Movies and TV shows like The Buddha of Suburbia

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The Buddha of Suburbia (1993)
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The Buddha of Suburbia (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 222 min.
TV show
Story: The Buddha of Suburbia is a 1993 British four-part television serial, directed by Roger Michell. Based on the novel of the same name by Hanif Kureishi, the programme starred Naveen Andrews as the main character, Karim Amir. The programme's music was written and performed by David Bowie. Karim Amir is a mixed-race 17-year-old who lives in a South London suburb during the 1970s. With an English mother and a Pakistani father, Karim is uncertain of his cultural identity. As his father becomes a kind of spiritual guru to the surrounding middle-class neighbours, Karim begins to explore his cultural roots with hopes that he will achieve sexual and racial self-realisation.
Style: sincere, sentimental, serious, realistic, witty, talky, semi serious, controversial
Plot: infidelity, satire, suburbs, immigrants, nudity (full frontal - brief), hippie, actor, racism, punk rock, arranged marriage, strong sexual content, rock, couple relations, interracial relations, love and romance, self discovery, love affair, self fulfillment, social differences, society, couples, dishonesty, guru, coming of age, culture clash ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century
Place: england, london, europe, new york

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, semi serious, humorous and touching films and TV series with plots about society, couples, family relations, couple relations, culture clash, working class and parents and children mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres. Some movies like The Buddha of Suburbia: White Teeth (2002), East Is East (1999), Small Island (2009), High Hopes (1988), Rock & Chips (2010). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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White Teeth (2002)
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Duration: 96 min.
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Duration: 180 min.
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Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
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Duration: 89 min.
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Duration: 54 min.
TV show
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Duration: 103 min.
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Genre: Comedy, Drama
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Style: witty, touching, talky, humorous, sentimental ...
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Duration: 60 min.
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TV show
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Country: UK
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Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 101 min.
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Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
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TV show
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35%
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: Sweden, UK
Duration: 96 min.
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A Very Peculiar Practice (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
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Style: surreal, touching, semi serious, cynical, witty ...
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33%
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Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
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Style: sitcom, not serious, realistic, suspense, biting ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Indian Doctor (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
TV show
Story: The Indian Doctor is a British television drama set in the summer of 1963. Produced by Rondo Media and Avatar Productions, it was first broadcast on BBC One in 2010. The most recent series began on 27 February 2012 and concluded on 2 March. It is a ...
Style: sentimental, realistic, captivating, psychological, humorous ...
Plot: immigrants, culture clash, society, small town, couples, social relations, mine, couple relations, power relations, doctors and patients, small town life, misfit ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
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One Foot in the Grave (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
TV show
Story: One Foot in the Grave is a BBC television sitcom series written by David Renwick. The show ran for six series, including seven Christmas specials, two Comic Relief specials, over an eleven-year period, from early 1990 to late 2000. The latter Comic ...
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32%
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Alila (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Israel, France
Duration: 123 min.
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TV show
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Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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Time: 90s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 165 min.
TV show
Story: Jessica's extraordinarily strong will and heart enables her to rebel against her fanatical, cult-like upbringing. From seven to seventeen Jess is brainwashed to be one of the 'saved', to devote her life to Jesus, to follow the ...
Style: humorous, clever, witty, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: family relations, coming of age, gays and lesbians, adoption, friendship, belief, christianity, adopted daughter, coming out, lesbian teen, lesbian relationship, teenage life ...
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30%