Movies like Back to School 1986

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Back to School (1986)
 6.6
 30K
Back to School (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Self-made millionaire Thornton Melon decides to get a better education and enrolls at his son Jason's college. While Jason tries to fit in with his fellow students, Thornton struggles to gain his son's respect, giving way to hilarious antics.
Style: humorous, semi serious, witty, funny, light, talky, clever, realistic, buddy movie, nostalgic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: college, fish out of water, switching roles, parents and children, youth, college life, family relations, teachers and students, follow your dream, disorder, father son relationship, university, graduation, tutor, jacuzzi, bribe, clothing store, adaptation, friendship, misfit, verbal byplay, power relations, profanity, silly humor, beer ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1940, future
Place: usa, new york

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, humorous, funny and feel good films with plots about mentor, dialogue, catastrophe, storytelling, vengeance, culture clash and brutality mostly in Comedy, Romance and Sport genres. Some movies like Back to School: Caddyshack (1980), Soul Man (1986), The House Bunny (2008), Just One of the Guys (1985), Summer School (1987). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Caddyshack (1980)
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: At an exclusive country club, an ambitious young caddy, Danny Noonan, eagerly pursues a caddy scholarship in hopes of attending college and, in turn, avoiding a job at the lumber yard. In order to succeed, he must first win the favour of the elitist ...
Style: humorous, not serious, light, intense, captivating ...
Audience: teens
Plot: golf, cheating, bet, rivalry, country club, sport, buddies, ambition, misfit, farce, competition, bishop ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: usa, nebraska
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95%
 5.3
 8K
Soul Man (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Soul Man is a comedy film made in 1986 about a man who undergoes racial transformation with pills to qualify for an African-American-only scholarship at Harvard Law School. It stars C. Thomas Howell, Rae Dawn Chong, Arye Gross, James Earl Jones, ...
Style: feel good, humorous, controversial, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: date night, teens, girls' night, teen comedy
Plot: racism, satire, interracial relations, switching roles, college life, scholarship, culture clash, comedy of errors, fish out of water, social differences, cons and scams, student life ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: massachusetts, harvard university, usa, los angeles, hawaii ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
The House Bunny (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Shelley is living a carefree life until a rival gets her tossed out of the Playboy Mansion. With nowhere to go, fate delivers her to the sorority girls from Zeta Alpha Zeta. Unless they can sign a new pledge class, the seven socially clueless women ...
Style: feel good, humorous, funny, light, realistic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: sorority, college, rivalry, youth, friends, makeover, female friendship, college life, friendship, playboy, love and romance, personality change ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
Just One of the Guys (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: When Terry Griffith loses her high school's writing competition, she's convinced that it's because she's a girl. So Terry decides to change high schools and pose as a boy to prove her point. Her brother, Buddy, helps her pass as ...
Style: feel good, humorous, not serious, entertaining, realistic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, date night, teen comedy, chick flick
Plot: cross dressing, high school, switching roles, hidden identity, sexism, adolescence, college, romance, gender bending, goofy hero, fish out of water, disorder ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, arizona, phoenix arizona, tucson arizona, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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Summer School (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A high-school gym teacher has big plans for the summer, but is forced to cancel them to teach a "bonehead" English class for misfit goof-off students. Fortunately, his unconventional brand of teaching fun field trips begins to connect with ...
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, realistic, funny ...
Audience: teens, date night, kids, girls' night
Plot: summer school, high school, underdog, teacher, school, coming of age, self discovery, surfing, summer, teaching, teenager, dedication ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 5.1
 36K
Mr. Woodcock (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Taken aback by his mother's wedding announcement, a young man returns home in an effort to stop her from marrying his old high school gym teacher, a man who made high school hell for generations of students.
Style: humorous, not serious, funny, light, realistic ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: teacher, uninhibited rivalry, parents and children, teachers and students, haunted by the past, family relations, rivalry, wrestling, single mother, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, gym teacher, childhood memory ...
Time: 1990s, 2000s, 90s
Place: usa, nebraska
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 5.5
 9K
Ladybugs (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: To climb the corporate ladder to success, a guy agrees to coach the company's all girl soccer team with the help of his secret weapon: his fiancee's son.
Style: humorous, feel good, realistic, not serious, offbeat ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, teens, kids
Plot: cross dressing, soccer, underdog, sport team, sport, family, farce, love and romance, ambition, youth, gender bending, friendship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
The Secret of My Succe$s (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Brantley Foster, a well-educated kid from Kansas, has always dreamed of making it big in New York, but once in New York, he learns that jobs - and girls - are hard to get. When Brantley visits his uncle, Howard Prescott, who runs a ...
Style: feel good, humorous, realistic, talky, semi serious ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, girls' night, teens
Plot: rich and poor, office, mistaken identity, love triangle, farce, rise to the top, ambition, workplace, fish out of water, workplace romance, workplace situations, comedy of errors ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
Place: new york, kansas, usa, florida, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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 5.3
 28K
Loser (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: On a university scholarship, a good natured student from the midwest gets a crash course in city life while dealing with three evil roommates. He befriends a virtually homeless college student whom he falls for, but she's dating a nasty ...
Style: humorous, feel good, sentimental, funny, talky ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, teens, chick flick
Plot: college, opposites attract, college student, romance, loser, youth, teenage life, fall in love, friendship, lifestyle, city life, small town ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA, Romania
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Taj Mahal Badalandabad leaves Coolidge College behind for the halls of Camford University in England, where he looks to continue his education, and teach an uptight student how to make the most out of her academic career.
Style: humorous, funny, entertaining, captivating, light ...
Audience: teens
Plot: college, misfit, culture clash, friendship, lifestyle, youth, society, looking for sex, disorder, college life, student life, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
How I Got Into College (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: The simple story of two young Michigan high school students, Jessica, Class President, Local Smart Girl, and object of Marlon's affections attempt to get into a small Pennsylvania college. Jessica fights off her parent's expectation of ...
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, satirical, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night
Plot: college, high school, romance, partners, love and romance, adolescence vs adulthood, college life, looking for love, teenage love, youth, buddies, coming of age ...
Time: 80s
Place: holland, europe, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Making the Grade (1984)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Lazy preppie Palmer Woodrow hires street-smart Eddie Keaton to go to school for him while he lives it up in Europe. Eddie falls in love with preppie gal Tracey, upsetting Biff, the Hoover Academy bully. When his bookie from the old neighborhood, ...
Style: feel good, humorous, semi serious, funny, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: comedy of errors, friendship, college life, teenage life, hidden identity, teenage love, social differences, pretending to be someone else, gambling, going straight, bookies, culture clash ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey, europe, usa, new england, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
One Crazy Summer (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An aspiring teenage cartoonist and his friends come to the aid of a singer trying to save her family property from developers.
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, light, offbeat ...
Audience: teens, date night, teen comedy
Plot: coming of age, friendship, eviction, romance, island, disorder, buddies, youth, nothing goes right, escapades, fall in love, heroic mission ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, new england, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Happy Together (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Christopher is an ambitious college freshman, striving to become a writer. Through a computer fault he's assigned the same room as Alex, a real party freak and... a girl! He's annoyed and tries to get a different room as soon as possible, ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, feel good, humorous, sex comedy ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: college, pretending to be gay, university, fall in love, opposites attract, romance, disorder, couples, lifestyle, youth, nothing goes right, love and romance ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 3.8
 15K
Caddyshack II (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: When a crass new-money tycoon's membership application is turned down at a snooty country club, he retaliates by buying the club and turning it into a tacky amusement park.
Style: humorous, not serious, realistic, witty, feel good ...
Audience: teens
Plot: snobbism, rivalry, farce, love and romance, ego clash, sport, society, underdog, misfit, contests and competitions, ambition, blind ambition ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Necessary Roughness (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When the Texas Southern Armadillos football team is disqualified for cheating and poor grades, the University is forced to pick from a team that actually goes to school. Will they even win a single game?
Style: feel good, humorous, semi serious, entertaining, inspirational ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: underdog, american football, sport team, sport, college, rivalry, hopes, human spirit, against the odds, friendship, athlete and trainer, youth ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: texas, usa, united states, ireland, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Coming to America (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Prince Akeem, heir to the throne of Zamunda, leaves the tropical paradise kingdom in search of his queen. What better place than Queens, New York, to find his bride? Joined by his loyal servant and friend, Semmi, Akeem attempts to blend in as an ...
Style: funny, humorous, witty, feel good, talky ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: comedy of errors, fish out of water, prince, hidden identity, looking for love, fall in love, heir to the throne, culture clash, romance, social differences, verbal byplay, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: africa, new york, usa, madison square garden manhattan new york city, united states ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
National Lampoon's Van Wilder (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Van Wilder has been attending college for far too many years and is scared to graduate, but Van’s father eventually realizes what is going on. When he stops paying his son's tuition fees, Van must come up with the money if he wants to stay in ...
Style: teen sex comedy, sex comedy, humorous, sexy, light ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: college, student life, college life, flirting, strong sexual content, party, opposites attract, youth, buddies, frat party, drinking, drinking alcohol ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Legally Blonde (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Elle Woods has it all. She's the president of her sorority, a Hawaiian Tropic girl, Miss June in her campus calendar, and, above all, a natural blonde. She dates the cutest fraternity boy on campus and wants nothing more than to be Mrs. Warner ...
Style: feel good, light, ridiculous, sweet, funny ...
Audience: teen comedy, chick flick, teens, girls' night, date night
Plot: blonde, rivalry, college student, girl power, sorority, court, beauty salon, self discovery, university, lawyer, fashion, law school ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, massachusetts, california, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.5
 117K
Animal House (1978)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: At a 1962 College, Dean Vernon Wormer is determined to expel the entire Delta Tau Chi Fraternity, but those troublemakers have other plans for him.
Style: humorous, absurd, witty, funny, not serious ...
Audience: teens, teen comedy
Plot: college, rivalry, youth, looking for sex, chaos and mayhem, rebelliousness, college freshman, party, sex, probation, college campus, rebellion ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1962, 80s ...
Place: pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.4
 137K
Billy Madison (1995)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Billy Madison is the 27 year-old son of Bryan Madison, a very rich man who has made his living in the hotel industry. Billy stands to inherit his father's empire but only if he can make it through all 12 grades, 2 weeks per grade, to prove that ...
Style: humorous, not serious, feel good, realistic, funny ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: graduation, elementary school, rivalry, school, inheritance, irresponsible, adolescence vs adulthood, love and romance, misfit, goofy hero, fall in love, fish out of water ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.4
 129K
Accepted (2006)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A high school slacker who's rejected by every school he applies to opts to create his own institution of higher learning, the South Harmon Institute of Technology, on a rundown piece of property near his hometown.
Style: humorous, feel good, not serious, funny, light ...
Audience: teens
Plot: college, slacker, college life, student, unconventional method, youth, cons and scams, overnight success, lifestyle, dishonesty, graduation, buddies ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, harvard university, yale university, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Secret Admirer (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: When high-school heartthrob Michael receives an unsigned love letter, he assumes it's from knock-out prom queen Deborah Anne instead of pretty honor student Toni. And when Michael accidentally misplaces the letter, the juicy jottings soon make ...
Style: feel good, semi serious, humorous, light, realistic ...
Audience: teens, date night, teen comedy, girls' night
Plot: comedy of errors, teenage life, mistaken identity, school, teenager, disorder, love and romance, nothing goes right, friendship, farce, summer vacation, secret admirer ...
Time: 80s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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Kicking and Screaming (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: After college graduation, Grover's girlfriend Jane tells him she's moving to Prague to study writing. Grover declines to accompany her, deciding instead to move in with several friends, all of whom can't quite work up the inertia to ...
Style: talky, humorous, realistic, semi serious, melancholic ...
Plot: friendship, college, coming of age, graduation, buddies, lifestyle, twentysomething life, drinking alcohol, drinking, student, father son relationship, party ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, new york, brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city, milwaukee wisconsin ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.1
 156K
The Waterboy (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Bobby Boucher is a water boy for a struggling college football team. The coach discovers Boucher's hidden rage makes him a tackling machine whose bone-crushing power might vault his team into the playoffs.
Style: humorous, funny, parody, absurd, entertaining ...
Audience: teens
Plot: football, ridicule, sport, social outcast, misfit, goofy hero, ambition, swamp, overprotective parent, athlete's life, low self esteem, love and romance ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: louisiana, usa, southern usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 5.8
 21K
Bad News Bears (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Morris Buttermaker is a burned-out minor league baseball player who loves to drink and can't keep his hands to himself. His long-suffering lawyer arranges for him to manage a local Little League team, and Buttermaker soon finds himself the head ...
Style: feel good, humorous, semi serious, touching, stylized ...
Audience: family outing, teens, kids
Plot: baseball, rivalry, human spirit, athlete and trainer, against the odds, contests and competitions, ambition, hopes, parents and children, sport team, little league, mentor ...
Time: 70s, 21st century, contemporary, 20th century
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Revenge of the Nerds (1984)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: At Adams College, the jocks rule the school from their house on high, the Alpha Beta fraternity. So when a group of socially-challenged misfits try to go Greek, they're instantly rejected by every house on campus. Deciding to start their own ...
Style: humorous, feel good, witty, captivating, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, teen comedy
Plot: prank, college, student life, teenage life, friends, disorder, rivalry, youth, misfit, chase, nerds, underdog ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, tucson arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.5
 14K
House Party (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Young Kid has been invited to a party at his friend Play's house. But after a fight at school, Kid's father grounds him. None the less, Kid sneaks out when his father falls asleep. But Kid doesn't know that three of the thugs at ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, not serious, feel good ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: hip hop, school, high school, profanity, coming of age, house party, friends, disorder, hip hop culture, family relations, silly humor, teenage love ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Bring It on Again (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: When new students can't get onto their college cheerleading team, they form their own squad and prepare for a cheer off.
Style: humorous, feel good, realistic, semi serious, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, date night
Plot: cheerleading, cheerleader, competition, sport, teenage life, against the odds, friendship, ambition, athlete's life, lifestyle, contests and competitions, underdog ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 80s
Place: usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Can't Hardly Wait (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: It's graduation day at Huntington Hills High, and you know what that means - time to party. And not just any party, either. This one will be a night to remember, as the nerds become studs, the jocks are humiliated, and freshman crushes blossom ...
Style: humorous, feel good, realistic, semi serious, romantic ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night, chick flick, teen comedy
Plot: graduation, coming of age, high school, friends, romance, youth, teenage life, love and romance, teenager, one last chance, unspoken love, teenagers ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: usa, new york, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%