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Vanya on 42nd Street (1994)
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Vanya on 42nd Street (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: An uninterrupted rehersal of Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" played out by a company of actors. The setting is their run down theater with an unusable stage and crumbling ceiling. The play is shown act by act with the briefest of breaks to move props or for refreshments. The lack of costumes, real props and scenery is soon forgotten.
Style: melancholic, sincere, cerebral, sexy, clever, talky, stylized, entertaining, absurd, light ...
Plot: theater, loneliness, relationships, life philosophy, character study, performance, artists and showbiz, family problems, human nature, existentialism, writers, russian, redemption, catastrophe, gangsters, obsession, art, hotel, jazz, lone hero, fantasy world, brutality, corruption, runaway, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, turn of the century, 19th century
Place: new york, russia, new jersey, usa, st. petersburg russia, manhattan new york city

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, talky, clever and melancholic films with plots about dialogue, storytelling, mentor, relationships, couples, catastrophe and love and romance mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres. Some movies like Vanya on 42nd Street: My Dinner with Andre (1981), God Said, 'Ha!' (1998), Husbands and Wives (1992), August (1996), Dinner with Friends (2001). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
My Dinner with Andre (1981)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory, apparently playing themselves, share their lives over the course of an evening meal at a restaurant.
Style: thought provoking, philosophical, intellectual, surreal, sexy ...
Plot: restaurant, food, philosophy, existentialism, stream of consciousness, mysticism, jewish, technology, humanity, death, bittersweet, melancholy ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, contemporary
Place: poland, new york, manhattan new york city, usa, sahara
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God Said, 'Ha!' (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Julia Sweeney tells the viewers the monologue about the hard time in her life when her brother fought with cancer and she was also diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
Style: talky, witty, humorous, touching, unusual plot structure ...
Audience: girls' night
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Time: 90s
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Husbands and Wives (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When Jack and Sally announce that they're splitting up, this comes as a shock to their best friends Gabe and Judy. Maybe mostly because they also are drifting apart and are now being made aware of it. So while Jack and Sally try to go on and ...
Style: realistic, talky, melancholic, semi serious, sincere ...
Plot: infidelity, marriage, midlife crisis, divorce, loneliness, depression, breakup, character study, relationships, friendship, age difference, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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August (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 94 min.
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Style: light, melancholic, realistic, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, depression, friendship, love triangle, self discovery, family problems, siblings relations, love and romance, romance, fall in love, midlife crisis, unsupportive spouse ...
Time: 19th century, future, victorian era, 1890s
Place: wales, scotland, london, europe, england ...
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Dinner with Friends (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A husband and wife reevaluate their marriage after their closest friends, another couple decide to split up after twelve years.
Style: talky, witty, realistic, sincere, sexy ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: friendship, relationships, infidelity, honest, betrayal, family problems, secrets, introspection, crumbling marriage, love and romance, midlife crisis, dinner ...
Time: 80s, contemporary, 21st century, year 1988
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Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
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Style: sexy, witty, clever, humorous, unusual plot structure ...
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Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
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Style: funny, sexy, witty, feel good, sentimental ...
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Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
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Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
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Style: talky, clever, unusual plot structure, visually appealing, allegory ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Style: talky, semi serious, realistic, humorous, witty ...
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Style: touching, emotional, talky, melancholic, sentimental ...
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Time: 90s
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