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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, offbeat, semi serious, satirical, futuristic, exciting, entertaining, clever, dramatic, intense ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: nasa, outer space, astronaut, space travel, adventure, underdog, ghost, space and aliens, friendship, heroes, space wars, save the world, self discovery, danger, small town life, small town, disorder, nothing goes right, rivalry, mistaken identity, comedy of errors, americana, goofy hero, down on your luck, sitcom ...
Time: future, 80s, 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, light and entertaining films with plots about family, disorder, adventure, mentor, dialogue, catastrophe and space and aliens mostly in Comedy, Sci-Fi and Family genres. Some movies like The Reluctant Astronaut: RocketMan (1997), SpaceCamp (1986), Moon Pilot (1962), Son of Flubber (1963), Spaced Invaders (1990). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 5.9
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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, offbeat, funny, absurd ...
Audience: family outing, teens, kids
Plot: astronaut, mars, nasa, chimpanzee, space travel, family, farce, danger, misfit, race against time, anti heroes, partners ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 5.6
 12K
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: exciting, suspenseful, semi serious, idiotic, light ...
Audience: kids, teens, boys' night, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: nasa, space travel, space program, astronaut, space shuttle, trapped in space, family, adventure, survival, coming of age, race against time, save the world ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: alabama, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 5.7
 326
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, semi serious, exciting, offbeat
Audience: family outing
Plot: moon, chases and races, escapades, getting home, space wars, benign alien, adventure, family, parents and children, space and aliens, danger, space travel ...
Time: 60s
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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: not serious, humorous, offbeat, feel good, entertaining ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: college, family, mad scientist, goofy hero, disorder, heroes, fall in love, child as adult, family life, nothing goes right, inventions and discoveries, sport team ...
Time: 60s
Place: pentagon, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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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, offbeat, surprise ending, idiotic ...
Audience: family outing, teens, kids
Plot: alien, martian, misunderstanding, adventure, disorder, friendship, evil alien, alien encounter, imaginary, space and aliens, benign alien, goofy hero ...
Time: 20th century
Place: illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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, semi serious, feel good
Audience: pre-teens, kids, family outing
Plot: time travel, nasa, king arthur, camelot, astronaut, alien encounter, time machine, space travel, changing the past or future, benign alien, young heroes, androids and robots ...
Place: england, europe, connecticut, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 5.2
 682
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, humorous, semi serious, feel good, offbeat
Audience: pre-teens, family outing
Plot: misfit, satellite, spacecraft, cooking and food, family, space wars, imaginary, adventure, heroes, pets, family life, space and aliens ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.6
 18K
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, offbeat, humorous, semi serious, surreal ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, family outing, teens
Plot: space travel, alien, friendship, bullying, dream, laboratory, adventure, family, danger, youth, misfit, disorder ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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 2.6
 23K
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, offbeat, awful, idiotic ...
Audience: family outing, teens, kids
Plot: mistaken identity, mad scientist, baby, genius, babies and infants, family, adventure, pets, disorder, orphan, rescue, odd couple ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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: pre-teens, teens, family outing, kids
Plot: laser, adventure, disorder, suburbs, empress, alien encounter, evil alien, race against time, space travel, chases and races, heroic mission, family ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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: scary, suspenseful, semi serious, humorous, surprise ending ...
Audience: pre-teens, kids
Plot: haunted house, courtroom, murder, secret door, newspaper, small town, small town life, disorder, deadly, ghost, anniversary, investigation ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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, semi serious, feel good, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: family, goofy hero, crimes, bank, heist, orphan, gang, partners, family life, going straight, heroes, disorder ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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, clever ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: ufo, mad scientist, friendship, puppets, family, adventure, parents and children, chases and races, escapades, nothing goes right, space and aliens, friends ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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: offbeat, humorous, semi serious
Plot: soldier, outer space, benign alien, escapades, save the day, misfit, save the world, evil alien, alien encounter, heroes, disorder, spacecraft ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 4.3
 17K
Zoom (2006)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Jack Shepard is an out-of-shape auto shop owner, far removed from the man who once protected the world's freedom. Reluctantly called back into action by the government, Jack is tasked with turning a ragtag group of kids with special powers into ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, feel good, entertaining, exciting ...
Audience: teens, kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: superhero, save the world, heroic mission, good versus evil, family, friendship, kids and family, supernatural ability, alien encounter, rescue, rivalry, danger ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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, humorous, semi serious, suspenseful, surprise ending ...
Audience: kids, teens, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: space travel, adventure, astronaut, getting home, alien, reconciliation, outer space, when the parents are away, heroes, family, disorder, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, future
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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, semi serious, offbeat, feel good, entertaining ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: alien, telekinesis, cat, ufo, benign alien, family, adventure, animal life, disorder, alien encounter, friendship, fish out of water ...
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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, light, entertaining, clever ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: college, friendship, computer, family, gangsters, coming of age, computer system, disorder, teenage life, youth, contests and competitions, school ...
Time: 60s, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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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: pre-teens, kids, family outing
Plot: space station, outer space, friendship, misfit, friends, escapades, disorder, space and aliens, young heroes, heroic mission, adventure, family ...
Time: 21st century, future, 2040s
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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, satirical, light ...
Plot: mistaken identity, rescue, ship, misfit, save the world, disorder, alien encounter, partners, heroes, space travel, journalism, danger ...
Time: 80s
Place: england, america
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
No Deposit, No Return (1976)
Genre: Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Two rich children devise a way to escape their grandfather and visit their mother. Unfortunately for two hapless safe crackers, they become part of the plan.
Style: feel good, touching, humorous, semi serious
Audience: pre-teens, family outing
Plot: safecracker, airport, chase, friendship, missing person, family life, disorder, partners, buddies, crime gone awry, youth, friends ...
Time: 70s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 5.2
 469
Remote (1993)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: When Randy (Chris Carrara), is forced to stash his remote control toys in a model home, he stumbles across the hideout of three prison escapees. With the use of his remote control toys, Randy manages to apprehend the three fugitives.
Style: semi serious, humorous
Audience: pre-teens, family outing, kids
Plot: when the parents are away, prodigy, down on your luck, young heroes, nothing goes right, friendship, prank, rivalry, crimes, goofy hero, family, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.4
 20K
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, semi serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: space travel, surfing, laser, artificial intelligence, asteroids and comets, space and aliens, a.i., escapades, pets, heroes, danger, technology gone awry ...
Time: future, 22nd century
Place: malibu california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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Larger Than Life (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Motivational Speaker Jack Corcoran is determined to get his career off the ground, but the biggest gigs he can get are the ones nobody wants. Then one day, he receives a telegram that his circus clown father has passed away, and has left a ...
Style: humorous, offbeat, feel good, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: pre-teens, teens, kids, family outing
Plot: friendship, rescue, on the road, nothing goes right, goofy hero, friends, fish out of water, animal life, disorder, family relations, misfit, animal abuse ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
My Favorite Martian (1963)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: My Favorite Martian is an American television sitcom that aired on CBS from September 29, 1963, to May 1, 1966, for 107 episodes. The show starred Ray Walston as Uncle Martin and Bill Bixby as Tim O'Hara. John L. Greene created the central ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, offbeat
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: friendship, sitcom, imaginary, family, suburban life, goofy hero, misfit partners, benign alien, space and aliens, space travel, journalism, race against time ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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, futuristic, intense ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: submarine, danger, spacecraft, espionage, obsessive quest, evil alien, alien encounter, heroes, disorder, rivalry, fugitives, escapades ...
Time: 60s, future, 80s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 5.9
 1K
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: feel good, semi serious, humorous, funny, entertaining ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: sport, family, contests and competitions, hopes, friends, athlete and trainer, rivalry, underdog, power relations, sport team, animal life, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Adventures of Captain Zoom in Outer Space (1995)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 87 min.
Story: The forces of evil are attempting to recapture a human-inhabited Earth-like planet that has been liberated by rebels. The son of one of the rebel leaders, an electronic genius, searches the galaxy for a hero and finds Captain Zoom, star of a 1950s ...
Style: exciting, humorous, semi serious, offbeat
Plot: adventure, master villain, space and aliens, space wars, distant planet, good versus evil, outer space, fish out of water, tv show, mistaken identity, heroic mission, escapades ...
Time: 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 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, tense, thought provoking, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: dog, friendship, space and aliens, human animal relationship, talking dog, mission, outer space, mentor, benign alien, pets, family, destiny ...
Time: contemporary, 80s
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 5.2
 77K
Flubber (1997)
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, offbeat, feel good, not serious, entertaining ...
Audience: kids, teens, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: mad scientist, family, bankruptcy, university, inventor, wedding, inventions and discoveries, fall in love, misfit, sport team, nothing goes right, goofy hero ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%