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Special (2006)
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Special (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A lonely metermaid has a psychotic reaction to his medication and becomes convinced he's a superhero. A very select group of people in life are truly gifted. Special is a movie about everyone else.
Style: humorous, semi serious, captivating, psychological, bleak, gloomy, tragicomedy, realistic, surreal, offbeat
Plot: delusion, mental illness, hallucination, identity crisis, dark humor, obsession, misfit, society, wannabe, superhero, paranoia, fired from the job, employer employee relationship, crimes, life is a bitch, graphic violence, experiment gone awry, losing-it hero, unfulfillment, time travel, fight, depression, swimming, super strength, doctor ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out humorous, semi serious, realistic and offbeat films with plots about misfit, dark humor, profanity, obsession, society, loneliness and disorder mostly in Drama, Comedy and Sci-Fi genres. Some movies like Special: Griff the Invisible (2010), Defendor (2009), Big Fan (2009), Don Peyote (2014), Observe and Report (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Griff the Invisible (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Australia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Griff, office worker by day, superhero by night, has his world turned upside down when he meets Melody, a beautiful young scientist who shares his passion for the impossible.
Style: semi serious, surreal, humorous, captivating, feel good ...
Plot: superhero, romance, fall in love, invisibility, obsession, love, lifestyle, double life, delusion, misfit, awkwardness, surveillance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
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Defendor (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: Canada, USA, UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A crooked cop, a mob boss and the young girl they abuse are the denizens of a city's criminal underworld. It's a world that ordinary Arthur Poppington doesn't understand and doesn't belong in, but is committed to fighting when he ...
Style: tragicomedy, realistic, sincere, brutal, stylized ...
Plot: delusion, superhero, lifesaver, wannabe, secret identity, vigilantism, crimes, friendship, righting the wronged, undercover, obsession, crime fighter ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
94%
 6.7
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Big Fan (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Paul Aufiero, a 35-year-old parking-garage attendant from Staten Island, is the self-described "world's biggest New York Giants fan". One night, Paul and his best friend Sal spot Giants star linebacker Quantrell Bishop at a gas ...
Style: talky, disturbing, bleak, tragicomedy, witty ...
Plot: loser, obsessed fan, obsession, sport, football, life is a bitch, nothing goes right, hospital, dark humor, diner, eccentricity, character study ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
 3.6
 888
Don Peyote (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: An ordinary guy delves deep into counterculture, conspiracy theories and the like as he tries to discern the structure of society.
Style: semi serious, surreal, humorous, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: stoners, obsession, losing-it hero, disorder, conspiracy theory, friendship, wedding preparations and rituals, end of the world, unfulfillment, life turned upside down, drugs, profanity
Time: 21st century, year 2012, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
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Observe and Report (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Mall security guard Ronnie Barnhardt is called into action to stop a flasher from turning shopper's paradise into his personal peep show. But when Barnhardt can't bring the culprit to justice, a surly police detective is recruited to close ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, tragicomedy, satirical, intense ...
Plot: shopping mall, robbery, delusion, thief, security guard, dark humor, workplace, workplace situations, farce, adolescence vs adulthood, unrequited love, justice ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
You Wont Miss Me (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A kaleidoscopic film portrait of Shelly Brown, a twenty-three year-old alienated urban misfit recently released from a psychiatric hospital.
Style: psychological, realistic, captivating, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: misfit, mentally unstable, introspection, unfulfillment, social misfits, alienation, society, friendship, love and romance, looking for love, twentysomething life, strong female presence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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The Double (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An awkward office drone becomes increasingly unhinged after a charismatic and confident look-alike takes a job at his workplace and seduces the woman he desires.
Style: psychological, bleak, surreal, humorous, neo noir ...
Plot: shyness, surrealism, loser, paranoia, identity crisis, wise man, office, dark humor, workplace, misfit, losing-it hero, obsession ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 6.6
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Numb (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Hudson Milbank is a successful Hollywood screenwriter who suddenly and strangely finds himself without any emotional feelings. He tries doctor after doctor and shrink after shrink, but nothing works. The Golf Channel, lesbian exercise classes and a ...
Style: psychological, realistic, humorous, captivating, semi serious ...
Plot: mental illness, romance, introspection, couple relations, family relations, therapy, unfulfillment, misfit, depression, estrangement, fall in love, screenwriter ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 6.8
 5K
Reality (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A dark comedy centering on the lives of a Neapolitan based family whose father, a fish merchant, is so infatuated with the reality TV show "Grande Fratello" (the Italian version of "Big Brother") he starts living his life as if ...
Style: cynical, thought provoking, semi serious, humorous, biting ...
Plot: life turned upside down, obsession, losing-it hero, dark humor, disorder, human nature, tv show, audition, society, television, big brother, power of media ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, rome italy, southern italy, naples italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 6.4
 532
Frownland (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A rotten egg lobbed with spazmo aim at the spotless surface of the silver screen, FROWNLAND centers on social misfit and self-labeled "troll from under the bridge" Keith Sontag (Dore Mann). When he's not trying to sell coupons ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, clever, stylized ...
Plot: friends, buddies, misfit, society, love and romance, lifestyle, social misfits, suburbs, fall in love, city life, mental breakdown, insecurity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 5.8
 2K
Hits (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A talentless teen will do anything to get on TV's "The Voice." Meanwhile, her father, a municipal worker, creates an uproar when a video of his rants at City Hall goes viral.
Style: cynical, semi serious, realistic, humorous, biting ...
Plot: fame, talent, dark humor, media satire, celebrity culture, society, delusion, computers and web, small town, youtube, teenager, media ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Chumscrubber (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The Chumscrubber is a dark comedy about the lives of people who live in upper-class suburbia. It all begins when Dean Stiffle finds the body of his friend, Troy. He doesn't bother telling any of the adults because he knows they won't care. ...
Style: surreal, bleak, semi serious, humorous, witty ...
Audience: teens
Plot: suburbs, suicide, kidnapping, friendship, mistaken identity, dark humor, drug abuse, coming of age, social decay, disorder, crimes, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 5.6
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All the Rage (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A rich cross-section of urban USA find their lives changed when their fates collide at gunpoint.
Style: clever, intense, melancholic, satirical, realistic ...
Plot: obsession, crimes of passion, family problems, society, crumbling marriage, multiple storylines, geek, prejudice, weapons, mental illness, loneliness, satire ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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 2K
Norman (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A teenager pretends to be dying from cancer as a way to cope with the realities of his daily existence and his father's terminal illness.
Style: tragicomedy, emotional, semi serious, humorous, sincere ...
Plot: terminal illness, misfit, love and romance, dishonesty, coping, teenage life, family problems, social relations, life is a bitch, teenage love, parents and children, high school ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Last Day of Summer (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: This unpredictable story follows an agitated fast-food employee, Joe, who's reached his breaking point from being harassed and tormented by his boss...
Style: humorous, sincere, realistic, sentimental, semi serious ...
Plot: kidnapping, vengeful fired employee, obnoxious boss, crimes, social misfits, confined, mentally unstable, vengeance, rivalry, friendship, restaurant, bittersweet ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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 3K
Adam & Paul (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Ireland
Duration: 83 min.
Story: This movie follows a day in the life of two Dublin Heroin addicts, Adam and Paul. Adam is the taller and slightly smarter of the two while Paul is his sidekick. Since they were small boys, Adam and Paul have withered into two hopeless, desperate ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: addiction, life is a bitch, society, buddies, social misfits, stoners, heroin, family relations, friends, cons and scams, down on your luck, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: ireland, dublin ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
American Loser (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A dramatic comedy about a self-induced attention-deficit disordered, learning disabled, Tourette's syndrome suffering, balance impaired, ex-alcoholic young man from the Upper East Side of Manhattan and the gold-digging girl who inspires him to ...
Style: tragicomedy, semi serious, humorous, realistic, offbeat
Plot: alcoholic, misfit, lifestyle, social misfits, twentysomething life, love and romance, goofy hero, disorder, sexual content, dark humor, support group, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Quiet as a Mouse (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A pseudo documentary study of an archetypal German who tries to model his world according to his ideas of law and (sexual) order.
Style: realistic, cynical, not serious, captivating, humorous
Plot: vigilantism, idealism, social decay, society, dark humor, ambition, fighting crime, misfit, farce, crimes, buddies, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: berlin germany, europe, germany, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Punk's Not Dead (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Serbia
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A group of crotchety codgers attempt to revive the punk-rock band they all played in 17 years earlier in "Punk Is Not Dead".
Style: humorous, realistic, captivating, semi serious, tense ...
Plot: music band, dark humor, punk, friends, counterculture, society, disorder, rivalry, once promising, sexual content, nudity (full frontal - brief), misfit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: macedonia, europe, bosnia, serbia
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Matterhorn (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Fred lives on his own. His wife is dead, his son has left. He leans on the church, busses, meat-and-two-veg. Then Leo appears. Leo is a tramp. Fred lets Leo move in with him. An absurdist feature debut with a laugh and a tear in stuffy Netherlands.
Style: tragicomedy, semi serious, humorous, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: mentally challenged, obsession, society, social relations, friendship, father figure, loneliness, dull life, religions or cults, homeless, village, village life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: holland, netherlands
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Small Apartments (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: When a clumsy deadbeat accidentally kills his landlord, he must do everything in his power to hide the body, only to find that the distractions of lust, the death of his beloved brother, and a crew of misfit characters force him on a journey where a ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, humorous, cynical, stylized ...
Plot: murder, disorder, dark humor, misfit, nothing goes right, goofy hero, social misfits, crimes, accidental death, brother brother relationship, crime scene, guru ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Welcome to Me (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A year in the life of Alice Klieg, a woman with Borderline Personality Disorder who wins Mega-millions, quits her meds and buys her own talk show.
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, disturbing, talky ...
Plot: mental illness, tv show, mental disorder, obsession, life turned upside down, media, depression, friendship, loneliness, medication, lottery winner, hermaphrodite ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1971, year 1991, year 1996 ...
Place: usa, palm springs california, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.3
 6K
The Maid (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Chile, Mexico
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Raquel has been the live-in housekeeper for a kind, reasonably wealthy family for half her life, and the joyless repetition of the job has begun to take its toll. Increasingly dependent on painkillers, Raquel resorts to pranks and childish avoidance ...
Style: semi serious, psychological, humorous, captivating, cynical ...
Plot: master and servant, maid, rivalry, self discovery, social differences, power relations, workplace, dark humor, disorder, family relations, unfulfillment, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: chile, latin america, santiago chile
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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 7.4
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Drained (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A pawn shop proprietor buys used goods from desperate locals--as much to play perverse power games as for his own livelihood, but when the perfect rump and a backed-up toilet enter his life, he loses all control.
Style: disturbing, semi serious, humorous, psychological, bleak
Plot: lifestyle, obsession, life is a bitch, mind game, misfit, drug abuse, mental illness, addiction, perversion, nervous breakdown, down on your luck, owner ...
Time: contemporary
Place: brazil, sao paulo brazil, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 5.1
 730
Bark! (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A veterinarian is called to examine a woman who thinks she is a dog.
Style: semi serious, humorous, captivating, suspenseful, exciting ...
Plot: mental illness, dysfunctional family, misfit, love and romance, lifestyle, family relations, couples, family problems, couple relations, crumbling marriage, disorder, suburban life ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.3
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Take Shelter (2011)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, bleak, stylized, disturbing ...
Plot: paranoia, mental illness, nightmare, delusion, nervous breakdown, fear, dreams, insanity, sanity, schizophrenia, obsession, construction worker ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2011, year 1986
Place: ohio, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Gardener of Eden (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: When a young deli-counter clerk and general slacker in New Jersey accidentally saves a young woman from a serial rapist, he becomes convinced that his new role in life is to become a vigilante.
Style: rough, realistic, semi serious, psychological, suspense ...
Plot: vigilantism, rapist, fighting crime, dark humor, strong sexual content, frame up, hostage, prostitute, rape victim, father son relationship, mother son relationship, rape ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.0
 6K
Visioneers (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Visioneer George Washington Winsterhammerman lives a comfortable but monotonous life in this slightly futuristic black comedy. When people start exploding from stress and George is showing early symptoms, he's forced to examine his life. Taking ...
Style: surreal, not serious, futuristic, melancholic, enigmatic ...
Plot: workplace, self discovery, estrangement, satire, society, future dystopia, golf, existentialism, dreams, loneliness, life philosophy, distopia ...
Time: future
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: After learning that a brain aneurysm will kill him in about 90 minutes, a perpetually unhappy man struggles to come to terms with his fate and make amends with everyone he has ever hurt.
Style: thought provoking, tragicomedy, compassionate, sentimental, stylized ...
Plot: terminal illness, doctors, redemption, parents and children, life is a bitch, introspection, dark humor, hopes, depression, family, life philosophy, doctor patient relationship ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Gas! -Or- It Became Necessary to Destroy the World in Order to Save It. (1970)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: A gas is let loose upon the world that kills anyone over 25 years old.
Style: futuristic, humorous, cynical, biting, semi serious ...
Plot: satire, disaster, pregnancy, rock, end of the world, fascism, sport team, catastrophe, save the world, escapades, gangsters, music band ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, future
Place: texas, new mexico, alaska
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%