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Bad Words (2013)
 6.6
 47K
Bad Words (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A misanthropic man sets out to exact revenge on his estranged father, by finding a loophole and attempting to win the National Spelling Bee as an adult. Figuring it would destroy his father, and everything he's worked so hard for as head of the Spelling Bee Championship Organization, Guy Trilby (Jason Bateman) eventually discovers winning isn't necessary for revenge, and that friendship is a blessing not a curse.
Style: cynical, not serious, humorous, dark humor, funny, offbeat, realistic, buddy movie, clever, touching ...
Audience: kids
Plot: spelling bee, blind ambition, loser, social misfits, fish out of water, competition, disorder, rivalry, obsession, unlikely friendships, opponent, children, working the system, hopes, friendship, vengeance, youth, friends, misfit, contests and competitions, ambition, championship, notoriety, temperamental, sexual content ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, new jersey

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out humorous, realistic, feel good and semi serious films with plots about friendship, friends, dialogue, catastrophe, brutality, storytelling and mentor mostly in Comedy, Drama and Fantasy genres. Some movies like Bad Words: Butter (2011), Zero Charisma (2013), Last Day of Summer (2009), Mistress America (2015), Bad Parents (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Butter (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: An adopted girl discovers her talent for butter carving and finds herself pitted against an ambitious local woman in their Iowa town's annual contest.
Style: humorous, not serious, funny, satirical, melancholic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: contests and competitions, rivalry, small town, ambition, family relations, social relations, championship, blind ambition, adoption, butter, mentor, satire ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: iowa, usa, california
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Zero Charisma (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: An obsessive fantasy nerd gradually becomes unhinged when a charismatic hipster joins his role-playing game
Style: not serious, humorous, realistic, feel good, exciting ...
Plot: rivalry, misfit, social misfits, breaking point, dysfunctional character, uninhibited rivalry, buddies, loser, passionate interest, family relations, friends, quibbling ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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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, sentimental, realistic, sincere, semi serious ...
Plot: kidnapping, obnoxious boss, vengeful fired employee, crimes, confined, social misfits, mentally unstable, drugs/alcohol, vengeance, hopes, misfit, workplace ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
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65%
Mistress America (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Tracy, a lonely college freshman in New York, is rescued from her solitude by her soon-to-be stepsister Brooke, an adventurous gal about town who entangles her in alluringly mad schemes. MISTRESS AMERICA is a comedy about dream-chasing, ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, melancholic, depressing, witty ...
Plot: betrayal, chess, friendship, eccentric family, prank, follow your dream, hopes, family relations, disorder, female protagonist, unlikely friendships, writers ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s, 70s
Place: new york, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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Bad Parents (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A suburban mom relives her season with the soccer obsessed sports parents whose outrageous "win at all costs" behavior spirals out of control.
Style: humorous, light, entertaining, feel good, captivating ...
Plot: soccer, family relations, eccentric family, obsession, parents and children, sport, rivalry, sport team, youth, ambition, athlete and trainer, suburbs ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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The Way Way Back (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Over the course of his summer break, a teenager comes into his own thanks in part to the friendship he strikes up with one of the park's managers.
Style: touching, realistic, semi serious, sweet, emotional ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: friendship, teenagers, loneliness, vacation, teenager, shyness, summer, teenage love, family problems, youth, teenage life, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california
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Trust Me (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Trust Me follows flailing Hollywood agent Howard, who seemingly strikes gold after signing the next big child star. What results is an unexpected ride through the nasty inner workings of Hollywood, as Howard desperately tries to make it in an ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, cynical, realistic, suspense ...
Plot: starlet, showbiz, lifestyle, ambition, desire for fame, prodigy, celebrity culture, artists and showbiz, rivalry, youth, intrigue, dysfunctional character ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles
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The Foot Fist Way (2006)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: An inept taekwondo instructor struggles with marital troubles and an unhealthy obsession with fellow taekwondo enthusiast Chuck "The Truck" Williams.
Style: humorous, tragicomedy, not serious, realistic, witty ...
Audience: teens
Plot: martial arts, obsession, buddies, life is a bitch, ambition, disorder, breaking point, school, infidelity, friendship, goofy hero, contests and competitions ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: north carolina, usa
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Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A hilarious mockumentary about the delicious hobby of frozen food collecting and Christian rock band, The Christers. The film follows the Mesa Frozen Entree Enthusiast's Club as they plan their first Frozen Entree Enthusiasts Convention.
Style: humorous, witty, cynical, not serious, realistic ...
Plot: ambition, rise to the top, lifestyle, friendship, disorder, misfit, desire for fame, rivalry, nothing goes right, ego clash, partners, satire ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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, dark humor, bleak, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: suburbs, suicide, kidnapping, friendship, mistaken identity, drug dealing, drug abuse, coming of age, youth, crimes, disorder, social decay ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
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47%
Afternoon Delight (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Rachel is a quick-witted and lovable stay-at-home mom. Frustrated with the realities of preschool auctions, a lackluster sex life and career that's gone kaput, Rachel visits a strip club to spice up her marriage and meets McKenna, a stripper ...
Style: humorous, sincere, semi serious, light, realistic
Plot: friendship, nanny, life turned upside down, fish out of water, self discovery, crumbling marriage, couples, dull life, sexual dysfunction, suburban life, husband wife relationship, stripper ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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45%
 5.4
 2K
HairBrained (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A 14 year old genius gets rejected by Harvard and ends up at a much lower ranked school where he makes friends with a mature student.
Style: feel good, humorous, light, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: college, odd couple, friends, college life, disorder, fish out of water, prodigy, youth, society, social relations, coming of age, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c.
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45%
 6.3
 64K
Beerfest (2006)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: During a trip to Germany to scatter their grandfather's ashes, German-American brothers Todd and Jan discover Beerfest, the secret Olympics of downing stout, and want to enter the contest to defend their family's beer-guzzling honor. Their ...
Style: humorous, not serious, realistic, entertaining, funny ...
Audience: teens
Plot: competition, beer, alcohol, ambition, championship, disorder, uninhibited rivalry, underdog, rivalry, buddies, german, alcohol abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany, europe, usa, amsterdam, united states ...
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44%
 5.4
 2K
Whiteboyz (1999)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: France, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: In a virtually all-white Iowa town, Flip daydreams of being a hip-hop star, hanging with Snoop Doggy Dogg and Dr. Dre. He practices in front of a mirror and with his two pals, James and Trevor. He talks Black slang, he dresses Black. He's also ...
Style: realistic, humorous, not serious, slang, clever ...
Plot: hip hop, small town, friendship, follow your dream, teenage life, americana, culture clash, fish out of water, small town life, high school, high school life, farce ...
Time: 90s
Place: iowa, usa, chicago illinois
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 6.0
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The Grand (2007)
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Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
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Style: humorous, not serious, entertaining, funny, clever ...
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Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
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Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
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Style: disturbing, psychological, melancholic, talky, stylized ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Bustin' Loose (1981)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: After ex-con Joe Braxton violates his probation he is given a second chance, all he has to do is drive a group of special kids across the country. What could possibly go wrong?
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, witty, offbeat ...
Audience: kids, teens
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
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Style: tragicomedy, humorous, semi serious, realistic, offbeat ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
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39%
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Country: USA
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Style: sincere, psychological, touching, sentimental, clever ...
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Country: USA, UK
Duration: 112 min.
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Style: humorous, emotional, realistic, semi serious, melancholic ...
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37%
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Duration: 104 min.
Story: Movie star Vincent Chase, together with his boys, Eric, Turtle and Johnny, are back…and back in business with super agent-turned-studio head Ari Gold. Some of their ambitions have changed, but the bond between them remains strong as they navigate ...
Style: sexy, humorous, feel good, cynical, not serious ...
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 6.6
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Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A coming-of-middle-age comedy that chronicles the unlikely friendship between failed author Richard Dunne and a Long Island teen who teaches him a thing or two about growing up, all under the disapproving eye of his long-suffering wife and his ...
Style: psychological, touching, humorous, tricky, enigmatic ...
Audience: teens
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Country: UK
Duration: 76 min.
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Style: humorous, dark humor, talky, realistic, semi serious ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Style: humorous, touching, emotional, melancholic, realistic ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.0
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Paradise (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: After surviving a plane crash a young conservative woman suffers a crisis of faith.
Style: humorous, realistic, cynical, captivating, psychological ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 4.8
 1K
Queen Sized (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: An overweight girl, Maggie Baker, is elected Homecoming queen by the mean girls in the high school.
Style: feel good, uplifting, humorous, touching, realistic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: high school, rivalry, society, best friends, against the odds, physical appearance, follow your dream, lifestyle, hopes, ambition, prom, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, south carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.4
 13K
Pecker (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A Baltimore sandwich shop employee becomes an overnight sensation when photographs he's taken of his weird family become the latest rage in the art world. The young man is called "Pecker" because he pecks at his food like a bird.
Style: not serious, witty, humorous, absurd, offbeat ...
Audience: teens
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Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, baltimore, usa, maryland
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
I'm Not Rappaport (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Old Nat Moyer is a talker, a philosopher, and a troublemaker with a fanciful imagination. His companion is Midge Carter, who is half-blind, but still the super of an apartment house. When he is threatened with retirement, Nat battles on his behalf. ...
Style: humorous, feel good, not serious, witty, talky ...
Plot: friendship, elderly, odd couple, partners, aging, couples, retiring, crimes, city life, old age, apartment building, african american ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%