Movies like Playing for Keeps 1986

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Playing for Keeps (1986)
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Playing for Keeps (1986)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: An ambitious trio of inner-city high school grads tries to hit the big time by turning a run-down country hotel into a rock & roll resort with around-the-clock music and live entertainment. Standing in their way are fearful townsfolk, unscrupulous businessmen and the tax collector, all threatening to bring the curtain down on the teens' aspirations. But this is one threesome who refuses to give up on their lifelong goal without a fight — and a song.
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, hotel, teenage life, teenage love, youth, rock, friends, music band, graphic violence, love and romance, ambition, resort, artists and showbiz, small town life, musician's life, high school, rebelliousness, small town, coming of age, underdog, toxic, dancer's life, desire for fame, adolescence vs adulthood, urban ghetto ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out humorous, realistic, semi serious and feel good films with plots about youth, high school, friends, teenage life, coming of age, friendship and love and romance mostly in Comedy, Music and Romance genres. Some movies like Playing for Keeps: One More Saturday Night (1986), Night Before the Exams (2006), The Breakdance Kid (2004), The Curiosity of Chance (2006), Who Shot Patakango? (1989). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
One More Saturday Night (1986)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The problems faced by both teenagers and adults in a small Minnesota town who are trying to get dates for a Saturday night.
Style: touching, feel good, humorous, semi serious, realistic
Audience: teens
Plot: small town, profanity, sexual content, artists and showbiz, coming of age, partners, betrayal, friends, social relations, small town life, terrorism, nightclub ...
Time: 80s
Place: minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Night Before the Exams (2006)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Italy
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Rome, 1989. Luca Molinari meets Claudia in a party, both of them are stressed about the upcoming final exams. Luca falls in love with the girl and now spends his time looking for her. He is assisted by his inseparable friends: Alice, Richard, ...
Style: humorous, sentimental, feel good, semi serious, realistic
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage love, coming of age, teenage life, buddies, lifestyle, love and romance, youth, teachers and students, high school, adolescence vs adulthood, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, friendship ...
Time: 80s
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
The Breakdance Kid (2004)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: In 1984, loser pizza guy Whitey Johnson is run over by a semi truck on live television, making him a local hero. The world watches as Whitey vows to not only walk again but to win his town's breakdance competition. Whitey struggles to conquer ...
Style: touching, feel good, humorous, semi serious, realistic
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: teenage love, dancer's life, follow your dream, lifestyle, ambition, rivalry, romance, contests and competitions, love and romance, hopes, youth, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
The Curiosity of Chance (2006)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Belgium, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: High school coming-of-age tale. It is the 1980's and new wave angst and gender-bending fashion are all the rage. Chance Marquis is the new kid at an American high school in Belgium and is a somewhat awkward teenager who is the target of the ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, offbeat, realistic
Audience: date night, girls' night, teens
Plot: gay teenager, coming of age, gays and lesbians, high school, friendship, misfit, bully, school, teenage love, teenage life, coming out, youth ...
Time: 80s
Place: antwerp, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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Who Shot Patakango? (1989)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A coming-of-age tale set in Brooklyn during the late '50s which centers around the high school life of a group of teens that have to deal with racial tensions at their interracial vocational high school.
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, serious
Audience: teens
Plot: school, racism, teenage love, college life, interracial relations, adolescence vs adulthood, urban ghetto life, friendship, high school life, college, teenage life, high school ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
The Liverpool Goalie (2010)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Norway
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Thirteen year old Jo is a smart thinker of a guy, and has a very vivid imagination, but is bothered by his fellow classmates, and is a rather hopeless soccer goalie. Still he tries to cope with this difficult time in life. He's doing the ...
Style: touching, humorous, realistic, semi serious, dark humor ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: soccer, love and romance, friends, friendship, teenage love, school, high school life, high school, ambition, social relations, power relations, strong female character ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, norway
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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Harold (2008)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A teenager with an early onset of male-pattern baldness befriends his high school's janitor.
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, captivating
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, teenage love, teenage life, society, high school life, adolescence vs adulthood, lifestyle, social misfits, youth, misfit, teachers and students, intergenerational friendship ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Bart Got a Room (2008)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Everyone is searching for love in director Brian Hecker's semi-autobiographical story. Danny Stein, a high school senior at the bottom of the social food chain, needs a prom date. As a cause of anxiety for Danny, Bart Beeber, the nerdiest guy ...
Style: feel good, humorous, touching, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: prom, love and romance, wooing, teenage love, lifestyle, buddies, misfit, youth, underdog, partners, unlikely couple, self discovery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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Cheats (2002)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: While other kids buy into countless hours of studying just so they can get a mark in some teacher's report book, Handsome Davis sees it as nothing more than a system of control over your mind. That's why Handsome and his three best friends ...
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, light, realistic
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, friendship, gang, teenage life, cons and scams, partners, dishonesty, teachers and students, teenager, scam, coming of age, crimes ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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Satisfaction (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: When a young rock group called The Mystery gets its first gig at a club, it's an opportunity to see what life is all about! Fresh out of high school, the rockers are hired by an exclusive beach resort thanks to a faded '60s songwriter. ...
Style: feel good, humorous, semi serious, realistic, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: female bonding, music, coming of age, friendship, romance, artists and showbiz, ambition, music band, lifestyle, desire for fame, love and romance, musician's life ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new jersey, hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
The Breakfast Club (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Five high school students, all different stereotypes, meet in detention, where they pour their hearts out to each other, and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, sincere, talky ...
Audience: teens, teen comedy, date night, kids, girls' night
Plot: coming of age, high school, teenager, adolescence vs adulthood, high school life, introspection, teachers and students, teenage love, friendship, teenage angst, youth, coming-of-age ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Totally Awesome (2006)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Do you prefer to wax on or wax off? Preacher won't let you dance? Well then, put Baby in the corner and come on down, 'cause VH1 is bringing back more of the'80s you love in this feature-length film, Totally Awesome. The Gundersons ...
Style: humorous, witty, not serious, realistic
Audience: teens
Plot: parody, love and romance, lifestyle, rivalry, friends, teenage love, disorder, silly humor, artists and showbiz, teenage life, high school life, martial arts ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
License to Drive (1988)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Teenager Les Anderson thinks his life can't get any worse after he flunks his driver's exam, but he's wrong. Even though he didn't receive his license, Les refuses to break his date with the cool Mercedes Lane, and he decides to ...
Style: humorous, not serious, light, road movie, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, teen comedy, girls' night
Plot: high school, underage drinking, drunk driving, love and romance, nothing goes right, teenage life, teenage love, parents and children, high school life, friendship, family relations, lifestyle ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, california, los angeles, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Dance 'Til Dawn (1988)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: It's prom night and the kids of Hoover High will be having a night they will never forget. Popular girl Shelley ditches her prom and ends up spending the night with unpopular Dan; Popular guy Kevin goes out with nerdy Angela because he heard ...
Style: touching, semi serious, humorous, feel good, realistic
Audience: teens, date night, teen comedy
Plot: prom, teenage love, youth, teenage life, school, friendship, family relations, couples, love and romance, parents and children, family life, adolescence vs adulthood ...
Time: 80s
Place: italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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The Graduates (2008)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Four friends head to Senior Week in Ocean City, Maryland, to celebrate high school graduation.
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, captivating
Plot: beach, satire, teenage life, teenage love, best friends, nothing goes right, youth, love and romance, young lovers, buddies, adolescence vs adulthood, looking for love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: maryland
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 5.8
 8K
Dirty Deeds (2005)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: An American Pie-like teen comedy in which a high school senior tries to become the first student in years to complete the Dirty Deeds, an outrageous series of challenges that must be completed by the Homecoming banquet at 9 a.m.
Style: humorous, semi serious, sexy, romantic, feel good ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night
Plot: prank, cheerleader, high school, challenge, vandalism, bully, friends, rivalry, lifestyle, masturbation, stadium, homecoming ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s, 80s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Super Sweet 16: The Movie (2007)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: No overview found.
Style: semi serious, realistic, stylized, humorous
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, friends, contests and competitions, lifestyle, blind ambition, siblings relations, high school, high school life, couples, ambition, best friends, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 5.9
 33K
The New Guy (2002)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Nerdy high school senior Dizzy Harrison has finally gotten lucky -- after purposely getting expelled, he takes lessons in 'badass cool' from a convict and enrolls at a new school. But can he keep up the ruse?
Style: feel good, humorous, not serious, funny, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night
Plot: teenagers, friendship, teenage love, starting over, goofy hero, high school life, high school, misfit, buddies, lifestyle, bullying, teenager ...
Time: contemporary, 80s
Place: texas, austin texas, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Hollywood High Part II (1981)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: It's another year at Hollywood High and the students are upholding the standards of their school. It's the end of the semester and finals are near, but that doesn't stop the girls of Hollywood High from having fun. From the pool to ...
Style: sexual, humorous, sexy, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: beach, teenage life, hollywood, youth, dishonesty, love and romance, nudity (full frontal - brief), friendship, school, infidelity, sexual abuse, power relations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Staten Island Summer (2015)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Pals Danny and Frank spend the summer after high school working as lifeguards while figuring out their future.
Style: humorous, semi serious, light, funny, romantic ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: lifeguard, friendship, workplace situations, workplace, summer, pool party, love and romance, coming of age, teenager, teenagers, beach, buddies ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
She's Out of Control (1989)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A Los Angeles radio-station manager's girlfriend shows his teenage daughter how to be sexy.
Style: humorous, semi serious, feel good, realistic, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, date night
Plot: teenage love, teenager, coming of age, teenage daughter, teen angst, father dislikes daughter's boyfriend, love and romance, family relations, child as adult, parents and children, single parent, adolescence vs adulthood ...
Time: 80s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
The Girls on the Beach (1965)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: The girls of Alpha Beta need to raise $10,000 in two weeks to save the sorority house. Among their schemes to raise the funds are a beauty contest, a newspaper puzzle, and a baking contest. But when three guys hit the beach with love on their minds, ...
Style: stylized, feel good, semi serious, realistic, humorous ...
Plot: beach, ambition, performer's life, music, music band, love and romance, artists and showbiz, musician's life, contests and competitions, rivalry, gory, friends ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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 6K
Trojan War (1997)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Brad is about to hook up with the girl of his dreams, but runs into a problem, no condom. So Brad sets out into the night to find one, running into many obstacles along the way, while not knowing his best friend, Leah is in love with him.
Style: feel good, humorous, semi serious, realistic
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: party, gang, teenager, love, robbery, condom, partners, youth, love and romance, romance, disorder, friends ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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We the Party (2012)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In Los Angeles, five high-school friends deal with romance, money, prom, college, sex, bullies, Facebook, fitting in, standing out, and finding themselves.
Style: humorous, captivating, feel good, light, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, friendship, dating, prom, teenage love, youth, hip hop, lifestyle, society, coming of age, drugs/alcohol, friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
General Education (2012)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Levi Collins is set to go to the local University on a tennis scholarship, but he forgot to tell his parents one thing - he didn't graduate. As a result, he must take summer school before his mom and dad discover he's failed senior ...
Style: humorous, not serious, light, entertaining, realistic
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage life, summer school, teenage love, high school life, youth, tennis, parents and children, college, ambition, fall in love, friendship, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Oh, What a Night (1992)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: During the summer of 1955, seventeen-year-old Eric Hansen embarks on a journey in his new town, a journey which will change his life forever.
Style: semi serious, sentimental, emotional, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: older woman younger man relationship, small town, best friends, love and romance, eccentric family, teenage love, society, family problems, adolescence vs adulthood, misfit, teaching the ways of the world, first sexual experience ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
All I Wanna Do (1998)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: If there's one thing this wild group of friends at an all-girls high school has learned, it's how to get what they want! So when word leaks out that their school is about to merge with an all-boys academy, some of the students strike ...
Style: feel good, humorous, semi serious, sentimental, light ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: boarding school, school, battle of the sexes, coming of age, friendship between girls, teenage life, teenage love, buddies, gender, rebelliousness, campaign, lifestyle ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1963, 80s
Place: new york state, tokyo, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 4.4
 2K
Joysticks (1983)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A successful businessman attempts to shut down a video arcade he believes is harmful to the mental health of children.
Style: humorous, sexual, sexy, not serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: punk, prank, high school, teenager, nerd, arcade, teenage life, looking for sex, destiny, nightlife, teenage love, sexual relations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Three O'Clock High (1987)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A high school nerd, Jerry Mitchell (Siemaszko) is assigned to write a piece for the school paper about new boy Buddy Revell (Tyson), who is rumored to be a psychopathic nutcase. When Jerry accidentally touches Buddy, he says that they must fight in ...
Style: humorous, clever, semi serious, realistic, witty ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: high school, bullying, bully, coming of age, disorder, college life, high school life, college, journalism, nothing goes right, youth, teenager ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Kickin' It Old Skool (2007)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 109 min.
Story: "Kickin' It Old Skool" revolves around a 12-year-old breakdancer, who in 1986 hits his head while performing at a talent show and as a result is comatose for 20 years. He awakens to find he is a grown man. With the mind and experience ...
Style: humorous, not serious, absurd, talky, funny ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: dancer's life, breakdance, lifestyle, follow your dream, contests and competitions, love triangle, love and romance, rivalry, artists and showbiz, youth, disorder, fish out of water ...
Time: 21st century, 80s, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%