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How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989)
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How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Pressure from his boss and a skin-cream client produces a talking boil on a British adman's neck.
Style: humorous, surreal, talky, enigmatic, cynical, satirical, ironic, light, witty, clever ...
Plot: advertising, nervous breakdown, advertising agency, mental illness, introspection, satire, psychiatrist, anxiety, farce, advertising executive, workplace, creativity, obsession, couple relations, love and romance, self discovery, couples, workplace situations, advertisement, greed, insanity, marijuana, nudity (full frontal - brief), chase, dog ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: paris france, russia, jerusalem

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out humorous, melancholic, talky and witty films with plots about satire, weird, storytelling, mentor, dialogue, catastrophe and life philosophy mostly in Comedy, Fantasy and Drama genres. Some movies like How to Get Ahead in Advertising: Withnail & I (1987), Schizopolis (1996), Morgan! (1966), L.A. Story (1991), Lost in America (1985). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Withnail & I (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Two out-of-work actors -- the anxious, luckless Marwood and his acerbic, alcoholic friend, Withnail -- spend their days drifting between their squalid flat, the unemployment office and the pub. When they take a holiday "by mistake" at the ...
Style: cult film, witty, talky, dark humor, humorous ...
Audience: date night
Plot: countryside, unemployment, farce, friendship, cigar smoking, cafe, bathtub, money, cottage, poverty, actor, strangulation ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1969
Place: london, england, europe, northern england
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Schizopolis (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A man works for the unpleasant guru of a Scientology-like movement.
Style: non-linear, surreal, humorous, witty, clever ...
Plot: dentist, satire, office, infidelity, masturbation, assassination, exterminator, workplace, sexual relations, couple relations, media satire, silly humor ...
Time: 90s
Place: new mexico, rhode island, costa rica
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Morgan! (1966)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Morgan, an aggressive and self-admitted dreamer, a fantasist who uses his flights of fancy as refuge from external reality, where his unconventional behavior lands him in a divorce from his wife, Leonie, trouble with the police and, ultimately, ...
Style: cynical, witty, suspense, biting, realistic ...
Plot: obsession, satire, divorce, wrestling, social differences, artists and showbiz, love and romance, society, misfit, crumbling marriage, performer's life, daydreamer ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: england, london, europe, wales
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66%
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L.A. Story (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: With the help of a talking freeway billboard, a "wacky weatherman" tries to win the heart of an English newspaper reporter, who is struggling to make sense of the strange world of early-90s Los Angeles.
Style: surreal, feel good, humorous, clever, witty ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: weatherman, satire, romance, hopes, love and romance, self discovery, city life, true love, looking for love, fall in love, urban, couple relations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, beverly hills
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Lost in America (1985)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: David and Linda Howard are successful yuppies from LA. When he gets a job disappointment, David convinces Linda that they should quit their jobs, liquidate their assets, and emulate the movie Easy Rider, spending the rest of their lives traveling ...
Style: road movie, humorous, witty, talky, feel good ...
Audience: date night
Plot: yuppie, satire, on the road, fired from the job, nothing goes right, self discovery, americana, fish out of water, couples, love and romance, hopes, promotion ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: las vegas, new york, arizona, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: UK, Germany, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A naive business graduate is installed as president of a manufacturing company as part of a stock scam.
Style: feel good, humorous, light, satirical, dark humor ...
Plot: fighting the system, suicide, corruption, industry, journalism, psychiatrist, newspaper, success, secretary, change of luck, rivalry, ambition ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1958, year 1959 ...
Place: usa, new york, empire state building manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
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57%
City of Women (1980)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A businessman finds himself trapped at a hotel and threatened by women en masse.
Style: surreal, atmospheric, offbeat, clever, witty ...
Plot: feminism, sexual relations, satire, hostages, politics, battle of the sexes, disorder, couples, hostage, strong female presence, crimes, love and romance ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: italy, paris france
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56%
Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (2005)
Genre: Comedy
Country: UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Steve Coogan, an arrogant actor with low self-esteem and a complicated love life, is playing the eponymous role in an adaptation of "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman" being filmed at a stately home. He constantly spars ...
Style: humorous, talky, witty, semi serious, cynical ...
Plot: filmmaking, adaptation, showbiz, couples, artists and showbiz, director, actor's life, nothing goes right, buddies, couple relations, nosy, disorder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 18th century
Place: england, london
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54%
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Being John Malkovich (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Spike Jonze’s debut feature film is a love story mix of comedy and fantasy. The story is about an unsuccessful puppeteer named Craig, who one day at work finds a portal into the head of actor John Malkovich. The portal soon becomes a passion for ...
Style: offbeat, surreal, psychological, twists and turns, talky ...
Audience: date night
Plot: subconscious, actor, puppeteer, body swapping, sexual identity, mind control, love triangle, psychology, obsession, satire, pets, pet ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)
Genre: Comedy
Country: France, Italy, Spain
Duration: 102 min.
Story: In Luis Buñuel’s deliciously satiric masterpiece, an upper-class sextet sits down to dinner but never eats, their attempts continually thwarted by a vaudevillian mixture of events both actual and imagined.
Style: surreal, atmospheric, twists and turns, humorous, talky ...
Plot: high society, farce, satire, smuggling, friendship, heroin, police brutality, guest, dream, social decay, nothing goes right, lifestyle ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: europe, france, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Book of Life (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Country: France, USA
Duration: 63 min.
Story: The end of the millenium has taken on a certain significance in modern day prophecies. What happens if Jesus Christ has second thoughts about the Apocalypse? It is December 31, 1999 and New Year's Eve takes on new meaning when the Devil, Jesus ...
Style: humorous, futuristic, dark humor, surreal, enigmatic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: apocalypse, hopes, society, introspection, moral dilemma, human nature, rivalry, save the world, religions or cults, legends and myths, destiny, chaos ...
Time: contemporary, year 2000, year 1999
Place: new york, usa, empire state building manhattan new york city, jerusalem
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Breakfast of Champions (1999)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A portrait of a fictional town in the mid west that is home to a group of idiosyncratic and slightly neurotic characters. Dwayne Hoover is a wealthy car dealer-ship owner that's on the brink of suicide and is losing touch with reality.
Style: surreal, tragicomedy, witty, humorous, talky ...
Plot: midlife crisis, car salesman, losing-it hero, self discovery, small town, small town life, couple relations, against the rules, satire, success, friendship, extramarital affair ...
Time: 90s
Place: indiana, hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Mighty Aphrodite (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: When Lenny and his wife, Amanda, adopt a baby, Lenny realizes that his son is a genius and becomes obsessed with finding the boy's biological mother in hopes that she will be brilliant too. But when he learns that Max's mother is Linda ...
Style: talky, humorous, witty, surreal, touching ...
Plot: adoption, prostitute, child, adoptive mother, family relations, love and romance, looking for love, couple relations, dishonesty, opposites attract, boxing, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new york
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43%
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Dead Tired (1994)
Genre: Comedy
Country: France
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Stressed and overworked, famous French movie star Michel Blanc (Michel Blanc) is beginning to wear down, physically and mentally, from the pressure and demands of fame. Already in a fragile state of mind, strange events start to transpire all around ...
Style: humorous, absurd, light, talky, melancholic ...
Plot: self discovery, twins, disorder, actor's life, nothing goes right, artists and showbiz, cinema, french, dysfunctional family, satire, performer's life, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s, 1920s, 70s
Place: paris france, france, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Phantom of Liberty (1974)
Genre: Comedy
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Bourgeois convention is demolished in Luis Buñuel’s surrealist gem. Featuring an elegant soiree with guests seated at toilet bowls, poker-playing monks using religious medals as chips, and police officers looking for a missing girl who is right ...
Style: surreal, thought provoking, humorous, witty, semi serious ...
Plot: monk, s&m, incest, estrangement, social decay, society, religions or cults, chaos, life is a bitch, nudity (full frontal - brief), satire, greed ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: france, europe, paris france, spain
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41%
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Haiku Tunnel (2001)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Josh is the consummate temp employee, avoiding all long-term connections and responsibilities, both at work and in his personal life. However, by the time his agency places him at the Schuyler & Mitchell law firm, Josh is tired of his ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, witty, funny, absurd ...
Plot: law firm, workplace, disorder, boss and employee, fish out of water, workplace situations, introspection, fighting the system, nothing goes right, thirtysomething life, obnoxious boss, down on your luck ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: san francisco, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Zelig (1983)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: Fictional documentary about the life of human chameleon Leonard Zelig, a man who becomes a celebrity in the 1920s due to his ability to look and act like whoever is around him. Clever editing places Zelig in real newsreel footage of Woodrow Wilson, ...
Style: talky, humorous, surreal, not serious, funny ...
Plot: therapy, artists and showbiz, switching roles, satire, celebrity culture, great depression, celebrity, psychiatrist, fictional biography, electroshock therapy, chameleon, character study ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 20s, 20th century, 30s ...
Place: paris france, bronx new york city, new york, germany, new jersey
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40%
Color Me Kubrick (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, France, Canada, Isle Of Man
Duration: 86 min.
Story: The true story of a man who posed as director Stanley Kubrick during the production of Kubrick's last film, Eyes Wide Shut, despite knowing very little about his work and looking nothing like him.
Style: witty, humorous, satirical, entertaining, light ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, filmmaking, artists and showbiz, cons and scams, disorder, love and romance, self confidence, petty criminal, money, musician, serial killer, manipulation ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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A Private Function (1984)
Genre: Comedy
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Life isn't easy in 1947 Yorkshire, where strict post-war rationing is putting the squeeze on the townspeople. But when a working-class couple discover that the town's wealthy elite has been secretly fattening up an illegal pig for their ...
Style: humorous, clever, biting, suspense, semi serious ...
Plot: satire, pig, village, countryside, small town, working class, crime gone awry, disorder, black market, couples, social relations, society ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1947, 1930s ...
Place: england, europe, yorkshire, northern england
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39%
Forbidden Zone (1980)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 74 min.
Story: A mysterious door in the basement of the Hercules house leads to the Sixth Dimension by way of a gigantic set of intestine. When Frenchy slips through the door, King Fausto falls in love with her. The jealous Queen Doris takes Frenchy prisoner, and ...
Style: stylized, humorous, semi serious, offbeat, cult film ...
Plot: nudity (full frontal - brief), cult, rescue, mystery, imaginary, danger, chaos, mysterious place, show tunes, graphic violence, chaos and mayhem, parallel world ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s
Place: california, usa, venice california
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Playtime (1967)
Genre: Comedy
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 155 min.
Story: Clumsy Monsieur Hulot finds himself perplexed by the intimidating complexity of a gadget-filled Paris. He attempts to meet with a business contact but soon becomes lost. His roundabout journey parallels that of an American tourist, and as they weave ...
Style: humorous, witty, surreal, semi serious, talky ...
Plot: tourist, restaurant, culture clash, farce, chaos, city life, skyscraper, goofy hero, lifestyle, nothing goes right, misfit, human existence ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: paris france, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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The Rum Diary (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Tired of the noise and madness of New York and the crushing conventions of late Eisenhower-era America, itinerant journalist Paul Kemp travels to the pristine island of Puerto Rico to write for a local San Juan newspaper run by the downtrodden ...
Style: stylized, humorous, light, surreal, colourful ...
Plot: newspaper, journalism, profanity, lifestyle, drunkenness, cockfight, carnival, hallucination, adaptation, vomiting, fire breathing, journalist ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 50s, 20th century, year 1960 ...
Place: caribbean, puerto rico, latin america, new jersey
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37%
The Boss of It All (2006)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Denmark, Sweden, France, Italy, Germany, Iceland
Duration: 99 min.
Story: An IT company hires an actor to serve as the company's president in order to help the business get sold to a cranky Icelander.
Style: surreal, humorous, not serious, realistic, talky ...
Plot: office, workplace, boss and employee, comedy of errors, fish out of water, dishonesty, actor's life, workplace situations, negotiation, employer employee relationship, husband wife relationship, profanity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, denmark, new jersey
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36%
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Smile (1975)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: It's time again for California's "Young American Miss" beauty pageant, the biggest event of the year for Big Bob Freelander and Brenda DiCarlo, who give their all to put on a successful pageant. But Brenda is having marital ...
Style: suspense, biting, realistic, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: satire, beauty pageant, choreographer, strong female presence, family relations, teenage life, social differences, suburban life, introspection, small town life, parents and children, small town ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Stay Tuned (1992)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Salesman Roy Knable spends all his free time watching television, to the exasperation of his wife, Helen. One day, TV salesman Spike convinces Roy to buy a satellite dish offering 666 channels. The new addition to Roy's home entertainment ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, suspense, witty, satirical ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: tv show, satellite dish, survival, couple relations, hostages, crumbling marriage, hostage, media satire, television, satire, wrestling, axe ...
Time: 80s, 1990s, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Denise Calls Up (1995)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: A group of friends in New York, working away at their PCs and laptops, keep in touch exclusively by phone and fax. They are all too busy to meet face to face. Gale plays matchmaker, by phone, to Jerry and Barbara who, in turn, hit it off beautifully ...
Style: humorous, ironic, satirical, dark humor, witty ...
Audience: date night
Plot: friendship, telephone, love and romance, looking for love, pregnancy, self discovery, technology, answering machine, phone sex, masturbation, eccentricity, loneliness ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey, new york, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The Brand New Testament (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Country: Belgium, France, Luxembourg
Duration: 114 min.
Story: God lives in Brussels. On earth though, God is a coward, with pathetical morals and being odious with his family. His daughter, Ea, is bored at home and can't stand being locked up in a small apartment in ordinary Brussels, until the day she ...
Style: surreal, philosophical, meditative, talky, sentimental ...
Plot: god, goddess, evil god, religion, philosophy, friendship, cynicism, destiny, tyranny, husband wife relationship, christianity, adventurer ...
Time: 70s
Place: brussels, brussels belgium
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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O Lucky Man! (1973)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Music
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 178 min.
Story: This sprawling, surrealist musical serves as an allegory for the pitfalls of capitalism, as it follows the adventures of a young coffee salesman in Europe.
Style: surreal, dark humor, witty, clever, humorous ...
Plot: breast feeding, police brutality, audition, film within a film, satire, power relations, rich and poor, society, rise to the top, obnoxious boss, unfulfillment, surrealism ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: england, scotland, europe, east end london, london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Deconstructing Harry (1997)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: This film tells the story of a successful writer called Harry Block, played by Allen himself, who draws inspiration from people he knows in real-life, and from events that happened to him, sometimes causing these people to become alienated from him ...
Style: witty, talky, humorous, cynical, clever ...
Plot: psychiatrist, writer's life, alienation, human nature, writing, writer's block, art, profanity, sexual content, heaven and hell, postmodernism, suffering ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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Bedazzled (1967)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Stanley is infatuated with Margaret, the statuesque waitress who works with him. He meets George Spiggott AKA the devil and sells his soul for 7 wishes, which Stanley uses to try and make Margaret his own first as an intellectual, then as a rock ...
Style: dark humor, witty, humorous, biting, suspense ...
Audience: date night
Plot: wish come true, deal with the devil, satire, fall in love, devil, seven deadly sins, love and romance, hopes, fish out of water, silly humor, transformation, religion ...
Time: 1960s, 60s
Place: london, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%