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I Ought to Be in Pictures (1982)
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I Ought to Be in Pictures (1982)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Grandmother has nothing to say when Libby tells her that she is off to LA to look up Dad, a Hollywood screenwriter. Grandmother has been in a New York cemetery for six years and Dad has been out of Libby's life for 16 of her 19 years. Libby arrives in LA on a Tuesday and phones Dad the one night that Stephanie, who does Jane Fonda's hair, stays over. Stephanie is there the next morning when Libby decides she needs to tell her story face-to-face.
Style: humorous, sentimental, touching, clever, emotional, realistic, witty, semi serious
Plot: alcohol abuse, hollywood, midlife crisis, estrangement, screenwriter, struggling actor, writer's life, family relations, parents and children, love and romance, family life, elderly lovers, suburbs, artists and showbiz, elderly, family problems, human nature, couples, family gatherings, filmmaking, suburban life, single parent, homecoming, eccentric family, golden years ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, los angeles, usa, california

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, humorous, semi serious and touching films with plots about family relations, couples, parents and children, family problems, love and romance, unfulfillment and family life mostly in Comedy, Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like I Ought to Be in Pictures: Only When I Laugh (1981), Max Dugan Returns (1983), The Talent Given Us (2004), Plaza Suite (1971), Memories of Me (1988). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Only When I Laugh (1981)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A boozy Broadway actress comes out of a 12-week cure to face the problems of her best friends as well as her needy daughter. She tries to balance the terrors of returning to work with the demands of all around her with humor and insight, while ...
Style: talky, semi serious, realistic, sentimental, clever ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, crumbling marriage, best friends, custody, gays and lesbians, friends, estrangement, family in crisis, starting over, actor's life, life is a bitch, friendship ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york
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Max Dugan Returns (1983)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: An English teacher and struggling single mother has her life disrupted when the father who abandoned her as a child comes back into her life.
Style: feel good, humorous, semi serious, touching, talky ...
Plot: police detective, family relations, dysfunctional family, family problems, hopes, single parent, parents and children, eccentric family, cons and scams, family life, estrangement, couples ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, las vegas, los angeles, venice beach california, brazil
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87%
The Talent Given Us (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A retired New York City couple drive across country to reconnect with their reclusive son, joined by their two unmarried daughters.
Style: humorous, touching, witty, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: on the road, eccentric family, family relations, parents and children, family in crisis, reunion, elderly, family problems, cross country, estrangement, golden years, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, los angeles, california
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78%
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Plaza Suite (1971)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Film version of the Neil Simon play has three separate acts set in the same hotel suite in New York's Plaza Hotel with Walter Matthau in a triple role. In the first, Karen Nash tries to get her inattentive husband Sam's attention to spruce ...
Style: witty, clever, humorous, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: hotel, wedding, luxury hotel, multiple storylines, infidelity, couple relations, love triangle, midlife crisis, bittersweet, family problems, couples, anniversary ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, new jersey, california
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Memories of Me (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: After a heart attack, Abbie Polin (Crystal), a New York doctor, goes to Los Angeles to see his father, Abe (King), who works in Hollywood as the "king of the extras." Their relationship has been strained for several years. This was the ...
Style: touching, sentimental, humorous, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: hollywood, father son relationship, heart attack, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, pregnancy, introspection, reunion, self discovery, family life, child as adult, terminal illness ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
Lost in Yonkers (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In the summer of 1942 two young boys are sent to stay with their stern grandmother Kurnitz and their childlike aunt Bella in Yonkers, New York.
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, semi serious, feel good ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, coming of age, aunt, grandmother, teenage life, love affair, human nature, parents and children, siblings relations, family life, self discovery, eccentric family ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1942
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
The Year of Getting to Know Us (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A commitment-phobic man reunites with his estranged, ailing father and comes to terms with his own childhood.
Style: touching, realistic, humorous, semi serious, offbeat
Plot: family problems, homecoming, couples, hopes, dysfunctional family, love and romance, eccentric family, couple relations, family life, family relations, estrangement, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, florida
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69%
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Kotch (1971)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Joseph Kotcher, retired salesman, walks out on his son and daughter-in-law after their attempts to put him in a retirement home. He tracks down their babysitter, sacked because she is pregnant, and rents a small house nearby. He finds a new purpose ...
Style: touching, sentimental, psychological, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: teenage pregnancy, couples, aging, golden years, babies and infants, love and romance, elderly lovers, elderly, single parent, bittersweet, family relations, friends ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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Momma's Man (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: In Momma's Man an adult decides to escape the pressures of life and return to his old bedroom at his parents' house. An odd premise, but executed with skill and tenderness.
Style: psychological, emotional, realistic, sincere, serious ...
Plot: midlife crisis, family problems, introspection, family life, eccentric family, love and romance, pregnancy, unfulfillment, parents and children, family relations, elderly lovers, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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Two Weeks (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: In this bittersweet comedy, four adult siblings gather at their dying mother's house in North Carolina for what they expect to be a quick, last goodbye. Instead, they find themselves trapped — together — for two weeks.
Style: touching, sentimental, humorous, realistic, semi serious
Plot: terminal illness, eccentric family, family life, introspection, estrangement, single parent, homecoming, family gatherings, parents and children, dysfunctional family, family problems, dying ...
Time: contemporary
Place: north carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Crimes of the Heart (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Three sisters with quite different personalities and lives reunite when the youngest of them, Babe, has just shot her husband. The oldest sister, Lenny, takes care of their grandfather and is turning into an old maid, while Meg, who tries to make it ...
Style: talky, touching, sentimental, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
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Time: 80s
Place: mississippi, mississippi river, united states, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The story of Peter McGowan, a chain-smoking, impotent, insomniac playwright who lives in Los Angeles. Once very successful, he is now in the tenth year of a decade-long string of production failures. He finds himself bonding with a new ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, touching, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: midlife crisis, single parent, dog, family life, parents and children, introspection, couple relations, family problems, family relations, couples, unfulfillment, love and romance ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
You Can Thank Me Later (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 110 min.
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Style: sincere, clever, witty, humorous, touching ...
Plot: family relations, hospital, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, lifestyle, golden years, artists and showbiz, clergy, writer's life, love and romance, unfulfillment, family in crisis ...
Time: 90s
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Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
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Style: touching, sentimental, feel good, humorous, realistic ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
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Style: humorous, touching, realistic, sentimental, melancholic ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Duration: 106 min.
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Style: humorous, sentimental, semi serious, realistic
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⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
The Sunshine Boys (1975)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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Marine Life (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 95 min.
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Style: realistic, humorous, touching, emotional, semi serious
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Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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Empty Nest (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
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Style: humorous, touching, sentimental, semi serious, realistic
Plot: aging, couples, couple relations, family life, family relations, parents and children, love and romance, elderly, leaving home, lifestyle, midlife crisis, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: argentina, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
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Style: talky, clever, contemplative, realistic, semi serious ...
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Time: 90s
Place: usa, long island, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Brooklyn Lobster (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
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Style: humorous, emotional, captivating, atmospheric, sincere ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Four Seasons (1981)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Three middle-aged wealthy couples take vacations together in Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Along the way we are treated to mid-life, marital, parental and other crises.
Style: sentimental, witty, humorous, touching, realistic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: friendship, divorce, midlife crisis, vacation, bittersweet, best friends, partners, friends, family problems, couples, family relations, wilderness ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s
Place: new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
God Said, 'Ha!' (1998)
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Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
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Audience: girls' night
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Time: 90s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Dad (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A busy executive (Ted Danson) learns during a meeting that his mother may be dying and rushes home to her side. He ends up being his father's caretaker and becomes closer to him (Jack Lemmon) than ever before. Estranged from his own son (Ethan ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, touching, uplifting, sincere ...
Plot: father son relationship, aging, parents and children, hopes, family life, hospital, terminal illness, family drama, heart attack, doctors, family bonds, redemption ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, new jersey, california, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Hello Lonesome (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Lonely since his wife left him and alienated from his daughter, a cantankerous voice-over artist strikes up an unlikely friendship with his regular deliveryman. Many suburbs away, an elderly widow loses her license to drive and turns to her wry ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, humorous, sentimental, psychological ...
Plot: love and romance, couples, couple relations, friendship, friends, estrangement, unfulfillment, golden years, lifestyle, aging, loneliness, multiple storylines ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Checking Out (2005)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A famed stage actor reunites his family for a party, and plans to commit suicide after-wards, unless they are able to convince him not to.
Style: touching, humorous, realistic, sincere, semi serious ...
Plot: elderly, reunion, family gatherings, family life, lifestyle, siblings relations, homecoming, family problems, actor's life, parents and children, life & death, golden years ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Judy Berlin (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A dramatic comedy where a the relationship of a teacher and married principal goes much worse than that of their children.
Style: realistic, sentimental, humorous, touching, contemplative ...
Plot: suburbs, solar eclipse, alzheimer's disease, marriage, dysfunctional family, couple relations, human nature, reunion, parents and children, suburban life, homecoming, americana ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: usa, los angeles, berlin germany, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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The Reception (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: The complex relationship between a wealthy French woman and her best friend a, gay black American, is thrown into turmoil when her estranged daughter comes to visit them with her new husband for the weekend in upstate New York. Through a series of ...
Style: humorous, realistic, sexy, captivating, sentimental ...
Plot: romance, reunion, wedding, homecoming, family gatherings, parents and children, dysfunctional family, family relations, lifestyle, estrangement, couples, unfulfillment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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Mind the Gap (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Five seemingly unrelated people decide to take huge risks in their personal lives in an effort to find happiness.
Style: humorous, semi serious, talky, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: starting over, human nature, lifestyle, family relations, romance, golden years, city life, couples, introspection, breakup, bittersweet, singleness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
California Suite (1978)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Misadventures of four groups of guests at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Style: talky, witty, clever, humorous, captivating ...
Plot: hotel, multiple storylines, friendship, custody, womanizer, tennis, hollywood, fall in love, couple relations, love affair, family problems, couples ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: california, usa, beverly hills, los angeles, new york ...
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35%