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

Most similar movies to The Reluctant Astronaut

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out humorous, semi serious, offbeat and light films with plots about family, disorder, space and aliens, space travel, outer space, adventure and heroes mostly in Comedy, Sci-Fi and Family genres. Some movies like The Reluctant Astronaut: RocketMan (1997), Can of Worms (1999), Moon Pilot (1962), SpaceCamp (1986), Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 5.9
 8K
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
Plot: astronaut, mars, nasa, chimpanzee, family, farce, anti heroes, comedy of errors, space travel, buddies, goofy hero, race against time ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 5.2
 660
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: semi serious, humorous, feel good, offbeat, exciting
Audience: family outing, pre-teens
Plot: cooking and food, spacecraft, misfit, satellite, benign alien, outer space, evil alien, family, save the world, alien encounter, adventure, space travel ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 5.6
 314
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, offbeat, exciting
Audience: family outing
Plot: moon, benign alien, alien encounter, adventure, space travel, airplane, space wars, family, space and aliens, danger, heroes, chase ...
Time: 60s
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 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: semi serious, suspenseful, exciting, idiotic, light ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids, teens, boys' night
Plot: space program, space travel, nasa, trapped in space, astronaut, space shuttle, adventure, family, young heroes, daring rescue, survival, race against time ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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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, suspenseful, surprise ending ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, teens
Plot: space travel, adventure, outer space, getting home, when the parents are away, astronaut, family, siblings relations, heroes, alien, reconciliation, mischievous children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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: humorous, semi serious, offbeat
Plot: outer space, soldier, benign alien, spacecraft, evil alien, save the world, alien encounter, space travel, danger, heroes, space and aliens, deadly creature ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: time travel, king arthur, camelot, astronaut, nasa, androids and robots, adventure, benign alien, robot, young heroes, family, changing the past or future ...
Place: england, connecticut, europe, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 6.6
 17K
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: semi serious, humorous, feel good, offbeat, surreal ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids, teens
Plot: space travel, laboratory, bullying, friendship, dream, adventure, mischievous children, family, young heroes, young love, best friend, spacecraft ...
Time: 80s, future
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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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: offbeat, surreal, semi serious, humorous, stylized ...
Plot: astronaut, outer space, space travel, crimes, space and aliens, bounty hunter, lone wolves, future dystopia, fish out of water, disorder, love and romance, pirate ...
Time: contemporary
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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, family outing, kids
Plot: space station, escapades, disorder, misfit, friends, outer space, friendship, adventure, mischievous children, young heroes, teenager, alien encounter ...
Time: 21st century, future, 2040s
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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: family outing, pre-teens, kids, teens
Plot: adventure, laser, good versus evil, fish out of water, suburbs, anti heroes, evil alien, family, race against time, save the world, alien encounter, experiment gone awry ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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, misunderstanding, martian, adventure, androids and robots, anti heroes, benign alien, goofy hero, save the world, friendship, alien encounter, mistaken identity ...
Time: 20th century
Place: illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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: humorous, not serious, feel good, offbeat, entertaining ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: college, family, mad scientist, goofy hero, inventor, experiment gone awry, nothing goes right, fish out of water, disorder, child as adult, down on your luck, inventions and discoveries ...
Time: 60s
Place: pentagon
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
No Deposit, No Return (1976)
Genre: Family, Comedy
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: semi serious, feel good, humorous, touching
Audience: family outing, pre-teens
Plot: safecracker, airport, chase, friendship, buddies, adventure, mischievous children, crime gone awry, family, kidnapping, school, missing person ...
Time: 70s
Place: asia, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Flight of the Navigator (1986)
Genre: Adventure, 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: serious, feel good, exciting, stylized, touching ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: adventure, time travel, space travel, ufo, nasa, benign alien, outer space, young heroes, family, alien, getting home, heroes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1978, year 1986, future
Place: florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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, feel good, offbeat, entertaining ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: benign alien, alien, cat, ufo, telekinesis, family, adventure, fish out of water, escapades, disorder, space and aliens, friends ...
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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, humorous, semi serious, suspenseful, surprise ending ...
Audience: pre-teens, kids
Plot: haunted house, courtroom, murder, secret door, newspaper, small town, ghost, investigation, mystery, organ, trial, nothing goes right ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 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: semi serious, feel good, humorous, bad ending, romantic
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: benign alien, dog, pets, outer space, friendship, family, anti heroes, mischievous children, young heroes, rescue, destiny, alien encounter ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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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: family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens, kids
Plot: puppets, adventure, mad scientist, friendship, family, ufo, benign alien, rescue, puppetry, escapades, heroes, disorder ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.4
 19K
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, suspenseful, exciting ...
Plot: space travel, artificial intelligence, laser, surfing, a.i., boredom, pets, technology gone awry, danger, escapades, heroes, chaos ...
Time: future, 22nd century
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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: humorous, semi serious, offbeat, exciting
Plot: save the day, outer space, mistaken identity, distant planet, good versus evil, adventure, escapades, heroes, rivalry, disorder, space and aliens, master villain ...
Time: 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 3.4
 554
Prison Ship (1986)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Two women who have been unjustly confined to a prison planet plot their escape, all the while having to put up with lesbian guards, crazed wardens and mutant rodents.
Style: humorous, semi serious, offbeat
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: outer space, lesbian, blood, revenge, alien, prison, fugitives, spacecraft, prison escape, captivity, space travel, wrongfully committed ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 2.6
 22K
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: babies and infants, baby, genius, family, mad scientist, mistaken identity, adventure, orphan, prodigy, twins, rescue, experiment gone awry ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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 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, idiotic, entertaining ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids, teens
Plot: superhero, kids and family, family, adventure, master villain, chase, superhuman powers, supernatural ability, young heroes, rescue, save the world, friendship ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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: humorous, semi serious, offbeat
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: sitcom, friendship, anti heroes, mars, family, benign alien, reporter, alien, goofy hero, suburbs, misfit partners, alien encounter ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
A Ticket to Space (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Face à l'incompréhension de la population française quant au montant des crédits alloués à la recherche spatiale, le gouvernement lance une vaste opération de communication. En partenariat avec le Centre spatial français, un grand jeu ...
Style: not serious, humorous, offbeat
Plot: outer space, hacker, space station, benign alien, space travel, space and aliens, danger, escapades, rivalry, disorder, control room, lottery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ 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, semi serious, feel good, surprise ending, idiotic ...
Audience: pre-teens, kids
Plot: fish out of water, benign alien, alien, martian, spacecraft, rescue, mars, family, friendship, alien encounter, disorder, space and aliens ...
Time: 1990s, future
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 3.6
 5K
Thunderpants (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 87 min.
Story: An 11-year-old boy's amazing ability to break wind leads him first to fame and then to death row, before it helps him to fulfill his ambition of becoming an astronaut.
Style: humorous, not serious, feel good, offbeat
Audience: pre-teens, kids, teens
Plot: astronaut, spacecraft, goofy hero, adventure, social misfits, obsessive quest, family, misfit, youth, prodigy, underdog, follow your dream ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Monkey's Uncle (1965)
Genre: Family, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: College whiz-kid Merlin Jones concocts a method for teaching advanced information to a chimpanzee, then creates a flying machine of his own design, ultimately raising havoc on the campus.
Style: semi serious, humorous, offbeat, exciting
Audience: family outing, preschoolers
Plot: college, flying machine, chimpanzee, underdog, college life, family, school, sport team, rivalry, down on your luck, animal life, ambition ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again (1979)
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, exciting ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: family, bank, crimes, heroes, disorder, gang, goofy hero, orphan, going straight, heist, family life, partners ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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