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My Talks with Dean Spanley (2008)
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My Talks with Dean Spanley (2008)
Original name: Dean Spanley
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, semi serious, humorous, offbeat, cynical
Plot: dog, aging, self discovery, elderly, imaginary, family relations, social relations, supernatural, supernatural ability, parents and children, social differences, dull life, hopes, misfit, society, unfulfillment, friends, cold relationship, guru, snobbism, emotionless, temperamental, horse, college, food ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, victorian england
Place: england, europe, new zealand

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out semi serious, humorous, realistic and witty films with plots about society, friendship, family relations, friends, love and romance, parents and children and hopes mostly in Drama and Comedy genres. Some movies like My Talks with Dean Spanley: Saving Grace (1986), Anita & Me (2002), Holy Flying Circus (2011), How to Be (2008), Educating Rita (1983). 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: semi serious, clever, humorous, realistic
Plot: village, clergy, on the road, hidden identity, self discovery, teaching the ways of the world, society, friendship, social differences, hopes, misfit, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: italy
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100%
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Anita & 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, semi serious, humorous, realistic, sentimental
Plot: culture clash, coming of age, friendship, working class, indian lead, parents and children, rebellion, youth, family relations, friends, best friends, immigrants ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1972
Place: england, europe
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54%
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: clever, semi serious, offbeat, surreal, witty ...
Plot: artists and showbiz, actor's life, monty python, clergy, religions or cults, media, society, friends, debate, ignorance, television, united kingdom ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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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, humorous, realistic, touching, melancholic ...
Plot: coming of age, introspection, self discovery, unfulfillment, hopes, youth, lifestyle, musician, musician's life, midlife crisis, twentysomething life, thirtysomething life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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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, realistic, humorous ...
Audience: date night
Plot: working class, hairdresser, opposites attract, self discovery, alcoholic, university, social differences, romance, culture clash, teachers and students, teaching the ways of the world, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, london, europe, liverpool
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51%
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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: humorous, clever, semi serious, dark humor, realistic ...
Plot: comedian, self discovery, friendship, parents and children, couples, family relations, friends, actor's life, starting over, introspection, couple relations, love affair ...
Time: 90s, 18th century
Place: england, las vegas, europe, usa, london
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49%
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: clever, realistic, sentimental, semi serious, witty ...
Plot: coming of age, working class, friends, salesman, friendship, small town, buddies, factory, parent child relationship, childhood friends, life insurance, social differences ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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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, humorous, witty, realistic, touching ...
Plot: working class, liberal, yuppie, realism, couple relations, parents and children, family, class differences, social differences, suburban life, suburbs, society ...
Time: 80s
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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: humorous, semi serious, realistic, harsh, witty ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: pregnancy, coming of age, on the road, friendship, family life, indian lead, bus, culture clash, best friends, resort, feminism, self discovery ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe, london, scotland, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Riff-Raff (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The story of Stevie, a construction worker, and his girlfriend, an unemployed pop singer, serves to show the living conditions of the British poor class.
Style: semi serious, gloomy, realistic, humorous
Plot: working class, social misfits, down on your luck, construction worker, poverty, pop singer, life is a bitch, friends, society, politics, fall in love, buddies ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: When an English cartographer arrives in Wales to tell the residents of the Welsh village of Ffynnon Garw that their "mountain" is only a hill, the offended community sets out to remedy the situation. The film is based on a story heard by ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, feel good, touching ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: village, romance, comedy of errors, village life, fish out of water, dishonesty, culture clash, social relations, countryside, friends, buddies, friendship ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: wales, england, europe, london, ireland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Auntie Danielle (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Tatie Danielle is a black comedy about a widow who is intent on ruining the lives of her great-nephew and his wife. Tsilla Chelton plays the title character, who mourns the death of her husband by tormenting everyone she meets. Eventually, she moves ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, dark humor, realistic, witty ...
Plot: elderly, golden years, suburbs, parents and children, eccentric family, suburban life, family life, family relations, master and servant, society, family problems, uninvited guest ...
Time: 80s
Place: greece, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Northerners (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A black comedy set in the 1960s in a small Netherlands community, populated by a cast of eccentrics, all of whom hold a range of sexual obsessions and frustrated desires.
Style: surreal, atmospheric, semi serious, dark humor, realistic ...
Plot: butcher, couple relations, parents and children, neighbor, neglect, small town life, small town, dull life, family life, society, family relations, social relations ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: europe, holland, netherlands
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
I Really Hate My Job (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: 'Every day is another day closer to the day I'll never have to do this again.' Five women, one restaurant, one night, one birthday, one breakdown. Then the phone rings. A famous actor is coming for dinner. I Really Hate My Job is the ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, talky, realistic, witty ...
Audience: date night
Plot: waitress, restaurant, buddies, aging, hollywood, nothing goes right, introspection, boss and employee, couple relations, friendship, workplace romance, midlife crisis ...
Time: contemporary
Place: england, europe, london, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The Be All and End All (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: At fifteen Robbie has only one thing on his mind - losing his virginity. The problem is that he's in hospital with a fatal heart condition. And who has to overcome the odds and help him fulfil his final wish? His best friend Ziggy.
Style: humorous, semi serious, touching, realistic, offbeat ...
Plot: friendship, terminal illness, best friends, high school, looking for sex, hospital, hopes, youth, friends, teenage life, wish come true, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe, liverpool
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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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, talky, realistic, dark humor ...
Plot: culture clash, muslim, taxi driver, identity crisis, self discovery, life turned upside down, religions or cults, society, disorder, social differences, teaching the ways of the world, adoption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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29th Street (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Based on the life of Frank Pesce (Danny Aiello), an actor who won $6 million in the first New York State Lottery in 1976, this comedy focuses on the tight-knit Italian-American neighborhood in Brooklyn where Pesce grew up. It's also the story ...
Style: semi serious, offbeat, humorous, realistic
Plot: gambling, lottery, self discovery, parents and children, ambition, crimes, dishonesty, hopes, love and romance, society, family relations, gang ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.5
 3K
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: humorous, semi serious, sentimental, realistic, touching ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, coming of age, parents and children, society, youth, family problems, family relations, looking for love, siblings relations, reunion, teenage life, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1975
Place: england, pakistan, europe, middle east, manchester england ...
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32%
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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: clever, semi serious, realistic, humorous, sexy
Plot: immigrants, obsessive quest, romance, starting over, track down, love affair, haunted by the past, love and romance, society, father son reunion, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, hitchhiking ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
A Deal Is a Deal (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A London tube driver considers pursuing a third fatal accident to collect a huge payout.
Style: humorous, dark humor, semi serious, clever, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, terminal illness, writer's life, cons and scams, teenage life, crimes, unfulfillment, friends, photograph, writing, girlfriend, urban legend ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe, london, liverpool
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
American Friends (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Francis Ashby, a senior Oxford don on holiday alone in the Alps, meets holidaying American Caroline and her companion Elinor, the blossoming Irish-American girl she adopted many years before. Ashby finds he enjoys their company, particularly that of ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, touching, realistic, feel good ...
Plot: self discovery, love affair, romance, love and romance, couples, love triangle, adoption, family relations, oxford, mountain, american abroad, holiday ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1860s
Place: england, europe, switzerland, alps, oxford university
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 76 min.
Story: Tommy is a vacuum cleaner salesman gripped by the fever of closing the deal. He lives on puffa rice stored in his glove compartment, listens to motivation tapes of his own voice shouting 'Sell, sell, fucking sell' and his punters are up to ...
Style: talky, humorous, semi serious, dark humor, realistic ...
Plot: realism, odd couple, blind ambition, moral dilemma, teaching the ways of the world, working class, workplace situations, fish out of water, ambition, partners, society, power relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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, clever, humorous, realistic, talky ...
Plot: elderly, golden years, aging, parents and children, family relations, human nature, nothing goes right, disorder, pasta, palm reading, wine, dinner ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, europe, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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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: humorous, semi serious, realistic, witty, touching
Plot: runaway, friendship, coming of age, polish, best friends, single parent, social misfits, urban, parents and children, siblings relations, social differences, unfulfilled love ...
Time: contemporary
Place: england, europe, london, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 5.9
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Mr. North (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Mr. North, a stranger to a small, but wealthy, Rhode Island town, quickly has rumors started about him that he has the power to heal people's ailments...
Style: humorous, semi serious
Plot: supernatural ability, small town life, small town, social relations, social differences, society, healing power, high society, courtroom, tutor
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: rhode island, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
The Bad Mother's Handbook (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 71 min.
Story: Karen Cooper wants to domineer her family and believes she's its pillar. In fact she does everything wrong. Thus she messes up all their lives and futures, rather then help her loved-ones.
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, emotional, touching
Plot: parents and children, teenage love, teenage life, lifestyle, youth, family problems, family relations, single parent, coming of age, wooing, adolescence vs adulthood, dysfunctional family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Trial and Error (1962)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 88 min.
Story: After nearly 40 years of waiting for his big chance, Wilfred Morgenhall (Sellers) is given the case of defending Herbert Fowle (Attenborough) who is accused of murdering his wife (Beryl Reid). Despite Fowle's insistence of guilt, Moregenhall ...
Style: clever, semi serious, humorous, realistic, witty ...
Plot: murder, dedicated lawyer, hotshot lawyer, protagonist as suspect, courtroom, legal action, legal investigation, uncover truth, courtroom drama, false accusation, injustice, righting the wronged ...
Time: 60s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.9
 16K
East Is East (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In 1971 Salford fish-and-chip shop owner George Khan expects his family to follow his strict Pakistani Muslim ways. But his children, with an English mother and having been born and brought up in Britain, increasingly see themselves as British and ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, feel good, witty, realistic ...
Plot: culture clash, islam, muslim, tradition, arranged marriage, parents and children, family life, hippie, faith, daughter, jealousy, parent child relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1971
Place: england, europe, northern england, london, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 5.9
 347
Borrowed Time (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The story of two totally contrasting figures who come together in the most hostile of circumstances, only to form an unlikely bond that will help them both find a way out of their respective troubles. It is a bittersweet comedy about growing up and ...
Style: semi serious, dark humor, humorous, realistic, offbeat ...
Plot: coming of age, youth, juvenile delinquency, social misfits, urban, self discovery, adolescence vs adulthood, crimes, hopes, misfit, unfulfillment, radio dj ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.8
 18K
Quartet (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The directorial debut of Dustin Hoffman, Quartet is a high-drama comedy about temperamental divas and old grudges, passion and pride, romance and Rigoletto. At a home for retired musicians, the annual concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday is ...
Style: touching, semi serious, sentimental, humorous, realistic ...
Plot: elderly, opera, retired, aging, retirement home, concert, musician, retirement home life, reconciliation, music, rehearsal, classical music ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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