Movies like Back to School

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Back to School (1986)
 6.6
 25K
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, inspirational, intense ...
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, bribe, clothing store, adaptation, friendship, misfit, verbal byplay, power relations, teacher, farce, drinking, dancing, musician ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1940, future
Place: usa, campus

Most similar movies to Back to School

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out humorous, realistic, funny and light films with plots about catastrophe, mentor, culture clash, dialogue, adaptation, storytelling and brutality mostly in Comedy, Romance and Sport genres. Some movies like Back to School: Soul Man (1986), Caddyshack (1980), The House Bunny (2008), Ladybugs (1992), The Secret of My Succe$s (1987). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 5.2
 7K
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: humorous, semi serious, witty, realistic, feel good ...
Audience: date night, teen comedy, teens
Plot: racism, college life, scholarship, culture clash, disorder, dishonesty, misfit, society, social differences, social relations, youth, university ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: harvard university, campus, massachusetts, usa, los angeles ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 7.3
 95K
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, realistic, funny, clever ...
Audience: teens
Plot: golf, sport, cheating, bishop, bet, rivalry, golf course, lightning, explosion, country club, class differences, underwear ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: nebraska, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
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, date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: sorority, college life, love and romance, college, friendship, makeover, female friendship, playboy, youth, rivalry, friends, coming of age ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: campus, usa, los angeles, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 5.3
 8K
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, not serious, realistic, feel good, offbeat ...
Audience: family outing, teens, kids
Plot: cross dressing, sport, family, farce, ambition, rivalry, underdog, comedy of errors, teenage love, friends, power relations, sport team ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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: realistic, feel good, humorous, semi serious, talky ...
Audience: chick flick, date night
Plot: rich and poor, mistaken identity, office, love triangle, fish out of water, farce, workplace, rise to the top, ambition, comedy of errors, workplace situations, disorder ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
Place: new york, kansas, usa, florida, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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, realistic ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: coming of age, friendship, eviction, romance, youth, island, disorder, buddies, nothing goes right, love and romance, heroic mission, teenage life ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, new england, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Van Wilder: Party Liaison (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: humorous, sexy, funny, light, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: college, party, college life, youth, opposites attract, student life, flirting, buddies, strong sexual content, sex, drinking, coming of age ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 5.8
 19K
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: clever, talky, touching, humorous, witty ...
Audience: family outing, teens, kids
Plot: sport, baseball, little league, redemption, family, ambition, human spirit, sport team, family relations, friends, power relations, athlete and trainer ...
Time: 70s, contemporary, 21st century, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Movie in collections
 6.7
 20K
Starter for 10 (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: In 1985, against the backdrop of Thatcherism, Brian Jackson enrolls in the University of Bristol, a scholarship boy from seaside Essex with a love of knowledge for its own sake and a childhood spent watching "University Challenge," a ...
Style: feel good, semi serious, humorous, touching, witty ...
Audience: chick flick, teens
Plot: politics, party, marijuana, coming of age, social differences, university, student, buddies, youth, couple relations, love and romance, working class ...
Time: 80s
Place: england, europe, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.3
 162K
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, humorous, funny, sweet, light ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, date night, chick flick, teen comedy
Plot: beauty salon, rivalry, self discovery, intern, girl power, blonde, university, fish out of water, law school, ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship, college student, trial ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: usa, massachusetts, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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, realistic, semi serious, satirical ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: college, high school, school, romance, innocence lost, power relations, urban ghetto, friends, coming of age, college life, teenage love, youth ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, holland, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 5.3
 25K
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: feel good, sentimental, realistic, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: college, small town, coming of age, hospital, college student, opposites attract, romance, friendship, instructor, small town life, couples, teenage life ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
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, not serious, realistic, sexy, sexual ...
Audience: teens
Plot: college, misfit, party, social relations, friends, youth, culture clash, friendship, rivalry, underdog, lifestyle, social differences ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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, realistic, semi serious, humorous, funny ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gambling, friendship, going straight, school, switching roles, bookies, fall in love, love and romance, adolescence vs adulthood, ambition, dishonesty, disorder ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey, usa, europe, new england, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Sixth Man (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Antoine and Kenny Tyler are NCAA college basketball players, and Antoine is the star. Suddenly Antoine dies of heart attack and Kenny has to fill his shoes as leader of team. Some time later, Antoine returns as a ghost and helps Kenny in game and in ...
Style: touching, humorous, feel good, semi serious, basketball movie ...
Audience: teens
Plot: college, basketball, university, ghost, underdog, sport team, power relations, lifestyle, youth, ambition, rivalry, family relations ...
Place: usa, seattle, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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, exciting, humorous, semi serious, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: sport, underdog, american football, college, human spirit, hopes, against the odds, rivalry, lifestyle, youth, ambition, friendship ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: texas, usa, ireland, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.0
 13K
Senseless (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A student gets his senses enhanced by an experimental drug. But abuse is not an option.
Style: humorous, funny, entertaining, romantic, suspense ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: rivalry, college, ambition, nothing goes right, goofy hero, experiment gone awry, contests and competitions, youth, blindness and impaired vision, fish out of water, mentor, parody ...
Time: 1990s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.1
 136K
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, absurd, entertaining, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sport, ridicule, low self esteem, social outcast, goofy hero, ambition, misfit, athlete's life, football, family relations, love and romance, underdog ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, louisiana, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Movie in collections
 3.7
 14K
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, realistic, feel good, not serious, witty ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sport, friends, snobbism, family relations, contests and competitions, blind ambition, fall in love, love and romance, parents and children, disorder, friendship, ambition ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Just One of the Guys (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 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, realistic, humorous, not serious, funny ...
Audience: teen comedy, teens, girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: high school, cross dressing, school, teenager, gender, prom, sexism, hidden identity, gender bending, adolescence, lifestyle, young lovers ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, tucson arizona, arizona, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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: realistic, humorous, semi serious, feel good, sexy ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: college, university, opposites attract, romance, down on your luck, nothing goes right, fall in love, student life, love and romance, disorder, couples, lifestyle ...
Time: 80s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.1
 58K
Larry Crowne (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: When he suddenly finds himself without his long-standing blue-collar job, Larry Crowne enrolls at his local college to start over. There, he becomes part of an eclectic community of students and develops a crush on his teacher.
Style: humorous, sentimental, realistic, semi serious, inspirational ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: college, loss of job, romance, starting over, student life, teacher, college life, self discovery, teachers and students, power relations, petty job, self esteem ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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: semi serious, humorous, realistic, feel good, idiotic ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night
Plot: cheerleading, cheerleader, sport, college life, hip hop, competition, college, high school, power relations, friends, sport team, buddies ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 80s
Place: california, campus, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Movie in collections
Johnny Be Good (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: It's recruiting time and despite being short and scrawny, Johnny Walker is America's hottest young football prospect. His dilemma: should he take one of the many offers from college talent scouts or should he attend the local state college ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, football movie, sexy ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: sport, high school, college, vengeance, coming of age, underdog, ambition, youth, sport team, friends, romance, buddies ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: texas, alabama, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 5.6
 3K
Glory Daze (1995)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: It's punk rock meets Animal House in this campus comedy that stars Ben Affleck as Jack, a soon-to-be graduate who finds he's having a difficult time letting go of the college life -- and decides maybe he doesn't have to. Also ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, light, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: friends, college, relationship vs career, graduation, party, teacher, student, adolescence vs adulthood, nightlife, looking for love, college life, singleness ...
Time: future, 90s
Place: usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.0
 80K
Bring It On (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The Toro cheerleading squad from Rancho Carne High School in San Diego has got spirit, spunk, sass and a killer routine that's sure to land them the national championship trophy for the sixth year in a row. But for newly-elected team captain, ...
Style: humorous, feel good, entertaining, light, sentimental ...
Audience: teen comedy, teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: cheerleading, cheerleader, high school, rivalry, sport, friendship, hip hop, sport team, ambition, competition, teenager, cheating ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 2000s, 80s
Place: florida, california, usa, san diego california
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.4
 120K
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
Plot: inheritance, graduation, school, adolescence vs adulthood, irresponsible, misfit, elementary school, fish out of water, rivalry, teachers and students, goofy hero, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.6
 104K
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, witty, funny, not serious, light ...
Audience: teens, teen comedy
Plot: college, sex, youth, looking for sex, chaos and mayhem, rivalry, rebelliousness, college freshman, party, probation, college campus, rebellion ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1962, 80s
Place: pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 5.2
 34K
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, realistic, not serious, funny, idiotic ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: teacher, wrestling, overweight child, overbearing, parent getting married, family relations, uninhibited rivalry, love and romance, parents and children, teachers and students, rivalry, haunted by the past ...
Time: 2000s, 1990s
Place: usa, nebraska
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.2
 8K
Pumpkin (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: When perfect, perky Carolyn (Christina Ricci) and her Alpha Omega Pi sisters decide to coach mentally challenged athletes for the regional Challenged Games, Carolyn's assigned to coach Pumpkin (Hank Harris), a young disabled man who touches her ...
Style: humorous, gloomy, biting, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: college, romance, friendship, friends, mentally challenged, couples, couple relations, love and romance, social misfits, fall in love, misfit, opposites attract ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, campus, mcdonald's restaurant
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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