Movies like Hurlyburly

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Hurlyburly (1998)
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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, psychological, bleak, gloomy, captivating, biting, realistic, cynical, suspenseful ...
Plot: hollywood, drug abuse, addiction, friendship, friends, misfit, love triangle, life is a bitch, love and romance, couples, filmmaking, buddies, drugs/alcohol, showbiz, drugs, sarcasm, marijuana, destiny, slut, suicide, male female relationship, teenage girl, swimming pool, single, funeral ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, new jersey

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, talky, humorous and semi serious films with plots about mentor, dialogue, storytelling, redemption, brutality, catastrophe and pornography mostly in Drama, Comedy 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.
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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: serious, sentimental, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: depression, suicide, therapist, haunted by the past, psychiatrist, widower, hollywood, power relations, doctors and patients, human nature, introspection, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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95%
 6.6
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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, witty, clever, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: salesman, love and romance, midlife crisis, religion and supernatural, religion, hotel, dialogue driven, bartender, baptist, convention, marketing, fight ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, kansas, new jersey
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92%
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: humorous, touching, sentimental, realistic, melancholic ...
Plot: hollywood, mother daughter relationship, dysfunctional family, rehabilitation, filmmaking, addiction, drug abuse, family problems, parents and children, drug addict, family relations, self discovery ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 7.2
 13K
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, psychological, touching, realistic ...
Plot: bar, drinking, small town, unemployment, life is a bitch, irresponsible, down on your luck, love and romance, hopes, dull life, social misfits, self discovery ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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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: sentimental, talky, realistic, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: date night
Plot: friendship, lifestyle, human nature, gender, buddies, couples, looking for love, couple relations, singleness, gays and lesbians, friends, love and romance ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, los angeles, california
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65%
 6.4
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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: cynical, humorous, witty, clever, sexual ...
Plot: hollywood, filmmaking, transvestism, showbiz, disorder, couples, columnist, artists and showbiz, goofy hero, lifestyle, actor's life, anti conformity ...
Time: 80s, 1930s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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: cynical, talky, witty, clever, gloomy ...
Plot: gambling, friendship, casino, transvestism, poker, bus, craps, broken nose, fight, gambling debt, stripper, roulette ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, los angeles, las vegas
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52%
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: gloomy, realistic, humorous, twists and turns, semi serious ...
Plot: terminal illness, voyeurism, self discovery, life is a bitch, nothing to lose, addiction, suicide, drugs, bowling, death, hospital, fish ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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 5.7
 956
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, humorous, cynical, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: yuppie, crumbling marriage, society, self discovery, filmmaking, breakup, infidelity, couple relations, love and romance, family problems, starting over, lifestyle ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.6
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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: psychological, dark humor, tense, cynical, humorous ...
Plot: stalking, obsession, friendship, gay, rehearsal, friends, mentally unstable, yuppie, reunion, danger, adolescence vs adulthood, dysfunctional character ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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: talky, clever, cynical, realistic, biting ...
Plot: infidelity, abortion, ballet, party, ecstasy, hollywood, lifestyle, couples, dishonesty, family problems, anniversary, gays and lesbians ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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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, touching, gloomy, rough, realistic ...
Plot: hollywood, dysfunctional family, mental illness, coming of age, teenage life, family life, lifestyle, gender, society, showbiz, prostitute, youth ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, mexico, latin america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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, psychological, humorous, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, pedophile, family relations, haunted by the past, perversion, sexual perversion, misfit, sexual abuse, family life, family problems, obsession, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: florida, usa, miami, new jersey, israel ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.3
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Inserts (1975)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A young, once-great Hollywood film director refuses to accept changing times during the early 1930s, and confines himself to his decaying mansion to make silent porn flicks.
Style: psychological, gloomy, disturbing, sexual, realistic ...
Plot: hollywood, voyeur, filmmaking, agoraphobia, alcoholic, porn actress, necrophilia, exhibitionist, alcohol abuse, showbiz, misfit, starlet ...
Time: 1930s, 30s
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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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, cynical, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, racism, showbiz, society, introspection, human nature, lifestyle, partners, buddies, teenage life, self discovery, youth ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: texas, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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: psychological, disturbing, cynical, dark humor, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: love, secretary, rivalry, friends, battle of the sexes, mind game, betrayal, revenge, cruelty, prejudice, sexism, manipulation ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.6
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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: clever, talky, realistic, biting, semi serious ...
Plot: showbiz, audition, tv show, pregnancy, love and romance, nothing goes right, artists and showbiz, network, actor's life, media satire, couple relations, regret ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.3
 23K
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: witty, cynical, stylized, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: filmmaking, ambition, desire for fame, artists and showbiz, celebrity culture, lifestyle, showbiz, spectacle, writing, greed, loneliness, justice ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, atlantic city new jersey, greenwich village manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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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: talky, humorous, feel good, realistic, funny ...
Audience: date night
Plot: small town, filmmaking, amateur theater, small town life, lifestyle, love and romance, americana, movie business, showbiz, disorder, artists and showbiz, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new england, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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, gloomy, serious, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: filmmaking, obsession, divorce, infidelity, redemption, downfall, actor's life, showbiz, human nature, lifestyle, couples, hollywood ...
Time: 90s
Place: israel, los angeles, usa, california, middle east
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44%
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Mistress (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A comedy about a screenwriter (Wuhl) whose old movie script is read by a producer (Landau) and the search for financial backers begins. But it seems that each money source (Aiello, DeNiro, Wallach) has his own mistress that he wants put into the ...
Style: witty, humorous, semi serious, biting, realistic ...
Plot: showbiz, filmmaking, mistress, money, screenwriter, writing, writer's life, artists and showbiz, unfulfillment, media, hollywood, lifestyle ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, los angeles, california
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43%
 7.0
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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: witty, realistic, clever, intellectual, talky ...
Plot: coming of age, dysfunctional family, love triangle, artist, mistress, drug dealing, heavy metal, mental illness, addiction, godparent, bohemian life, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, california, chicago illinois, manhattan new york city, connecticut ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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: witty, realistic, humorous, melancholic, biting ...
Plot: hollywood, filmmaking, movie business, nothing goes right, artists and showbiz, showbiz, midlife crisis, disagreement, workplace situations, workplace, father daughter relationship, agent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, cannes, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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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, witty ...
Audience: teens
Plot: suicide, kidnapping, mistaken identity, friendship, drug dealing, drug abuse, coming of age, crimes, youth, social decay, disorder, suburbs ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Sunset Strip (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A day in Hollywood, 1972, with young people looking for the 24 hours that will change their lives. Zach will open that night for a British rocker at Whisky a Go-Go; he lives in a canyon and plays impromptu duets with a mysterious guitarist he ...
Style: semi serious, captivating, realistic, humorous, sentimental ...
Plot: hollywood, musician, ambition, nightlife, celebrity culture, desire for fame, rising to stardom, music band, love triangle, actor's life, love and romance, showbiz ...
Time: 70s, year 1972
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Follows a group of high school students growing up in southern California, based on the real-life adventures chronicled by Cameron Crowe. Stacy Hamilton and Mark Ratner are looking for a love interest, and are helped along by their older classmates, ...
Style: sexual, realistic, semi serious, witty, humorous ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night, teen comedy
Plot: high school, coming of age, friendship, loss of virginity, first sex, abortion, teacher, innocence lost, surfing, vandalism, unwanted pregnancy, robbery ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 5.8
 7K
Punchline (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Lilah Krytsick is a mother and housewife who's always believed she could be a stand-up comedian. Steven Gold is an experienced stand-up seemingly on the cusp of success. When the two meet, they form an unlikely friendship, and Steven tries to ...
Style: talky, humorous, clever, realistic, touching ...
Plot: romance, redemption, showbiz, actor's life, friendship, love and romance, performer's life, artists and showbiz, rise to the top, suburban life, friends, ambition ...
Time: 80s
Place: medical school, new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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: humorous, semi serious, realistic, light, suspense ...
Plot: hollywood, friendship, rise to the top, desire for fame, rivalry, ambition, artists and showbiz, celebrity culture, rich and poor, movie business, film industry, personality change ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, usa, los angeles, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.8
 4K
Homegrown (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Three laborers on a Northern California marijuana plantation become increasingly paranoid when they learn that their boss has been murdered. They know enough to run, taking with them enough of the crop to pay them for services rendered. Hooking up ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, semi serious, humorous, absurd ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug dealing, drug abuse, countryside, crime, nothing goes right, crimes, criminal heroes, disorder, dishonesty, partners, buddies, marijuana ...
Time: 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, sincere, semi serious, humorous ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, hollywood, reunion, self discovery, family life, family problems, obsessive quest, couples, death in the family, love and romance, showbiz, lifestyle ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, long island, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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