Movies like Sparkler

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Sparkler (1997)
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Sparkler (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Melba is a Californian trailer-park girl who is told to look for three kings by a phone psychic, and when she meets three guys - Trent, Brad and Joel traveling to Las Vegas, she decides they are those kings and joins them on a trip. In Vegas she meets her old high school pal Dottie.
Style: humorous, offbeat, realistic, stylized, semi serious
Plot: on the road, friendship, gambling, bar, best friends, desert, friends, misfit, partners, love and romance, couples, gender, buddies, gays and lesbians, disorder, nothing goes right, cons and scams, love, sex, dancing, gay, fight, poker, casino, hotel ...
Time: 90s
Place: las vegas, nevada, usa, los angeles

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out semi serious, realistic, humorous and clever films with plots about friends, friendship, couples, love and romance, nudity (full frontal - brief), gender and on the road mostly in Comedy, Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like Sparkler: California Split (1974), 2BPerfectlyHonest (2004), Swingers (1996), Never on Tuesday (1989), Roadside Prophets (1992). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
California Split (1974)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Down-on-his-luck gambler Bill (George Segal) links up with free spirit Charlie (Elliott Gould) at first to have some fun, but then gets into debt when Gould takes an unscheduled trip to Tijuana. As a final act of desperation, he pawns most of his ...
Style: cynical, talky, gloomy, witty, clever ...
Plot: gambling, friendship, transvestism, casino, poker, heist, bus, craps, broken nose, roulette, racetrack, stripper ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
2BPerfectlyHonest (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Business partners Frank and Josh go bankrupt after their dot-com start-up collapses before it goes online. Frank, a bachelor and broke, reluctantly moves back home to live with his parents while Josh, a hippie computer wiz who's married and has ...
Style: clever, humorous, semi serious, realistic
Plot: friends, friendship, disorder, love and romance, partners, lifestyle, odd couple, infidelity, self discovery, couples, city life, cons and scams ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
 7.2
 74K
Swingers (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: This is a story about Mike, a guy who left his girl in New York when he came to LA to be a star. It's been six months since his girlfriend left him and he's not doing so good. So, his pal and some other friends try and get him back in the ...
Style: realistic, feel good, entertaining, sexy, witty ...
Audience: teens
Plot: actor, party, swinger, hollywood, starting over, friendship, buddies, clubbing, friends, dating, self esteem, machismo ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: los angeles, las vegas, usa, new york, wisconsin ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
Never on Tuesday (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Matt and Eddie are two young men from the mid-west travelling to California to see the sights - primarily semi-clad women on beaches. They hop into their car and head off through the desert...
Style: humorous, offbeat, sexy, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: nudity (full frontal - brief), escapades, desert, nothing goes right, youth, partners, adventure, buddies, gender, adolescence vs adulthood, looking for sex, on the road ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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Roadside Prophets (1992)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Sid and Nancy screenplay author Abbe Wool makes her directorial debut with this tale of a factory worker name Joe (X front man John Doe) who hits the road on his Harley to scatter the ashes of a co-worker. Joined by wannabe biker Sam (Adam Horovitz ...
Style: road movie, humorous, semi serious, light, talky ...
Plot: desert, motorcycle, on the road, friendship, hotel, adventure, loner, journey, fireworks, ashes, life philosophy, obsession ...
Time: 90s
Place: nevada, usa, los angeles, las vegas, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 5.1
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Sexual Life (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Disparate individuals rationalize their infidelities.
Style: sexy, semi serious, humorous, light, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: infidelity, friendship, looking for sex, sexual relations, singleness, dishonesty, womanizer, introspection, love and romance, battle of the sexes, sex, hotel ...
Time: contemporary
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Mississippi Grind (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Gerry is a talented but down-on-his-luck gambler whose fortunes begin to change when he meets Curtis, a younger, highly charismatic poker player. The two strike up an immediate friendship and Gerry quickly persuades his new friend to accompany him ...
Style: road movie, semi serious, humorous, buddy movie, depressing ...
Plot: gambling, friendship, poker, casino, debt, down on your luck, partners, unlikely partners, obsessive quest, gambler, money problems, road trip ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s, 70s
Place: new orleans, mississippi, usa, southern usa, mississippi river ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Finding Amanda (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A television producer with a penchant for drinking and gambling is sent to Las Vegas to convince his troubled niece to enter rehab.
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, clever, offbeat ...
Plot: rehabilitation, gambling, prostitution, niece, obsessive quest, rescue, redemption, couple relations, couples, love and romance, dishonesty, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary
Place: las vegas, usa, nevada
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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Bonneville (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Three women take a road trip to Santa Barbara in order to deliver the ashes of one of their dead husbands to his resentful daughter. Faced with the decision of a lifetime, Arvilla Holden hijacks her two best friends and sets off in a vintage ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, touching, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, on the road, family relations, parents and children, elderly, death in the family, mother daughter relationship, hitchhiker, promise, road trip, strong female presence, dealing with death ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, idaho, nevada, usa, las vegas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 7.3
 5K
Husbands (1970)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 154 min.
Story: A common friend's sudden death brings three men, married with children, to reconsider their lives and ultimately leave together. But mindless enthusiasm for regained freedom will be short-lived.
Style: realistic, semi serious, talky, clever, humorous
Plot: hotel, friends, dentist, basketball, suburbs, midlife crisis, friendship, gambling, infidelity, casino, middle aged man, buddies ...
Place: new york, london, england, europe, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 5.6
 4K
Ellie Parker (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Ellie Parker, an aspiring actress from Australia, lives a hectic Hollywood lifestyle, perpetually trying to land the role that will elevate her career. Living with her lothario musician boyfriend, Justin, Ellie is far from happy, finding support ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, humorous, witty, neurotic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: hollywood, nightclub, infidelity, friendship, showbiz, actor's life, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, love and romance, couple relations, erection, actress ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 5.8
 1K
Queens Logic (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: When childhood friends Al, Dennis and Eliot get together for Ray's wedding, which may or may not happen, they end up on a roller-coaster ride through reality. During one tumultuous, crazy weekend, they face adulthood and each other with new ...
Style: sentimental, talky, semi serious, realistic, clever ...
Audience: date night
Plot: friendship, reunion, singleness, looking for love, human nature, couple relations, couples, friends, love and romance, gays and lesbians, lifestyle, buddies ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
When the Party's Over (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: The story takes place in LA, in the house of four housemates, three women, MJ, Frankie and Amanda, and an homosexual, Banks. MJ is the kind of girl to whom money means everything and to whom others mean almost nothing. Frankie is a social worker and ...
Style: sexual, gloomy, humorous, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: friendship, self discovery, twentysomething life, coming of age, gays and lesbians, love and romance, gender, couples, friends, homosexual, gay interest
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, beverly hills
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Saint John of Las Vegas (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: An ex-gambler is lured back into the game by a veteran insurance-fraud investigator.
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, dark humor, offbeat
Plot: addiction, self discovery, going straight, on the road, gambling, starting over, dishonesty, hopes, life is a bitch, escapades, love and romance, promotion ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: las vegas, nevada, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 4.8
 571
The Big Ask (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The Big Ask is a dark comedy about three couples who head to the desert to help their friend heal after the death of his mother. They would do anything for him - except for the one thing he wants.
Style: humorous, dark humor, psychological, captivating, semi serious ...
Plot: friendship, desert, moral dilemma, best friends, buddies, couples, bittersweet, death of mother, friends, dealing with death, couple relations, disorder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Play It to the Bone (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Two aging fighters in LA, friends, get a call from a Vegas promoter because his undercard fighters for a Mike Tyson bout that night are suddenly unavailable. He wants them to box each other. They agree as long as the winner gets a shot at the ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, talky, exciting, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: friendship, sport, contests and competitions, hopes, underdog, athlete's life, boxing, ambition, love triangle, on the road, desert, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 90s
Place: las vegas, usa, los angeles, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 5.7
 1K
Park (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Park takes place all in one day in a public park in Los Angeles, as 11 disaffected Angelenos find both love and loss in unexpected ways
Style: clever, witty, humorous, offbeat, talky ...
Audience: date night
Plot: nudist, couples, friends, love and romance, nothing goes right, couple relations, looking for love, boss and employee, workplace romance, gender bending, friendship, infidelity ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Sissy Hankshaw is born with enormous thumbs that help her hitchhiking through the US from a young age. She becomes a model in advertising and her NY agent 'the Countess' sends her to his ranch in CA to shoot a commercial, set against the ...
Style: humorous, realistic, witty, semi serious, road movie ...
Plot: on the road, hitchhiking, disorder, friendship, self discovery, obsessive quest, teaching the ways of the world, down on your luck, americana, friends, hidden identity, partners ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york, oregon, minneapolis minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Patti Rocks (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: It's Christmas time in the twin cities. Billy's working a lot of overtime, running barges on the Mississippi. He calls his friend Eddie, whom he hasn't seen in six months, and asks a favor: to drive with him to see his pregnant ...
Style: clever, humorous, realistic, semi serious, talky ...
Audience: date night
Plot: pregnancy, on the road, battle of the sexes, family relations, friends, couples, friendship, infidelity, buddies, gender, love and romance, girlfriend ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.3
 2K
Diggers (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Diggers is a coming-of-age story directed by Katherine Dieckmann. It portrays four working-class friends who grow up in The Hamptons, on the South Shore of Long Island, New York, as clam diggers in 1976. Their fathers were clam diggers as well as ...
Style: humorous, touching, witty, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, coming of age, parents and children, americana, social differences, social relations, love and romance, youth, save the day, family relations, father son relationship, coping ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, long island
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Lookin' to Get Out (1982)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Two gamblers must leave New York City after one loses a lot of money. Doing what all gamblers in trouble would do, they hurry to the gambling capital Las Vegas to turn their luck around.
Style: semi serious, realistic, feel good, humorous
Plot: prostitute, casino, nudity (full frontal - brief), gambling, hotel, destiny, bank, homecoming, addiction, silly humor, profanity, farce ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: las vegas, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Boys on the Side (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: After breaking up with her girlfriend, a nightclub singer, Jane, answers a personal ad from Robin, a real estate agent with AIDS, seeking a cross-country travel partner. On their journey from New York City to Los Angeles, the two stop by Pittsburgh ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: friendship, aids, friends, pregnancy, road trip, lesbian, terminal illness, on the road, self discovery, abusive boyfriend, domestic violence, female friendship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: pittsburgh, st. louis missouri, pakistan, tucson arizona, san diego california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Leaving Normal (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A female buddy story in which Meg Tilly plays a child-like 20-something who has just walked out on her abusive husband. Darly (Christine Lahti) is fleeing a life as a waitress and stripper and is on her way to Alaska to claim a home and family she ...
Style: road movie, semi serious, realistic, sentimental, humorous ...
Plot: friendship, buddy, female protagonist, road trip, couples, bittersweet, strong female presence, friends, love and romance, buddies, on the road, looking for love ...
Time: 90s
Place: alaska, usa, wyoming, canada, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Movie in collections
 6.4
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Dirty Girl (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: It's 1987 and Danielle, the high school 'Dirty Girl', is running away. With her is chubby, gay Clarke, a bag of flour called Joan and a Walkman full of glorious '80s tunes.
Style: semi serious, realistic, humorous, road movie, melancholic ...
Plot: friends, friendship, on the road, high school, coming of age, teenager, teenage life, family problems, gay slur, female protagonist, teacher, reputation ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1987
Place: usa, california, oklahoma
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.7
 3K
Tumbleweeds (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A woman constantly runs from town to town with her 12 year old daughter to escape failed relationships. The film opens with one escape and the shift into a new start in San Diego. There Mom takes up with a controlling trucker and fights with her ...
Style: feel good, touching, realistic, entertaining, talky ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: asthma, mother daughter relationship, on the road, starting over, human nature, self discovery, family problems, single parent, love and romance, friendship, loneliness, coming of age ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, kentucky, missouri, louisiana ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The Guatemalan Handshake (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A mysterious power failure in a small mountain town coincides with the disappearance of one of its most eccentric young residents. Mystery piles upon mystery as his family and friends search for him, fail, and ultimately try to forget about him, an ...
Style: stylized, humorous, surreal, dark humor, realistic ...
Plot: small town, friendship, social relations, friends, disorder, family relations, nothing goes right, best friends, family life, missing person, couples, down on your luck ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.0
 2K
The Kitchen (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Jennifer's thirtieth birthday party is supposed to be a special day. But what starts out as a day of celebration quickly spirals into a most ill-fated day Jennifer wishes she could forget, in this ensemble comedy set entirely in a kitchen.
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, talky, sentimental ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: birthday, family relations, disorder, nothing goes right, infidelity, dishonesty, friendship, siblings relations, kitchen, bittersweet, sexual content, profanity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Sleep with Me (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
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: humorous, clever, semi serious, realistic, talky ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: love triangle, wedding, infidelity, friendship, marriage, marriage proposal, looking for love, introspection, fall in love, frame up, couple relations, singleness ...
Time: 90s
Place: las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Manuela and Manuel (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Puerto Rico
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Deep inside, Manuel has always been Manuela. Amidst her worst love crisis, Manuela reinvents herself as Manuel in order to pass as the fiancé of her best friend Coca - who is pregnant from a one-night stand and must face her conservative family. ...
Style: humorous, touching, feel good, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: hidden identity, friendship, wedding, transvestism, best friends, couples, disorder, gender bending, human nature, mistaken identity, love, pregnancy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: puerto rico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 4.8
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Fat Girls (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Fat Girls is an original off-beat comedy feature. It focuses on Rodney Miller, not your typical Texas high school student...he is a theater lover and his ultimate dream is to be on Broadway. Awkward and shy, he doesn't have many people to talk ...
Style: humorous, witty, semi serious, realistic, sexy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, lifestyle, social misfits, youth, eccentric family, teenage life, obsession, teachers and students, coming of age, family relations, small town, high school ...
Time: contemporary
Place: texas, usa, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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