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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, offbeat, cynical, semi serious
Plot: dog, supernatural, friends, family relations, misfit, supernatural ability, parents and children, self discovery, dull life, hopes, elderly, social differences, society, imaginary, aging, guru, unfulfillment, cold relationship, snobbism, social relations, emotionless, temperamental, high society, horse, college ...
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, family relations, friendship, parents and children, friends, hopes and culture clash mostly in Comedy and Drama genres. Some movies like My Talks with Dean Spanley: Saving Grace (1986), Anita & Me (2002), How to Be (2008), Bhaji on the Beach (1993), 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: realistic, clever, semi serious, humorous
Plot: village, hopes, teaching the ways of the world, friendship, self discovery, misfit, society, social differences, friends, clergy, on the road, hidden identity ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: italy
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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, sentimental, semi serious, humorous, realistic
Plot: culture clash, coming of age, friendship, teenage life, family problems, rebellion, hopes, society, racism, best friends, youth, family relations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1972
Place: england, europe
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49%
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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: introspection, self discovery, unfulfillment, coming of age, youth, hopes, lifestyle, musician, musician's life, couples, thirtysomething life, midlife crisis ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ 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, friendship, culture clash, coming of age, working class, family in crisis, resort, gender, feminism, misfit, society, social differences ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe, london, scotland, new jersey
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47%
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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, clever, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: working class, hairdresser, culture clash, opposites attract, self discovery, romance, hopes, love and romance, fall in love, teaching the ways of the world, teachers and students, infidelity ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, london, europe, liverpool
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46%
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, witty, touching, realistic, talky ...
Plot: coming of age, working class, friends, salesman, friendship, small town, unfulfillment, supportive friend, social relations, family relations, workplace, small town life ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, london
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45%
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: biting, surreal, offbeat, humorous, witty ...
Plot: clergy, debate, society, actor's life, religions or cults, friends, artists and showbiz, media, monty python, cross dressing, blasphemy, censorship ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: europe, england
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44%
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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, dark humor, realistic, touching ...
Plot: comedian, self discovery, family relations, friends, haunted by the past, couples, love affair, eccentric family, friendship, parents and children, couple relations, love and romance ...
Time: 90s, 18th century
Place: england, las vegas, europe, usa, london
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43%
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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, sexual, offbeat, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: butcher, sexual relations, dull life, social relations, family relations, human nature, misfit, society, social misfits, escape from reality, unfulfillment, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: holland, europe, netherlands
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41%
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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, realistic, humorous, semi serious, clever ...
Plot: working class, liberal, yuppie, parents and children, couple relations, hippie, pregnancy, friendship, culture clash, politics, aging, suburban life ...
Time: 80s
Place: london, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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: cynical, realistic, biting, witty, semi serious ...
Plot: elderly, family relations, society, uninvited guest, family life, eccentric family, family problems, suburbs, parents and children, golden years, suburban life, master and servant ...
Time: 80s
Place: greece, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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, realistic, touching, feel good, semi serious ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: village, romance, culture clash, social relations, fall in love, cons and scams, countryside, comedy of errors, rebellion, map, friendship, love and romance ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: wales, england, europe, london, ireland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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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: realistic, gloomy, semi serious, humorous
Plot: working class, social misfits, workplace situations, fall in love, down on your luck, buddies, misfit, society, labor union, life is a bitch, friends, politics ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: europe, london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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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: semi serious, humorous
Plot: supernatural ability, small town life, small town, social relations, social differences, society, healing power, high society, tutor, courtroom
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: usa, rhode island
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33%
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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, rich and poor, family relations, mischievous children, society, toys, screwball, disorder, youth, parents and children, power relations, escapades ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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: semi serious, humorous, touching, sexual, sentimental ...
Plot: friendship, terminal illness, high school, first sex, last wish, teenage life, wish come true, hopes, looking for sex, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe, liverpool
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31%
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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, witty, semi serious, dark humor, talky ...
Plot: culture clash, identity crisis, taxi driver, muslim, ethnic, family relations, religions or cults, rabbi, misfit, social differences, society, self discovery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe, london
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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: witty, humorous, semi serious, realistic, touching
Plot: polish, coming of age, friendship, runaway, parents and children, society, urban, lifestyle, misfit, best friends, single parent, youth ...
Time: contemporary
Place: england, london, europe, paris france
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30%
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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: offbeat, realistic, witty, humorous, clever ...
Audience: date night
Plot: restaurant, waitress, love and romance, couples, workplace romance, buddies, disorder, workplace, midlife crisis, cooking and food, boss and employee, artists and showbiz ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, england, london, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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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: offbeat, realistic, humorous, semi serious
Plot: lottery, gambling, parents and children, hopes, down on your luck, love and romance, self discovery, society, introspection, crimes, ambition, gangsters ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
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29%
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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: realistic, touching, humorous, road movie, semi serious
Plot: on the road, elderly, strong female character, parents and children, family relations, self discovery, estrangement, restaurant, countryside, aging, starting over, strong female lead ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: france
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25%
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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, humorous, emotional, realistic
Plot: adoption, hopes, siblings relations, family relations, friends, human nature, urban, social differences, society, reunion, masturbation, photograph ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, norway
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25%
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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: humorous, semi serious, realistic, sentimental
Audience: girls' night
Plot: family relations, officers and cadets, immigrants, twentysomething life, hopes, parents and children, culture clash, friendship, friends, fish out of water, lifestyle, boot camp ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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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: feel good, touching, sentimental, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, coming of age, teenage life, family problems, looking for love, family tradition, society, matchmaking, family relations, youth, reunion, siblings relations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1975
Place: england, pakistan, europe, middle east, manchester ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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: touching, feel good, realistic, talky, clever ...
Plot: elderly, disorder, aging, human nature, golden years, parents and children, nothing goes right, family relations, palm reading, pasta, aunt, dinner ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, europe, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Seventy-Two Days (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Croatia, Serbia
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A family from isolated village in Lika makes a good living out of American pension earned by their late granddad Djuradj and received by his widow Nedja. The very existence of a family is threatened when Nedja dies, but the head of the family comes ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, offbeat, sentimental
Plot: village, dysfunctional family, alcohol abuse, life is a bitch, village life, parents and children, crimes, unfulfillment, siblings relations, unlikely criminals, disorder, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: croatia, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.9
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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, witty, realistic, sentimental, feel good ...
Plot: culture clash, islam, arranged marriage, muslim, tradition, family life, family problems, society, family relations, parents and children, family in crisis, generation gap ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1971
Place: england, europe, northern england, london, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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: cynical, realistic, biting, offbeat, dark humor ...
Plot: friendship, terminal illness, friends, cons and scams, unfulfillment, crimes, writer's life, teenage life, satellite, pub, suit, fight ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, europe, england, liverpool
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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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: sentimental, touching, sincere, semi serious, humorous ...
Plot: elderly, retired, opera, aging, reconciliation, retirement home, rehearsal, concert, musician, retirement home life, music, friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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: humorous, semi serious, witty, realistic, biting ...
Plot: teaching the ways of the world, blind ambition, reluctant partners, self discovery, workplace, realism, job seeking, partners, ambition, fish out of water, contests and competitions, workplace situations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%