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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, feel good, realistic, semi serious, gag humor, funny, romantic, melancholic, intense, light ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, chick flick
Plot: gambling, village, brainwashing, cia, cold war, wealth, communism, communist, debt, bridge, chase, jungle, culture clash, gangsters, adventure, crimes, on the road, heroes, friends, misfit, partners, secret agents, captivity, on the run, fugitives ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 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, funny, semi serious and realistic films with plots about disorder, destiny, catastrophe, dialogue, mentor, storytelling and chase mostly in Comedy, Crime and Family genres. Some movies like Volunteers: Nothing But Trouble (1991), I Got the Hook Up (1998), Canadian Bacon (1995), The Gods Must Be Crazy II (1989), Outrageous Fortune (1987). 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, disturbing, melancholic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: small town, chase, on the run, eccentric family, fish out of water, goofy hero, nothing goes right, anti heroes, danger, deadly, buddies, disorder ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: new jersey, usa, atlantic city new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
I Got the Hook Up (1998)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Two broke buddies feel lucky when they come upon a truckload of cellular phones and begin selling them out of the back of their van. Trouble arises though, when the phones develop faults. The two friends then not only have to deal with unsatisfied ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, light, entertaining, funny ...
Audience: teens
Plot: stoners, hip hop, gangsters, disorder, dishonesty, buddies, heist, cons and scams, nothing goes right, unlikely criminals, crimes, odd couple ...
Time: 90s
Place: south central los angeles, new orleans, hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 5.9
 15K
Canadian Bacon (1995)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA, Canada
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: humorous, talky, semi serious, political comedy, satirical ...
Plot: politics, white house, dishonesty, political conspiracy, cold war, farce, head of state, culture clash, state affairs, nothing goes right, conspiracy, president ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, canada, iraq, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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: humorous, feel good, exciting, witty, semi serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: culture clash, adventure, desert, escapades, danger, friends, family relations, kidnapping, on the road, farce, fish out of water, nothing goes right ...
Time: 80s
Place: africa, south africa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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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, exciting, realistic, witty, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: chase, cia, espionage, adventure, vengeance, farce, cons and scams, secret agents, undercover, buddies, dishonesty, disorder ...
Time: 80s
Place: new mexico, albuquerque new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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: realistic, humorous, semi serious, political comedy, satirical ...
Plot: politics, jungle, disorder, partners, buddies, espionage, misfit, society, urban, drug abuse, stoners, friends ...
Time: 80s, 60s, 1960s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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, realistic, feel good, funny ...
Audience: teens
Plot: farce, mistaken identity, hotel, hitman, crimes, nothing goes right, save the day, fugitives, chases and races, womanizer, gender bending, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe, venice, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 6.3
 45K
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, family in crisis, nothing goes right, couple relations, chaos, crumbling marriage, domestic disturbance, danger, unfulfillment, home renovation, old house, farce ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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 5.3
 3K
Dear God (1996)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: When letters written to God start getting results, and replies, people everywhere are amazed. The Post Office however is annoyed.
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, feel good, offbeat ...
Audience: date night
Plot: misfit, money, letter, god, office, cons and scams, self discovery, odd couple, fish out of water, forgery, comedy of errors, anti heroes ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Ernest Goes to Africa (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The title says it all. There's a mix up involving stolen diamonds which Ernest has (naturally) made into a yo-yo and given to his would be girlfriend, Rene. But Rene wants a man of action, and doesn't think that Ernest fits the bill. After ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, feel good, idiotic, road movie ...
Audience: teens
Plot: kidnapping, rescue, family, friends, dishonesty, buddies, partners, goofy hero, escapades, unlikely criminals, nothing goes right, crimes ...
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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: touching, sentimental, realistic, semi serious, feel good ...
Plot: thanksgiving, thief, snow, screwball, on the road, generosity, advertising, odd couple, receptionist, chewing tobacco, state trooper, hitchhiker ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: st. louis missouri, usa, cross country, illinois, empire state building manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 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, realistic, semi serious, idiotic, funny ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: island, chase, manhunt, scam, race against time, fugitives, chases and races, criminal heroes, nothing goes right, crime, contests and competitions, unlikely partners ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, miami, florida, scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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, feel good, realistic, funny ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: island, reggae, odd couple, resort, couples, disorder, buddies, partners, escapades, looking for sex, nothing goes right, goofy hero ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
Place: caribbean, west indies
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Born in East L.A. (1987)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Rudy, an American of Hispanic descent, whose south-of-the-border looks show him no mercy during an immigration raid in a migrant worker factory. As his luck goes, he is caught with neither money nor his ID and is deported to Mexico - without ...
Style: humorous, feel good, realistic, witty, not serious ...
Plot: deportation, mistaken identity, immigrants, culture clash, parody, disorder, dishonesty, interracial relations, crimes, nothing goes right, best friends, comedy of errors ...
Time: 80s
Place: mexico, latin america, tijuana mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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: feel good, realistic, semi serious, humorous
Plot: casino, prostitute, gambling, cons and scams, on the road, on the run, friendship, rivalry, partners, romance, unlikely criminals, crime ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Taking Care of Business (1990)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: An uptight advertising exec has his entire life in a filofax organizer which mistakenly ends up in the hands of a friendly convict who poses as him.
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, light, inspirational ...
Audience: date night
Plot: mistaken identity, prison, rich and poor, fish out of water, disorder, dishonesty, crimes, cons and scams, nothing goes right, prison life, misfit, happy ending ...
Time: 80s, 1990s
Place: california, malibu california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 5.4
 6K
The Villain (1979)
Genre: Comedy, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Handsome Stranger has agreed to escort Charming Jones to collect her inheritance from her father. But Avery Jones wants the money, and hires notorious outlaw Cactus Jack to ambush Charming. However, Cactus Jack is not very good at robbing people.
Style: humorous, not serious, feel good, road movie, funny ...
Audience: teens
Plot: chase, explosion, train, cowboy, glue, parody, rescue, danger, heroes, friends, rivalry, kidnapping ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 5.7
 3K
Sour Grapes (1998)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Richie, a sneaker sole designer, and his cousin Evan, a brain surgeon, are spending this weekend with their girlfriends in Atlantic City. When one of them ends up with a $436,000 jackpot, sour grapes is what results. Even though Richie uses two ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, dark humor, witty, intense ...
Plot: casino, greed, change of luck, nothing goes right, gambling, dishonesty, partners, jealousy, feud, money, friendship, stupidity ...
Time: 90s
Place: atlantic city new jersey, bulgaria, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Movie in collections
 7.0
 4K
Brain Donors (1992)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Three manic idiots; a lawyer, cab driver and a handyman team up to run a ballet company to fulfill the will of a millionaire. Stooge-like antics result as the trio try to outwit the rich widow and her scheming big-shot lawyer, who also wants to run ...
Style: humorous, realistic, not serious, absurd, talky ...
Plot: ballet, farce, nothing goes right, partners, dishonesty, buddies, disorder, rivalry, fish out of water, taxi driver, misfit, siblings relations ...
Time: 90s, 1930s
⇓ 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: wilderness, camp, adventure, holiday, nothing goes right, parents and children, in-laws, coming of age, friends, family relations, love and romance, couple relations ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, california, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 7.0
 75K
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: fish out of water, respect, mischievous children, parents and children, siblings relations, when the parents are away, child care, golf, uncle nephew relationship, tire, childhood, happy ending ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, chicago illinois, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
The Twelve Chairs (1970)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A treasure hunt. An aging ex-nobleman of the Czarist regime has finally adjusted to life under the commisars in Russia. Both he and the local priest find that the family jewels were hidden in a chair, one of a set of twelve. They return separately ...
Style: witty, satirical, stylized, talky, philosophical ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: farce, treasure hunt, chase, adventurer, obsessive quest, odd couple, escapades, nothing goes right, goofy hero, dishonesty, partners, cons and scams ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century
Place: russia, soviet union
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 4.9
 2K
Disorderlies (1987)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: As not-quite-orderlies who're downright Disorderlies, rap-music favorites The Fat Boys rule. Playing the freewheeling caretakers of the frail Dennison (Hollywood legend Ralph Bellamy), they stir up a comedic culture clash in Palm Beach society ...
Style: humorous, not serious, melancholic, twist ending, idiotic ...
Plot: gambling, goofy hero, unlikely criminals, switching roles, nothing goes right, cons and scams, misfit, fish out of water, elderly, dishonesty, disorder, crime gone awry ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Movie in collections
 6.5
 13K
Night Shift (1982)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A nebbish of a morgue attendant gets shunted back to the night shift where he is shackled with an obnoxious neophyte partner who dreams of the "one great idea" for success. His life takes a bizarre turn when a prostitute neighbour ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, witty, light, talky ...
Plot: pimp, friendship, prostitution, morgue, misfit, nightlife, cons and scams, nightshift, lifestyle, fish out of water, goofy hero, buddies ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Critical Condition (1987)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Eddie is a con artist. But this time he's framed and comes before a judge. By claiming insanity, he hopes to get off the hook. He manages end up in a hospital for a mental examination. That night, a storm breaks out over New York, and the ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, dark humor, melancholic ...
Plot: hospital, mistaken identity, partners, criminal's revenge, dishonesty, disorder, crimes, criminal heroes, doctors and patients, cons and scams, nothing goes right, switching roles ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 5.6
 5K
Wise Guys (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Harry Valentini and Moe Dickstein are both errand boys for the Mob. When they lose $250,000, they are set up to kill each other. But they run off to Atlantic City and comedy follows.
Style: feel good, semi serious, humorous, realistic, buddy comedy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: nothing goes right, gambling, hitman, mafia, frame up, buddies, criminal heroes, crime, heist, cons and scams, gangsters, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s
Place: atlantic city new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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, realistic, feel good, semi serious ...
Plot: airport, train, chase, culture clash, on the road, disorder, couples, partners, society, misfit, fish out of water, promotion ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: new york, boston, usa, manhattan new york city, grand central station manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 6.3
 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, feel good, funny, light, road movie ...
Audience: date night
Plot: underdog, on the road, screwball, family vacation, rivalry, disorder, couples, nothing goes right, love and romance, romance, couple relations, summer vacation ...
Time: 80s
Place: florida, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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: exciting, semi serious, humorous, road movie
Audience: pre-teens
Plot: chase, car race, on the road, fish out of water, on the run, adventurer, car chase, rivalry, fugitives, chaos and mayhem, escapades, contests and competitions ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, california, cross country, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
For Richer or Poorer (1997)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Brad Sexton and his wife, Caroline, are wealthy New Yorkers with both marital and financial problems. The latter issue becomes a pressing matter when they discover that their accountant has embezzled millions and pinned the blame on them. Forced to ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, feel good, funny, entertaining ...
Plot: amish, fish out of water, accountant, comedy of errors, rivalry, dishonesty, disorder, on the run, hidden identity, true love, frame up, embezzlement ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, pennsylvania, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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