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: humorous, semi serious, slasher, atmospheric, frightening, disturbing, dark fantasy, macabre, surreal, satirical ...
Plot: suburbs, family relations, dysfunctional family, coming of age, cannibal, dark humor, school, youth, parents and children, family life, self discovery, teenage life, society, family problems, social worker, mischievous children, suburban life, disorder, eccentric family, parents, cannibalism, satire, children, food, scientist ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1954, 1950s

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out humorous, semi serious, realistic and cult film films with plots about family relations, dysfunctional family, dark humor, parents and children, suburbs, dialogue and storytelling mostly in Comedy, Drama and Horror genres. Some movies like Parents: Fido (2006), Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995), Neighbors (1981), The People Under the Stairs (1991), Siblings (2004). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Fido (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Timmy Robinson's best friend in the whole wide world is a six-foot tall rotting zombie named Fido. But when Fido eats the next-door neighbor, Mom and Dad hit the roof, and Timmy has to go to the ends of the earth to keep Fido a part of the ...
Style: humorous, touching, parody, stylized, witty ...
Plot: zombie, suburbs, housewife, monster, cannibalism, back from the dead, small town, siege, master and servant, child's point of view, satire, exploitation ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
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100%
Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: An unattractive 7th grader struggles to cope with suburban life as the middle child with un-attentive parents and bullies at school.
Style: realistic, cynical, semi serious, sincere, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: misfit, coming of age, suburbs, high school life, dysfunctional family, sibling relationship, humiliation, family problems, parents and children, social awkwardness, siblings relations, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 8K
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: humorous, semi serious, realistic, witty, sexy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: suburbs, family relations, friendship, suburban life, new neighbor, dark humor, farce, silly humor, love and romance, nothing goes right, youth, disorder ...
Time: 80s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
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: rough, suspenseful, scary, surreal, macabre ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mental illness, incest, child abuse, cannibalism, serial killer, murder, disfigurement, manic, human monster, guard dog, child protagonist, disturbed individual ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 669
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, humorous, realistic, offbeat
Plot: lust, murder, dysfunctional family, stepbrother stepsister relationship, crime gone awry, eccentric family, teenage life, youth, family life, siblings relations, dark humor, family problems ...
Time: contemporary
Place: canada
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53%
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Society (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Country: USA
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: surreal, psychological, scary, atmospheric, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: secret society, surrealism, transformation, delusion, cheerleader, friendship, family relations, satire, psychiatrist, mystery, body horror, dark humor ...
Time: 80s
Place: beverly hills
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41%
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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, suspense, biting, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dysfunctional family, misfit, suburbs, abortion, family relations, strangulation, satire, foot fetish, eccentric family, suburban life, parents and children, couple relations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: baltimore, usa, boston, california
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40%
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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, witty, suspense ...
Plot: family relations, family life, lifestyle, dysfunctional family, tv show, nothing goes right, society, disorder, satire, husband wife relationship, suburbs, reality ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: arizona, usa, phoenix arizona, california, hawaii
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40%
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 5.7
 15K
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: humorous, funny, absurd, stylized, clever ...
Plot: investigation, murder, dark humor, small town, mystery, family problems, social relations, disorder, goofy hero, small town life, suspect, waitress ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, minnesota
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37%
 3.9
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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, realistic, psychological, humorous, teen comedy ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family relations, prodigy, family problems, couples, youth, lifestyle, society, parents and children, couple relations, family life, eccentric family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.7
 720
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: suspense, cynical, biting, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: prank, neighbor, feud, farce, satire, couples, family relations, disorder, dark humor, starting over, lifestyle, contests and competitions ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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, realistic, clever, humorous, suspense ...
Plot: parents and children, eccentric family, youth, love and romance, prank, best friends, disorder, family relations, dysfunctional family, innocence lost, fall in love, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: canada, quebec
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34%
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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, touching, emotional, semi serious, humorous ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, friendship, youth, family life, parents and children, coming of age, family problems, prodigy, eccentric family, hopes, society, family relations ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Psycho Beach Party (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA, Australia
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: parody, slasher, not serious, witty, satirical ...
Audience: teens
Plot: surfer, murder, beach, revenge, surfing, youth, serial killer, psychopath, teenage life, friends, camp, dark humor ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: malibu california, florence, europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Ed and His Dead Mother (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Horror
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: realistic, humorous, scary, semi serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: uncle nephew relationship, dangerous animal, family relations, courtroom drama, parents and children, love and romance, disorder, zombie, chainsaw, justice, revenge, mother son relationship ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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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: slasher, scary, rough, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: criminal heroes, psychopath, family in danger, woman in danger, crimes, stalking, misfit, violence, cannibalism, cult, serial killer, murder ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: texas, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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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, youth, contests and competitions, love and romance, lifestyle, mischievous children, society, couples, disorder, social relations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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, realistic, semi serious, feel good, sexy ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: boarding school, family relations, campaign, school, self discovery, family life, parents and children, teenage life, homecoming, eccentric family, boarding school life, mischievous children ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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The Good Student (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: When Ally, a popular teen and local celebrity goes missing, her small suburban town erupts in panic.
Style: realistic, semi serious, humorous, sexy, suspense ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: kidnapping, high school, police investigation, teenage love, love and romance, dysfunctional family, teenage life, high school life, parents and children, dark humor, youth, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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, semi serious, atmospheric, parody ...
Plot: eccentric family, dark humor, nothing goes right, disorder, society, workplace situations, suburbs, social satire, husband wife relationship, family dinner, boss, absurdism ...
Time: future, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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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: scary, twists and turns, suspenseful, humorous, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: haunted house, house arrest, parents and children, supernatural, mystery, family relations, dark humor, female protagonist, woman in danger, small town, mental illness, police investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new zealand
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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, girls' night, date night, kids
Plot: teenage daughter, teenage love, teenager, coming of age, love and romance, family relations, child as adult, teen angst, single parent, family problems, couples, adolescence vs adulthood ...
Time: 80s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Oh, What a Night (1992)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: During the summer of 1955, seventeen-year-old Eric Hansen embarks on a journey in his new town, a journey which will change his life forever.
Style: semi serious, emotional, sentimental, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: older woman younger man relationship, small town, coming of age, best friends, love and romance, teenage love, eccentric family, family problems, society, adolescence vs adulthood, misfit, teaching the ways of the world ...
Time: 50s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Movie in collections
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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, semi autobiographical ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, parenthood, family relations, coming of age, poverty, parents and children, family problems, school, teenage life, couple relations, single parent, black people ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, brooklyn new york city, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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, not serious, realistic, satirical, talky ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, farce, dark humor, family problems, disorder, nothing goes right, family life, self discovery, couples, lifestyle, eccentric family, siblings relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
When Do We Eat? (2005)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: When Do We Eat? is the story of the "world's fastest Passover seder" gone horribly awry. It's about an old school dad (Michael Lerner) who's as tough on his sons as his father (Jack Klugman) is on him. On this night, ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, humorous, captivating
Plot: family relations, dysfunctional family, parents and children, family gatherings, ecstasy, nothing goes right, youth, prank, couple relations, family life, eccentric family, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 5.0
 437
Two-Bit Waltz (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Suspension from school, the loss of a friend, a broken heart and lack of inspiration lead to Maude's downfall in this romp through teenage error. Your teenage years are never easy… but for Maude, things couldn't be worse. Within one ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, sentimental, stylized ...
Plot: siblings relations, teenage life, family relations, teenage love, family life, dysfunctional family, love and romance, family problems, eccentric family, parents and children, best friends, friends ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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27%
 6.1
 4K
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: humorous, semi serious, realistic, funny, absurd ...
Plot: terminal illness, dark humor, silly humor, nothing goes right, crumbling marriage, unfulfillment, society, clergy, unsuccessful, couples, disorder, family relations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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: humorous, absurd, surreal, psychological, witty ...
Plot: incest, brother sister incest, thanksgiving, dysfunctional family, family relations, mental illness, dark humor, eccentric family, family problems, twins, family life, love and romance ...
Time: 90s, 80s, year 1983
Place: virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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 4K
Kabluey (2007)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Leslie is left with few options when her husband is sent back to war in the Middle East. A modest amount of help arrives in the form of his brother, Salman, who is less than prepared to care for the couple's two preadolescent boys. When Leslie ...
Style: humorous, surreal, absurd, light, semi serious ...
Plot: single parent, life, family relations, family life, dark humor, disorder, eccentric family, nothing goes right, misfit, goofy hero, fish out of water, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%