Movies like The Reluctant Astronaut

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The Reluctant Astronaut
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, semi serious, offbeat, satirical, futuristic, exciting, entertaining, clever, dramatic, intense ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: space travel, nasa, adventure, outer space, underdog, space program, sitcom, comedy of errors, save the world, kids and family, space opera, small town, foul language, space wars, family, mars, dialogue, nothing goes right, violence, children, danger, chase, heroes, mentor, astronaut ...
Time: future, 80s, 1960s
Place: san francisco
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The Ghost and Mr. Chicken
Comedy, Family, Mystery, Romance
USA
90 min.
 7.3
Explorers
Adventure, Comedy, Family, Romance, Sci-Fi
USA
109 min.
 6.6
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out humorous, entertaining, light and clever films with plots about dialogue, family, mentor, catastrophe, storytelling, first contact and children mostly in Comedy, Family and Sci-Fi genres. Some movies like The Reluctant Astronaut: RocketMan (1997), SpaceCamp (1986), Son of Flubber (1963), Spaced Invaders (1990), The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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RocketMan
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, funny, offbeat, absurd ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: mars, family, space travel, nasa, farce, anti heroes, comedy of errors, astronaut, buddies, goofy hero, dumb, race against time ...
Time: 90s
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SpaceCamp
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: suspenseful, semi serious, exciting, idiotic, light ...
Audience: kids, teens, family outing, pre-teens, boys' night
Plot: adventure, space travel, family, nasa, space program, survival, robot, young heroes, camp, daring rescue, childhood, race against time ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   92%
    User:   82%
 
Son of Flubber
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: not serious, humorous, feel good, offbeat, entertaining ...
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Plot: family, mad scientist, football, college, goofy hero, disney, experiment gone awry, destiny, nothing goes right, fish out of water, mentor, chase ...
Time: 60s
Place: pentagon
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System:   86%
    User:   70%
 
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Spaced Invaders
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, offbeat, idiotic, funny ...
Audience: family outing, teens, kids
Plot: alien, adventure, alien invasion, halloween, small town, aliens, androids and robots, anti heroes, first contact, benign alien, weapons, mars ...
Time: 20th century
Place: illinois, usa
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    User:   75%
 
The Apple Dumpling Gang
Genre: Family, Comedy, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A roving bachelor gets saddled with three children and a wealth of trouble when the youngsters stumble upon a huge gold nugget. They join forces with two bumbling outlaws to fend off the greedy townspeople and soon find themselves facing a surly ...
Style: semi serious, feel good, humorous, sweet, light ...
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: family, adventure, chase, gang, disney, children, lone wolves, bank, dialogue, kids and family, mischievous children, childhood ...
Time: 19th century, 80s, 1870s
Place: california, usa, new orleans, mine
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System:   74%
    User:   62%
 
The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again
Genre: Family, Comedy, 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, semi serious, realistic, feel good, funny ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: family, bank robbery, bank, crimes, disney, heroes, mars, disorder, gang, destiny, kids and family, mentor ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   71%
    User:   66%
 
The Ghost and Mr. Chicken
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: scary, semi serious, humorous, suspenseful, funny ...
Audience: pre-teens, kids
Plot: haunted house, small town, courtroom, murder, ghost, kids and family, investigation, mystery, nothing goes right, family, crimes, mentor ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
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System:   69%
    User:   60%
 
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Explorers
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: semi serious, humorous, feel good, offbeat, surreal ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, teens
Plot: adventure, space travel, friendship, bullying, family, alien, laboratory, aliens, mischievous children, dreams, childhood, imagination ...
Time: 80s, future
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System:   68%
    User:   72%
 
The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes
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: semi serious, humorous, light, entertaining, clever ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: family, college, friendship, gangsters, goofy hero, school, college life, disney, kids and family, experiment gone awry, chase, teenage life ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   67%
    User:   70%
 
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Baby Geniuses
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, offbeat, awful, idiotic ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens
Plot: family, adventure, babies and infants, orphan, lame, prodigy, baby, twins, children, dialogue, rescue, catastrophe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   65%
    User:   77%
 
The Cat from Outer Space
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, semi serious, feel good, offbeat, entertaining ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: alien, family, adventure, dog, benign alien, talking animals, disney, kids and family, children, fish out of water, escapades, childhood ...
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   65%
    User:   62%
 
My Favorite Martian
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, semi serious, feel good, idiotic, entertaining ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens
Plot: mars, family, alien, fish out of water, benign alien, kids and family, chase, friendship, nasa, alien encounter, spacecraft, disney ...
Time: future, 1990s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   58%
    User:   69%
 
The Million Dollar Duck
Genre: Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Professor Dooley takes home a duck from his research laboratory as a toy for his son, but soon finds out that it lays golden eggs.
Style: humorous, semi serious, fairy tale, melancholic, funny ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: family, chase, laboratory, dog, anti heroes, greed, animals, buddies, disney, odd couple, kids and family, unlikely partners ...
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   58%
    User:   46%
 
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Mom and Dad Save the World
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: family outing, pre-teens, teens, kids
Plot: adventure, kidnapping, good versus evil, parody, fish out of water, stupidity, anti heroes, suburbs, chase, sexualized violence, brutality, dialogue ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   57%
    User:   52%
 
 5.2
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Flubber
Genre: Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Professor Phillip Brainard, an absent minded professor, works with his assistant Weebo, trying to create a substance that's a new source of energy and that will save Medfield College where his sweetheart Sara is the president. He has missed his ...
Style: humorous, not serious, feel good, offbeat, entertaining ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, teens
Plot: mad scientist, family, university, robot, goofy hero, disney, children, basketball, college, experiment gone awry, kids and family, nothing goes right ...
Time: 90s
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System:   57%
    User:   68%
 
 5.5
 96K
Spy Kids
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Carmen and Juni think their parents are boring. Little do they know that in their day, Gregorio and Ingrid Cortez were the top secret agents from their respective countries. They gave up that life to raise their children. Now, the disappearances of ...
Style: exciting, semi serious, humorous, entertaining, light ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: adventure, family, spy, espionage, mad scientist, rescue, chase, kids and family, young heroes, children, violence, dysfunctional family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   53%
    User:   46%
 
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The Love Bug
Genre: Comedy, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Herbie is a car - but no ordinary car. The story follows the Volkswagen Beetle with a mind of its own from the showroom to the race track, with various close escapes in between. Three further Herbie movies were to follow.
Style: humorous, semi serious, feel good, sweet, exciting ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: family, adventure, cars, racing, on the road, buddies, kids and family, disney, race, friendship, fish out of water, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   51%
    User:   55%
 
Muppets from Space
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, clever ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: puppets, adventure, family, alien, loneliness, first contact, muppets, benign alien, aliens, rescue, escapades, children ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   47%
    User:   42%
 
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The Absent Minded Professor
Genre: Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Hailed as one of Walt Disney's most hilarious comedies, The Absent-Minded Professor contains two essential elements for laughter - Fred MacMurray and Flubber, his gravity-defying formula for flying rubber!
Style: humorous, not serious, fairy tale, offbeat, funny ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: family, college, goofy hero, dog, disney, children, school, mad scientist, kids and family, magic, experiment gone awry, cars ...
Place: usa, u.s. capitol building, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   45%
    User:   40%
 
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Short Circuit
Genre: Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: After a lightning bolt zaps a robot named Number 5, the lovable machine starts to think he's human and escapes the lab. Hot on his trail is his designer, Newton, who hopes to get to Number 5 before the military does. In the meantime, a spunky ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, feel good, touching, funny ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: robot, artificial intelligence, military, a.i., technology, giant robots, androids and robots, childhood, imaginary, chase, children, weapons ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
Place: oregon, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   45%
    User:   43%
 
 5.9
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Gus
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: semi serious, humorous, funny, feel good, entertaining ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: family, sport, football, contests and competitions, chase, sport team, disney, kids and family, soccer, animal life, dialogue, con men ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   45%
    User:   37%
 
 4.5
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Space Chimps
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Three chimps are sent into space to explore the possibility of alien life when an unmanned space shuttle crash lands on an uncharted planet.
Style: humorous, not serious, exciting, funny, entertaining ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: family, adventure, nasa, alien, distant planet, evil alien, race against time, animals, space program, save the world, talking animals, aliens ...
Place: florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   43%
    User:   39%
 
Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2
Genre: Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: Germany, UK, USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Following on from the plot of the last movie, babies can communicate with each other using 'baby talk', and have an innate knowledge of the secrets of the universe. The baby geniuses become involved in a scheme by media mogul Bill Biscane ...
Style: humorous, not serious, awful, feel good, idiotic ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids
Plot: family, adventure, babies and infants, lame, mischievous children, stupidity, fantasy world, spies, children, fight scenes, orphan, brainwashing ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   43%
    User:   39%
 
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Blackbeard's Ghost
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Peter Ustinov stars as the eponymous wraith, who returns to Earth to aid his descendant, elderly Elsa Lanchester (Stowecroft). The villains want to kick Lanchester and her friends out of their group home so that they can build a crooked casino. Good ...
Style: feel good, semi serious, humorous, light, funny ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: family, island, witch, gambling, pirate, swashbuckler, ghost, college, hotel, ghosts, young heroes, friendship ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   43%
    User:   41%
 
 5.3
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Richie Rich
Genre: Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Billionaire heir Richie Rich has it all, including Reggie Jackson as a batting coach and Claudia Schiffer as a personal trainer -- but no playmates. What's more, scoundrel Laurence Van Dough is scheming to take over the family empire. Uh-oh! ...
Style: humorous, not serious, realistic, feel good, exciting ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, teens
Plot: family, adventure, friendship, mischievous children, children, kids and family, childhood, young heroes, betrayal, cons and scams, when the parents are away, magnifying glass ...
Place: usa, mcdonald's restaurant
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   42%
    User:   40%
 
 2.4
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Theodore Rex
Genre: Action, Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: In an alternate futuristic society, a tough female police detective is paired with a talking dinosaur to find the killer of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals leading them to a mad scientist bent on creating a new Armageddon.
Style: futuristic, humorous, semi serious, exciting, idiotic ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: murder, buddies, dangerous animal, partners against crime, clones, dinosaur, stupidity, unlikely partners, god, police investigation, lame, natural disaster ...
Time: future, prehistory, prehistoric times
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   41%
    User:   46%
 
Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Exploring the further adventures of Carmen and Juni Cortez, who have now joined the family spy business as Level 2 OSS agents. Their new mission is to save the world from a mad scientist living on a volcanic island populated by an imaginative ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, stylized, exciting, entertaining ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, teens
Plot: island, adventure, family, mad scientist, spy, children, good versus evil, rivalry, espionage, master villain, dialogue, young heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   40%
    User:   36%
 
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Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: In a soon to be demolished block of apartments, the residents resist the criminal methods used to force them to leave so a greedy tycoon can build his new skyscraper. When tiny mechanical aliens land for a recharge, they decide to stay and help out.
Style: touching, humorous, semi serious, sweet, sentimental ...
Audience: date night, kids
Plot: family, alien, androids and robots, memory loss, aliens, children, benign alien, urban, destiny, childhood, robot, kids and family ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, hawaii, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   40%
    User:   33%
 

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Small Soldiers
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When missile technology is used to enhance toy action figures, the toys soon begin to take their battle programming too seriously.
Style: humorous, semi serious, witty, entertaining, offbeat ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens
Plot: family, soldier, violence, technology, military, toys, technology gone awry, chase, danger, small town, store, weapons ...
Time: 90s
Place: ohio, usa
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System:   40%
    User:   33%
 
Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Herbie, the Volkswagen Beetle with a mind of its own, is racing in the Monte Carlo Rally. But thieves have hidden a cache of stolen diamonds in Herbie's gas tank, and are now trying to get them back.
Style: feel good, twists and turns, semi serious, humorous, offbeat ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, teens
Plot: family, chase, adventure, racing, cars, race, disney, kids and family, contests and competitions, children, race against time, animals ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: europe, france, paris france, monte carlo, riviera
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System:   39%
    User:   37%
 
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