Movies like Spanking the Monkey

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Spanking the Monkey (1994)
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Spanking the Monkey
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Bright young student Raymond Aibelli is forced to sidetrack an important medical internship because his mother, Susan, is recovering from a broken leg. When he isn't tasked with the most mundane aspects of Susan's recuperation, Raymond finds distraction in a neighborhood girl, Toni Peck. But, as Susan begins relying on her son for both physical and emotional needs, Raymond starts developing disturbing and unwanted new yearnings.
Style: dark humor, psychological, humorous, semi serious, sexual, offbeat, realistic, disturbing, erotic, reflective ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, incest, adultery, coming of age, suicide attempt, male nudity, high school, parents and children, pornography, suburbs, teenage life, relationships, psychology, voyeurism, sex, sexuality, mentor, sexualized violence, guilt, brutality, manipulation, adolescence, dialogue, runaway, drinking ...
Time: 90s
Place: medical school
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Happiness
Comedy, Drama
USA
134 min.
 7.8
Leolo
Comedy, Drama
Canada, France
107 min.
 7.6
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Most similar movies to Spanking the Monkey

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, melancholic, talky and humorous films with plots about pornography, brutality, dysfunctional family, mentor, culture clash, storytelling and dialogue mostly in Drama and Comedy genres. Some movies like Spanking the Monkey: The House of Yes (1997), The Door in the Floor (2004), Palindromes (2004), Life During Wartime (2009), Holy Smoke (1999). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The House of Yes
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, talky, humorous, clever, witty ...
Plot: obsession, mental illness, dysfunctional family, incest, assassination, eccentricity, suburbs, insanity, sarcasm, dialogue, parents and children, relationships ...
Time: 90s
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The Door in the Floor
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Alternately tragic and comic, an exploration of the complexities of love in both its brightest and darkest corners. Adapted from John Irving's best-selling novel A Widow for One Year, the film is set in the privileged beach community of East ...
Style: emotional, psychological, reflective, clever, serious ...
Plot: writer's life, book, dysfunctional family, male nudity, death, drinking, crumbling marriage, pornography, nudity (topless - notable), dealing with death, suburbs, storytelling ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa
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System:   53%
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 6.8
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Palindromes
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Aviva is thirteen, awkward and sensitive. Her mother Joyce is warm and loving, as is her father, Steve, a regular guy who does have a fierce temper from time to time. The film revolves around her family, friends and neighbors.
Style: surreal, bleak, sexual, psychological, semi serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, pregnancy, abortion, sexual abuse, child abuse, runaway, coming of age, adoption, disability, depression, pornography, innocence lost ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new jersey, kansas, usa, wyoming, india
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System:   53%
    User:   45%
 
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Life During Wartime
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, semi serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, loneliness, suicide, sexual abuse, pornography, depression, existentialism, haunted by the past, sisters, wartime, male nudity, nudity (topless - notable) ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: florida, miami, new jersey, usa, israel ...
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Holy Smoke
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 115 min.
Story: While on a journey of discovery in exotic India, beautiful young Ruth Barron falls under the influence of a charismatic religious guru. Her desperate parents then hire PJ Waters, a macho cult de-programmer who confronts Ruth in a remote desert ...
Style: sexual, psychological, clever, semi serious, erotic ...
Plot: sex, adultery, cult, battle of the sexes, guru, strong sexual content, nudity (topless - notable), pornography, self discovery, dysfunctional family, sexual relations, brainwashing ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
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Happiness
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: The lives of many individuals connected by the desire for happiness, often from sources usually considered dark or evil.
Style: disturbing, dark humor, bleak, realistic, cynical ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, rape, sexual abuse, obsession, loneliness, child abuse, depression, sex, strong sexual content, siblings relations, relationships, multiple storylines ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new jersey, usa
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Slums of Beverly Hills
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, clever, semi serious, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: coming of age, single father, drugs, storytelling, incest, single parent, dysfunctional family, coming-of-age, parenthood, jewish, adolescence, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976
Place: beverly hills, usa, california, tokyo
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Leolo
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, surreal, disturbing, humorous, offbeat ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, coming of age, insanity, surrealism, male nudity, parents and children, poetry, childhood, adolescence, magic realism, dreams, sexual abuse ...
Time: 90s
Place: sicily, canada
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System:   44%
    User:   44%
 
Welcome to the Dollhouse
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: bleak, dark humor, realistic, cynical, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, dysfunctional family, bullying, school, friendship, kidnapping, teacher, adolescence, loneliness, childhood, social misfits, brutality ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   44%
    User:   44%
 
The Go-Getter
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: When his mother dies, a teenager takes a road-trip in a stolen car to find his long-lost brother. Along the way he discovers a profound connection with the car-owner and with himself as well.
Style: realistic, sentimental, semi serious, road movie, melancholic ...
Plot: coming of age, friendship, road trip, runaway, on the road, social misfits, suburbs, relationships, mentor, human nature, adolescence, cars ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey, california, oregon
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System:   42%
    User:   48%
 
 5.8
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Wetlands
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Helen is a nonconformist teenage girl who maintains a conflictual relationship with her parents. Hanging out most of her time with her friend Corinna, with whom she breaks one social taboo after another, she uses sex as a way to rebel and break the ...
Style: sexual, stylized, touching, semi serious, dark humor ...
Plot: coming of age, hospital, dysfunctional family, sex, divorce, teenage life, drugs/alcohol, male nudity, strong sexual content, pornography, youth, masturbation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany, turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   40%
    User:   48%
 
The Daytrippers
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Eliza D'Amico thinks her marriage to Louis is going great, until she finds a mysterious love note to her husband. Concerned, she goes to her mother for advice. Eliza, her parents, her sister Jo and Jo's boyfriend all pile into a station ...
Style: clever, witty, humorous, talky, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, adultery, infidelity, crumbling marriage, suburbs, relationships, on the road, self discovery, dialogue, secrets, betrayal, writers ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   39%
    User:   34%
 
 5.7
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The New Age
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, clever, semi serious, realistic, humorous ...
Plot: crumbling marriage, suicide, starting over, couple relations, crime gone awry, greed, breakup, nudity (topless - notable), fantasy world, depression, existentialism, pornography ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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System:   39%
    User:   46%
 
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Chuck & Buck
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: dark humor, psychological, semi serious, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: obsession, gay, friendship, sexuality, mentally unstable, stalking, loneliness, unlikely friendships, relationships, workplace, homosexuality, mental illness ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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Soft Fruit
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: For the first time in 15 years, all four siblings in a family show up to care for their dying mother, who is only given a couple of weeks to live. One comes from America with her two children. A divorced sister also comes with her child and sneaks ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, working class, male nudity, single parent, human nature, culture clash, gunfight, relationships, parents and children, crime gone awry, pornography, vengeance ...
Time: 90s
Place: australia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   38%
    User:   44%
 
The Hotel New Hampshire
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, Canada, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The film talks about a family that weathers all sorts of disasters and keeps going in spite of it all. It is noted for its wonderful assortment of oddball characters.
Style: humorous, dark humor, semi serious, realistic, offbeat ...
Plot: hotel, dysfunctional family, rape, incest, literature, death, couple relations, pornography, book, adaptation, male nudity, parents and children ...
Time: 80s
Place: austria, europe, new england, new hampshire, usa ...
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System:   38%
    User:   43%
 
 6.6
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Thumbsucker
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Justin, a teenager boy, throws himself and everyone around him into chaos when he attempts to break free from his addiction to his thumb.
Style: realistic, semi serious, offbeat, clever, humorous ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: high school, coming of age, addiction, drugs, drug addiction, depression, loneliness, youth, teenager, drinking, self discovery, adolescence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oregon, manhattan new york city
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System:   38%
    User:   32%
 
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Sweetie
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Explores sisters, in their twenties, their parents, and family dysfunctions. Kay is gangly and slightly askew, consulting a fortune teller and then falling in love with a man because of a mole on his face and a lock of hair; then, falling out of ...
Style: surreal, psychological, dark humor, clever, semi serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, obsession, mental illness, self discovery, sisters, parents and children, incest, family problems, family relations, introspection, love affair, mentor ...
Time: 80s
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   37%
    User:   33%
 
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Montenegro
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: Sweden, UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Marilyn Jordan, an American, lives in Stockholm with her Swedish husband and family. Her behavior is bizarre, perhaps mad: she poisons the dog's milk and advises the dog not to drink it; she sets the sheets afire as her husband sleeps; she ...
Style: dark humor, humorous, sexy, surreal, semi serious ...
Plot: immigrants, sex, death, male nudity, insanity, mentally unstable, storytelling, sexuality, blood, self discovery, adultery, character study ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: europe, former yugoslavia, sweden, stockholm sweden
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System:   37%
    User:   43%
 
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Housekeeping
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: In the Pacific Northwest during the 1950s, two young sisters whose mother has abandoned them wind up living with their Aunt Sylvie, whose views of the world and its conventions don't quite live up to most people's expectations.
Style: realistic, atmospheric, semi serious, humorous, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: small town, coming of age, friendship, single parent, human nature, runaway, coming-of-age, self discovery, childhood, mental illness, sisters, tragedy ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   37%
    User:   31%
 
The Adventures of Sebastian Cole
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In June, 1983, in Dutchess County, New York, Sebastian Cole joins his mother, step-father, and sister for dinner. Hank, Sebastian's step-father, drops a bomb: he announces he's changing sexes. Sebastian's sister splits immediately for ...
Style: clever, semi serious, realistic, humorous, sentimental ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, small town, high school, drinking, teenager, drugs/alcohol, coming-of-age, hospital, dysfunctional family, relationships, parents and children, adolescence ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1983
Place: england, new york, europe, usa, chicago illinois ...
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System:   36%
    User:   37%
 
 6.9
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Mother
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: After two failed marriages a science fiction writer decides that coming to terms with his mother will improve his chances for a successful relationship, so he moves in with her.
Style: humorous, talky, clever, witty, semi serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, divorce, single parent, writers, crumbling marriage, relationships, introspection, dialogue, deadpan, couple relations, culture clash, complex characters ...
Time: 90s
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System:   35%
    User:   35%
 
 7.0
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Roger Dodger
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, cynical, clever, realistic, biting ...
Audience: date night
Plot: sex, virginity, adolescence, drinking, womanizer, relationships, women, dialogue, sexuality, urban, battle of the sexes, workplace ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, ohio, manhattan new york city
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System:   34%
    User:   33%
 
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The Idiots
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Denmark, Spain, Sweden, France, Netherlands, Italy
Duration: 117 min.
Story: With his first Dogma-95 film director Lars von Trier opens up a completely new film platform. With a mix of home-video and documentary styles the film tells the story of a group of young people who have decided to get to know their ...
Style: clever, psychological, semi serious, idiotic, realistic ...
Plot: male nudity, rebellion, mental illness, against the rules, strong sexual content, pornography, prank, lifestyle, suburbs, dogma, disability, censorship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   34%
    User:   34%
 
Love & Human Remains
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: Canada
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Dreary urban landscape of an anonymous Canadian city. Dark comedy about a group of twentysomethings looking for love and meaning in the '90s. The film focuses on roommates David, a gay waiter who has has given up on his acting career, and ...
Style: sexual, dark humor, clever, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: serial killer, gay, lesbian, love, gays and lesbians, relationships, sex, loneliness, sexuality, young lovers, homosexuality, pornography ...
Time: 90s
Place: canada
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System:   34%
    User:   40%
 
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Please Give
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: In New York City, a husband and wife butt heads with the granddaughters of the elderly woman who lives in the apartment the couple owns.
Style: touching, clever, semi serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: cancer, infidelity, homeless, midlife crisis, suicide, guilt, death, family life, relationships, sarcasm, family relations, urban ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, california, manhattan new york city
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System:   33%
    User:   34%
 
The Squid and the Whale
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Based on the true childhood experiences of Noah Baumbach and his brother, The Squid and the Whale tells the touching story of two young boys dealing with their parents divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980's.
Style: talky, realistic, witty, intellectual, serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, coming of age, divorce, parenthood, adolescence, childhood, depression, infidelity, drinking, marriage, adultery, strong sexual content ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   33%
    User:   36%
 
The Butcher Boy
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Ireland
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Francie and Joe live the usual playful, fantasy filled childhoods of normal boys. However, with a violent, alcoholic father and a manic depressive, suicidal mother the pressure on Francie to grow up are immense. When Francie's world turns to ...
Style: gloomy, serious, disturbing, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: coming of age, friendship, mental illness, irish, dysfunctional family, suicide, childhood, bullying, sexual abuse, fantasy world, murder, child abuse ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1960s
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   32%
    User:   27%
 

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Star Maps
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, serious, realistic, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, mental illness, coming of age, prostitution, family life, sex, tragedy, gays and lesbians, mentor, pornography, prostitute, happy ending ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, california, mexico, latin america, usa ...
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System:   31%
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Margot at the Wedding
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Margot and her son Claude decide to visit her sister Pauline after she announces that she is getting married to less-than-impressive Malcolm. In short order, the storm the sisters create leaves behind a mess of thrashed relationships and exposed ...
Style: talky, cynical, tragicomedy, witty, semi serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family, adultery, mental illness, drugs/alcohol, siblings relations, relationships, infidelity, drinking, sisters, wedding, storytelling ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, harvard university, vermont
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System:   31%
    User:   32%
 
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