At the edge of adolescence, Tracy is a smart straight-A student--if not a little naive (it seems...she smokes and she cuts to alleviate the emotional pain she suffers from having a broken home and hating her mom's boyfriend, Brady.) When she befriends Evie, the most popular and beautiful girl in school, Evie leads Tracy down a path of sex, drugs and petty crime (like stealing money from purses and from stores). As Tracy transforms herself and her identity, her world becomes a boiling, emotional cauldron fueled by new tensions between her and her mother--as well as, teachers and old friends. (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of age 
Themes:
divorce drunkenness drinking 
Locations:
school 
Characters:
teacher student relationship teenage girl single mother teenage boy girl teacher brother sister relationship mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
underage drinking telephone call growing up haircut class liar van classroom marijuana lie drink cigarette smoking one word title kiss sex 

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Conviction (2010)
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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:
divorce drinking marriage 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
lake church school 
Characters:
single mother baby photographer girl brother sister relationship boy boyfriend girlfriend relationship mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
telephone call class liar eating classroom beer lie drink camera computer food photograph cigarette smoking bare chested male one word title violence  (See All)

All Good Things (2010)
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All Good Things (2010)

A love story and murder mystery based on the most notorious unsolved murder case in New York history. The original screenplay uses newly discovered facts, court records and speculation as the foundation for a story of family, obsession, love and loss.

Themes:
drunkenness drinking marriage 
Locations:
lake bicycle 
Characters:
photographer girl brother sister relationship boy singer mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Period:
2000s 
Story:
swimming in underwear telephone call graduation party drunk driving abusive husband target practice pot smoking eating swimming marijuana drink camera urination food song singing photograph cigarette smoking bare chested male kiss violence  (See All)

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Mona Lisa Smile (2003)

Katherine Ann Watson has accepted a position teaching art history at the prestigious Wellesley College. Watson is a very modern woman, particularly for the 1950s, and has a passion not only for art but for her students. For the most part, the students all seem to be biding their time, waiting to 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)

Subgenre:
coming of age 
Themes:
divorce drunkenness drinking marriage 
Locations:
lake bicycle school 
Characters:
teacher student relationship teenage girl baby photographer teacher singer boyfriend girlfriend relationship mother daughter relationship 
Story:
telephone call liberal class liar roommate swimming telephone classroom lie drink camera food song singing photograph cigarette smoking bare chested male kiss  (See All)

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Election (1999)
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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)

Subgenre:
coming of age 
Themes:
divorce religion marriage 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
bicycle school 
Characters:
teacher student relationship teenage girl teenage boy teacher brother sister relationship mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship 
Story:
blonde woman teenage sex kissing while having sex football blonde urination one word title kiss 

Juno (2007)
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Juno (2007)

A tale told over four seasons, starting in autumn when Juno, a 16-year-old high-school junior in Minnesota, discovers she's pregnant after one event in a chair with her best friend, Bleeker. In the waiting room of an abortion clinic, the quirky and whip-sharp Juno decides to give birth and to place the child with an adoptive couple. She finds one in the PennySaver personals, contacts them, tells her dad and step-mother, and carries on with school. The chosen parents, upscale yuppies (one of whom is cool and laid back, the other meticulous and uptight), meet Juno, sign papers, and the year unfolds. Will Juno's plan work, can she improvise, and what about Bleeker? (Read More)

Themes:
divorce marriage 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
bicycle school 
Characters:
teenage girl single mother teenage boy baby musician teacher singer boyfriend girlfriend relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
telephone call guitarist loss of virginity teenage sex class telephone guitar classroom computer urination song singing one word title kiss sex 

The Sessions (2012)
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The Sessions (2012)

At the age of 38, Mark O'Brien, a man who uses an iron lung, decides he no longer wishes to be a virgin. With the help of his therapist and his priest, he contacts Cheryl Cohen-Greene, a professional sex surrogate and a typical soccer mom with a house, a mortgage and a husband. Inspired by a true story, The Sessions, follows the fascinating relationship which evolves between Cheryl and Mark as she takes him on his journey to manhood. (Read More)

Themes:
drinking 
Locations:
baseball bicycle church 
Characters:
teenage boy reference to god girl boy singer boyfriend girlfriend relationship mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
telephone call sermon loss of virginity pot smoking eating f word telephone reference to jesus christ marijuana beer drink written by director blonde urination food song singing cigarette smoking bare chested male kiss sex  (See All)

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Lat Den Ratte Komma In (2008)

Oskar, a bullied 12-year old, dreams of revenge. He falls in love with Eli, a peculiar girl. She can't stand the sun or food and to come into a room she needs to be invited. Eli gives Oskar the strength to hit back but when he realizes that Eli needs to drink other people's blood to live he's faced with a choice. How much can love forgive? Set in the Stockholm suburb of Blackeberg in 1982. (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of age 
Themes:
divorce drinking 
Locations:
school bully lake woods school 
Characters:
ex husband ex wife relationship alcoholic single mother girl teacher boy boyfriend girlfriend relationship mother son relationship father son relationship 
Story:
telephone call vodka class liar eating swimming classroom beer lie drink urination food cigarette smoking bare chested male kiss 

Boyz N The Hood (1991)
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Boyz N The Hood (1991)

John Singleton's portrayal of social problems in inner-city Los Angeles takes the form of a tale of three friends growing up together 'in the 'hood.' Half-brothers Doughboy and Ricky Baker are foils for each other's personality, presenting very different approaches to the tough lives they face. Ricky is the 'All-American' athlete, looking to win a football scholarship to USC and seeks salvation through sports, while 'Dough' succumbs to the violence, alcohol, and crime surrounding him in his environment, but maintains a strong sense of pride and code of honor. Between these two is their friend Tre, who is lucky to have a father, 'Furious' Styles, to teach him to have the strength of character to do what is right and to always take responsibility for his actions. (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of age 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
singing in a car church school 
Characters:
little boy ex husband ex wife relationship teenage girl single mother teenage boy baby teacher boyfriend girlfriend relationship mother daughter relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
underage drinking thanksgiving loss of virginity hate football gay slur f word telephone beer rifle written by director cigarette smoking bare chested male violence sex 

Vozvrashchenie (2003)
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Vozvrashchenie (2003)

Two teenage Russian boys have their father return home suddenly after being absent for 12 years. The father takes the boys on a holiday to a remote island on a lake in the north of Russia that turns into a test of manhood of almost mythic proportions.

Subgenre:
coming of age 
Themes:
drinking 
Locations:
campfire lake woods 
Characters:
teenage boy photographer boy mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
telephone call hike abusive father hate eating swimming telephone reference to jesus christ drink camera food photograph bare chested male one word title 

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White Oleander (2002)
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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)

Subgenre:
coming of age 
Themes:
divorce drunkenness drinking religion 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
school 
Characters:
teenage girl bible single mother teenage boy reference to god christian photographer girl teacher brother sister relationship boy singer boyfriend girlfriend relationship mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships  (See All)
Story:
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In A Better World (2010) is one of the best movies like Boyhood (2014)
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In A Better World (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:
divorce marriage 
Locations:
lake bicycle church school 
Characters:
grandmother grandson relationship christian baby teacher boy husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
telephone call playing a video game hate class liar van gay slur swimming f word classroom rifle lie computer blonde photograph bare chested male one word title sex violence kiss  (See All)

Mysterious Skin (2004)
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Mysterious Skin (2004)

Brian Lackey is determined to discover what happened during an amnesia blackout when he was eight years old, and then later woke with a bloody nose. He believes he was abducted by aliens, and N. McCormick, a fellow player on Brian's childhood baseball team, may be the key as to exactly what happened that night. As Brian searches for the truth and tries to track him down, Neil McCormick takes up hustling and moves to New York, in attempts to forget childhood memories that haunt him. Together, the two of them uncover the terrible truth of the scars they share. (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of age 
Themes:
humiliation drunkenness drinking 
Locations:
baseball bicycle 
Characters:
little boy teenage girl single mother teenage boy photographer girl brother sister relationship boy mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
underage drinking telephone call leaving home playing a video game target practice pot smoking graffiti gay slur marijuana birthday beer drink urination food singing photograph cigarette smoking kiss violence  (See All)

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Before Midnight (2013)
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Before Midnight (2013)

It has been nine years since we last met Jesse and Celine, the French-American couple who once met on a train in Vienna. They now live in Paris with twin daughters, but have spent a summer in Greece on the invitation of an author colleague of Jesse's. When the vacation is over and Jesse must send his teenage son off to the States, he begins to question his life decisions, and his relationship with Celine is at risk. (Read More)

Themes:
divorce drinking marriage 
Locations:
baseball 
Characters:
ex husband ex wife relationship teenage boy reference to god photographer girl boy boyfriend girlfriend relationship mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship 
Story:
telephone call reference to facebook boxer shorts kissing while having sex eating swimming f word reference to jesus christ lie drink camera computer urination food bare chested male kiss sex  (See All)

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
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Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

Follow a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles -- some of them of his own making.

Themes:
drinking 
Characters:
little boy reference to god musician brother sister relationship singer husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Story:
telephone call reference to bob dylan boxer shorts guitarist liar eating telephone guitar reference to jesus christ lie drink food song singing photograph cigarette smoking  (See All)

The Tree Of Life (2011) is one of the best movies like Boyhood (2014)
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The Tree Of Life (2011)

The impressionistic story of a Texas family in the 1950s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father ('Brad Pitt' (qv)). Jack (played as an adult by 'Sean Penn (I)' (qv)) finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of age 
Themes:
photography religion marriage 
Locations:
texas baseball woods bicycle church school 
Characters:
little boy grandmother grandson relationship reference to god christian baby musician boy husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
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Killer Joe (2011)
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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:
drunkenness drinking 
Locations:
texas 
Characters:
ex husband ex wife relationship teenage girl alcoholic reference to god baby brother sister relationship boyfriend girlfriend relationship mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship 
Story:
telephone call loss of virginity pot smoking hate eating f word telephone reference to jesus christ marijuana birthday beer lie drink blonde urination food photograph cigarette smoking bare chested male sex violence  (See All)

Changeling (2008)
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Changeling (2008)

Los Angeles, 1928. A single mother returns from work to find her nine-year-old son gone. She calls the LAPD to initiate a search. Five months later, a boy is found in Illinois who fits the description; he says he's her son. To fanfare and photos, the LAPD reunite mother and son, but she insists he's not her boy. The cops dismiss her as either a liar or hysterical. When she joins a minister in his public criticism of the police, they in turn use government power to silence and intimidate her. Meanwhile, a cop goes to a dilapidated ranch to find a Canadian lad who's without legal status; the youth tells a grisly tale. There's redress for murder; is there redress for abuse of power? (Read More)

Locations:
singing in a car church school 
Characters:
bible single mother photographer girl teacher brother sister relationship boy singer husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship 
Story:
telephone call sermon preacher class liar eating telephone reference to jesus christ classroom rifle lie camera food song singing photograph cigarette smoking bare chested male one word title violence  (See All)

Orange County (2002)
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Orange County (2002)

Shaun Brumder is a local surfer kid from Orange County who dreams of going to Stanford to become a writer and to get away from his disfunctional family household. Except Shaun runs into one complication after another starting when his application is rejected after his dim-witted guidance counselor sends the wrong application. So, Shaun goes to great lengths with a little help from his girlfriend Ashley and his drugged-out loser brother Lance to get into Stanford any way they see fit. (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of age 
Themes:
divorce drunkenness drinking 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
road trip 
Characters:
teacher student relationship teenage girl teenage boy teacher boy boyfriend girlfriend relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
stepbrother stepbrother relationship rejected reference to britney spears divorced parents college professor embarrassment marijuana beer drink kiss 

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The Master (2012)

Returning from Navy service in World War II, Freddie Quell drifts through a series of breakdowns. Finally he stumbles upon a cult which engages in exercises to clear emotions and he becomes deeply involved with them.

Themes:
drunkenness drinking religion marriage 
Locations:
school 
Characters:
ex husband ex wife relationship alcoholic reference to god photographer singer mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
telephone call darkroom eating f word telephone reference to jesus christ rifle lie drink camera urination food song singing photograph cigarette smoking bare chested male sex violence kiss  (See All)

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

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

Themes:
drinking 
Locations:
texas lake church 
Characters:
teacher student relationship teenage girl teenage boy teacher brother sister relationship singer husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
telephone call check sermon preacher class reference to jesus christ classroom rifle drink song singing sex violence kiss 

Charlie Bartlett (2007)
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Charlie Bartlett (2007)

Although cheerful, friendly, intelligent, well-dressed, authentic and wealthy, Charlie Bartlett has problems. With his father gone and his mother loopy and clueless, he's been expelled from every private school for his victimless crimes. Now he's in a public school getting punched out daily by the school thug. He ever longs to be popular - the go-to guy - and the true crux of his troubles is that he invariably finds the means to this end, whatever that might be. At Western Summit High, he makes peace with his tormentor by going into business with him - listening to kids' problems and selling them prescription drugs. Charlie's a hit, but attraction to Susan (daughter of the school's laissez-faire principal), new security cameras on campus, a student's overdose, and Charlie's open world view all converge to get him in serious trouble. Can this self-made physician possibly heal himself and just be a kid? (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of age 
Themes:
alcoholism humiliation divorce drunkenness drinking 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
school 
Characters:
teenage girl alcoholic single mother teenage boy teacher singer boyfriend girlfriend relationship mother daughter relationship father son relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
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The Roommate (2011)
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The Roommate (2011)

Fresh from Des Moines, Iowa, Sara Matthews has just landed in Los Angeles as a college freshman studying fashion design. She meets handsome Stephen, party-lover Tracy, and roommate Rebecca. Rebecca is nice, sweet and ready to share everything with Sara. It could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. But Tracy is convinced that there's something seriously wrong with Rebecca and bad things start happening to everyone close to Sara. If Sara is to have a normal college experience, she's going to have to get to the bottom of what's up with Rebecca and quickly get out of her clutches. (Read More)

Themes:
drunkenness 
Locations:
school bully school 
Characters:
teacher student relationship alcoholic musician teacher boyfriend girlfriend relationship mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship family relationships 
Period:
2010s 
Story:
thanksgiving dinner college roommate telephone call dorm room moving out thanksgiving crying woman love interest graffiti roommate brunette classroom beer camera blonde photograph bare chested male kiss violence  (See All)

Cyrus (2010) is one of the best movies like Boyhood (2014)
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Cyrus (2010)

With John's social life at a standstill and his ex-wife about to get remarried, a down on his luck divorce finally meets the woman of his dreams, only to discover she has another man in her life - her son. Still single seven years after the breakup of his marriage, John has all but given up on romance. But at the urging of his ex-wife and best friend Jamie, John grudgingly agrees to join her and her fiance Tim at a party. To his and everyone else's surprise, he actually manages to meet someone: the gorgeous and spirited Molly. Their chemistry is immediate. The relationship takes off quickly but Molly is oddly reluctant to take the relationship beyond John's house. Perplexed, he follows her home and discovers the other man in Molly's life: her son, Cyrus. A 21-year-old new age musician, Cyrus is his mom's best friend and shares an unconventional relationship with her. Cyrus will go to any lengths to protect Molly and is definitely not ready to share her with anyone, especially John. Before long, the two are locked in a battle of wits for the woman they both love-and it appears only one man can be left standing when it's over. (Read More)

Themes:
divorce drunkenness drinking marriage 
Characters:
ex husband ex wife relationship photographer musician singer mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
apple computer telephone call moving out remarriage flirting eating telephone lie drink camera computer food song singing photograph one word title sex kiss  (See All)

Mustang (2015)
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Mustang (2015)

Early summer. In a village in northern Turkey, Lale and her four sisters are walking home from school, playing innocently with some boys. The immorality of their play sets off a scandal that has unexpected consequences. The family home is progressively transformed into a prison; instruction in homemaking replaces school and marriages start being arranged. The five sisters who share a common passion for freedom, find ways of getting around the constraints imposed on them. (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of age film coming of age 
Themes:
drunkenness drinking 
Locations:
school 
Characters:
teacher student relationship teenage girl teenage boy reference to god girl teacher singer boyfriend girlfriend relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
telephone call shouting football eating telephone rifle drink written by director food song singing photograph one word title violence kiss 

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