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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, parody, splatter, unusual plot structure ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: prison, electric chair, escapades, confined, crime gone awry, heist, misfit, prison life, false accusation, mistaken identity, disorder, dishonesty, criminal heroes, goofy hero, cons and scams, bank robbery, janitor, dysfunctional family, happy ending, farce, escape, rivalry, switching roles, superhuman powers, maximum security prison ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: tennessee

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Most similar movies to Ernest Goes to Jail

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out humorous, feel good, cult film and not serious films with plots about disorder, farce, mentor, adaptation, dialogue, storytelling and catastrophe mostly in Comedy, Family and Crime genres. Some movies like Ernest Goes to Jail: The Beverly Hillbillies (1993), Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009), Ernest in the Army (1998), Ernest Saves Christmas (1988), Ernest Rides Again (1993). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, not serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: fish out of water, hillbilly, culture clash, social differences, cons and scams, billionaire, goofy hero, odd couple, oil, family, father daughter relationship, suburbs ...
Time: 90s
Place: beverly hills, arkansas, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: funny, humorous, feel good, light, exciting ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: security guard, shopping mall, goofy hero, workplace situations, heist, fall in love, disorder, unlikely hero, single parent, hostage, heroes, 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, light ...
Audience: kids, teens, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: farce, summer camp, camp, family, prison, teenage life, mistaken identity, chaos and mayhem, friends, disorder, mischievous children, goofy hero ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
Ernest in the Army (1998)
Genre: Family, Comedy
Country: USA, South Africa
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: parody, humorous, not serious, sexy, funny ...
Plot: family, golf, boot camp, disorder, silly humor, military life, basic training, family life, heroes, escapades, soldier, misfit ...
Time: 80s
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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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, family outing, teens, pre-teens
Plot: christmas, holiday, family, save the day, prank, mischievous children, family relations, misfit, partners, goofy hero, nothing goes right, teenage life ...
Time: 80s, year 1988
Place: orlando florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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, semi serious, feel good, road movie, parody ...
Audience: teens
Plot: rescue, kidnapping, family, buddies, nothing goes right, unlikely criminals, goofy hero, adventurer, partners, crimes, treasure hunt, escapades ...
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
Ernest Rides Again (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Family
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: semi serious, humorous
Plot: college, family life, down on your luck, disorder, on the run, nothing goes right, escapades, family, rivalry, farce, gun
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, family life, disorder, nothing goes right, crime gone awry, crimes, going straight, dishonesty, single parent, father son relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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 5.2
 20K
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, feel good, realistic, not serious, entertaining ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, family outing, teens, girls' night
Plot: destiny, bank, gangsters, family, family relations, forgery, crime gone awry, misfit, crimes, rich kid, siblings relations, cons and scams ...
Place: indiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 5.6
 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, fish out of water, comedy of errors, friendship, nothing goes right, vengeance, hostage, cons and scams, disorder, misfit, partners ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 5.8
 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, unlikely criminals, heist, hidden identity, dishonesty, criminal heroes, goofy hero ...
Time: 90s
Place: rhode island, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 4.7
 784
Dog Gone (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Family
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, light, entertaining, captivating ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: dog, caper, rescue, disorder, adventure, rivalry, crime gone awry, escapades, nothing goes right, crimes, odd couple, stash ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 7.7
 552K
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, funny, not serious, light, exciting ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: christmas, mischievous children, family, when the parents are away, holiday, child protagonist, home invasion, youth, kids and family, disney, children, neighbor ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s
Place: chicago illinois, usa, america, paris france, france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.5
 32K
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, mistaken identity, accountant, fish out of water, parents and children, disorder, dishonesty, goofy hero, going straight, crimes, cons and scams ...
Time: 90s, 1930s
Place: italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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, rain, crimes, goofy hero, couples, petty criminal, hapless, couple relations, cons and scams, misfit, unlikely criminals ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 20th century, 60s, 1930s ...
Place: quebec, turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 6.1
 50K
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, escapades, kidnapping, stupidity, chase, prank, missing child, adventure, nothing goes right, crime gone awry, young heroes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois, illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Ernest Scared Stupid (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Horror
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, feel good, not serious, parody, absurd ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, teens, horror for children
Plot: halloween, troll, evil, curse, family, magic, friends, disorder, fish out of water, goofy hero, youth, mischievous children ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 6.7
 28K
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, realistic, not serious, feel good ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: mistaken identity, fish out of water, prison, friendship, on the road, false accusation, escape, wrongful imprisonment, buddy, crimes, partners, odd couple ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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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: exciting, semi serious, humorous
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: school, forgery, captivity, escape, hostage, family relations, summer school, friends, disorder, family life, when the parents are away, prison ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 5.2
 452
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: not serious, realistic, humorous
Plot: prison, gang, vengeance, prison life, frame up, mistaken identity, cons and scams, disorder, embezzlement, injustice, escape, hostage ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 3.1
 17K
Daddy Day Camp (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 93 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, absurd, melancholic, realistic ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, teens, girls' night
Plot: summer camp, mischievous children, family relations, competition, colonel, family, farce, buddies, escapades, goofy hero, misfit, fish out of water ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, cuba
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 4.9
 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, talky, sex comedy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: fish out of water, switching roles, unlikely criminals, crimes, disorder, cons and scams, misfit, goofy hero, dishonesty, nothing goes right, crime gone awry, uncle nephew relationship ...
Time: 80s
Place: miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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, rivalry, disorder, cons and scams, dishonesty, rise to the top, goofy hero, crime boss, bandit, criminal's revenge ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1935, 1910s, 80s
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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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: teens, family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: friendship, school, underdog, mischievous children, family, parents and children, vengeance, chaos and mayhem, teenage life, disorder, family relations, father son relationship ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 5.3
 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: kids, family outing, pre-teens, teens
Plot: dog, family, pets, goofy hero, crime gone awry, friendship, save the day, nothing goes right, witnessing a crime, crimes, hidden identity, mischievous children ...
Time: contemporary
Place: alaska, seattle
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 2.5
 26K
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, mischievous children, mistaken identity, mad scientist, twins, family, adventure, prank, experiment gone awry, disorder, goofy hero ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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, muppets, adventure, heist, family, mistaken identity, friendship, crimes, escapades, goofy hero, master criminal, friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 18th century
Place: europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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, crimes, cons and scams, criminal heroes, dishonesty, prison, planning, disguise, released from prison, greed, runaway ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: cleveland ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 4.9
 3K
Bingo (1991)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Bingo, the runaway circus dog, is off the leash and saving Chuckie's life! Bingo and the boy become the best of friends in this canine comedy featuring doggy disguises and skateboarding, pinball and prison. Chuckie and his parents (Cindy ...
Style: touching, humorous, not serious, entertaining, feel good ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: dog, on the road, rescue, friendship, family, adventure, pets, escapades, animal life, disorder, cross country, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 5.7
 28K
The Nut Job (2014)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Family
Country: Canada, South Korea, USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Surly, a curmudgeon, independent squirrel is banished from his park and forced to survive in the city. Lucky for him, he stumbles on the one thing that may be able to save his life, and the rest of park community, as they gear up for winter - ...
Style: funny, not serious, humorous, entertaining, light ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, teens
Plot: talking animals, squirrel, friendship, family, animals, heist, crime gone awry, friends, unlikely partners, fish out of water, chase, betrayal ...
Time: contemporary, 50s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%