Movies like Parents

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Parents (1989)
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Parents (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Mystery
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Michael is a young boy living in a typical 1950's suburbanite home... except for his bizarre and horrific nightmares, and continued unease around his parents. Young Michael begins to suspect his parents are cooking more than just hamburgers on the grill outside, but has trouble explaining his fears to his new-found friend Sheila, or the school's social worker.
Style: dark humor, humorous, offbeat, semi serious, cult film, disturbing, surreal, satirical, macabre, dark ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, coming of age, cannibal, teenage life, school, youth, family relations, parents and children, self discovery, family life, family problems, society, mischievous children, social worker, suburban life, disorder, eccentric family, suburbs, parents, cannibalism, blood, sexuality, scientist, food, domestic violence ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s, year 1954

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out humorous, dark humor, semi serious and realistic films with plots about family relations, dysfunctional family, parents and children, storytelling, mentor, brutality and pornography mostly in Comedy, Drama and Horror genres. Some movies like Parents: Neighbors (1981), The People Under the Stairs (1991), Siblings (2004), Society (1989), 976-EVIL (1988). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Neighbors (1981)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: One man's quiet suburban life takes a sickening lurch for the worse when a young couple move into the deserted house next door. From the word go it is obvious these are not the quiet professional types who *should* be living in such a nice ...
Style: cult film, humorous, dark humor, semi serious, witty ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, couple relations, eccentric family, suburbs, love and romance, friends, family relations, youth, family life, couples, disorder, school ...
Time: 80s
Place: california
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100%
The People Under the Stairs (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: When young Poindexter "Fool" Williams breaks into the creepy, immense old home of his family's greedy and uncaring landlords, he uncovers a disturbing scenario underneath the stairs.
Style: suspenseful, rough, scary, surreal, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: cannibalism, mental illness, human monster, serial killer, murder, incest, manic, break in, disfigurement, child abuse, guard dog, child protagonist ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.5
 628
Siblings (2004)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Canada
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Joe (Alex Campbell) and his siblings have a couple of problems. First off, their stepparents are despicably evil. Secondly, they seemed to have killed them. Now this mixed up mess of half-sisters and step-brothers have to figure out how to dispose ...
Style: semi serious, dark humor, humorous, realistic, offbeat
Plot: murder, lust, dysfunctional family, crime gone awry, eccentric family, teenage life, siblings relations, family problems, family life, deadly, youth, disorder ...
Time: contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 6.5
 12K
Society (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A Beverly Hills teen (Billy Warlock) discovers his parents are part of a gruesome orgy cult for the social elite.
Style: scary, surreal, psychological, dark humor, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: secret society, surrealism, cult, transformation, delusion, body horror, psychiatrist, mystery, youth, suburbs, teenage life, friendship ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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 5.1
 4K
976-EVIL (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: People who dial 976-EVIL receive supernatural powers and turn into satanic killers. When Spike dialed 976-EVIL, he knew it was an expensive toll call, but he didn't know that he'd have to pay for it with his soul.
Style: dark humor, scary, suspenseful, satanic, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, obsession, high school, misfit, vengeance, teenage life, social misfits, danger, curses spells and rituals, deal with the devil, phone sex, telephone number ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
It's Not Me, I Swear! (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: Canada
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Léon is ten years old, has lots of problems and an overly fertile imagination. Of course, there is mom and dad who are always fighting, and those annoying neighbors who get to spend the summer at the beach. And then, there's Léa, the ...
Style: semi serious, clever, humorous, realistic, offbeat ...
Plot: disorder, prank, eccentric family, parents and children, love and romance, family relations, best friends, youth, mischievous children, dysfunctional family, coming of age, fall in love ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: canada
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66%
 5.7
 13K
Drowning Mona (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The recently deceased Mona Dearly (Bette Midler) was many things: an abusive wife, a domineering mother, a loud-mouthed neighbor and a violent malcontent. So when her car and corpse are discovered in the Hudson River, police Chief Wyatt Rash (Danny ...
Style: dark humor, humorous, funny, absurd, clever ...
Plot: investigation, murder, suspect, mystery, family problems, disorder, social relations, goofy hero, small town, small town life, waitress, murder mystery ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, minnesota
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62%
 6.1
 1K
Bruno (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The story of a unique young boy genius, Bruno, whose expression of his own individuality leads his family and community along an emotional journey.
Style: realistic, semi serious, touching, sentimental, humorous ...
Plot: coming of age, dysfunctional family, youth, friendship, prodigy, parents and children, family life, family problems, hopes, eccentric family, society, suburban life ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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Polyester (1981)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A suburban housewife's world falls apart when her pornographer husband admits he's serially unfaithful to her, her daughter gets pregnant, and her son is suspected of being the foot-fetishist who's been breaking local women's ...
Style: humorous, witty, biting, offbeat, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: pornography, misfit, abortion, strangulation, dysfunctional family, suburbs, couple relations, society, family problems, couples, halloween, love and romance ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: baltimore, usa, california
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61%
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Real Life (1979)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A pushy, narcissistic filmmaker persuades a Phoenix family to let him and his crew film their everyday lives, in the manner of the ground-breaking PBS series "An American Family".
Style: humorous, satirical, funny, dark humor, witty ...
Plot: family life, lifestyle, dysfunctional family, tv show, family relations, disorder, nothing goes right, society, husband wife relationship, reality tv, showbiz, media ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, arizona, phoenix arizona, california, hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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 6K
Leolo (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The story of an imaginative boy who pretends he is the child of a sperm-laden Sicilian tomato upon which his mother accidentally fell.
Style: dark humor, disturbing, surreal, humorous, offbeat ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, masturbation, coming of age, insanity, parents and children, mischievous children, curses spells and rituals, eccentric family, chaos and mayhem, youth, mentally unstable, family problems ...
Time: 90s
Place: sicily, canada, montreal
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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 1K
The Bunker (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Horror
Country: Germany
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A student moves in with a family that lives in an underground house in the middle of the forest, far from civilization. His hopes of peace and quiet are soon shattered, when it becomes apparent that both the parents and their son have a screw loose.
Style: semi serious, atmospheric, surreal, dark humor, humorous ...
Plot: isolation, dysfunctional family, eccentric family, family problems, prodigy, parents and children, teacher student relationship, bunker, father son relationship, youth, family relations, confined ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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 4K
Bye Bye Love (1995)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: With varying degrees of success, recently divorced friends Dave, Vic and Donny are trying to move on with their lives. Vic feels vilified by his ex-wife's parents, while Donny has a shaky bond with his teen daughter, Emma. Dave, meanwhile, has ...
Style: humorous, witty, semi serious, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, kids
Plot: dysfunctional family, vampire, couple relations, unfulfillment, family problems, family life, custody, single parent, infidelity, family relations, supernatural, couples ...
Time: 90s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 5.8
 604
Next Door (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Matt and Karen have inconsiderate neighbours whose lawn sprinkler drowns their flowers. A feud errupts and a series of tit-for-tat actions develop and escalate.
Style: offbeat, realistic, dark humor, witty, clever ...
Plot: prank, feud, neighbor, suburbs, lifestyle, starting over, human nature, society, family relations, youth, murder, road not taken ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 7.0
 8K
Crooklyn (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: From Spike Lee comes this vibrant semi-autobiographical portrait of a school-teacher, her stubborn jazz-musician husband and their five kids living in '70s Brooklyn.
Style: humorous, touching, semi serious, sentimental, melancholic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, parenthood, coming of age, parents and children, urban, single parent, school, couple relations, teenage life, family problems, family relations, jazz musician ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 6.0
 9K
Motel Hell (1980)
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Farmer Vincent kidnaps unsuspecting travellers and is burying them in his garden. Unfortunately for his victims, they are not dead. He feeds his victims to prepare them for his roadside stand. His motto is: It takes all kinds of critters...to make ...
Style: scary, rough, humorous, semi serious, surprise ending ...
Audience: teens
Plot: slasher, gory, woman in danger, family in danger, criminal heroes, psychopath, deadly, danger, stalking, misfit, crimes, violence ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: texas, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Morgan Stewart's Coming Home (1987)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: After seven years in boarding school, Morgan Stewart is finally coming home. He discovers it's not the same happy home it used to be....
Style: humorous, semi serious, feel good, realistic, cult film ...
Audience: teens
Plot: boarding school, campaign, school, family life, self discovery, estrangement, homecoming, ambition, on the run, youth, eccentric family, family relations ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 7.1
 2K
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: biting, realistic, humorous, semi serious, offbeat ...
Plot: beauty pageant, choreographer, family relations, social relations, small town, suburban life, mischievous children, couple relations, parents and children, love and romance, teenage life, self discovery ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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Psycho Beach Party (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Mystery
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Spoof of 1960's Beach Party/Gidget surfing movies mixed with slasher horror films. A not-so-innocent girl in 1960's Malibu becomes the first girl surfer at Malibu Beach, only she suffers from dissociative identity disorder and occasionally ...
Style: not serious, witty, dark humor, satirical, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, surfer, slasher, beach, revenge, surfing, psychopath, serial killer, youth, teenage life, friends, party ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: italy, europe, florence
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.0
 41K
Vegas Vacation (1997)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The Griswold family hits the road again for a typically ill-fated vacation, this time to the glitzy mecca of slots and showgirls—Las Vegas.
Style: humorous, not serious, feel good, entertaining, funny ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gambling, obsession, farce, casino, family relations, nothing goes right, parents and children, teenage life, dysfunctional family, desert, on the road, cousin cousin relationship ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: las vegas, usa, nevada
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 4.0
 381
Raising Genius (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: The film is about a boy who locks himself in the bathroom to work out math equations on the shower wall. The boy has obsessive compulsive parents. The boy is obsessed with a cheerleader named Lacy, who lives across the street from.
Style: semi serious, psychological, dark humor, humorous, offbeat ...
Audience: teen comedy
Plot: dysfunctional family, suburbs, parents and children, crumbling marriage, suburban life, eccentric family, high school, prodigy, family relations, lifestyle, society, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
She's Out of Control (1989)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A Los Angeles radio-station manager's girlfriend shows his teenage daughter how to be sexy.
Style: humorous, semi serious, feel good, realistic, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night
Plot: teenage love, coming of age, teenager, teen angst, teenage daughter, child as adult, family relations, love and romance, couples, family problems, single parent, adolescence vs adulthood ...
Time: 80s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 7.4
 9K
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, humorous, realistic ...
Plot: love and romance, dysfunctional family, pregnancy, opposites attract, self discovery, age difference, homeless, coming of age, odd, youth, society, misfit ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, long island
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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Ed and His Dead Mother (1993)
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A mourning son makes a deal to reanimate his one year dead mother, however things turn into an unexpected direction.
Style: humorous, realistic, scary, semi serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: uncle nephew relationship, family relations, dangerous animal, deadly, danger, parents and children, love and romance, disorder, courtroom drama, zombie, chainsaw, twists & turns ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 6.2
 3K
The End (1978)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Wendell Lawson has only six months to live. Not wanting to endure his last few months of life waiting for the end, he decides to take matters into his own hands and enlists the help of a delusional mental patient to help him commit suicide.
Style: dark humor, humorous, realistic, semi serious, offbeat ...
Plot: terminal illness, couples, family problems, society, clergy, self discovery, family relations, unsuccessful, dysfunctional family, disorder, parents and children, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
The House of Yes (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Jackie-O is anxiously awaiting the visit of her brother home for Thanksgiving, but isn't expecting him to bring a friend. She's even more shocked to learn that this friend is his fiance. It soon becomes clear that Jackie Kennedy's ...
Style: dark humor, humorous, absurd, surreal, psychological ...
Plot: incest, dysfunctional family, mental illness, thanksgiving, eccentric family, family relations, family problems, twins, family life, love and romance, female protagonist, brother sister incest ...
Time: 90s
Place: virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Meet the Hollowheads (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: The Hollowheads are a strange, futuristic family that live in a Jetsons type world complete with many cool gadgets. Henry is hoping for a promotion at the slime factory in which he works and decides to bring his boss home for dinner and to meet the ...
Style: futuristic, humorous, dark humor, semi serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: eccentric family, nothing goes right, society, disorder, suburbs, workplace situations, social satire, absurdism, family dinner, boss, husband wife relationship, suburban life ...
Time: future, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 6.8
 30K
Housebound (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Mystery
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 107 min.
Story: When Kylie Bucknell is sentenced to home detention, she's forced to come to terms with her unsociable behaviour, her blabbering mother and a hostile spirit who seems less than happy about the new living arrangement.
Style: suspenseful, twists and turns, humorous, scary, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: haunted house, plot twist, parents and children, supernatural, danger, house arrest, mystery, family relations, bloody violence, female protagonist, exploding head, woman in danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new zealand
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Slums of Beverly Hills (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In 1976, a lower-middle-class teenager struggles to cope living with her neurotic family of nomads on the outskirts of Beverly Hills.
Style: humorous, semi serious, sincere, disturbing, clever ...
Plot: coming of age, teenage life, eccentric family, single parent, self discovery, family relations, social differences, sex aid, parents and children, youth, nomad, sex ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1976
Place: beverly hills, usa, california, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Stuart Saves His Family (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Stuart Smalley, the Saturday Night Live character, comes to the big screen. Stuart, the disciple of the 12 step program, is challenged by lifes injustices.
Style: humorous, dark humor, not serious, realistic, satirical ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, farce, self discovery, disorder, family problems, family life, nothing goes right, couple relations, parents and children, eccentric family, down on your luck, siblings relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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