Movies like Dean Spanley

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Dean Spanley (2008)
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Dean Spanley (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: New Zealand, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Set in Edwardian England where upper lips are always stiff and men from the Colonies are not entirely to be trusted, Fisk Senior has little time or affection for his son, but when the pair visit an eccentric Indian, they start a strange journey that eventually allows the old man to find his heart.
Style: clever, humorous, cynical, semi serious, offbeat
Plot: aging, family relations, supernatural, self discovery, parents and children, social differences, society, elderly, guru, hopes, emotionless, dog, father son relationship, magic, afterlife, victorian england, friends, misfit, supernatural ability, social relations, temperamental, unfulfillment, cold relationship, snobbism, dull life ...
Time: 20th century, 1900s
Place: england, europe, london, new zealand

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out semi serious, humorous, realistic and touching films with plots about family relations, society, parents and children, friendship, friends, self discovery and father son relationship mostly in Comedy, Drama and Family genres. Some movies like Dean Spanley: Saving Grace (1986), O'Horten (2007), Somers Town (2008), Nobody's Fool (1994), How to Be (2008). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Saving Grace (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A newly-elected Pope Leo XIV finds himself accidentally locked out of the Vatican. Unknown to the outside world, he winds up in an impoverished Italian village, where his adventures ultimately teach the Pope and his new friends some important ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, clever, humorous
Plot: religion, friends, self discovery, friendship, village, teaching the ways of the world, on the road, social differences, society, hidden identity, clergy, misfit ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: italy, vatican
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100%
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O'Horten (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Norway, Germany, France, Denmark
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Odd Horton is dependable and contained: he's a train driver retiring after 40 years of service, living a simple life. His idea of adventure is to fly from one city in Norway to another. Starting on the night of his retirement dinner, Odd has a ...
Style: surreal, semi serious, realistic, humorous, touching ...
Plot: retirement, train, train conductor, surrealism, social relations, elderly, lifestyle, unemployment, self discovery, unfulfillment, aging, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: norway, oslo norway
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100%
 6.8
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Somers Town (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 71 min.
Story: Two teenagers, both newcomers to London, forge an unlikely friendship over the course of a hot summer. Tomo (Thomas Turgoose) is a runaway from Nottingham; Marek (Piotr Jagiello) lives in the district of Somers Town, between King's Cross and ...
Style: touching, realistic, semi serious, witty, humorous
Plot: coming of age, immigrants, friendship, social misfits, lifestyle, single parent, society, love and romance, family relations, parents and children, social differences, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london, england, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.3
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Nobody's Fool (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Sully is a rascally ne'er-do-well approaching retirement age. While he is pressing a worker's compensation suit for a bad knee, he secretly works for his nemesis, Carl, and flirts with Carl's young wife Toby. Sully's long- ...
Style: feel good, touching, humorous, talky, atmospheric ...
Plot: small town, father son relationship, redemption, justice, self discovery, family relations, parents and children, aging, elderly, retirement, family reunited, generation gap ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, new jersey, new york state, usa, hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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How to Be (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A young man having an existential crisis convinces a Canadian self-help guru to come to London and become his personal life coach.
Style: semi serious, realistic, humorous, touching, melancholic ...
Plot: coming of age, unfulfillment, introspection, self discovery, youth, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, hopes, musician, musician's life, teenager, psychology ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england, europe
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45%
Mid-August Lunch (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 75 min.
Story: Gianni is a middle-aged man living in Rome with his imposing and demanding elderly mother. His only outlet from her and the increasing debt into which they are sinking, are the increasingly frequent quiet sessions at the local tavern. As an Oriental ...
Style: semi serious, talky, feel good, realistic, humorous ...
Plot: elderly, elderly woman, aging, family relations, disorder, parents and children, human nature, nothing goes right, food, summer, golden years, sleeping pill ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, rome italy, mediterranean sea, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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High Hopes (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Slice-of-life look at a sweet working-class couple in London, Shirley and Cyril, his mother, who's aging quickly and becoming forgetful, mum's ghastly upper-middle-class neighbors, and Cyril's pretentious sister and philandering ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, witty, touching, clever ...
Plot: working class, realism, family relations, liberal, yuppie, couples, family, class differences, society, aging, love and romance, politics ...
Time: 80s
Place: london, europe, england
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43%
The Seagull's Laughter (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Iceland, Germany, UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Post-war provincial Iceland: around 1950, Freyja, who'd been a plump teen, returns from America, a widow with a 20-inch waist, seven suitcases of dresses, and a list of who ever wronged or slighted her. She moves in with an aunt and socialist ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, atmospheric, humorous
Plot: domineering mother, social differences, love affair, homecoming, fish out of water, culture clash, parents and children, family relations, couples, society, romance, misfit ...
Time: 50s
Place: iceland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Funny Bones (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Tommy Fawkes wants to be a successful comedian but his Las Vegas debut is a failure. He goes back to Blackpool, UK, where his father, also a comedian started and where he spent the summers of his childhood. He starts to search for a partner, a comic ...
Style: surreal, humorous, touching, clever, entertaining ...
Plot: eccentricity, comedian, farce, creativity, self discovery, friendship, actor's life, parents and children, introspection, haunted by the past, father son relationship, gangsters ...
Time: 90s, 18th century
Place: england, las vegas, london, usa, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Anita and Me (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Meena, a 12-year-old living in a mining village in the English Midlands in 1972, is the daughter of Indian parents who've come to England to give her a better life. This idyllic existence is upset by the arrival in the village of Anita Rutter ...
Style: touching, sentimental, realistic, humorous, semi serious
Plot: youth, culture clash, family relations, friendship, racism, family problems, best friends, hopes, teenage life, mother daughter relationship, interracial friendship, neighbor neighbor relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1972
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.2
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Educating Rita (1983)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Rita, a 26 year old Scouse hairdresser with a sharp wit, is married to her childhood sweetheart, the feckless Denny. He wants a baby, she doesn't. She wants to discover herself, so she joins the Open University. Dr. Frank Bryant Is a ...
Style: talky, witty, touching, sentimental, humorous ...
Audience: date night
Plot: working class, troubled marriage, teacher student relationship, teacher, literature, professor, self discovery, university, social differences, infidelity, hopes, romance ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, london, europe, dublin ireland, liverpool
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41%
 6.4
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Unmade Beds (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Axl wants to find his long-lost father and rediscover his past. Vera just wants to forget hers as she tries to move on from heartbreak. Their stories come together in the melting-pot of 21st century London.
Style: humorous, psychological, atmospheric, captivating, semi serious ...
Plot: immigrants, haunted by the past, romance, starting over, society, search for father, self discovery, family relations, couples, friendship, youth, fall in love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.4
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The Infidel (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Based in a London suburb Mahmud Nasir lives with his wife, Saamiya, and two children, Rashid and Nabi. His son plans to marry Uzma, the step-daughter of Egyptian-born Arshad Al-Masri, a so-called 'Hate Cleric' from Waziristan, Pakistan. ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, light, captivating, suspense ...
Plot: culture clash, satire, hijab, muslim, taxi driver, self discovery, social differences, adoption, meet the parents, rabbi, religions or cults, life turned upside down ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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The Maid (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Chile, Mexico
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Raquel has been the live-in housekeeper for a kind, reasonably wealthy family for half her life, and the joyless repetition of the job has begun to take its toll. Increasingly dependent on painkillers, Raquel resorts to pranks and childish avoidance ...
Style: semi serious, psychological, humorous, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: master and servant, self discovery, maid, rivalry, social differences, power relations, workplace, dark humor, disorder, family relations, unfulfillment, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: chile, latin america, santiago chile
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38%
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On My Way (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Deneuve plays sassy grandmother Cathy who takes to the road after being betrayed by her lover and learning her business is on the verge of bankruptcy on the same day. During a weeklong odyssey across France, she spends time with a grandson she ...
Style: road movie, realistic, touching, semi serious, humorous ...
Plot: elderly, strong female character, family relations, parents and children, strong female lead, countryside, aging, on the road, mother daughter conflict, mother daughter relationship, coming of age, estrangement ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s, contemporary
Place: france, brittany
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Bhaji on the Beach (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A group of women of Indian descent take a trip together from their home in Birmingham, England to the beach resort of Blackpool.
Style: light, talky, melancholic, satirical, reflective ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: culture clash, women, character study, life philosophy, stereotypes, prejudice, teenager, self discovery, social differences, family in crisis, pregnancy, female friendship ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, scotland, london, new jersey, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Paris of the North (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Iceland, France, Denmark
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Seeking shelter from the trials and tribulations of city life, Hugi has built a quiet existence for himself in a tiny village in the middle of nowhere. Here, he passes his days jogging, attending AA meetings and taking Portuguese lessons online. But ...
Style: touching, realistic, humorous, semi serious, contemplative
Plot: elderly, social relations, parents and children, village, family relations, power relations, village life, estrangement, aging, teachers and students, professor
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iceland
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37%
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The Clown (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The life of the owners of Circus Esperança, Puro Sangue e Pangaré, father and son, who plays two clowns. At a certain point, Pangaré starts showing tiredness and sadness for being an unhappy clown.
Style: touching, semi serious, humorous, realistic, offbeat
Plot: circus, follow your dream, self discovery, introspection, identity crisis, escapades, family relations, parents and children, on the road, countryside, unfulfillment, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: brazil, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Papa Was Not a Rolling Stone (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The 1980s. Stéphanie grows up in La Courneuve, on the outskirts of Paris, in a home where her mother is rarely there and her step-father is brutal. She quickly decides to escape her morose everyday life. Thanks to her grandmother's love, ...
Style: humorous, sincere, sentimental, touching, semi serious ...
Plot: follow your dream, hopes, youth, family relations, adolescence vs adulthood, society, teenage life, parents and children, family problems, friendship, dysfunctional family, high school life ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: paris france, france
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36%
Cemetery Junction (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In 1970s England, three blue-collar friends spend their days joking, drinking, fighting and chasing girls. Freddie wants to leave their working-class world but cool, charismatic Bruce and lovable loser Snork are happy with life the way it is. When ...
Style: witty, inspirational, stylized, feel good, funny ...
Plot: coming of age, friendship, small town, working class, friends, runaway, family, old love, destiny, love, relationships, society ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: england, london, europe
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36%
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All Together (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France, Germany
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Five old friends decide to move in together as an alternate to living in a retirement home; joining them is an ethnology student whose thesis is on the aging population.
Style: semi serious, touching, humorous, realistic, sentimental
Plot: friendship, aging, couples, family relations, elderly, couple relations, parents and children, friends, golden years, bittersweet, heart attack, hospital ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Faith, Fraud, & Minimum Wage (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A rebellious teenage girl wrestles with the true nature of miracles when her father begins to believe in a religious hoax which she has secretly created.
Style: realistic, semi serious, touching, humorous
Plot: hoax, life turned upside down, self discovery, teenage life, overnight success, social relations, family relations, religions or cults, miraculous event, cons and scams, parents and children, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Porfirio (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Colombia, Argentina, Uruguay, Spain, France
Duration: 101 min.
Story: An adult male, 155 centimeters tall, of dark complexion; presents frontal baldness, regular eyebrows, brown eyes, wide nose, big mouth with thick lips, slight upper lip hair and big ears with free hanging lobes. He shows paralysis in the lower ...
Style: uplifting, realistic, sentimental, clever, semi serious ...
Plot: unlikely criminals, parents and children, disability, family relations, confined, elderly, crimes, aging, airplane, hijacking, misfit, airplane hijack ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: colombia
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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American Chai (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The film deals with an Indian American student who wanted to pursue his love of music over the more 'typical' academic endeavors of Indian Americans (e.g., medicine, engineering, law, and business).
Style: semi serious, witty, touching, humorous, realistic
Plot: college, culture clash, lifestyle, follow your dream, friendship, teenage life, parents and children, hopes, misfit, nothing goes right, society, youth ...
Time: contemporary
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35%
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Upperdog (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Norway
Duration: 100 min.
Story: As young children, half-siblings Axel and Yanne are adopted to Norway. They are separated on arrival, he to material wealth on Oslo's west side, she to an average family on the east side. In contrast to her younger brother, Yanne remembers ...
Style: semi serious, emotional, humorous, captivating, realistic
Plot: family relations, adoption, human nature, siblings relations, society, friends, social differences, ex soldier, disorder, war trauma, soldier, love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: norway, europe
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34%
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Balls (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: Sweden
Duration: 97 min.
Story: No overview found.
Style: semi serious, humorous, captivating, sincere, light ...
Plot: parents and children, looking for love, couples, society, immigrants, aging, family relations, buddies, couple relations, wooing, friends, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sweden, europe, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Hey Hey It's Esther Blueburger (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 103 min.
Story: This film is a smart, rueful and dead-on portrait of life's unending quest to fit in; and the girl who solves it by completely breaking out - introduces a feisty outsider hero unlike any other seen on screen. Esther Blueburger's quest ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, clever, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: youth, friendship, coming of age, misfit, family relations, eccentric family, self discovery, switching roles, teenage life, fish out of water, high school life, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia, israel, south australia, adelaide south australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1974)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The younger son of a working-class Jewish family in Montreal, Duddy Kravitz yearns to make a name for himself in society. This film chronicles his short and dubious rise to power, as well as his changing relationships with family and friends. Along ...
Style: sad, cynical, biting, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: jewish, apprentice, family relations, ghetto, anti semitism, workplace situations, innocence lost, social differences, rich and poor, human nature, working class, adolescence vs adulthood ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Holy Flying Circus (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A fantastical re-imagining of the events of 1979, when Monty Python made Life of Brian and the debate about what is an acceptable subject for comedy was blown wide open.
Style: surreal, clever, humorous, semi serious, witty ...
Plot: actor's life, clergy, religions or cults, society, artists and showbiz, debate, friends, religion, ignorance, television, blasphemy, christianity ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: england, europe, britain, united kingdom
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31%
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West Is West (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Comedy sequel to "East is East". Manchester, North of England, 1975. The now much diminished, but still claustrophobic and dysfunctional, Khan family continues to struggle for survival. Sajid, the youngest Khan, the runt of the litter, is ...
Style: touching, humorous, witty, feel good, semi serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family relations, love and romance, youth, looking for love, society, family problems, family tradition, siblings relations, teenage life, husband wife relationship, brother brother relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1975
Place: england, pakistan, middle east, europe, manchester
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31%