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How to Beat the High Co$t of Living (1980)
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How to Beat the High Co$t of Living (1980)
Original name: How to Beat the High Cost of Living
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Oregon, 1980: Jane, Elaine and Louise are all feeling the effects of inflation and cannot afford, as the title states, the high cost of living. Jane cannot afford a babysitter or get married and if she wants privacy with her boyfriend, she has to sleep in the car. Even worse, her war veteran father comes to live with her to turn her life upside down. Louise lives a happy life with her veterinarian husband, Albert. She runs an antique shop on the side, but since it doesn't take in any profit, the IRS considers it a hobby. She needs to come up with the money to keep it going, or she will be trouble with the IRS. Elaine's husband has left her for another woman and without any money. She is in a constant struggle with banks, power companies, and gas stations. She needs money to get by and also catches the eye of police officer Jack. The local mall is having a contest that features a giant money ball that states it will help fight the inflation...
Style: humorous, feel good, realistic, semi serious
Audience: date night
Plot: shopping mall, heist, money, crimes, friendship, friends, contests and competitions, partners, crime, love and romance, store, unemployment, society, couples, dishonesty, buddies, criminal heroes, disorder, unlikely criminals, cons and scams, car, caper, female nudity, striptease, finance ...
Time: 70s

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out humorous, realistic, semi serious and feel good films with plots about crimes, cons and scams, disorder, dishonesty, crime, heist and partners mostly in Comedy, Crime and Drama genres. Some movies like How to Beat the High Co$t of Living: Crackers (1984), Special Delivery (1976), Sitting Ducks (1980), Fun with Dick and Jane (1977), Quick Change (1990). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Crackers (1984)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
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Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, realistic, offbeat
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Time: 80s
Place: san francisco, california, usa
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Harry and Walter Go to New York (1976)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Two hoplessly out of their class con-men attempt to pull off the largest bank heist of the l9th century. They gain the enmity of the most famous bank Robber in the world and the affection of a crusading newspaperwoman.
Style: humorous, offbeat, semi serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: new york
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Special Delivery (1976)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A gang of thieves plan a daring bank robbery, making their escape across the rooftops of Los Angeles. The police are quickly called in, however, and only one of the robbers, Murdock, makes a clean getaway. Unfortunately, in order to do so, he is ...
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious
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Time: 70s
Place: los angeles
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Sitting Ducks (1980)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Two small-time thieves come together as a bizarre comic duo in a quest to make their childhood dreams come true. In a limousine stuffed with cash stolen from the mob, they take off for Miami, where they plan to fly to a safe haven in Costa Rica. On ...
Style: humorous, feel good, realistic, semi serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: unlikely criminals, cons and scams, heist, criminal heroes, gangsters, nothing goes right, silly humor, disorder, chases and races, dishonesty, crime, crimes ...
Time: 70s
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Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
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Audience: teens
Plot: heist, unemployment, unlikely criminals, husband wife relationship, cons and scams, bankruptcy, couples, romance, couple relations, survival, bank robbery, kids and family ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
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Duration: 89 min.
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Style: semi serious, realistic, humorous
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Country: Italy, Spain, USA
Duration: 86 min.
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Genre: Comedy, Crime
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