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Volunteers (1985)
 5.5
 8K
Volunteers (1985)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Lawrence is a rich kid with a bad accent and a large debt. After his father refuses to help him out, Lawrence escapes his angry debtors by jumping on a Peace Corp flight to Southeast Asia, where he is assigned to build a bridge for the local villagers with American-As-Apple-Pie WSU Grad Tom Tuttle and the beautiful and down-to earth Beth Wexler.
Style: humorous, semi serious, feel good, realistic, gag humor, funny, romantic, melancholic, intense, light ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: village, gambling, brainwashing, communist, communism, cia, debt, bridge, wealth, cold war, jungle, adventure, chase, on the road, nothing goes right, fish out of water, culture clash, buddies, fugitives, gangsters, odd couple, on the run, rescue, mistaken identity, chases and races ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 80s
Place: thailand, asia, yale university, southeast asia, new york

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out humorous, realistic, funny and semi serious films with plots about disorder, nothing goes right, dialogue, mentor, catastrophe, culture clash and chase mostly in Comedy and Adventure genres. Some movies like Volunteers: Nothing But Trouble (1991), Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987), Outrageous Fortune (1987), Lookin' to Get Out (1982), Canadian Bacon (1995). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Nothing But Trouble (1991)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: While attempting to seduce gorgeous lawyer Diane Lightson, wealthy gadabout Chris Thorne agrees to drive her to Atlantic City, N.J. But, when some reckless driving draws the attention of a deeply critical cop, they and the flamboyant ...
Style: humorous, dark humor, not serious, offbeat, absurd ...
Audience: teens
Plot: small town, chase, on the run, nothing goes right, fish out of water, broker, sheriff, anti heroes, eccentric family, false accusation, kidnapping, chases and races ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: new jersey, usa, atlantic city new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving, with an obnoxious slob of a shower ring salesman his only companion.
Style: humorous, sentimental, touching, feel good, semi serious ...
Plot: thanksgiving, odd couple, on the road, hitchhiker, screwball, receptionist, chewing tobacco, state trooper, generosity, snow, stewardess, advertising ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: st. louis missouri, usa, cross country, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
Outrageous Fortune (1987)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Refined actress Lauren Ames finally has a chance to study with the great theatre professor Stanislav Korzenowski. Sandy Brozinsky, a brash, loud actress, decides through happenstance to also study with Korzenowski. The two women end up dating the ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, witty, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: chase, farce, adventure, on the road, buddies, espionage, odd couple, secret agents, betrayal, vengeance, chases and races, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s
Place: albuquerque new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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: humorous, semi serious, realistic, feel good
Plot: casino, gambling, prostitute, buddies, on the road, crime, criminal's revenge, bank, gangsters, romance, unlikely criminals, hotel ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: las vegas, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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Canadian Bacon (1995)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Canadian Bacon is the only fictitious film from Director Michael Moore. This comedy is about an American president who decides to go to war to bring the public’s opinion of him up during election time. Canadian Bacon is actor John Candy’s last ...
Style: witty, humorous, semi serious, talky, realistic ...
Plot: politics, dishonesty, disorder, political conspiracy, political corruption, farce, white house, head of state, culture clash, cold war, society, state affairs ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, canada, iraq, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 6.3
 44K
The Money Pit (1986)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: After being evicted from their Manhattan apartment, a couple buys what looks like the home of their dreams – only to find themselves saddled with a bank-account-draining nightmare. Struggling to keep their relationship together as their rambling ...
Style: humorous, realistic, light, entertaining, romantic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: romance, couple relations, chaos, crumbling marriage, family in crisis, nothing goes right, domestic disturbance, danger, unfulfillment, old house, home renovation, farce ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
The Great Outdoors (1988)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: It's vacation time for outdoorsy Chicago man Chet Ripley, along with his wife, Connie, and their two kids, Buck and Ben. But a serene weekend of fishing at a Wisconsin lakeside cabin gets crashed by Connie's obnoxious brother-in-law, Roman ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, feel good, scenic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: holiday, wilderness, adventure, parents and children, camp, love and romance, best friend, grizzly bear, roommate, youth, resort, couples ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, california, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 6.3
 32K
Bachelor Party (1984)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: This outrageously funny look at one man's final moments of bachelorhood stars Tom Hanks as Rick, reluctant recipient of a bachelor bash given by a group of friends who view partying as their full-time religion. Rick's worried fiancée, ...
Style: humorous, not serious, realistic, sexual, funny ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: donkey, wedding, party, tennis, buddies, couples, loyalty, bachelor, disorder, friends, nothing goes right, love and romance ...
Time: 80s
Place: israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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One, Two, Three (1961)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A Coca-Cola executive in West Berlin tries to keep the boss's daughter from marrying a Communist.
Style: clever, talky, witty, semi serious, biting ...
Plot: cold war, iron curtain, farce, forbidden love, communist, secretary, couple relations, politics, culture clash, love affair, joke, wedding ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1961, 1930s
Place: germany, europe, east berlin, soviet union, russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Rude Awakening (1989)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In the later 1960s, two hippies are forced to leave their friends as they are wanted by the FBI, who sees them as criminals. They hide in the jungle for 20 years, secluded from the outside world. In the later 1980s, the find out that a secret war is ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, political comedy, satirical ...
Plot: politics, buddies, jungle, urban, on the run, friends, misfit, state affairs, disorder, city life, fish out of water, espionage ...
Time: 80s, 60s, 1960s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 6.6
 278K
The Interview (2014)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Dave Skylark and his producer Aaron Rapoport run the celebrity tabloid show "Skylark Tonight". When they land an interview with a surprise fan, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, they are recruited by the CIA to turn their trip to ...
Style: absurd, humorous, not serious, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: assassination attempt, cia, farce, undercover, journalism, comedy of errors, drugs/alcohol, nothing goes right, anti heroes, socialism, coup d'etat, buddies ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: north korea, asia, korea, usa, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 6.4
 39K
Spies Like Us (1985)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Two bumbling government employees think they are U.S. spies, only to discover that they are actually decoys for Nuclear War.
Style: humorous, not serious, realistic, exciting, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cold war, spy, espionage, farce, chase, cia, missile, kgb, race against time, undercover, adventure, on the road ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: afghanistan, middle east, asia, washington d.c., pentagon ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Club Paradise (1986)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: When Chicago firefighter Jack Moniker retires and moves to a small Caribbean island, he is befriended by the owner of a run-down resort. Together they renovate the resort and lure tourists to Club Paradise in an effort to fight off corrupt officials ...
Style: humorous, not serious, realistic, feel good, funny ...
Audience: teens
Plot: island, reggae, looking for sex, farce, resort, nothing goes right, tropical island, partners, disorder, friends, buddies, goofy hero ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: caribbean, west indies
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
The Gods Must Be Crazy II (1989)
Genre: Comedy
Country: South Africa, Botswana, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Xixo is back again. This time, his children accidentally stow away on a fast-moving poachers' truck, unable to get off, and Xixo sets out to rescue them. Along the way, he encounters a couple of soldiers trying to capture each other and a pilot ...
Style: semi serious, atmospheric, humorous, feel good, witty ...
Audience: kids
Plot: adventure, desert, nothing goes right, farce, on the road, culture clash, fish out of water, civilization, tribe, safari, disappearance, stowaway ...
Time: 80s
Place: africa, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
The Out of Towners (1970)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: George & Gwen Kellerman make a trip to New York, where George is going to start a new job, it turns out to be a trip to hell.
Style: humorous, witty, semi serious, realistic, feel good ...
Plot: airport, train, travel, comedy of errors, couple relations, on the road, chase, nothing goes right, culture clash, fish out of water, airplane, disorder ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: boston, new york, usa, grand central station manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.2
 12K
Summer Rental (1985)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Jack Chester, an overworked air traffic controller, takes his family on vacation to the beach. Things immediately start to go wrong for the Chesters, and steadily get worse. Jack ends up in a feud with a local yachtsman, and has to race him to ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, feel good, realistic, road movie ...
Audience: date night
Plot: screwball, on the road, underdog, family vacation, parents and children, romance, nothing goes right, rivalry, couples, couple relations, coming of age, love and romance ...
Time: 80s
Place: florida, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Three Stooges Go Around the World in a Daze (1963)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Phileas Fogg III, great grandson of the original Phileas Fogg, accepts a bet to duplicate his great grandfather's famous trip around the world in response to a challenge made by Randolph Stuart III, the descendant of the original Fogg's ...
Style: humorous, not serious, realistic, feel good, offbeat
Audience: family outing
Plot: adventurer, on the road, adventure, farce, misfit partners, three stooges, race against time, friends, escapades, partners, disorder, nothing goes right ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: honolulu hawaii, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Lost in America (1985)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: David and Linda Howard are successful yuppies from LA. When he gets a job disappointment, David convinces Linda that they should quit their jobs, liquidate their assets, and emulate the movie Easy Rider, spending the rest of their lives traveling ...
Style: road movie, humorous, talky, semi serious, witty ...
Audience: date night
Plot: yuppie, on the road, fired from the job, gambling, advertising, down on your luck, nothing goes right, roulette, hopes, love and romance, society, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: las vegas, new york, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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The Gumball Rally (1976)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A group of people from different backgrounds have one thing in common: when they hear the world "gumball" whispered by one of the others, they know that it's time for the Gumball Rally: a no-holds barred, secret, winner-take-all rally ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, exciting, road movie
Audience: pre-teens
Plot: car race, chase, fish out of water, on the road, adventurer, sport, buddies, fugitives, contests and competitions, on the run, race against time, chaos and mayhem ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, cross country, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 5.9
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Vegas Vacation (1997)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The Griswold family hits the road again for a typically ill-fated vacation, this time to the glitzy mecca of slots and showgirls—Las Vegas.
Style: humorous, not serious, feel good, realistic, offbeat ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gambling, on the road, farce, obsession, casino, chase, parents and children, nothing goes right, roulette, chaos, family relations, disorder ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: las vegas, nevada, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.0
 73K
Uncle Buck (1989)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: As an idle, good-natured bachelor, Uncle Buck is the last person you would think of to watch the kids. However, during a family crisis, he is suddenly left in charge of his nephew and nieces. Unaccustomed to suburban life, fun-loving Uncle Buck soon ...
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, touching, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens
Plot: tire, fish out of water, golf, respect, mischievous children, siblings relations, child care, when the parents are away, eccentric family, youth, family relations, disorder ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, chicago illinois, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 5.0
 7K
The Pest (1997)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Fast-talking Latino con artist Pestario "Pest" Vargas is the target of Scottish mobsters to whom he owes a considerable debt. Willing to do anything to raise money and avoid severe injury or death, Vargas agrees to a very unusual job -- he ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, idiotic, funny ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: island, chase, scam, manhunt, nothing goes right, crime, contests and competitions, race against time, survival, cons and scams, hitman, chases and races ...
Time: 90s
Place: florida, miami, usa, scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Blame It on the Bellboy (1992)
Genre: Comedy
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: Mike Lawton, Maurice Horton, and Melvin Orton are three men who come to Venice. One of them is a hit man sent to take out a mobster. Another is a lech looking for a little action with a woman he never met, whom he was set up with. And one of them ...
Style: humorous, not serious, feel good, realistic, funny ...
Audience: teens
Plot: farce, hotel, mistaken identity, hitman, comedy of errors, nothing goes right, fish out of water, fugitives, hidden identity, odd couple, on the run, save the day ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe, venice, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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 7.3
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Dumb & Dumber (1994)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Lloyd and Harry are two men whose stupidity is really indescribable. When Mary, a beautiful woman, loses an important suitcase with money before she leaves for Aspen, the two friends (who have found the suitcase) decide to return it to her. After ...
Style: humorous, not serious, idiotic, absurd, toilet humor ...
Audience: teens
Plot: odd couple, dimwit, friendship, stupidity, parakeet, social misfits, buddies, prank, gas station, adventure, road trip, misfit ...
Time: 1990s, 20th century, 90s
Place: utah, nebraska, usa, connecticut, colorado ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Waking Ned Devine (1998)
Genre: Comedy
Country: UK, Ireland, France, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: When a lottery winner dies of shock, his fellow townsfolk attempt to claim the money.
Style: humorous, touching, feel good, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: village, lottery, friendship, golden years, comedy of errors, irish, false identity, countryside, cons and scams, village life, elderly, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: ireland, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Who's Got the Action? (1962)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A lawyer begins to win after his wife secretly becomes his bookie to save their money.
Style: humorous, not serious, realistic
Plot: gambling, bookie, cons and scams, crime, crimes, dishonesty, gangsters, contests and competitions, forces of nature, nothing goes right, ambition, rivalry ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Adrenaline Drive (1999)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Japan
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A gas leak explosion at a yakuza hideout provides a shy nurse and a rental car clerk with the opportunity to take a briefcase full of money. A cross-country chase ensues.
Style: semi serious, humorous, dark humor, realistic, offbeat ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hospital, yakuza, on the run, on the road, criminal heroes, nothing goes right, stolen money, criminal's revenge, crime, fugitives, romance, gangsters ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Police Academy 3: Back in Training (1986)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: When police funding is cut, the Governor announces he must close one of the academies. To make it fair, the two police academies must compete against each other to stay in operation. Mauser persuades two officers in Lassard's academy to better ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, idiotic, funny ...
Audience: teens
Plot: prank, academy, buddies, chase, goofy hero, governor, partners against crime, contests and competitions, officers and cadets, basic training, cons and scams, nothing goes right ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 5.3
 1K
Irish Jam (2006)
Genre: Comedy
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Upon discovering that their town is up for sale, crafty Irish villagers scheme to raise the money to prevent the buy-out. They hold a poetry contest with a tempting grand prize -- the deed to their local pub. But what could happen when a duplicitous ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic
Plot: friendship, culture clash, fish out of water, buddies, rise to the top, love triangle, village, parents and children, siblings relations, cons and scams, gender bending, village life ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ireland, europe, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Where's the Party Yaar? (2003)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The film is based on Sunil Thakkar's own experiences running and throwing parties for the Music Masala radio station, and having to discriminate between "Fresh off the Boat" Indians and the more fashionable, hip, Americanized Indians. ...
Style: feel good, semi serious, realistic, humorous, witty
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: party, buddies, immigrants, indian lead, odd couple, parents and children, teenage love, college, urban, culture clash, twentysomething life, city life ...
Time: contemporary
Place: asia, india, texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%