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Ernest Goes to Jail (1990)
 5.4
 9K
Ernest Goes to Jail (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Bumbling Ernest P. Worrell is assigned to jury duty, where a crooked lawyer notices a resemblance with crime boss Mr. Nash, and arranges a switch. Nash assumes Ernest's job as a bank employee, while Ernest undergoes Nash's sentence to the electric chair. But instead of killing him, the electrocution gives Ernest superhuman powers, enabling him to escape from jail and foil Nash's attempt to rob the bank.
Style: humorous, not serious, funny, melancholic, light, surreal, talky, cult film, idiotic, earnest ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: prison, electric chair, confined, escapades, crime gone awry, heist, misfit, prison life, danger, dishonesty, false accusation, criminal heroes, disorder, mistaken identity, goofy hero, cons and scams, bank robbery, janitor, dysfunctional family, happy ending, farce, superhuman powers, rivalry, escape, switching roles ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: tennessee

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out humorous, feel good, cult film and light films with plots about disorder, farce, dialogue, adaptation, mentor, storytelling and catastrophe mostly in Comedy, Family and Crime genres. Some movies like Ernest Goes to Jail: Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009), Ernest in the Army (1998), Ernest Saves Christmas (1988), Getting Even with Dad (1994), Ernest Rides Again (1993). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Mild-mannered Paul Blart (Kevin James) has always had huge dreams of becoming a State Trooper. Until then, he patrols the local mall as a security guard. With his closely cropped moustache, personal transporter and gung-ho attitude, only Blart seems ...
Style: humorous, feel good, funny, light, exciting ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: security guard, shopping mall, goofy hero, fall in love, workplace situations, heist, disorder, unlikely hero, single parent, heroes, hostage, internet dating ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Ernest Goes to Camp (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Ernest, a lovable loser who works as a summer camp handyman and dreams of becoming a guidance councilor, must find a way to inspire a group of juvenile delinquents while stopping a shady strip mining company from closing the camp as well.
Style: humorous, feel good, not serious, twist ending, idiotic ...
Audience: kids, teens, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: farce, summer camp, camp, family, prison, buddies, gang, mischievous children, goofy hero, partners, juvenile delinquency, misfit ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
Ernest in the Army (1998)
Genre: Family, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Ernest P. Worrell is now in the military as a soldier. Once he begins, him and his team investigates a dictator who was responsible for the wars in the nearly village. Suddenly, Ernest finds a lost boy and has to keep him safe until his father ...
Style: humorous, not serious, funny, satirical, cult film ...
Plot: parody, family, golf, anti hero, boot camp, disorder, basic training, family life, military life, misfit, anti heroes, soldier ...
Time: 80s
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Ernest Saves Christmas (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: When Santa Claus decides to retire and pass on his magic bag of Christmas surprises to a new Saint Nick, he enlists the aid of a hilarious assortment of characters. A perky teen runaway and hapless taxi driver Ernest P. Worrell must convince a ...
Style: humorous, not serious, feel good, light, melancholic ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, teens, family outing
Plot: christmas, holiday, family, family relations, save the day, prank, mischievous children, when the parents are away, fish out of water, misfit, goofy hero, nothing goes right ...
Time: 80s, year 1988
Place: orlando florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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Ernest Goes to Africa (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The title says it all. There's a mix up involving stolen diamonds which Ernest has (naturally) made into a yo-yo and given to his would be girlfriend, Rene. But Rene wants a man of action, and doesn't think that Ernest fits the bill. After ...
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, idiotic, road movie ...
Audience: teens
Plot: rescue, kidnapping, yo yo, family, mistaken identity, treasure hunt, family life, heist, escapades, nothing goes right, partners, adventurer ...
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Getting Even with Dad (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Ray, an ex-con and widower, is planning a coin heist with two accomplices to help him to buy his own bakery. However, he doesn't expect his son Timmy, who was living with Ray's sister, to show up at the house right in the middle of ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, melancholic, satirical, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: heist, family, parents and children, going straight, single parent, dishonesty, crimes, crime gone awry, crime, family life, nothing goes right, disorder ...
Time: 90s
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Ernest Rides Again (1993)
Genre: Family, Comedy
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Buffoonish Ernest and his dimwitted pal Abner unearth a huge cannon reputed to contain the crown jewels of England.
Style: humorous, semi serious
Plot: gun, disorder, nothing goes right, escapades, family, on the run, rivalry, family life, down on your luck, college, farce
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.3
 19K
Blank Check (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Bullied by his siblings and nagged by his parents, 11-year-old Preston is fed up with his family -- especially their frugality. But he gets his chance to teach them a lesson when a money-laundering criminal nearly bulldozes Preston with his car and ...
Style: humorous, realistic, not serious, feel good, entertaining ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, family outing, teens, girls' night
Plot: gangsters, family relations, bank, forgery, destiny, family, crime gone awry, heroes, young heroes, mischievous children, prank, goofy hero ...
Place: indiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Ernest Scared Stupid (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Well-intentioned, eternally bumbling Ernest P. Worrell accidentally releases an evil demon from its sacred tomb. As the demon flexes its power and goes on a ruinous rampage, good-guy Ernest tries to step in to save the town from mass destruction. ...
Style: humorous, not serious, feel good, offbeat, idiotic ...
Audience: horror for children, kids, family outing, pre-teens, teens
Plot: halloween, treehouse, troll, danger, evil, family, magic, mischievous children, rivalry, friends, disorder, fish out of water ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 5.8
 9K
Screwed (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A chauffeur kidnaps his rich boss's dog to hold it for ransom, but when she accidentally gets the dog back, she thinks that it's the chauffeur who's been kidnapped.
Style: humorous, feel good, witty, not serious, funny ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mistaken identity, crime gone awry, friendship, fish out of water, comedy of errors, nothing goes right, vengeance, unlikely criminals, partners, cons and scams, misfit, goofy hero ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 5.9
 3K
Safe Men (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Two untalented singers are mistaken for a pair of major league safe crackers in Providence, Rhode Island. The two are pressed into service by the local hoodlums and quickly find themselves in conflict with their professional colleagues. Romantic ...
Style: humorous, feel good, not serious, buddy comedy, absurd ...
Plot: safecracker, mistaken identity, cons and scams, organized crime, comedy of errors, crimes, crime, unlikely criminals, heist, goofy hero, criminal heroes, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s
Place: rhode island, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Take the Money and Run (1969)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: The life and times of Virgil Starkwell, inept bank robber.
Style: humorous, clever, witty, realistic, not serious ...
Plot: heist, prison, crime, crimes, goofy hero, couples, petty criminal, hapless, cons and scams, couple relations, unlikely criminals, misfit ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 50s, 20th century, 60s ...
Place: quebec, turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.6
 30K
Oscar (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Angelo "Snaps" Provolone made his dying father a promise on his deathbed: he would leave the world of crime and become an honest businessman. Despite having no experience in making money in a legal fashion, Snaps sets about to keep his ...
Style: witty, humorous, talky, feel good, not serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: farce, gangsters, accountant, switching roles, mistaken identity, parents and children, fish out of water, disorder, crime, dishonesty, cons and scams, goofy hero ...
Time: 90s, 1930s
Place: italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.2
 46K
Baby's Day Out (1994)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Baby Bink couldn't ask for more; he has adoring (if somewhat sickly-sweet) parents, he lives in a huge mansion, and he's just about to appear in the social pages of the paper. Unfortunately, not everyone in the world is as nice as Baby ...
Style: light, humorous, not serious, funny, exciting ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, teens
Plot: babies and infants, mischievous children, lost child, kidnapping, stupidity, chase, danger, missing child, escapades, adventure, nothing goes right, crime gone awry ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: chicago illinois, illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.6
 491K
Home Alone (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Eight-year-old Kevin McCallister makes the most of the situation after his family unwittingly leaves him behind when they go on Christmas vacation. But when a pair of bungling burglars set their sights on Kevin's house, the plucky kid stands ...
Style: humorous, not serious, light, funny, exciting ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: christmas, mischievous children, family, holiday, when the parents are away, child protagonist, home invasion, kids and family, youth, neighbor, danger, young heroes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s, 90s
Place: chicago illinois, usa, america, paris france, illinois ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.8
 25K
Stir Crazy (1980)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: New Yorkers, Skip Donahue and Harry Monroe, have no jobs and no prospects. They decide to flee the city and find work elsewhere, and land jobs as woodpeckers to promote the opening of a bank. When their feathery costumes are stolen and used in a ...
Style: humorous, witty, exciting, not serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: mistaken identity, fish out of water, prison, escape, false accusation, on the road, wrongful imprisonment, crime, crimes, odd couple, buddies, dishonesty ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 5.8
 390
Pros & Cons (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Framed for crimes they didn't commit, two small-timers are headed up the river without a paddle. Now, the only thing that can bail them out is a case of mistaken identity. It's the hysterical prison comedy that's so funny, it's ...
Style: realistic, not serious, humorous
Plot: prison, gang, embezzlement, drugs/alcohol, injustice, disorder, profanity, escape, hostage, prison life, frame up, mistaken identity ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Treehouse Hostage (1999)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Timmy Taylor and his two friends, Stevie and Buddy capture escaped convict Carl Banks (Jim Varney) and hold him hostage in their treehouse over the weekend so that Timmy can use Carl as his current event project at school on Monday. The boys then ...
Style: semi serious, exciting, humorous
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: school, forgery, treehouse, captivity, friends, hostage, escape, confined, misfit, hostages, heroes, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Who Is Cletis Tout? (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A comedy about a hitman who sees everything in terms of the movies and how mistaken identity is getting in the way of recovering a stash of diamonds that was stolen and subsequently hidden more than 20 years earlier.
Style: humorous, semi serious, entertaining, clever, offbeat ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: heist, mistaken identity, criminal heroes, partners, cons and scams, crimes, crime, hidden identity, dishonesty, goofy hero, disorder, diamond ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 3.1
 16K
Daddy Day Camp (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Seeking to offer his son the satisfying summer camp experience that eluded him as a child, the operator of a neighborhood daycare center opens his own camp, only to face financial hardship and stiff competition from a rival camp.
Style: humorous, not serious, idiotic, absurd, melancholic ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, teens, girls' night
Plot: summer camp, mischievous children, family relations, competition, colonel, family, farce, escapades, buddies, goofy hero, misfit, fish out of water ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, cuba
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Beverly Hillbillies (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Jed Clampett and kin move from Arkansas to Beverly Hills when he becomes a billionaire, after an oil strike. The country folk are very naive with regard to life in the big city, so when Jed starts a search for a new wife there are inevitably plenty ...
Style: humorous, feel good, light, satirical, realistic ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: hillbilly, fish out of water, culture clash, billionaire, social differences, cons and scams, goofy hero, odd couple, oil, family, father daughter relationship, parents and children ...
Time: 90s
Place: beverly hills, arkansas, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.1
 2K
Disorderlies (1987)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: As not-quite-orderlies who're downright Disorderlies, rap-music favorites The Fat Boys rule. Playing the freewheeling caretakers of the frail Dennison (Hollywood legend Ralph Bellamy), they stir up a comedic culture clash in Palm Beach society ...
Style: humorous, not serious, melancholic, idiotic, talky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: older man younger woman relationship, unlikely criminals, crimes, fish out of water, switching roles, cons and scams, disorder, dishonesty, crime gone awry, goofy hero, misfit, nothing goes right ...
Time: 80s
Place: miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Max Keeble's Big Move (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Max Keeble, the victim of his 7th grade class, plots revenge when he learns he's moving; it backfires when he doesn't move after all.
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, touching, entertaining ...
Audience: kids, teens, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: school, underdog, mischievous children, friendship, family, parents and children, disorder, family relations, vengeance, chaos and mayhem, teenage life, father son relationship ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Johnny Dangerously (1984)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Set in the 1930s, an honest, goodhearted man is forced to turn to a life of crime to finance his neurotic mother's skyrocketing medical bills.
Style: humorous, funny, light, exciting, captivating ...
Plot: organized crime, gangsters, crimes, crime, rivalry, cons and scams, disorder, dishonesty, rise to the top, goofy hero, crime boss, bandit ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 1910s, year 1935 ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 2.7
 25K
Baby Geniuses (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Scientist hold talking, super-intelligent babies captive, but things take a turn for the worse when a mix-up occurs between a baby genius and its twin.
Style: humorous, semi serious, entertaining, melancholic, intense ...
Audience: family outing, teens, kids
Plot: baby, babies and infants, mistaken identity, mad scientist, twins, family, adventure, imaginary, prank, goofy hero, danger, rescue ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.4
 9K
See Spot Run (2001)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Family
Country: USA, Australia, Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A drug sniffing agent canine is a target for an assassin boss so the FBI calls Witness Protection to send him somewhere else. Meanwhile a single Mom puts her 6 year old boy James in the care of her irresponsible, mailman, neighbor, Gordon, when the ...
Style: feel good, humorous, not serious, ridiculous, entertaining ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, teens
Plot: dog, family, pets, goofy hero, crime gone awry, friendship, mischievous children, danger, witnessing a crime, nothing goes right, fish out of water, hidden identity ...
Time: contemporary
Place: alaska, seattle washington, seattle
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Muppets Most Wanted (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Family, Musical, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: While on a grand world tour, The Muppets find themselves wrapped into an European jewel-heist caper headed by a Kermit the Frog look-alike and his dastardly sidekick.
Style: humorous, not serious, exciting, feel good, colourful ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: puppet, heist, adventure, family, muppets, crimes, master criminal, show tunes, silly humor, goofy hero, escapades, mistaken identity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 18th century
Place: europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 4.7
 708
Dog Gone (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A courageous boy battles a gang of bumbling thieves to rescue a dog carrying a fortune in stolen diamonds.
Style: humorous, feel good, entertaining, light, captivating ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: caper, dog, rescue, disorder, rivalry, escapades, crime gone awry, adventure, stash, heist, odd couple, nothing goes right ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Taking Care of Business (1990)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: An uptight advertising exec has his entire life in a filofax organizer which mistakenly ends up in the hands of a friendly convict who poses as him.
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, light, inspirational ...
Audience: date night
Plot: prison, mistaken identity, cons and scams, rich and poor, fish out of water, stolen identity, dishonesty, disorder, prison life, crimes, nothing goes right, misfit ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 1990s
Place: malibu california, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Welcome to Collinwood (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Five hapless inner-city low-lifes attempt to burgle a pawnbroker's safe, but end up being plagued by bad luck.
Style: humorous, entertaining, absurd, satirical, clever ...
Plot: heist, safecracker, crime, crimes, cons and scams, criminal heroes, dishonesty, prison, planning, disguise, release from prison, greed ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: cleveland ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%