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The Hold-Up (2001)
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The Hold-Up (2001)
Original name: El palo
Genre: Comedy
Country: Spain
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Lola's a single mom, broke, working as a janitor and maid. Silvia is pregnant, and her lover (her boss) won't leave his wife. Maite, newly a widow, discovers she's penniless but wants to maintain appearances and give her daughter a fancy wedding, and Pecholata, a punk kid living in a youth center, will soon be turned out on the streets. Lola, who cleans a bank every morning, decides to rob it, convincing the others to join her: they'll use replica guns, dress as men, take Silvia hostage, and all will be smooth. But things go awry, including the fact that Lola's ex, Gustavo, is a cop. Desperation may be the mother of invention - and a corrupt bank manager its father.
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, sexual, sexy
Plot: crime gone awry, heist, bank, comedy of errors, unlikely criminals, crimes, hostages, hostage, crime, society, dishonesty, working class, single parent, criminal heroes, cons and scams, pregnancy, feminism, bank robbery, nothing goes right, heist gone wrong, best friends, wedding, family relations, couple relations, inventions and discoveries ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, humorous, semi serious and feel good films with plots about disorder, crimes, nothing goes right, dishonesty, cons and scams, unlikely criminals and crime gone awry mostly in Comedy, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Hold-Up: Robbery at 3 O'clock (1962), The Hollywood Sign (2001), Who's Minding the Mint? (1967), Skills Like This (2007), Now or Never (2000). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Robbery at 3 O'clock (1962)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Spain
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Galindo works in a bank. One day he convinces the other employees in the bank to plan a hold-up in the bank they are working. They prepare everything carefully. However, real robbers come just before the fake ones.
Style: realistic, not serious, humorous
Plot: gang, bank, heist, bank robbery, bank clerk, unlikely criminals, comedy of errors, jazz, workplace situations, vengeance, nothing goes right, workplace ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
The Hollywood Sign (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: Germany, USA, Netherlands
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Three washed-up actors must deliver the most convincing performances of their lives as part of a dangerous plot designed to finance their triumphant comeback.
Style: realistic, semi serious, humorous
Plot: hollywood, unlikely criminals, crime gone awry, nothing goes right, dishonesty, criminal heroes, gangsters, crimes, disorder, heist, cons and scams, crime ...
Time: contemporary
Place: nevada, usa, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
Who's Minding the Mint? (1967)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A bumbling government employee accidentally destroys a small fortune and decides to break into the US Mint to replace it, but before long everyone wants a slice of the action - and the money.
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic
Plot: safecracker, heist, criminal heroes, forgery, unlikely criminals, misfit, romance, workplace, crime gone awry, friends, crimes, buddies ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
Skills Like This (2007)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Max Solomon faces the awful truth that he will never be a writer. So, in a desperate attempt to find his true calling, he turns to crime. In this inventive comedy, three friends have their lives turned upside down when one of them realizes that ...
Style: humorous, captivating, light, feel good, realistic ...
Plot: heist, crimes, romance, friendship, friends, couples, disorder, nothing goes right, unlikely criminals, criminal, bank, contests and competitions ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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 5.7
 538
Now or Never (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 90 min.
Story: No overview found.
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, captivating, exciting
Plot: heist, retirement home life, bank, disorder, unlikely criminals, elderly, down on your luck, friendship, cons and scams, vengeance, mistaken identity, crimes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 5.6
 704
100 Mile Rule (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: No overview found.
Style: realistic, semi serious, cynical, humorous, clever
Plot: femme fatale, moral dilemma, introspection, dishonesty, crime gone awry, infidelity, cons and scams, crimes, nothing goes right, couple relations, manipulations, crime ...
Time: contemporary
Place: detroit, california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
The Biggest Robbery Never Told (2002)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Spain
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Lucas Santos, named El Santo is petty thief going continuously in and out of jail. Tired of small thefts, he aims to strike a blow that makes him famous and become the star of all media. His wife Lucia, a comprehensive and sweet woman, while ...
Style: humorous, suspenseful, not serious, realistic, exciting
Plot: heist, unlikely criminals, ambition, comedy of errors, disorder, museum, partners, crimes, nothing goes right, misfit partners, desire for fame, criminal gang ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: spain, madrid
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 5.8
 935
Girl from Rio (2001)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Spain, UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Discovering your wife is sleeping with your boss can make a man do strange things. For a Samba-obsessed London clerk, robbing a bank and boarding the first flight to Rio are just the beginning.
Style: feel good, humorous, semi serious, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: date night
Plot: comedy of errors, caught cheating, samba, obsessive quest, unlikely criminals, nothing goes right, bank robber, disorder, couples, love and romance, dishonesty, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, london, england, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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King's Ransom (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Hoping to foil his own gold-digging wife's plan, a loathsome businessman arranges his own kidnapping, only to realize that there are plenty of other people interested in his wealth as well.
Style: witty, humorous, semi serious, feel good, light ...
Plot: kidnapping, nothing goes right, dishonesty, crimes, breakup, love and romance, crumbling marriage, couple relations, cons and scams, disorder, crime gone awry, unlikely criminals ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
I Can Quit Whenever I Want (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: Italy
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A university researcher is fired because of the cuts to university. To earn a living he decides to produce drugs recruiting his former colleagues, who despite their skills are living at the margins of society.
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic
Plot: drug dealing, criminal heroes, crime gone awry, unlikely criminals, nothing goes right, disorder, crimes, crime, drugs/alcohol, explorer, gang, chemistry
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Stark Raving Mad (2002)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A crook quietly plots his revenge against the boss who murdered his brother while working for him.
Style: humorous, semi serious, light, entertaining, feel good ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: bank robbery, nightclub, heist, bank, cons and scams, criminal heroes, nothing goes right, crimes, rivalry, disorder, partners, vengeance ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Puff, Puff, Pass (2006)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Danny Masterson (TV's 'That '70s Show') leads a hilarious ensemble cast in a tale about two hapless stoners who get involved in a scheme to rip off a shady character named Mr. Big after the duo sours on rehab.
Style: humorous, semi serious, entertaining, realistic
Plot: stoners, nothing goes right, unlikely criminals, cons and scams, drug abuse, redemption, misfit, crimes, crime gone awry, drug rehab, silly humor, disorder ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
The Almost Perfect Bank Robbery (1997)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A cop and his expensive fiancée, a bank teller, plan the perfect bank robbery. All goes well until the FBI suspects, almost immediately, an inside job. Their plans to move the money out of the country, then just to cover their tracks, make them ...
Style: humorous, suspenseful, rough, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: law enforcement, fugitives, best friends, chases and races, crime, reluctant partners, partners, crime gone awry, heist, bank, storage unit, special agents ...
Time: 90s
Place: china
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.2
 5K
Thin Ice (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A dishonest insurance salesman's life quickly disintegrates during a Wisconsin winter when he teams up with a psychopath to steal a rare violin at the home of a reclusive farmer.
Style: humorous, dark humor, semi serious, realistic, twists and turns ...
Plot: unlikely criminals, nothing goes right, crime gone awry, comedy of errors, manipulation, dishonesty, cons and scams, manipulations, disorder, salesman, crime, graphic violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, wisconsin
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.6
 497
My Entire Life (1996)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Australia
Duration: 112 min.
Story: All Wally Mellish, an ex-convict in 1960s Australia, wants to do is live a quiet life with his girlfriend Beryl. Unfortunately when two police officers come around to disturb this, a misunderstanding quickly becomes out of control, resulting Wally, ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, offbeat, humorous
Plot: hostage, single parent, media, fugitives, confined, crimes, nothing goes right, hostages, misfit, crime gone awry, media satire, chaos and mayhem ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: australia, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 4.2
 144
Diamond Zero (2005)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A daft doctor concocts an offbeat scheme to make millions after he happens upon a method of turning cremated human remains into diamonds. But when the sawbones hires a pair of hapless thieves to collect the raw material, a string of calamities ...
Style: witty, humorous, semi serious, realistic, offbeat
Plot: hidden identity, nothing goes right, amateur detective, crime gone awry, unlikely criminals, buddies, criminal heroes, dishonesty, intrigue, partners, track down, heist ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Let's Rob the Bank (1964)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: France
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Shopkeeper Victor Garnier has naively invested his family's life savings in an African mine, on his banker's recommendation. When the mine is nationalized, rendering the stock worthless, he considers himself shamelessly robbed by the bank; ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, offbeat, humorous
Plot: heist, tunnel, bank, cons and scams, storage unit, dishonesty, dancer's life, love and romance, unlikely criminals, crime, crime gone awry, crimes ...
Time: 60s
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 5.9
 2K
Holy Water (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: Ireland
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The village of Kilcoulins Leap was once a thriving spa town, and was home to a famous Holy Well, but now offers little by way of employment for its people, and its decline seems inexorable. When local Postie, Podger Byrnes, comes up with a plan to ...
Style: not serious, humorous, realistic, witty, offbeat ...
Plot: heist, comedy of errors, disorder, cons and scams, buddies, nothing goes right, unlikely criminals, crimes, dishonesty, social relations, village life, friends ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Remarkable Power (2008)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A late night talk show host masterminds an elaborate scheme to save his canceled show and avenge his wife's affair, entangling an eclectic collection of tinsel towners in the process.
Style: humorous, cynical, dark humor, realistic, surprise ending
Audience: teens
Plot: infidelity, media, rivalry, crime gone awry, showbiz, cons and scams, life is a bitch, nothing goes right, dishonesty, crimes, vengeance, down on your luck ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.0
 923
Bunny O'Hare (1971)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Bette Davis handles the title role in this highly offbeat crime comedy about two aging hippies who elect to rob a bank to restore Bunny O'Hare's financial affairs after she's been unjustly evicted and rendered homeless. When that ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic
Plot: widow, bank robbery, golden years, fugitives, criminal heroes, nanny, crimes, aging, estrangement, eviction, romance, odd couple ...
Time: 70s
Place: mexico, latin america, new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 5.5
 437
Loot (1970)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Based on the play by 'Joe Orton' this film follows the adventures of two pals who have pulled off a bank robbery and have to hide the loot. Fortunately (?) one of them works in a funeral parlour and they have a coffin to spare.
Style: dark humor, offbeat, witty, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: heist, hotel, farce, caper, coffin, criminal heroes, crime gone awry, crimes, dishonesty, nothing goes right, disorder, unlikely criminals ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 3.6
 750
RPM (1998)
Genre: Comedy
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A professional car thief pulls off the heist of a lifetime when he steals a prototype supercar.
Style: semi serious, realistic, humorous, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, unlikely criminals, adventure, betrayal, criminal heroes, crime, crimes, rivalry, crime gone awry, criminal's revenge, partners, chase ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Kath & Kimderella (2012)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Australia
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Fountain Lakes' foxy ladies who turn more than just heads when they go on an overseas trip and end up being the centre of their very own fairytale.
Style: humorous, not serious, captivating, realistic
Plot: family relations, fish out of water, couples, society, intrigue, dishonesty, best friends, parents and children, fear of flying, silly humor, wedding, single parent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Welcome to the Roses (2003)
Genre: Comedy
Country: France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Two ex-convicts, MG and Gilbert find refuge in a charming middle-class house whose couple is about to celebrate its 20-year old marriage. Our duo has no other solution than to take this entire brood in hostage. But, contrary to all expectations, ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, dark humor, twists and turns, realistic
Plot: hostage, murder, hostages, fugitives, crimes, criminal heroes, couples, prison life, family gatherings, prison, husband wife relationship, wedding anniversary ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.0
 2K
The Nugget (2002)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Australia
Duration: 97 min.
Story: 'The Nugget' looks at how instant wealth suddenly changes the lives of three working class men - not necessarily for the better, but always with hilarious consequences.
Style: humorous, exciting, semi serious, realistic, feel good
Plot: gold, ambition, disorder, couple relations, treasure hunt, crime gone awry, social misfits, partners, buddies, nothing goes right, cons and scams, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Family United (2013)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Spain
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The director Daniel Sánchez Arévalo ('Azuloscurocasinegro', 'Cousins​​'), he embarks on a new comedy that has as a backdrop the World Cup in South Africa and the setting is a wedding that takes precisely the day of the ...
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, light, captivating
Plot: wedding, siblings relations, family, couple relations, parents and children, love and romance, couples, family relations, family problems, family gatherings, pregnancy, family tradition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.0
 6K
Scorched (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Three bank tellers. One goal: knock the place over. The ultimate inside jobs, plotted by three people with nothing to lose.
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, funny, entertaining ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: heist, bank robber, bank, desert, crimes, crime, nothing goes right, crime gone awry, friends, small town, partners, criminal heroes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: nevada
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 5.8
 20K
Mad Money (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Three female employees of the Federal Reserve plot to steal money that is about to be destroyed.
Style: feel good, humorous, semi serious, entertaining, funny ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: cons and scams, heist, workplace, unlikely criminals, bank robbery, society, dishonesty, crime, crimes, criminal heroes, money, deception ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: kansas, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Semen, a Love Sample (2005)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Spain, UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A biologist in an insemination clinic unexpectedly falls in love with a free-spirited trapeze artist and the idea of fathering her child. A hilarious romantic comedy about love at first sight, with complications to follow...and more laughs than you ...
Style: humorous, sexual, sexy, erotic, realistic ...
Plot: nothing goes right, strong sexual content, couples, disorder, clinic, pregnancy, fall in love, love and romance, female director, acrobat, masturbation, biologist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 5.8
 13K
The Love Punch (2013)
Genre: Comedy
Country: France, UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Retirement at last! Middle-aged and divorced, company owner Richard Jones is looking forward to a worry-free existence as he arrives at his office on his last day of work. Much to his dismay, he discovers that the management buyout of his company ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, feel good, sentimental
Audience: date night
Plot: heist, reluctant partners, unlikely partners, vengeance, bankruptcy, romance, renewed love, couples, disorder, love and romance, dishonesty, couple relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, french riviera, paris france, cote d'azur
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%