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The Reluctant Astronaut (1967)
 6.4
 2K
The Reluctant Astronaut (1967)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Don Knotts is Roy Fleming, a small town kiddie-ride operator who is deathly afraid of heights. After learning that his father has signed him up for the space program, Roy reluctantly heads for Houston, only to find out upon arriving that his job is a janitor, not an astronaut. Anxious to live up to the expectations of his domineering father, Roy manages to keep up a facade of being an astronaut to his family and friends. When NASA decides to launch a lay person into space to prove the worthiness of a new automated spacecraft, Roy gets the chance to confront his fears.
Style: humorous, offbeat, sitcom, semi serious, psychotronic, nostalgic, satirical, futuristic, exciting, entertaining ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: outer space, nasa, astronaut, space travel, adventure, underdog, world war one, ghost, space and aliens, friendship, heroes, space wars, save the world, self discovery, danger, farce, small town life, small town, disorder, nothing goes right, rivalry, mistaken identity, comedy of errors, americana, goofy hero ...
Time: future, 80s, 60s, 1960s
Place: san francisco

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out humorous, semi serious, light and unusual plot structure films with plots about family, catastrophe, dialogue, mentor, space and aliens, first contact and disorder mostly in Comedy, Sci-Fi and Family genres. Some movies like The Reluctant Astronaut: RocketMan (1997), SpaceCamp (1986), Spaced Invaders (1990), The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966), Moon Pilot (1962). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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RocketMan (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Fred Z. Randall is geeky and obnoxious spacecraft designer, who gets the chance to make his dream come true and travel to Mars as a member of the first manned flight there.
Style: humorous, not serious, entertaining, inspirational, offbeat ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids
Plot: astronaut, farce, mars, nasa, space travel, heroic mission, escapades, danger, misfit, nothing goes right, race against time, goofy hero ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 5.7
 13K
SpaceCamp (1986)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Andie Bergstrom, an astronaut eagerly awaiting her first trip to space, runs a summer camp for teenagers with her NASA-employed husband, Zach. One night during an engine test, Andie and four teenage campers are accidentally shot into space. ...
Style: semi serious, intense, inspirational, entertaining, melancholic ...
Audience: kids, teens, boys' night, family outing, pre-teens ...
Plot: nasa, space travel, space program, astronaut, trapped in space, adventure, space shuttle, survival, rescue, race against time, outer space, space opera ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: alabama, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
Spaced Invaders (1990)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A crew of Martians overhears a radio broadcast of Orson Welles' "War of the Worlds" coming from Earth, and, thinking the Martian fleet is attacking Earth, they land their broken-down ship in a backwater mid-American town. As luck ...
Style: humorous, offbeat, semi serious, surprise ending, idiotic ...
Audience: family outing, teens, kids
Plot: alien, halloween, martian, misunderstanding, adventure, catastrophe, disorder, friendship, time travel, space travel, alien encounter, technology gone awry ...
Time: 20th century
Place: usa, illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Luther Heggs aspires to being a reporter for his small town newspaper. He gets his big break when the editor asks him to spend the night at the Simmons mansion that, 20 years before, was the site of a now famous murder-suicide. Luther's account ...
Style: humorous, scary, suspenseful, semi serious, surprise ending ...
Audience: pre-teens, kids
Plot: haunted house, courtroom, murder, farce, newspaper, secret door, organ, small town, anniversary, uncover truth, small town life, disorder ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
Movie in collections
 5.5
 372
Moon Pilot (1962)
Genre: Family, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: An Air Force captain inadvertently volunteers to make the first manned flight around the moon. He immediately falls under the watchful protection of various security agencies, but despite all their precautions, a young woman who may be an enemy spy ...
Style: humorous, offbeat, exciting, semi serious
Audience: family outing
Plot: moon, chases and races, danger, heroes, getting home, space and aliens, chase, adventure, benign alien, family, satire, airplane ...
Time: 60s
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
Son of Flubber (1963)
Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Medfield's lovable but hopelessly absent-minded professor -- Ned Brainard (Fred MacMurray) -- bounces back in this classic Disney film with hilarious new mishaps when he experiments with the amazing by-products of his startling anti-gravity ...
Style: feel good, humorous, not serious, melancholic, intense ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: college, experiment gone awry, family, family life, disorder, inventions and discoveries, goofy hero, mad scientist, fish out of water, nothing goes right, fall in love, child as adult ...
Time: 60s
Place: pentagon, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 6.6
 19K
Explorers (1985)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The visionary dreams of three curious and adventuresome young boys become an exciting reality in Explorers, the action-fantasy from director Joe Dante, who combines keen humor, warmth and fantasy with unexpected twists. In their makeshift ...
Style: feel good, humorous, semi serious, offbeat, cult film ...
Audience: kids, teens, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: space travel, alien, friendship, bullying, dream, spacecraft, laboratory, adventure, family, time travel, fish out of water, save the world ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
Mom and Dad Save the World (1992)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Emperor Spengo sees Marge Nelson and using a giant magnet, kidnaps her and her husband Dick, hoping to make Marge his before blowing up the Earth. The Emperor and other inhabitants of his planet are somewhat less than bright, and Dick begins ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, idiotic, absurd, light ...
Audience: kids, family outing, teens, pre-teens
Plot: save the world, laser, adventure, family relations, disorder, suburban life, suburbs, parents and children, rivalry, imaginary, space and aliens, misfit ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Movie in collections
 5.0
 802
Can of Worms (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A teen is visited by aliens after he broadcasts a message into space.
Style: offbeat, humorous, feel good, exciting, semi serious
Audience: pre-teens, family outing
Plot: satellite, spacecraft, misfit, cooking and food, space wars, getting home, family, pets, save the world, youth, benign alien, teenage life ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
The Three Stooges in Orbit (1962)
Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The fate of the planet in the hands of Larry, Moe and Curly Joe? That's exactly the situation the trio finds themselves in when they befriend a wacky scientist and must defend his secret invention from a pair of malevolent Martians. Sight gags, ...
Style: humorous, not serious, exciting, psychotronic, futuristic ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: farce, three stooges, catastrophe, submarine, inventions and discoveries, alien encounter, rivalry, goofy hero, danger, obsessive quest, chases and races, space and aliens ...
Time: 60s, future, 80s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
Invasion of the Star Creatures (1962)
Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 70 min.
Story: Beautiful alien Amazonian women plan to conquer the world using an army of vegetable monsters. Dim-witted privates Philbrick and Penn bumble into a cave in search of atomic activity but collide instead with fierce carrot-topped tree mutants and ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, offbeat, psychotronic
Plot: outer space, spacecraft, soldier, misfit, space and aliens, deadly creature, rivalry, save the world, farce, silly humor, space travel, danger ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
Flight of the Navigator (1986)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: This 1986 Disney adventure tells the story of 12-year-old David who lives with his family in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. When he awakens from being accidentally knocked out in the forest near his home, he finds that eight years have passed. His family is ...
Style: feel good, exciting, stylized, touching, serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: time travel, adventure, ufo, space travel, benign alien, flying saucer, nasa, outer space, young heroes, alien, artificial intelligence, getting home ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1978, 70s, year 1986 ...
Place: florida, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Unidentified Flying Oddball (1979)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A NASA spacecraft proves Einstein right when, travelling faster than light, it ends up near King Arthur's Camelot. On board are big-hearted Tom Trimble and Hermes, the look-alike robot he built. Tom immediately makes friends with pretty ...
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, psychotronic
Audience: pre-teens, kids, family outing
Plot: time travel, king arthur, nasa, camelot, astronaut, space and aliens, family, misfit, heroes, danger, escapades, adventure ...
Place: england, europe, usa, connecticut
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 2.6
 25K
Baby Geniuses (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Scientist hold talking, super-intelligent babies captive, but things take a turn for the worse when a mix-up occurs between a baby genius and its twin.
Style: humorous, semi serious, entertaining, melancholic, intense ...
Audience: family outing, teens, kids
Plot: mistaken identity, babies and infants, baby, mad scientist, twins, family, adventure, imaginary, prank, goofy hero, danger, rescue ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again (1979)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Amos and Theodore, the two bumbling outlaw wannabes from The Apple Dumpling Gang, are back and trying to make it on their own. This time, the crazy duo gets involved in an army supply theft case -- and, of course, gets in lots of comic trouble along ...
Style: humorous, feel good, realistic, semi serious, exciting ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: family, farce, gang, rivalry, orphan, crimes, goofy hero, going straight, partners, heroes, disorder, family life ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
Muppets from Space (1999)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: When Gonzo's breakfast cereal tells him that he's the descendant of aliens from another planet, his attempts at extraterrestrial communication get him kidnapped by a secret government agency, prompting the Muppets to spring into action. ...
Style: humorous, not serious, feel good, exciting, light ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, preschoolers, family outing
Plot: adventure, ufo, friendship, mad scientist, puppet, puppets, family, heroic mission, benign alien, rescue, goofy hero, space travel ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
The Cat from Outer Space (1978)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A UFO is stranded on earth and impounded by the US government. Its pilot, a cat with a collar that gives it special powers, including the ability to communicate with humans, has eluded the authorities and seeks the help of a scientist in order to ...
Style: humorous, feel good, offbeat, semi serious, sweet ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: alien, telekinesis, ufo, cat, benign alien, family, adventure, alien encounter, fish out of water, friendship, disorder, friends ...
Time: 80s
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: After their father is called into work, two young boys, Walter and Danny, are left in the care of their teenage sister, Lisa, and told they must stay inside. Walter and Danny, who anticipate a boring day, are shocked when they begin playing Zathura, ...
Style: exciting, semi serious, humorous, intense, suspenseful ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens, pre-teens, horror for children
Plot: space travel, adventure, outer space, astronaut, board game, when the parents are away, getting home, family, youth, escapades, danger, reconciliation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, future
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Movie in collections
 6.3
 22K
Dark Star (1974)
Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: A low-budget, sci-fi satire that focuses on a group of scientists whose mission is to destroy unstable planets. 20 years into their mission, they have battle their alien mascot, that resembles a beach ball, as well as a "sensitive" and ...
Style: futuristic, humorous, semi serious, exciting, suspenseful ...
Plot: space travel, satire, surfing, laser, artificial intelligence, astronaut, escapades, pets, technology gone awry, silly humor, asteroids and comets, hippie ...
Time: future, 22nd century
Place: malibu california
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Morons from Outer Space (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The story begins on a small spaceship docking with a refueling station. On board are a group of four aliens, Bernard, Sandra, Desmond, and Julian. During a particularly tedious period of their stay at the station, the other three begin playing with ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, offbeat, cult film, satirical ...
Plot: outer space, anti hero, ship, mistaken identity, heroic mission, celebrity culture, space travel, friendship, fish out of water, alien encounter, disorder, space and aliens ...
Time: 80s
Place: england, america
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 5.1
 4K
Good Boy! (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: An intergalactic dog pilot from Sirius (the dog star), visits Earth to verify the rumors that dogs have failed to take over the planet.
Style: sentimental, entertaining, tense, thought provoking, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, girls' night, teens
Plot: talking dog, outer space, friendship, dog, space and aliens, pets, human animal relationship, mission, mentor, benign alien, family, destiny ...
Time: contemporary, 80s
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
The American Astronaut (2001)
Genre: Musical, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Samual Curtis's first mission in this bizarre science fiction musical comedy requires him to take a cat to a saloon on an asteroid. There, he meets his former dance partner (the Blueberry Pirate) and collects his payment: a device capable of ...
Style: surreal, humorous, semi serious, stylized, offbeat ...
Plot: outer space, astronaut, space travel, disorder, space and aliens, fish out of water, future dystopia, space station, girl, planet, delivery, asteroids and comets ...
Time: contemporary
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
My Favorite Martian (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: News producer, Tim O'Hara gets himself fired for unwillingly compromising his bosses' daughter during a live transmission. A little later, he witnesses the crashing of a small Martian spacecraft, realizing his one-time chance of delivering ...
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, surprise ending, nostalgic ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, teens
Plot: fish out of water, disney, mars, alien, rescue, spacecraft, martian, benign alien, family, alien encounter, space travel, friendship ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, future
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Movie in collections
 3.7
 3K
Galaxina (1980)
Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Galaxina is a lifelike, voluptuous android who is assigned to oversee the operations of an intergalactic Space Police cruiser captained by incompetent Cornelius Butt. When a mission requires the ship's crew to be placed in suspended animation ...
Style: futuristic, humorous, not serious, stylized, offbeat ...
Audience: teens
Plot: parody, spacecraft, alien, fall in love, adventure, space and aliens, space travel, motorcycle, disorder, danger, outer space, supernatural romance ...
Time: future
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Some college students manage to persuade the town's big businessman, A. J. Arno, to donate a computer to their college. When the problem- student, Dexter Riley, tries to fix the computer, he gets an electric shock and his brain turns to a ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, feel good, light, entertaining ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens
Plot: college, friendship, computer, family, gangsters, contests and competitions, coming of age, on the run, goofy hero, youth, computer system, disorder ...
Time: 60s, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century (1999)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Zenon Kar, a 13-year-old girl who lives on a space station in the year 2049, gets into some trouble and is banished to Earth. With help from some Earth friends she must find her way back.
Style: humorous, not serious
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: space station, friendship, outer space, disorder, friends, misfit, escapades, imaginary, best friends, youth, rivalry, adventure ...
Time: 21st century, future, 2040s
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 5.9
 2K
Gus (1976)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The California Atoms are in last place with no hope of moving up. But by switching the mule from team mascot to team member, (He can kick 100 yard field goals!) they start winning, and move up in the rankings, Hurrah! The competition isn't so ...
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, funny, buddy movie ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: sport team, mule, sport, family, farce, soccer, friends, power relations, animal life, against the odds, athlete and trainer, silly humor ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: california, usa, former yugoslavia, yugoslavia
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 5.3
 2K
Star Kid (1997)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Shy seventh-grader Spencer Griffith's life changes when the meteor falls into local junkyard and he finds a Cybersuit - the wise and strong robot from another galaxy. Spencer puts Cybersuit on and becomes a different kind of guy
Style: humorous, stylized, semi serious, entertaining, offbeat ...
Audience: kids, teens, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: superhero, androids and robots, space and aliens, adventure, family, escapades, good versus evil, fantasy world, robot, brutality, rivalry, youth ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Trail of the Screaming Forehead (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A small town infestation of crawling alien foreheads that begin attaching to people and taking them over collides with a scientist's experiments to extract foreheadazine and things go horribly horribly wrong.
Style: semi serious, humorous, suspenseful, stylized, offbeat ...
Plot: save the world, mad scientist, supernatural, save the planet, evil alien, escapades, rivalry, disorder, deadly, alien encounter, heroes, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: holland
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 73 min.
Story: The mad and evil scientist, Dr. Clayton Forrester, has created an evil little scheme that is bound to give him world global domination but first things first. He plans to torment Mike Nelson and the robots by sending them a real stinker of a film to ...
Style: humorous, talky, surreal, not serious, funny ...
Audience: teens
Plot: parody, robot, mad scientist, space travel, teleportation, scientist, imaginary, outer space, astronaut, world domination, satellite, androids and robots ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%