Movies like Hurlyburly

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Hurlyburly (1998)
 5.8
 9K
Hurlyburly (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Based on a play by David Rabe, Hurlyburly is about the intersecting lives of several Hollywood players and wannabes, whose dysfunctional personal lives are more interesting than anything they're peddling to the studios.
Style: talky, clever, bleak, semi serious, psychological, realistic, captivating, cynical, gloomy, suspenseful ...
Plot: hollywood, addiction, drug abuse, friendship, drugs/alcohol, life is a bitch, buddies, love triangle, showbiz, filmmaking, friends, love and romance, misfit, drugs, couples, sarcasm, marijuana, destiny, slut, suicide, teenage girl, swimming pool, funeral, cocaine, baby ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, new jersey

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, melancholic, semi serious and humorous films with plots about storytelling, dialogue, mentor, catastrophe, redemption, brutality and life philosophy mostly in Comedy, Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like Hurlyburly: Shrink (2009), The Big Kahuna (1999), Postcards from the Edge (1990), Trees Lounge (1996), Queens Logic (1991). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.7
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Shrink (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Unable to cope with a recent personal tragedy, LA's top celebrity shrink turns into a pothead with no concern for his appearance and a creeping sense of his inability to help his patients.
Style: psychological, realistic, serious, gloomy, sentimental ...
Plot: depression, suicide, psychiatrist, therapist, widower, drug dealer, alcohol, haunted by the past, hollywood, drugs/alcohol, human nature, introspection ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 6.6
 13K
The Big Kahuna (1999)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Three salesmen working for a firm that makes industrial lubricants are waiting in the company's "hospitality suite" at a manufacturers' convention for a "big kahuna" named Dick Fuller to show up, in hopes they can ...
Style: talky, clever, witty, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: salesman, love and romance, religion and supernatural, midlife crisis, religion, hotel, dialogue driven, hotel room, convention, fight, marketing, bartender ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: kansas, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
Postcards from the Edge (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Substance-addicted Hollywood actress Suzanne Vale is on the skids. After a spell at a detox centre her film company insists as a condition of continuing to employ her that she live with her mother Doris Mann, herself once a star and now a champion ...
Style: talky, clever, humorous, semi serious, witty ...
Plot: hollywood, dysfunctional family, rehabilitation, filmmaking, addiction, overdose, actor's life, drug abuse, self discovery, couple relations, parents and children, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
 7.2
 12K
Trees Lounge (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Tommy has lost his job, his love and his life. He lives in a small apartment above the Trees Lounge, a bar which he frequents along with a few other regulars without lives. He gets a job driving an ice cream truck and ends up getting involved with ...
Style: talky, gloomy, semi serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: bar, drinking, small town, social misfits, alcohol abuse, misfit, society, life is a bitch, human nature, self discovery, down on your luck, unemployment ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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 5.9
 1K
Queens Logic (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: When childhood friends Al, Dennis and Eliot get together for Ray's wedding, which may or may not happen, they end up on a roller-coaster ride through reality. During one tumultuous, crazy weekend, they face adulthood and each other with new ...
Style: semi serious, clever, sentimental, realistic, humorous ...
Audience: date night
Plot: friendship, buddies, gays and lesbians, couple relations, looking for love, singleness, friends, couples, human nature, reunion, gender, love and romance ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 5.7
 923
The New Age (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Peter and Katherine Witner are Southern California super-yuppies with great jobs but no center to their lives. When they both lose their jobs and begin marital infidelities, their solution is to start their own business together. In order to find ...
Style: dark humor, clever, semi serious, realistic, humorous ...
Plot: yuppie, surrealism, crumbling marriage, starting over, couple relations, breakup, unfulfillment, couples, rise and fall, self discovery, infidelity, unemployment ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 6.4
 5K
S.O.B. (1981)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A movie producer who made a huge flop tries to salvage his career by revamping his film as an erotic production, where its family-friendly star takes her top off.
Style: clever, humorous, tragicomedy, semi serious, witty ...
Plot: hollywood, filmmaking, transvestism, actor's life, showbiz, office, artists and showbiz, goofy hero, couples, disorder, columnist, pornography ...
Time: 80s, 1930s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Dream with the Fishes (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A suicidal man who can't kill himself agrees to finance his terminally ill neighbor's bucket list of fantasies if, at the end, the neighbor will kill him.
Style: twists and turns, gloomy, semi serious, realistic, humorous ...
Plot: terminal illness, self discovery, life is a bitch, addiction, voyeurism, suicide, drugs, nothing to lose, bowling, death, hospital, fish ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: san francisco, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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The Anniversary Party (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: While celebrating their reconciliation and six years of marriage, the American actress Sally Nash (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and the British novelist Joe Therrian (Alan Cumming) receive their close friends, some colleagues and their next door neighbors ...
Style: clever, talky, semi serious, realistic, humorous ...
Plot: infidelity, ecstasy, party, abortion, hollywood, ballet, artists and showbiz, dishonesty, love and romance, unfulfillment, youth, couples ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.6
 5K
Chuck & Buck (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Buck is a man-child who has lived his existence in a life of kindergarten collages and lollipops. Buck remembers his old childhood friend Chuck, with whom he feels a need to reconnect with after having invited him to his mother's funeral. Buck ...
Style: dark humor, gloomy, semi serious, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: stalking, gay, obsession, friendship, rehearsal, mentally unstable, danger, friends, adolescence vs adulthood, reunion, yuppie, dysfunctional character ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
The Big Picture (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Hollywood beckons for recent film school grad Nick Chapman, who is out to capitalize on the momentum from his national award-winning student film. Studio executive Allen Habel seduces Nick with a dream deal to make his first feature, but once ...
Style: witty, clever, semi serious, humorous, realistic ...
Plot: hollywood, friendship, desire for fame, romance, rise to the top, innocence lost, rich and poor, celebrity culture, showbiz, ambition, dishonesty, love and romance ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, usa, los angeles, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
California Split (1974)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Down-on-his-luck gambler Bill (George Segal) links up with free spirit Charlie (Elliott Gould) at first to have some fun, but then gets into debt when Gould takes an unscheduled trip to Tijuana. As a final act of desperation, he pawns most of his ...
Style: talky, clever, cynical, semi serious, witty ...
Plot: friendship, gambling, casino, transvestism, poker, stripper, fight, roulette, craps, broken nose, gambling debt, bus ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, los angeles, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.8
 8K
SubUrbia (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A group of suburban teenagers try to support each other through the difficult task of becoming adults.
Style: talky, realistic, semi serious, clever, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, racism, buddies, self discovery, interracial relations, teenage life, twentysomething life, coming of age, society, youth, friends, human nature ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: texas, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Life During Wartime (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Friends, family, and lovers struggle to find love, forgiveness, and meaning in an almost war-torn world riddled with comedy and pathos. Follows Solondz's film Happiness (1998).
Style: dark humor, disturbing, semi serious, gloomy, psychological ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, sexual abuse, haunted by the past, family relations, crumbling marriage, obsession, couple relations, parents and children, family life, hopes, misfit, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: florida, miami, usa, new jersey, israel ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.7
 8K
The Best Man (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Harper, a writer who's about to explode into the mainstream leaves behind his girlfriend Robin and heads to New York City to serve as best man for his friend Lance's wedding. Once there, he reunites with the rest of his college circle.
Style: clever, semi serious, realistic, humorous, feel good ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: friendship, buddies, romance, couple relations, love and romance, couples, friends, infidelity, stripper, college friend, brooklyn bridge, bachelor party ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 5.9
 907
Star Maps (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Carlos wants to be an actor. But his father, Pepe, wants him to work in the family business, that is, male prostitution. Carlos decides that he will be one of his father's boys until he can get his foot in the door in Hollywood.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: hollywood, dysfunctional family, family life, mental illness, coming of age, gays and lesbians, prostitute, transsexual, gender, life is a bitch, youth, family relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, california, mexico, latin america, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.6
 5K
The TV Set (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: As a writer named Mike struggles to shepherd his semi-autobiographical sitcom into development, his vision is slowly eroded by a domineering network executive named Lenny who favors trashy reality programming. The irony, of course, is that every ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, talky, clever, realistic ...
Plot: showbiz, tv show, pregnancy, audition, nothing goes right, media satire, artists and showbiz, actor's life, couple relations, teenage life, love and romance, couples ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Chumscrubber (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The Chumscrubber is a dark comedy about the lives of people who live in upper-class suburbia. It all begins when Dean Stiffle finds the body of his friend, Troy. He doesn't bother telling any of the adults because he knows they won't care. ...
Style: surreal, dark humor, semi serious, humorous, biting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: suicide, kidnapping, friendship, drug dealing, mistaken identity, mayor, psychiatrist, drug abuse, rock, drugs/alcohol, suburban life, dysfunctional family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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In the Company of Men (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Two business executives--one an avowed misogynist, the other recently emotionally wounded by his love interest--set out to exact revenge on the female gender by seeking out the most innocent, uncorrupted girl they can find and ruining her life.
Style: clever, realistic, cynical, disturbing, psychological ...
Plot: misogynist, dating, love, secretary, office, deafness, sexism, battle of the sexes, friendship, mind game, urban, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.0
 7K
Citizen Ruth (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: "Citizen Ruth" is the story of Ruth Stoops, a woman who nobody even noticed -- until she got pregnant. Now, everyone wants a piece of her. The film is a comedy about one woman caught in the ultimate tug-of-war: a clash of wild, noisy, ...
Style: clever, semi serious, witty, biting, cynical ...
Plot: pregnancy, abortion, judge, addiction, politics, siege, drug abuse, social misfits, moral dilemma, drugs/alcohol, culture clash, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
Place: vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
What Just Happened (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: During the course of an ordinary week in Hollywood, movie producer Ben (Robert De Niro) must navigate his way through shark-infested waters as he struggles to complete his latest projects. A demanding studio boss (Catherine Keener) demands extensive ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, clever, witty ...
Plot: hollywood, filmmaking, movie business, midlife crisis, agent, drugs/alcohol, showbiz, divorce, artists and showbiz, workplace, media, disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, cannes, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 5.1
 5K
Girl 6 (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Girl 6 is a 1996 American film by director Spike Lee about a phone sex operator. Theresa Randle played the title character, and playwright Suzan-Lori Parks wrote the screenplay. The soundtrack is composed entirely of songs written by Prince. The ...
Style: sexual, sexy, talky, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: date night
Plot: phone sex, actress, masturbation, neighbor, actor's life, friendship, self discovery, boss and employee, showbiz, workplace situations, thirtysomething life, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.0
 30K
Igby Goes Down (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A young man's peculiar upbringing renders him unable to competently cope with the struggle of growing up.
Style: clever, realistic, talky, witty, semi serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, coming of age, drug dealing, love triangle, mistress, artist, heavy metal, parents and children, rock, siblings relations, falling in love, parent child relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, new york, manhattan new york city, connecticut, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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 6.3
 22K
Celebrity (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The career and personal life of writer Lee are at a standstill, so he divorces his bashful wife, Robin, and dives into a new job as an entertainment journalist. His assignments take him to the swankiest corners of Manhattan, but as he jumps from one ...
Style: cynical, semi serious, humorous, clever, witty ...
Plot: filmmaking, desire for fame, urban, celebrity culture, reporter, spectacle, ambition, artists and showbiz, media satire, showbiz, love and romance, media ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, greenwich village manhattan new york city, atlantic city new jersey, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Swimming with Sharks (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A young, naive Hollywood studio assistant finally turns the tables on his incredibly abusive producer boss.
Style: clever, semi serious, cynical, realistic, humorous ...
Plot: showbiz, hollywood, vengeance, manager, humiliation, bully, obnoxious boss, obsession, workplace situations, revenge, sadism, success ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Last Summer in the Hamptons (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Filmed entirely on location in East Hampton, Long Island, "Last Summer in the Hamptons" concerns a large theatrical family spending the last weekend of their summer together at the decades-old family retreat which economic circumstances ...
Style: talky, clever, semi serious, realistic, humorous ...
Plot: family life, hollywood, actor's life, estate, dysfunctional family, elderly lovers, writer's life, self discovery, parents and children, siblings relations, death in the family, family gatherings ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, long island, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
10 Items or Less (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: An actor who is considering the role of a supermarket manager arrives at a grocery store on the outskirts of Los Angeles to do some field research. He subsequently becomes stranded, without a car or cell phone, and accepts a ride home with Scarlet, ...
Style: clever, feel good, humorous, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: friendship, movie star, job interview, introspection, self discovery, shopping, research, friends, on the road, consumerism, hollywood, couples ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, los angeles, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.8
 19K
State and Main (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A Hollywood Film unit invades a small Vermont town leading to wholesale abandonment of values and virtue. A smart, warm and funny movie - and not just for movie buffs. Tagline: When a film crew came to Waterford, Vermont - They Shot First And Asked ...
Style: humorous, witty, talky, clever, biting ...
Audience: date night
Plot: small town, statutory rape, amateur theater, filmmaking, nothing goes right, culture clash, showbiz, movie business, artists and showbiz, love and romance, society, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new england, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.5
 8K
Trust (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: After being thrown away from home, pregnant high school dropout Maria meets Matthew, a highly educated and extremely moody electronics repairman. The two begin an unusual romance built on their sense of mutual admiration and trust.
Style: dark humor, talky, witty, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: love and romance, dysfunctional family, pregnancy, opposites attract, suburbs, romance, misfit, social misfits, human nature, self discovery, parents and children, teenage life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, long island
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Dangerous Game (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A New York film director, working on his latest movie in Los Angeles, begins to reflect the actions in his movie and real life, especially when he begins an affair with the lead actress.
Style: psychological, serious, bleak, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: filmmaking, divorce, obsession, drug abuse, infidelity, actor's life, crumbling marriage, downfall, redemption, human nature, hollywood, couple relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: israel, california, los angeles, middle east, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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