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A Futile and Stupid Gesture
Genre: Biography, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The National Lampoon name became globally recognized after the monumental success of Animal House—but before the glory days, it was a scrappy yet divinely subversive magazine and radio show that introduced the world to comedic geniuses like Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, John Belushi, and Gilda Radner. The driving force behind National Lampoon was Doug Kenney (Will Forte), and his truly wild and crazy story unfolds in A Futile and Stupid Gesture from Harvard to Hollywood to Caddyshack and beyond.
Plot: narration from the grave, movie making, publisher, magazine, drug abuse, suicide, funeral

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, semi serious, humorous and offbeat films with plots about suicide, funeral, love and romance, artists and showbiz, drug abuse, drinking and female nudity mostly in Comedy, Drama and Biography genres. Some movies like A Futile and Stupid Gesture: Hefner: Unauthorized (1999), The Look of Love (2013), Nobody Else But You (2011), Byron (2003), A Haunted House 2 (2014). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Hefner: Unauthorized
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The unauthorized biography of Hugh Hefner and the birth of the Playboy empire.
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The Look of Love
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Duration: 101 min.
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Nobody Else But You
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Country: France
Duration: 102 min.
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Byron
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 147 min.
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Audience: girls' night
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A Haunted House 2
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
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Style: humorous, not serious
Audience: teens
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Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
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Style: surreal, tragicomedy, humorous, semi serious, realistic ...
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Time: 90s
Place: indiana, hawaii
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Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
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Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 175 min.
Story: The true story of The Temptations, the Soul vocal group of the 1960s, as seen from the viewpoint of the last surviving member, Otis Williams. Beginning from their humble origins in the late 50s and continuing through the 90s and the deaths of the ...
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Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
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Country: Finland
Duration: 118 min.
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Place: switzerland, france, spain, norway
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    User:   54%
 
Kings & Queen
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Country: France
Duration: 150 min.
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