Movies like Sunshine Cleaning

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Sunshine Cleaning (2008)
 6.9
 65K
Sunshine Cleaning (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A single mother and her slacker sister find an unexpected way to turn their lives around in the off-beat dramatic comedy. In order to raise the tuition to send her young son to private school the mom starts an unusual business – a biohazard removal/crime scene clean-up service.
Style: dark humor, humorous, semi serious, witty, realistic, feel good, offbeat, touching, dramatic, emotional ...
Plot: suicide, family business, cleaning lady, crime scene, eccentric family, drugs/alcohol, sibling relationship, single parent, teamwork, ambition, family relations, couple relations, siblings relations, midlife crisis, crimes, family problems, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, money raising, new job, death, storytelling, working class, business, murder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new mexico, albuquerque new mexico, california

Most similar movies to Sunshine Cleaning

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, semi serious, humorous and melancholic films with plots about dysfunctional family, family relations, depression, loneliness, dialogue, storytelling and mentor mostly in Comedy, Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like Sunshine Cleaning: Just Before I Go (2014), Igby Goes Down (2002), Imaginary Heroes (2004), This Is Where I Leave You (2014), The Chumscrubber (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Just Before I Go (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Ted Morgan has been treading water for most of his life. After his wife leaves him, Ted realizes he has nothing left to live for. Summoning the courage for one last act, Ted decides to go home and face the people he feels are responsible for ...
Style: emotional, touching, semi serious, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: suicide attempt, life is a bitch, suicide, haunted by the past, dysfunctional family, small town, siblings relations, homecoming, family relations, unfulfillment, life philosophy, gay ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 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 ⇓
79%
Imaginary Heroes (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany, Belgium
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Matt Travis is good-looking, popular, and his school's best competitive swimmer, so everyone is shocked when he inexplicably commits suicide. As the following year unfolds, each member of his family struggles to recover from the tragedy with ...
Style: clever, semi serious, realistic, gloomy, witty ...
Plot: suicide, dysfunctional family, high school, coming of age, family secret, crumbling marriage, drugs/alcohol, death in the family, suburbs, suicide mission, suburban life, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: atlanta georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
This Is Where I Leave You (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: When their father passes away, four grown, world-weary siblings return to their childhood home and are requested -- with an admonition -- to stay there together for a week, along with their free-speaking mother and a collection of spouses, exes and ...
Style: touching, humorous, realistic, semi serious, talky ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, man child, death of father, family, homecoming, drugs/alcohol, siblings relations, death in the family, funeral, grieving, family gatherings, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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The Chumscrubber (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The Chumscrubber is a dark comedy about the lives of people who live in upper-class suburbia. It all begins when Dean Stiffle finds the body of his friend, Troy. He doesn't bother telling any of the adults because he knows they won't care. ...
Style: surreal, dark humor, semi serious, humorous, biting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: suicide, drug dealing, kidnapping, friendship, mistaken identity, mayor, psychiatrist, drug abuse, rock, drugs/alcohol, suburban life, dysfunctional family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
Your Sister's Sister (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Iris invites her friend Jack to stay at her family's island getaway after the death of his brother. At their remote cabin, Jack's drunken encounter with Hannah, Iris' sister, kicks off a revealing stretch of days.
Style: mumblecore, semi serious, realistic, touching, humorous ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: romance, lesbian, dealing with death, introspection, secret, cottage, sibling relationship, solitude, island, siblings relations, family relations, friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, washington state
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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, clever, realistic ...
Plot: coming of age, coming-of-age, nomad, single parent, parents and children, sex, social differences, teenage life, family life, society, youth, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976
Place: beverly hills, usa, california, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Margot at the Wedding (2007)
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, semi serious, witty ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, jealousy, secret, neighbor, confession, family, siblings relations, drugs/alcohol, family gatherings, family problems, family relations, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, vermont, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A family loaded with quirky, colorful characters piles into an old van and road trips to California for little Olive to compete in a beauty pageant.
Style: feel good, road movie, offbeat, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: obsessive quest, nothing goes right, dysfunctional family, on the road, beauty pageant, road trip, disorder, escapades, under the surface, businessman, human relationship, parenthood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, albuquerque new mexico, cross country, new mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
World's Greatest Dad (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In the wake of a freak accident, Lance suffers the worst tragedy and the greatest opportunity of his life. He is suddenly faced with the possibility of fame, fortune and popularity, if he can only live with the knowledge of how he got there.
Style: dark humor, clever, semi serious, realistic, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, teacher, lie, poetry, rejection, student, masturbation, single parent, drugs/alcohol, couple relations, vulgarity, adolescence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The life you love may be your own.... The wife of a much older man finds herself attracted to their neighbour's son, who is closer to her age.
Style: emotional, offbeat, touching, semi serious, gloomy ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: starting over, self discovery, age difference, family life, family problems, love affair, marriage, parents and children, haunted by the past, love and romance, neighbor, publisher ...
Time: 70s, contemporary, 80s, 90s, 20th century ...
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 7.2
 34K
The Savages (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A sister and brother face the realities of familial responsibility as they begin to care for their ailing father.
Style: realistic, semi serious, clever, sentimental, witty ...
Plot: professor, midlife crisis, depression, family, dying, neighbor, doctor, parents and children, family in crisis, mental illness, father figure, son ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: arizona, usa, new york, poland, new york state ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 6.6
 7K
Lonesome Jim (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Failing to make it on his own, 27-year-old Jim moves back in with his parents and deals with crippling family obligations.
Style: semi serious, gloomy, realistic, touching, sincere ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, small town, uncle, homecoming, single parent, coma, erection, sexual dysfunction, factory worker, basketball, alienation, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: indiana, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 6.6
 10K
Please Give (2010)
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: semi serious, clever, touching, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: infidelity, cancer, suicide, homeless, neighbor, apartment, family life, midlife crisis, family relations, urban, golden years, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Cookie's Fortune (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Conflict arises in the small town of Holly Springs when an old woman's death causes a variety of reactions among family and friends.
Style: witty, humorous, semi serious, realistic, feel good ...
Plot: small town, investigation, suicide, murder, estrangement, friendship, human nature, suspicion of murder, theatre milieu, parents and children, siblings relations, eccentric family ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: mississippi, usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Birds of America (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A regular guy struggles with a repressive home and professional life, as well as making amends for the trouble his free-spirited brother and sister cause about town.
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, offbeat, touching
Plot: dysfunctional family, single parent, introspection, couple relations, parents and children, siblings relations, eccentric family, family gatherings, family in crisis, teenage life, estrangement, family life ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 5.6
 3K
Peep World (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: On the day of their Father's 70th birthday party, four siblings come to terms with the publication of a novel written by the youngest sibling, that exposes the family's most intimate secrets.
Style: humorous, semi serious, dark humor, realistic, cynical ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, siblings relations, trophy wife, family problems, family relations, writer's life, parents and children, eccentric family, family gatherings, artists and showbiz, cold relationship, sexual dysfunction ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Maps to the Stars (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada, Germany, France, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Driven by an intense need for fame and validation, members of a dysfunctional Hollywood family are chasing celebrity, one another and the relentless ghosts of their pasts.
Style: dark humor, disturbing, cynical, biting, semi serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, hollywood, sex, mental illness, aspiring actor, therapy, fire, ghost, suicide, actress, wedding ring, narcissism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Movie in collections
 6.6
 20K
Thumbsucker (2005)
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, youth, coming of age, psychologist, debate, addiction, self discovery, eccentric family, suburbs, hypnosis, teenage crush, first time ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: manhattan new york city, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Royal Tenenbaum and his wife Etheline had three children and then they separated. All three children are extraordinary --- all geniuses. Virtually all memory of the brilliance of the young Tenenbaums was subsequently erased by two decades of ...
Style: clever, stylized, witty, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: dysfunctional family, incest, redemption, terminal illness, child prodigy, cigarette smoking, depression, eccentric family, tennis, accountant, bankruptcy, reconciliation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.8
 11K
Palindromes (2004)
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, semi serious, clever ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, coming of age, pregnancy, abortion, innocence lost, teenage pregnancy, runaway teen, child abuse, murder, sniper, sexual abuse, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new jersey, kansas, usa, wyoming, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Crimes of the Heart (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Three sisters with quite different personalities and lives reunite when the youngest of them, Babe, has just shot her husband. The oldest sister, Lenny, takes care of their grandfather and is turning into an old maid, while Meg, who tries to make it ...
Style: talky, humorous, touching, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: dysfunctional family, reunion, sibling relationship, sisters, golden years, human nature, introspection, couple relations, parents and children, siblings relations, eccentric family, family gatherings ...
Time: 80s
Place: mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Dispatched from his basement room on an errand for his mother, slacker Jeff might discover his destiny (finally) when he spends the day with his brother as he tracks his possibly adulterous wife.
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, offbeat, mumblecore ...
Plot: destiny, slacker, basement, glue, stoner, marijuana, siblings relations, drugs/alcohol, loneliness, family relations, parents and children, eccentric family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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 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 ⇓
42%
 4.9
 1K
The Last Run (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When a young accountant is devastated after discovering his inspiringly beautiful girlfriend is cheating on him, his best friend, who's engaged to a girl he doesn't love, convinces him to go on a "run" and sleep with as many ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, sexy, offbeat
Audience: date night
Plot: strong sexual content, urban, comedy of errors, womanizer, romance, looking for sex, infidelity, one-night stand, sexual relations, dishonesty, couples, rebelliousness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Happy Christmas (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: After a breakup with her boyfriend, a young woman moves in with her older brother, his wife, and their 2-year-old son.
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, feel good, mumblecore ...
Plot: family, christmas, drugs/alcohol, introspection, siblings relations, family relations, couple relations, friendship, parents and children, adolescence vs adulthood, twentysomething life, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: illinois, usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Humboldt County (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Peter is a medical student about to graduate and begin his residency. When his professor fails him, he winds up in bed with an actress and singer named Bogart rolling through Los Angeles. He accompanies her to the redwoods of northern California, ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, feel good, humorous, offbeat ...
Plot: drug dealing, medical student, sex, student, pursuit, fish out of water, hippie, drugs/alcohol, self discovery, eccentric family, small town, stoners ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, medical school, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Life During Wartime (2009)
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, semi serious, gloomy, psychological ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, sexual abuse, haunted by the past, family relations, crumbling marriage, obsession, couple relations, parents and children, family life, hopes, misfit, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: florida, miami, usa, new jersey, israel ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Upside of Anger (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany, UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: After her husband runs off with his secretary, Terry Wolfmeyer is left to fend for herself -- and her four daughters. As she hits rock bottom, Terry finds a friend and drinking buddy in next-door neighbor Denny, a former baseball player. As the two ...
Style: clever, semi serious, realistic, sentimental, sincere ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: friendship, dysfunctional family, neighbor, funeral, college, anger, sex, lie, grief, marijuana, alcoholic, graduation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: michigan, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
A Bag of Hammers (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Two misfit best friends incapable of growing up, whose direction is tested by an abandoned child, worn beyond his years; together they invent the family they've always needed.
Style: semi serious, touching, realistic, feel good, humorous
Plot: misfit, argument, criminal, waitress, fight, bully, suicide, single parent, friendship, dysfunctional family, buddies, coming of age ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, los angeles, usa, southern california
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%