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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: humorous, clever, cynical, semi serious, offbeat
Plot: family relations, supernatural, self discovery, aging, parents and children, hopes, elderly, social differences, society, guru, emotionless, father son relationship, dog, friends, misfit, supernatural ability, dull life, imaginary, temperamental, unfulfillment, cold relationship, snobbism, social relations, high society, horse ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, victorian england
Place: england, europe, new zealand

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Most similar movies to My Talks with Dean Spanley

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out humorous, realistic, semi serious and touching films with plots about family relations, parents and children, society, friendship, self discovery, hopes and social differences mostly in Comedy, Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like My Talks with Dean Spanley: Saving Grace (1986), Nobody's Fool (1994), The Seagull's Laughter (2001), Mid-August Lunch (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: humorous, clever, realistic, semi serious
Plot: hopes, misfit, society, clergy, profanity, hidden identity, friends, teaching the ways of the world, friendship, on the road, village, self discovery ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: italy
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100%
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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, semi serious, talky ...
Plot: small town, redemption, self discovery, elderly, aging, family relations, parents and children, generation gap, family reunited, hopes, retirement, father son relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, hawaii, new jersey
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47%
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, humorous, atmospheric
Plot: social differences, love affair, family relations, couples, romance, misfit, society, parents and children, homecoming, fish out of water, culture clash, domineering mother ...
Time: 50s
Place: iceland, 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, touching, clever ...
Plot: elderly, disorder, family relations, aging, nothing goes right, human nature, parents and children, elderly woman, golden years, indoor, old age, white wine ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, rome italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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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: witty, touching, talky, humorous, sentimental ...
Audience: date night
Plot: working class, self discovery, couples, opposites attract, society, romance, hopes, infidelity, social differences, university, literature, professor ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: england, london, europe, liverpool
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43%
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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: realistic, touching, sentimental, humorous, semi serious
Plot: culture clash, friendship, family relations, racism, teenage life, best friends, youth, hopes, family problems, interracial friendship, mother daughter relationship, coming of age ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1972
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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: humorous, offbeat, witty, clever, semi serious ...
Plot: elderly, parents and children, suburbs, family life, master and servant, society, golden years, eccentric family, suburban life, family problems, uninvited guest, family relations ...
Time: 80s
Place: greece, paris france
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43%
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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, self discovery, estrangement, aging, countryside, on the road, starting over, mother daughter relationship, strong female lead ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: france, brittany
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41%
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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, touching, surreal, entertaining, clever ...
Plot: comedian, self discovery, friendship, actor's life, introspection, parents and children, haunted by the past, father son relationship, eccentricity, farce, creativity, friends ...
Time: 90s, 18th century
Place: england, las vegas, usa, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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 4K
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: unfulfillment, coming of age, self discovery, introspection, youth, artists and showbiz, hopes, lifestyle, musician, breakup, musician's life, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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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: humorous, psychological, semi serious, dark humor, captivating ...
Plot: master and servant, maid, rivalry, self discovery, social differences, power relations, workplace, society, unfulfillment, satire, family relations, disorder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: chile, latin america, santiago chile
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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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: touching, humorous, clever, witty, realistic ...
Plot: working class, family relations, couples, yuppie, liberal, realism, politics, suburban life, friendship, suburbs, social differences, pregnancy ...
Time: 80s
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.5
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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: adoption, family relations, human nature, reunion, society, siblings relations, friends, social differences, ex soldier, female director, disorder, urban ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: norway, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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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, humorous, touching, sentimental, realistic
Plot: friendship, aging, couples, family relations, couple relations, parents and children, elderly, golden years, bittersweet, friends, heart attack, old age ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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: stylized, humorous, atmospheric, inspirational, clever ...
Plot: coming of age, working class, old love, friendship, profanity, small town, society, love and romance, social differences, salesman, friends, factory ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.9
 6K
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, semi serious, realistic, witty, humorous
Plot: immigrants, friendship, society, single parent, love and romance, lifestyle, social misfits, family relations, parents and children, social differences, teenage life, homeless teenager ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london, europe, england, paris france
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37%
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The Toy (1976)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: When Francois, a journalist, tours a big store for an article, he is chosen by the son of the newspaper's owner, Rambal-Cochet, as his new toy. Needing money and unwilling to quit his job, Francois agrees to this ridiculous assignment. ...
Style: humorous, realistic, exciting, light, satirical ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: social differences, toys, mischievous children, family relations, rich and poor, society, screwball, youth, disorder, parents and children, power relations, escapades ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Do Dooni Chaar (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: India
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A middle-class father in India struggles through a series of unexpected events for upholding respect and smiles.
Style: sincere, humorous, semi serious, captivating, feel good ...
Plot: family relations, working class, social differences, society, ambition, parents and children, family life, bollywood, new car, friendship, unfulfillment, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india, asia, new delhi
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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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: touching, realistic, semi serious, humorous
Plot: hoax, teenage life, self discovery, life turned upside down, religions or cults, overnight success, social relations, family relations, parents and children, cons and scams, miraculous event, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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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: touching, humorous, witty, semi serious, realistic
Plot: college, lifestyle, follow your dream, culture clash, society, friendship, teenage life, parents and children, misfit, hopes, youth, nothing goes right ...
Time: contemporary
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36%
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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, dark humor, light, captivating ...
Plot: culture clash, satire, taxi driver, muslim, self discovery, social differences, adoption, society, meet the parents, life turned upside down, rabbi, religions or cults ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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: talky, melancholic, light, satirical, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: female friendship, culture clash, self discovery, social differences, family in crisis, pregnancy, women, feminism, family relations, character study, life philosophy, stereotypes ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe, london, scotland, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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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, humorous ...
Plot: unlikely criminals, disability, family relations, parents and children, crimes, confined, elderly, aging, airplane, hijacking, misfit, airplane hijack ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: colombia
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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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, captivating, atmospheric, sexy ...
Plot: immigrants, romance, haunted by the past, starting over, society, nudity (full frontal - brief), search for father, self discovery, couples, family relations, friendship, love affair ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
In Memory of My Father (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Austria
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The youngest son of a legendary Hollywood producer, a Robert Evans type, accepts a bribe from his father to document his death.
Style: touching, humorous, cynical, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: eccentric family, family relations, family problems, lifestyle, love and romance, hollywood, parents and children, brother brother relationship, dysfunctional family, narcissism, corpse, film producer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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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: introspection, follow your dream, self discovery, identity crisis, circus, escapades, parents and children, family relations, on the road, countryside, hopes, unfulfillment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: brazil, latin america
⇓ 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: humorous, semi serious, realistic, clever, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: friendship, misfit, family relations, self discovery, eccentric family, switching roles, youth, friends, social relations, parents and children, high school life, fish out of water ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia, south australia, israel, adelaide south australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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: sentimental, sincere, humorous, touching, realistic ...
Plot: follow your dream, family relations, hopes, parents and children, adolescence vs adulthood, family problems, society, friendship, dysfunctional family, youth, teenage life, high school life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: paris france, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
My Mother Frank (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 95 min.
Story: When a meddlesome mother enrolls in university with her son, old and new worlds collide with awesome consequences.
Style: semi serious, realistic, touching, humorous, emotional
Plot: family relations, love, college, boredom, cheating, fall in love, self discovery, society, romance, youth, college life, against the odds ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: australia
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31%
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Mind the Gap (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Two girls of different background, one a immigrant from Turkey and the other a girl that needs to get out of her fathers shadow both apply to the police academy were they become close friends.
Style: realistic, humorous, sentimental, semi serious
Audience: girls' night
Plot: starting over, lifestyle, social differences, friendship, hopes, officers and cadets, fish out of water, culture clash, family life, society, academy, police ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%