Movies like Shortcut to Happiness

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Shortcut to Happiness (2003)
 5.5
 5K
Shortcut to Happiness (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: In Manhattan, the aspirant writer Jabez Stone is a complete loser: he is not able to sell his novels, he lives in a lousy apartment and he does not have success with women. When one of his friends Julius Jenson sells his novel for US$ 190,000.00 to an editor, Jabez fells envy and promises to sell his soul to the devil for success and accidentally kills a woman with his typing machine. The Devil knocks on his door, fixes the situation and seals a contract with Jabez. His low quality novels have bad reviews but become best-sellers; Jabez enriches; has success with women, but has no time for his friends. Jabez meets with the publisher Daniel Webster who offers him a chance to break the contract with the devil.
Style: humorous, clever, witty, semi serious, offbeat
Plot: deal with the devil, wish come true, writer's life, love and romance, hopes, moral dilemma, artists and showbiz, imaginary, lifestyle, introspection, desire for fame, looking for love, down on your luck, morality, miraculous event, sexual content, change of luck, profanity, devil, writers, courtroom, legal, soul music, desire, fame ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city

Most similar movies to Shortcut to Happiness

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out humorous, semi serious, realistic and offbeat films with plots about love and romance, lifestyle, couples, hopes, artists and showbiz, introspection and unfulfillment mostly in Comedy, Drama and Fantasy genres. Some movies like Shortcut to Happiness: Interstate 60 (2002), Ruby Sparks (2012), The Lather Effect (2006), LOL (2006), Let Them Chirp Awhile (2007). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Interstate 60 (2002)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: An aspiring painter meets various characters and learns valuable lessons while traveling across America.
Style: road movie, witty, surreal, enigmatic, offbeat ...
Audience: date night
Plot: alternate reality, road trip, self discovery, wish come true, choice, self fulfillment, dream girl, on the road, life philosophy, imaginary, changing the past or future, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: new jersey
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100%
 7.2
 95K
Ruby Sparks (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Calvin is a young novelist who achieved phenomenal success early in his career but is now struggling with his writing – as well as his romantic life. Finally, he makes a breakthrough and creates a character named Ruby who inspires him. When Calvin ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, surreal, sweet, feel good ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: dream, novelist, romance, bittersweet, loneliness, writer's block, career, postmodernism, family relations, imaginary character, success, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Lather Effect (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: On the eve of selling her mother's house, a thirty-something housewife wakes up to a hangover surrounded by her best friends from high school...
Style: humorous, semi serious, talky, realistic
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: reunion, friendship, friends, introspection, couples, couple relations, love and romance, looking for love, hopes, unfulfillment, unfulfilled love, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 4.6
 831
LOL (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: The relationships of three men are examined through their use of technology.
Style: humorous, sincere, talky, sexy, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: lifestyle, looking for love, introspection, friendship, youth, computers and web, couple relations, human nature, love and romance, misfit, bittersweet, friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Let Them Chirp Awhile (2007)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The basic storyline of the film follows Bobby and Scott, two young men in their late twenties who are struggling to make careers out of their artistic dreams but their competitiveness with each other gets in the way.
Style: semi serious, realistic, witty, feel good, humorous ...
Plot: lifestyle, couples, looking for love, twentysomething life, couple relations, performer's life, artists and showbiz, life is a bitch, down on your luck, urban, dog, male female relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, september 11 2001
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 4.8
 185
Sam the Man (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Before he broke out with the J.D. Salinger-esque Tadpole in 2002, producer-turned-director Gary Winick filmed this little-seen relationship drama. Fisher Stevens stars as the title character, a writer with one novel under his belt who can't ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, suspense, sincere, sentimental ...
Audience: date night
Plot: infidelity, looking for love, couples, love and romance, womanizer, romance, dishonesty, lifestyle, breakup, estrangement, writer's life, midlife crisis ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Vagina Monologues (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 77 min.
Story: This controversial work, created and performed by Eve Ensler, debuted off-off-Broadway in 1996 and soon rode a wave of national acclaim. Now, the intimacy of Ensler's original show has been lovingly brought to the screen. Capturing her unique ...
Style: semi serious, thought provoking, contemplative, suspense, witty ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: sexual dysfunction, society, gender, introspection, feminism, couples, satire, battle of the sexes, artists and showbiz, profanity, performer's life, sexual relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.3
 470
Frownland (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A rotten egg lobbed with spazmo aim at the spotless surface of the silver screen, FROWNLAND centers on social misfit and self-labeled "troll from under the bridge" Keith Sontag (Dore Mann). When he's not trying to sell coupons ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, witty, clever ...
Plot: friends, society, buddies, misfit, city life, fall in love, suburbs, lifestyle, social misfits, love and romance, emotional abuse, insecurity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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 4.5
 892
The Ape (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A young writer, nearing a mental breakdown caused by his family and boss, moves into an apartment occupied by a walking, talking, foul-mouthed ape in a Hawaiian shirt and Converse High Tops.
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, dark humor, captivating ...
Plot: unlikely couple, love and romance, fall in love, lifestyle, mentally unstable, couples, midlife crisis, writer's life, family life, nothing goes right, misfit, social misfits ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 5.5
 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: self discovery, introspection, unfulfillment, coming of age, lifestyle, artists and showbiz, youth, hopes, musician, breakup, musician's life, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Seven Days of Grace (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Four women - a blonde, a hippie, a lesbian and a barmaid - are looking for love, money and success. When one inherits an Italian restaurant from her father, they see this as a chance to fulfil their dreams. Then the restaurant is in danger of ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, humorous, feel good, light ...
Plot: couples, best friends, lifestyle, love and romance, romance, singleness, down on your luck, friends, gender, actor's life, gays and lesbians, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 5.4
 2K
Walter (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A ticket-taker at the local cinema believes he is the son of God. He has agreed to decide the eternal fate of everyone he comes in to contact with.
Style: humorous, surreal, semi serious, offbeat
Plot: workplace situations, supernatural, love and romance, destiny, imaginary, workplace, hopes, workplace romance, god, cause and meaning, female director
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Purple Violets (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Patti Petalson is a promising writer, but her marriage and conventional job keep her from her dream. She longs to return to her writing, especially after running into her first love Brian Callahan, a successful crime novelist. Kate is Patti's ...
Style: sentimental, semi serious, humorous, realistic
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: introspection, fall in love, couples, love affair, romance, looking for love, love triangle, lifestyle, haunted by the past, unlikely couple, family problems, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Man Who Came to Dinner (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 176 min.
Story: Broadcast of a live performance of the Roundabout Theater Company's 2000 New York revival of the classic Kaufman-Hart comedy, about a famous (and famously acid-tongued) theater critic who is forced to stay in a Midwestern couple's home and ...
Style: humorous, witty, realistic, semi serious, offbeat
Plot: social differences, farce, lifestyle, eccentric family, couple relations, fish out of water, celebrity culture, nothing goes right, opposites attract, love and romance, artists and showbiz, misfit ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 40s, 30s
Place: new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Lisa Picard Is Famous (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A documentarian decides to follow the career of New York actress Lisa Picard, believing she is on the brink of fame. Instead, he bears witness to Lisa's continued, humorous, struggles as an actress, as well as the conflict that arises when ...
Style: humorous, witty, semi serious, realistic, cynical ...
Plot: satire, ambition, desire for fame, rise to the top, workplace romance, workplace situations, filmmaking, lifestyle, rising to stardom, actor's life, love and romance, workplace ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Archie's Final Project (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A teen coming-of-age romantic dramedy about a media-obsessed geek and the most beautiful and twisted girl in school.
Style: touching, humorous, realistic, witty, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: suicide, teenage love, hopes, obsession, media, filmmaking, high school life, introspection, teenage life, misfit, love and romance, teenager ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.0
 96K
Bedazzled (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Elliot Richardson, suicidal techno geek, is given seven wishes to turn his life around when he meets up with a very seductive Satan. The catch: his soul. Some of his wishes include a 7 foot basketball star, a rock star, and a hamburger. But, as ...
Style: funny, light, humorous, sexy, clever ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, teens
Plot: wish come true, devil, femme fatale, deal with the devil, pact with the devil, destiny, basketball, nothing goes right, fish out of water, curses spells and rituals, satire, love and romance ...
Time: 90s
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 4.1
 179
Mr. Write (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Aspiring writer (with no talent) gets a job on a TV commercial, falls for an advertising executive.
Style: semi serious, witty, humorous, feel good, realistic
Audience: date night
Plot: couples, disorder, romance, writer's life, love and romance, opposites attract, nothing goes right, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, down on your luck, love triangle, writers ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A childless couple bury a box in their backyard, containing all of their wishes for an infant. Soon, a child is born, though Timothy Green is not all that he appears.
Style: touching, feel good, humorous, sentimental, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: wish come true, miraculous event, soccer, childbirth, parents and children, child birth, couple relations, family, sport, desire, family values, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
I Was a Teenage Faust (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: 15 year old Brendan Willy hates himself for being un-cool when he falls in love with the girl of his dreams. Enter Mr. Five, a no good tempter from hell, which in his last attempt to ensnare a soul before being fried for eternity, transforms Brendan ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, captivating, offbeat
Audience: teens
Plot: deal with the devil, teenage life, teenage love, love and romance, hopes, youth, wish come true, family life, destiny, high school, curses spells and rituals, popularity ...
Place: indiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
American Loser (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A dramatic comedy about a self-induced attention-deficit disordered, learning disabled, Tourette's syndrome suffering, balance impaired, ex-alcoholic young man from the Upper East Side of Manhattan and the gold-digging girl who inspires him to ...
Style: tragicomedy, humorous, semi serious, realistic, offbeat ...
Plot: alcoholic, misfit, lifestyle, social misfits, twentysomething life, disorder, goofy hero, love and romance, couples, support group, profanity, sexual content ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, manhattan, new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 5.2
 530
The Jimmy Show (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A failed New Jersey inventor embarks on a career as a standup comic, turns to drink, and labors to keep his family together.
Style: realistic, semi serious, cynical, psychological, gloomy
Plot: starting over, introspection, family in crisis, life is a bitch, family problems, nothing goes right, artists and showbiz, hopes, down on your luck, workplace, profanity, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Deal of a Lifetime (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The agent for the Devil takes the soul of a high school sophomore in exchange for a date with the most popular girl on campus.
Style: semi serious, humorous, feel good, light
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: deal with the devil, lifestyle, disorder, fish out of water, youth, hopes, love and romance, wish come true, high school, social misfits, misfit, follow your dream ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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 5.8
 600
Echo Park (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Austria
Duration: 88 min.
Story: In the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, everybody is somebody else. May, a single mother who delivers strip-O-grams, dreams of being an actress. She rents one of her rooms out to a pizza-man cum songwriter named Jonathan. Meanwhile, in the ...
Style: offbeat, witty, humorous, feel good, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: actor's life, single parent, stripper, dream, showbiz, thirtysomething life, family relations, couples, friends, bar, nightlife, down on your luck ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, california, austria, usa, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
The Last International Playboy (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, South Africa
Duration: 92 min.
Story: When playboy and one-hit-wonder novelist Jack Frost (Jason Behr) learns that his childhood sweetheart is getting married, he tries to drown his sorrows by dramatically escalating his self-destructive drinking and womanizing. Frost's pals try to ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, humorous
Plot: lifestyle, introspection, couples, love affair, love triangle, best friends, friends, haunted by the past, human nature, love and romance, looking for love, romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, india, new york, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 5.9
 6K
Dark Horse (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Abe is a man who is in his thirties and who lives with his parents. He works regretfully for his father while pursuing his hobby of collecting toys. Aware that his family doesn't think highly of him, he tries to spark a relationship with ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, dark humor, biting, gloomy ...
Plot: toy store, lifestyle, nothing goes right, love and romance, looking for love, mentally unstable, life is a bitch, collector, family life, parents and children, disorder, slacker ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.4
 10K
Cold Souls (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, France
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Paul Giamatti stars as himself, agonizing over his interpretation of "Uncle Vanya." Paralyzed by anxiety, he stumbles upon a solution via a New Yorker article about a high-tech company promising to alleviate suffering by extracting souls. ...
Style: surreal, clever, bleak, futuristic, stylized ...
Plot: artists and showbiz, life turned upside down, actor's life, disorder, self discovery, lifestyle, hopes, introspection, husband wife relationship, existentialism, soul selling, depression ...
Place: russia, new york, usa, saint petersburg, st. petersburg russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
The Year of Getting to Know Us (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A commitment-phobic man reunites with his estranged, ailing father and comes to terms with his own childhood.
Style: touching, realistic, humorous, semi serious, offbeat
Plot: family problems, homecoming, couples, hopes, dysfunctional family, love and romance, eccentric family, couple relations, family life, family relations, estrangement, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Stardust Memories (1980)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: While attending a retrospect of his work, a filmmaker recalls his life and his loves: the inspirations for his films.
Style: talky, surreal, humorous, witty, clever ...
Plot: weekend, midlife crisis, lovers reunited, filmmaking, showbiz, introspection, couple relations, haunted by the past, celebrity culture, self discovery, love and romance, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.0
 843
Mind the Gap (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Five seemingly unrelated people decide to take huge risks in their personal lives in an effort to find happiness.
Style: humorous, semi serious, talky, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: starting over, human nature, lifestyle, romance, family relations, couples, city life, golden years, introspection, love and romance, bittersweet, single parent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%