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The Reluctant Astronaut (1967)
 6.3
 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, sitcom, semi serious, psychotronic, satirical, futuristic, exciting, entertaining, clever, sweet ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: outer space, nasa, astronaut, space travel, adventure, underdog, ghost, world war one, heroes, friendship, space and aliens, space wars, save the world, self discovery, rivalry, down on your luck, americana, small town, nothing goes right, mistaken identity, disorder, farce, comedy of errors, small town life, goofy hero ...
Time: future, 80s, 60s, 1960s
Place: san francisco

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Most similar movies to The Reluctant Astronaut

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out humorous, semi serious, feel good and light films with plots about family, space and aliens, disorder, adventure, outer space, first contact and catastrophe mostly in Comedy, Sci-Fi and Family genres. Some movies like The Reluctant Astronaut: RocketMan (1997), SpaceCamp (1986), Moon Pilot (1962), The Three Stooges in Orbit (1962), Spaced Invaders (1990). 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, psychotronic ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids
Plot: astronaut, farce, mars, nasa, space travel, escapades, heroic mission, goofy hero, race against time, space and aliens, misfit, nothing goes right ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Space Chimps 2: Zartog Strikes Back (2010)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 76 min.
Story: Comet longs to be taken seriously as a full-fledged space chimp. He journeys to the fantastical Planet Malgor and bonds with the adorable alien Kilowatt, living out his ultimate fantasy. However, it's time for Comet to prove himself when the ...
Style: not serious, humorous, exciting, captivating
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
Plot: space travel, chimpanzee, friendship, heroes, save the day, adventure, disorder, rivalry, escapades, alien encounter, astronaut, distant planet ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 5.7
 15K
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, 60s, future
Place: alabama, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 5.4
 469
Moon Pilot (1962)
Genre: Comedy, Family, 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: semi serious, exciting, humorous, offbeat
Audience: family outing
Plot: moon, space travel, space wars, alien encounter, parents and children, family, getting home, adventure, chase, benign alien, space and aliens, escapades ...
Time: 60s
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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The Three Stooges in Orbit (1962)
Genre: Comedy, Family, 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, exciting, not serious, psychotronic, parody ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: farce, three stooges, catastrophe, submarine, inventions and discoveries, disorder, spacecraft, fugitives, espionage, obsessive quest, heroes, escapades ...
Time: 60s, future, 80s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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, semi serious, surprise ending, parody, feel good ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids
Plot: alien, evil alien, halloween, martian, misunderstanding, adventure, catastrophe, disorder, alien encounter, mistaken identity, friendship, technology gone awry ...
Time: 20th century
Place: usa, illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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, semi serious, suspenseful, psychotronic ...
Audience: pre-teens, kids
Plot: haunted house, courtroom, murder, farce, organ, newspaper, small town, ghost, disorder, mystery, crimes, nothing goes right ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 3.3
 15K
Mac and Me (1988)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A Mysterious Alien Creature (MAC) escaping from nefarious NASA agents, is befriended by a young boy in a wheelchair. Together, they try to find MAC's family from whom he has been separated.
Style: humorous, semi serious, sentimental, psychotronic, ridiculous ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, teens
Plot: nasa, alien encounter, friendship, family relations, single parent, extraterrestrial, adventure, family, benign alien, disorder, space and aliens, youth ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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 5.0
 1K
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: exciting, semi serious, feel good, humorous, offbeat
Audience: family outing, pre-teens
Plot: space and aliens, satellite, spacecraft, misfit, evil alien, cooking and food, family, getting home, youth, benign alien, adventure, unlikely partners ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: college, experiment gone awry, family, family life, disorder, inventions and discoveries, goofy hero, mad scientist, child as adult, fall in love, fish out of water, nothing goes right ...
Time: 60s
Place: pentagon, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.4
 22K
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, surreal, thought provoking ...
Audience: kids, teens, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: space travel, alien, friendship, bullying, dream, spacecraft, laboratory, adventure, family, time travel, heroic mission, alien encounter ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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, parody, psychotronic, offbeat
Plot: spacecraft, soldier, outer space, disorder, battles, farce, silly humor, evil alien, goofy hero, escapades, heroes, misfit ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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, ufo, benign alien, adventure, flying saucer, space and aliens, space travel, outer space, artificial intelligence, nasa, getting home, young heroes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s, year 1978, year 1986 ...
Place: florida, tokyo, miami beach, texas, japan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Unidentified Flying Oddball (1979)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, 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: semi serious, feel good, humorous, psychotronic
Audience: pre-teens, family outing, kids
Plot: nasa, time travel, fish out of water, king arthur, camelot, astronaut, jousting, time machine, disorder, friends, young heroes, adventure ...
Place: england, usa, europe, connecticut, cornwall
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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, family outing, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: adventure, friendship, mad scientist, puppet, ufo, family, rescue, benign alien, heroic mission, escapades, space and aliens, goofy hero ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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, exciting, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: family, farce, gang, friends, disorder, going straight, goofy hero, partners, crimes, orphan, rivalry, heroes ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
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, futuristic ...
Audience: kids, family outing, teens, pre-teens, horror for children
Plot: space travel, board game, outer space, adventure, family, when the parents are away, astronaut, getting home, stranded, robot, youth, escapades ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, future
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 2.5
 26K
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: baby, babies and infants, mischievous children, mistaken identity, mad scientist, twins, family, adventure, prank, experiment gone awry, disorder, goofy hero ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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 5.4
 3K
Project: ALF (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi, Family
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Six years ago, the space alien, ALF, was on his way back to his new home...When the Alien Task Force finally caught him. Now, the story continues to where the series ended. ALF is now protected by the Alien Task Force, but the leader wants to ...
Style: humorous, exciting, semi serious
Audience: family outing
Plot: benign alien, family, chase, space and aliens, adventure, rescue, on the run, misfit, alien encounter, outer space, puppet, disorder ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.6
 101K
Home (2015)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When Earth is taken over by the overly-confident Boov, an alien race in search of a new place to call home, all humans are promptly relocated, while all Boov get busy reorganizing the planet. But when one resourceful girl, Tip, manages to avoid ...
Style: light, exciting, emotional, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, kids, girls' night
Plot: adventure, friendship, benign alien, alien, family, save the world, odd couple, escapades, disney, alien invasion, culture clash, space and aliens ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: usa, australia, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 5.1
 4K
Good Boy! (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 87 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, thought provoking, tense, humorous ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, girls' night, teens
Plot: talking dog, outer space, dog, space and aliens, friendship, pets, space travel, human animal relationship, mission, mentor, benign alien, family ...
Time: contemporary, 80s
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.2
 24K
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, exciting, suspenseful, semi serious ...
Plot: space travel, satire, surfing, artificial intelligence, astronaut, silly humor, hippie, chaos, technology gone awry, pets, space and aliens, escapades ...
Time: future, 22nd century
Place: malibu california
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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, parody, satirical, light ...
Plot: outer space, ship, space travel, celebrity culture, mistaken identity, friendship, fish out of water, heroic mission, alien encounter, benign alien, deadly creature, rescue ...
Time: 80s
Place: england, america
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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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, sexy, parody, absurd ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens, pre-teens
Plot: evil alien, save the world, good versus evil, adventure, space and aliens, rivalry, race against time, family, escapades, misfit, daring rescue, time travel ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: outer space, space station, friendship, computer virus, earth, friends, disorder, escapades, misfit, heroic mission, time travel, fish out of water ...
Time: 2040s, 21st century, future
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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, semi serious, sweet, entertaining ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: alien, cat, ufo, telekinesis, benign alien, gold bar, family, adventure, friends, disorder, animal life, friendship ...
Time: 80s
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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, entertaining ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, teens
Plot: fish out of water, benign alien, mars, disney, alien, rescue, spacecraft, martian, family, disorder, escapades, journalism ...
Time: 90s, future
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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: stylized, humorous, semi serious, suspenseful, exciting ...
Plot: space and aliens, save the planet, mad scientist, supernatural, alien encounter, escapades, disorder, heroes, rivalry, evil alien, save the world, mentally unstable ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: holland
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 3.6
 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: parody, humorous, not serious, futuristic, stylized ...
Audience: teens
Plot: spacecraft, alien, fall in love, adventure, space and aliens, space travel, motorcycle, disorder, cryogenics, outer space, supernatural romance, alternate reality ...
Time: future
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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, family, friendship, computer, college student, gangsters, contests and competitions, youth, coming of age, on the run, goofy hero, disorder ...
Time: 60s, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%