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The Rum Diary (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Tired of the noise and madness of New York and the crushing conventions of late Eisenhower-era America, itinerant journalist Paul Kemp travels to the pristine island of Puerto Rico to write for a local San Juan newspaper run by the downtrodden editor Lotterman. Adopting the rum-soaked lifestyle of the late ‘50s version of Hemingway’s “The Lost Generation,” Paul soon becomes entangled with a very attractive American woman, Chenaults and her fiancée Sanderson, a businessman involved in shady property development deals.  It is within this world that Kemp ultimately discovers his true voice as a writer and integrity as a man.
Style: talky, stylized, humorous, semi serious, offbeat, realistic, sexy, witty, biting, cynical ...
Plot: journalism, newspaper, journalist, alcohol, voodoo, cockfight, carnival, protest, rum, fire breathing, vomiting, drunkenness, drugs/alcohol, obsession, love triangle, media, fall in love, writer's life, artists and showbiz, friends, escapades, love and romance, disorder, jealous spouse, bohemian life ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 50s, year 1960, 1950s
Place: puerto rico, caribbean, latin america, new jersey

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out semi serious, realistic, humorous and talky films with plots about dialogue, mentor, storytelling, life philosophy, catastrophe, pornography and loneliness mostly in Comedy, Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like The Rum Diary: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), Withnail & I (1987), Thank You for Smoking (2005), SubUrbia (1996), In the Company of Men (1997). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Raoul Duke and his attorney Dr. Gonzo drive a red convertible across the Mojave desert to Las Vegas with a suitcase full of drugs to cover a motorcycle race. As their consumption of drugs increases at an alarming rate, the stoned duo trash their ...
Style: psychedelic, captivating, atmospheric, surreal, semi serious ...
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, journalism, american dream, on the road, escapades, hallucinations, drugs, road trip, culture clash, eccentricity, chaos and mayhem ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1965
Place: las vegas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.8
 35K
Withnail & I (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Two out-of-work actors -- the anxious, luckless Marwood and his acerbic, alcoholic friend, Withnail -- spend their days drifting between their squalid flat, the unemployment office and the pub. When they take a holiday "by mistake" at the ...
Style: talky, dark humor, clever, witty, humorous ...
Audience: date night
Plot: farce, friendship, gay, cottage, english countryside, cafe, strangulation, cigar smoking, money, farmer, darkness, poverty ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1969
Place: england, london, europe, northern england
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Thank You for Smoking (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Nick Naylor is a charismatic spin-doctor for Big Tobacco who'll fight to protect America's right to smoke -- even if it kills him -- while still remaining a role model for his 12-year old son. When he incurs the wrath of a senator bent on ...
Style: clever, witty, humorous, cynical, semi serious ...
Plot: lobbyist, politics, morality, cigarette smoking, tobacco, health, advertising, marketing, capitalism, lung cancer, father son relationship, lie ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, washington d.c., north carolina, vermont, u.s. capitol building ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 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 ⇓
49%
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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 ⇓
49%
 6.6
 12K
The Paper (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Henry Hackett is the editor of a New York City tabloid. He is a workaholic who loves his job, but the long hours and low pay are leading to discontent. Also, publisher Bernie White faces financial straits, and has hatchetman Alicia Clark, ...
Style: talky, clever, semi serious, realistic, humorous ...
Plot: journalism, media, murder, columnist, workaholic, workplace, media satire, research, success, relationship vs career, workplace situations, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.3
 11K
The Front Page (1974)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A journalist suffering from burn-out wants to finally say goodbye to his office – but his boss doesn’t like the idea one bit.
Style: witty, talky, semi serious, realistic, humorous ...
Plot: journalism, journalist, newspaper, newspaper man, media satire, verbal byplay, marriage proposal, stress, workplace situations, media, workplace, friends ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s, 1930s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.1
 8K
Heartburn (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Rachel is a food writer at a New York magazine who meets Washington columnist Mark at a wedding and ends up falling in love with him despite her reservations about marriage. They buy a house, have a daughter, and Rachel thinks they are living ...
Style: talky, clever, semi serious, realistic, witty ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: infidelity, journalist, battle of the sexes, pregnancy, journalism, columnist, fall in love, romance, writer's life, wife husband relationship, dysfunctional family, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Conversations with Other Women (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Reunited at a wedding after many years, former lovers again feel the pull of a mutual attraction neither is willing to admit. Escaping the reception for the privacy of a hotel room, the unnamed pair explore the choices of the past that led them to ...
Style: clever, talky, witty, stylized, semi serious ...
Plot: wedding, bridesmaid, romance, hotel, folk, introspection, infidelity, couple relations, wedding reception, lovers reunited, betrayal, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.7
 152K
Rushmore (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: When a beautiful first-grade teacher arrives at a prep school, she soon attracts the attention of an ambitious teenager named Max, who quickly falls in love with her. Max turns to the father of two of his schoolmates for advice on how to woo the ...
Style: clever, stylized, witty, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: love triangle, coming of age, high school, friendship, private school, teacher, depression, misfit, wrestling, divorce, millionaire, jealousy ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.3
 6K
Henry Fool (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: An egocentric bum transforms the lives of a shy New Jersey garbageman and his sister.
Style: talky, stylized, humorous, semi serious, clever ...
Plot: fame, murder, money, politics, poet, writer's life, eccentric family, society, suburbs, alcohol, family relations, siblings relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, stockholm sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 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 ⇓
41%
 7.7
 160K
Adaptation. (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A love-lorn script writer grows increasingly desperate in his quest to adapt the book 'The Orchid Thief'.
Style: offbeat, clever, talky, witty, semi serious ...
Plot: obsession, mentally unstable, twins, siblings relations, writer's block, alligator, orchid, writer's life, filmmaking, swamp, thief, journalist ...
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Place: usa, florida, new york, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.2
 24K
Broadcast News (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Basket-case network news producer Jane Craig falls for new reporter Tom Grunnick, a pretty boy who represents the trend towards entertainment news she despises. Aaron Altman, a talented but plain correspondent, carries an unrequited torch for Jane. ...
Style: clever, witty, realistic, talky, semi serious ...
Audience: date night
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Place: washington d.c., usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Insignificance (1985)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: UK
Duration: 109 min.
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Style: clever, realistic, witty, semi serious, humorous ...
Plot: hotel, writer's life, switching roles, celebrity culture, artists and showbiz, anti war, couples, mathematics, baseball, legs, nuclear bomb, pacifism ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: hiroshima japan, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Monster in a Box (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: This is the story of Spalding Gray and his attempt to write a novel. It is a first person account about writing and living, and dealing with success while trying to be successful.
Style: talky, clever, witty, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: live performance, monologue, musician's life, writer's life, showbiz, artists and showbiz, obsessive quest, human nature, introspection, media satire, midlife crisis, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, future
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.3
 19K
Meet Bill (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A mild-mannered bank executive (Aaron Eckhart) mentors a teenage con artist and tries to make a career change as a doughnut merchant.
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, biting, road movie ...
Audience: kids
Plot: mentor, high school, adultery, injury, candy, marijuana, midlife crisis, infidelity, marital problem, crumbling marriage, drugs/alcohol, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Second Civil War (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When a planeload of Pakistani orphans are shipped to his state for permanent relocation, the governor of Idaho (Beau Bridges, who won an Emmy) defies the president (Phil Hartman) and closes the state's border. News Net Television, a cable news ...
Style: futuristic, humorous, semi serious, witty, dark humor ...
Plot: politics, journalism, white house, civil war, illegal immigration, terrorism, translator, immigrants, betrayal, chaos and mayhem, culture clash, media satire ...
Time: future, 2000s
Place: idaho, middle east, usa, pakistan, texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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 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 ⇓
37%
 5.4
 2K
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: talky, humorous, semi serious, realistic, biting ...
Plot: showbiz, money, mistress, writing, screenwriter, filmmaking, media satire, hollywood, artists and showbiz, writer's life, media, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 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, neighbor, masturbation, actress, 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 ⇓
36%
 7.9
 154K
Ed Wood (1994)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The mostly true story of the legendary "worst director of all time", who, with the help of his strange friends, filmed countless B-movies without ever becoming famous or successful.
Style: offbeat, gothic, humorous, semi serious, touching ...
Plot: actor, transvestism, friendship, showbiz, celebrity, taxi, drug addict, morphine, handgun, theremin, filmmaking, hollywood ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 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 ⇓
36%
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The Last Big Thing (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: From a bland tract house on the outskirts of Los Angeles, Simon Geist (with occasional help from his platonic girlfriend Darla) wages war against all of modern American popular culture. Geist starts up a magazine called "The Next Big ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, offbeat, sexual ...
Plot: magazine, model, arrogance, celebrity culture, suburbs, suburban life, artists and showbiz, media, music band, investigation, journalism, vengeance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 4.6
 494
Public Sex (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: An aspiring Gordie journalist drops his inhibitions to research the UK's North East outdoor sex scene. He meets a certain girl in a car park, and the totally unexpected happens.
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, sexy, sincere ...
Audience: date night
Plot: journalist, sex, unlikely couple, romance, writer's life, sexuality, caravan, cruising, free love, journalism, urban, looking for sex ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Sleep with Me (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Six different writers wrote a scene each of this romantic comedy featuring the marriage and turbulent relationship of Joseph and Sarah, with Joseph's best friend Frank trying hard to cope with letting the love of his life marry his best friend. ...
Style: semi serious, talky, clever, realistic, humorous ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: love triangle, homosexuality, friendship, infidelity, buddies, gays and lesbians, young lovers, romance, crumbling marriage, couple relations, looking for love, sexual relations ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Living in Oblivion (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Nick is the director of a low-budget indie film. He tries to keep everything together as his production is plagued with an insecure actress, a megalomaniac star, a pretentious, beret-wearing director of photography and lousy catering. Divided in ...
Style: clever, surreal, dark humor, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: filmmaker, filmmaking, dwarf, nothing goes right, actor's life, ego clash, showbiz, artists and showbiz, friends, partners, disorder, lifestyle ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.2
 17K
Diner (1982)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Set in 1959, Diner shows how five young men resist their adulthood and seek refuge in their beloved Diner. The mundane, childish, and titillating details of their lives are shared. But the golden moments pass, and the men shoulder their ...
Style: clever, realistic, witty, talky, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night, date night, teens
Plot: friendship, gambling debt, bet, buddies, introspection, couple relations, small town, adolescence vs adulthood, twentysomething life, americana, hopes, love and romance ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, year 1959
Place: baltimore, usa, maryland
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 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, manhattan new york city, new york, connecticut, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.0
 16K
Roger Dodger (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: After breaking up with his lover and boss, a smooth-talking man takes his teenaged nephew out on the town in search of sex.
Style: talky, clever, cynical, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: womanizer, sex, virginity, fight, brothel, virgin, college, prostitute, advertising, battle of the sexes, urban, alcohol ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, ohio, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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