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Born in East L.A. (1987)
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Born in East L.A. (1987)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Rudy, an American of Hispanic descent, whose south-of-the-border looks show him no mercy during an immigration raid in a migrant worker factory. As his luck goes, he is caught with neither money nor his ID and is deported to Mexico - without speaking a word of Spanish!
Style: feel good, humorous, not serious, parody, funny, entertaining, light, twists and turns, talky, realistic ...
Plot: deportation, mistaken identity, immigrants, fish out of water, culture clash, misfit, interracial relations, false accusation, disorder, comedy of errors, dishonesty, escape, male female relationship, scam, mexican, farce, adaptation, adventure, illegal immigrant, happy ending, crimes, best friends, society, factory, satire ...
Time: 80s
Place: mexico, latin america, los angeles, tijuana mexico, california

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Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers (1984)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Two brothers who can feel each others' pain and pleasure mess up the French revolution.
Style: parody, humorous, realistic, not serious, witty ...
Audience: teens
Plot: twins, mistaken identity, farce, adventure, revolution, disorder, family relations, friends, switching roles, rebellion, partners, rivalry ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 80s
Place: france, europe
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3 Strikes (2000)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Brian Hooks plays a character who is just released from jail. And the state adopts a "3 strikes" rule for felons that involves serious penalties. Hooks has 2 strikes, and wants to change his life for the better. When a friend picks him up, ...
Style: humorous, not serious, feel good, realistic, entertaining ...
Audience: teens
Plot: starting over, going straight, comedy of errors, hip hop, on the run, nothing goes right, partners, law enforcement, cons and scams, heist, righting the wronged, disorder ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, south central los angeles
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The Shrimp on the Barbie (1990)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Carlos has failed in show-biz and currently works as a waiter in a Mexican restaurant. There he meets Alex and dumb footballer Bruce celebrating their engagement with her parents. Alex' father is less than thrilled of her fiancée and says ...
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, sexy, splatter ...
Plot: restaurant, silly humor, couples, disorder, family relations, love and romance, misfit, betrayal, romance, hidden identity, dishonesty, comedy of errors ...
Time: 80s
Place: australia
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Taking Care of Business (1990)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: An uptight advertising exec has his entire life in a filofax organizer which mistakenly ends up in the hands of a friendly convict who poses as him.
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, light, inspirational ...
Audience: date night
Plot: prison, mistaken identity, cons and scams, rich and poor, fish out of water, dishonesty, disorder, crimes, nothing goes right, misfit, prison life, prison escape ...
Time: 80s, 90s
Place: los angeles, malibu california, california
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51%
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Hollywood Shuffle (1987)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: Aspiring actor and hot-dog stand employee Bobby Taylor catches the ire of his grandmother for auditioning for a role in the regrettably titled exploitation film "Jivetime Jimmy's Revenge." When Tinseltown Studios casts Taylor in the ...
Style: parody, humorous, witty, feel good, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: hollywood, farce, racism, satire, actor's life, artists and showbiz, misfit, society, interracial relations, filmmaking, dark humor, movie business ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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Opportunity Knocks (1990)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Eddie and Lou are a couple of two-bit con men on the lam from a loan shark. They hide out in someone's house and they hear on the answering machine that (A) the owner of the house is out of the country for a month or two and (B) the housesitter ...
Style: feel good, funny, entertaining, light, humorous ...
Plot: cons and scams, impostor, disorder, comedy of errors, crimes, mafia, love, con artists, house, friendship, adventure, chase ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
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Disorderlies (1987)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: As not-quite-orderlies who're downright Disorderlies, rap-music favorites The Fat Boys rule. Playing the freewheeling caretakers of the frail Dennison (Hollywood legend Ralph Bellamy), they stir up a comedic culture clash in Palm Beach society ...
Style: humorous, not serious, melancholic, talky, sex comedy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: switching roles, unlikely criminals, crimes, fish out of water, disorder, misfit, goofy hero, dishonesty, nothing goes right, crime gone awry, cons and scams, uncle nephew relationship ...
Time: 80s
Place: miami
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The Super (1991)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Joe Pesci stars as Louie Kritski, a heartless landlord who has been so negligent in keeping up his ghetto apartment that he is threatened with jail time. The judge gives him another option, which he accepts -- he must live in his rat-infested hell ...
Style: humorous, funny, light, entertaining, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: fish out of water, misfit, self discovery, parents and children, african american, racial slur, landlord, culture clash, justice, stupidity, family relations, disorder ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, boston
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45%
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A Million to Juan (1994)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Romantic comedy about an honest Mexican immigrant who struggles without a green card by selling oranges on a street corner. One day a limousine pulls up and he is handed a check for $1,000,000 with instructions that he is to give the check back in ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, humorous
Plot: family relations, community, restaurant, money, farce, disorder, social differences, cons and scams, rich and poor, mistaken identity, down on your luck, misfit ...
Time: 90s
Place: latin america, mexico, usa, los angeles, california
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Under the Rainbow (1981)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In World War II era Los Angeles, the manager of the Culver Hotel leaves his nephew in charge for a weekend. The nephew changes the name to the Hotel Rainbow and overbooks with royalty, assassins, secret agents, Japanese tourists, and munchkins (from ...
Style: feel good, realistic, not serious, light, funny ...
Plot: hotel, farce, espionage, secret agents, disorder, nothing goes right, artists and showbiz, showbiz, spy, secret service, mistaken identity, assassin ...
Time: 80s, 1930s, year 1938
Place: los angeles, california, usa, kansas
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Still Smokin (1983)
Genre: Comedy, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Cheech & Chong are invited to a celebrity party in Amsterdam. When they get there, however, it turns out that the guy who invited them has taken off with all the money. They are actually expecting Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton, so our ...
Style: realistic, not serious, witty, humorous, sexy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: weed, stoners, mistaken identity, nothing goes right, goofy hero, misfit, disorder, drug abuse, fish out of water, partners, buddies, lifestyle ...
Time: 80s, year 1983
Place: amsterdam, europe, holland
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44%
Critical Condition (1987)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Eddie is a con artist. But this time he's framed and comes before a judge. By claiming insanity, he hopes to get off the hook. He manages end up in a hospital for a mental examination. That night, a storm breaks out over New York, and the ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, intense, light, captivating ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mistaken identity, fish out of water, hidden identity, nothing goes right, mental institution, doctors and patients, disorder, hospital, doctor, african american, crimes, misfit ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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43%
Walk Like a Man (1987)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: As a baby, Bobo gets separated from his family during a camping trip. After being raised by wild dogs for twenty years, Bobo is discovered by animal researcher Penny, who brings him back to his family and attempts to teach Bobo how to readjust to ...
Style: humorous, light, funny, sentimental, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: farce, fish out of water, misfit, getting home, self discovery, family life, adventure, feral child, stupidity, dog, animal life, family relations ...
Time: 80s
Place: alaska, boston
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43%
The Couch Trip (1988)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The escaped delinquent John W. Burns, Jr. replaces Dr. Maitlin on a radio show, saying he's the psychiatrist Lawrence Baird.
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, feel good, witty ...
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Time: 80s
Place: london, europe, england, los angeles, illinois ...
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Screwed (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A chauffeur kidnaps his rich boss's dog to hold it for ransom, but when she accidentally gets the dog back, she thinks that it's the chauffeur who's been kidnapped.
Style: humorous, feel good, witty, not serious, funny ...
Audience: teens
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The Deported (2009)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: An Italian-American actor is deported to Mexico by some crooked INS Agents, and a pack of orphans helps him find his way back to America
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⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Gods Must Be Crazy II (1989)
Genre: Comedy
Country: South Africa, Botswana
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Style: feel good, humorous, semi serious, entertaining, funny ...
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Time: 80s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.9
 4K
Brain Donors (1992)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Three manic idiots; a lawyer, cab driver and a handyman team up to run a ballet company to fulfill the will of a millionaire. Stooge-like antics result as the trio try to outwit the rich widow and her scheming big-shot lawyer, who also wants to run ...
Style: humorous, realistic, witty, not serious, funny ...
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Time: 90s, 1930s
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Country: USA
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Style: humorous, feel good, not serious, sentimental, funny ...
Plot: farce, friendship, misfit, corporate world, nothing goes right, comedy of errors, loser, goofy hero, taxidermy, mouse, idiot, employer employee relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Genre: Comedy, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
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Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, witty, sexy ...
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Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1977
Place: mexico, california, latin america, asia, vietnam ...
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40%
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Three Amigos (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Three unemployed actors accept an invitation to a Mexican village to replay their bandit fighter roles, unaware that it is the real thing.
Style: parody, humorous, not serious, funny, light ...
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Time: 1910s, 20th century, 80s
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Genre: Comedy
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 78 min.
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Style: humorous, not serious, realistic, feel good, funny ...
Audience: teens
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Time: 90s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Rude Awakening (1989)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
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Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, satirical, funny ...
Audience: teens
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⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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38%
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Genre: Comedy
Country: Canada, USA
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Style: humorous, light, entertaining, satirical, exciting ...
Audience: teens
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Time: 80s
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37%
Cheech and Chong's Next Movie (1980)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
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Style: humorous, not serious, witty, surprise ending, funny ...
Audience: teens
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Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
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Style: not serious, feel good, humorous, talky, light ...
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37%
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Style: humorous, feel good, entertaining, exciting, light ...
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37%
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Walk of Shame (2014)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A reporter's dream of becoming a news anchor is compromised after a one-night stand leaves her stranded in downtown L.A. without a phone, car, ID or money - and only 8 hours to make it to the most important job interview of her life.
Style: funny, humorous, realistic, not serious, light ...
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37%