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Trading Places (1983)
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Trading Places (1983)

Louis Winthorpe is a businessman who works for commodities brokerage firm of Duke and Duke owned by the brothers Mortimer and Randolph Duke. Now they bicker over the most trivial of matters and what they are bickering about is whether it's a person's environment or heredity that determines how well …they will do in life. When Winthorpe bumps into Billy Ray Valentine, a street hustler and assumes he is trying to rob him, he has him arrested. Upon seeing how different the two men are, the brothers decide to make a wager as to what would happen if Winthorpe loses his job, his home and is shunned by everyone he knows and if Valentine was given Winthorpe's job. So they proceed to have Winthorpe arrested and to be placed in a compromising position in front of his girlfriend. So all he has to rely on is the hooker who was hired to ruin him. (Read More)

Subgenre:
comedy of manners fish out of water cult film 
Themes:
wealth homelessness poverty drinking money christmas revenge friendship 
Mood:
social satire breaking the fourth wall satire 
Locations:
pennsylvania ship urban setting bus train bar new york city 
Characters:
interracial relationship prostitute brother brother relationship 
Period:
christmas party winter 1980s 
Story:
white bra and panties woman in bra and panties insider trading bra and panties gorilla suit philadelphia pennsylvania white bra topless woman jail cell train ride christmas eve christmas tree costume party topless female nudity white panties β€¦woman covering nudity with her hands woman covering breasts santa bell ringer magical negro stereotype holding breasts prince and pauper drunken santa life savings big shot commodities black white relations hands covering breasts white male pretending to be black sea voyage dollar broker santa hat trading pawnbroker bank account african american protagonist wall street manhattan new york city juice hoodlum investor santa claus suit broken engagement blackface fortune fiance bail stock market wrongful arrest mugshot rags to riches role reversal wager yuppie framed gorilla watch beggar street gang loss of job world trade center manhattan new york city fiancee con man chauffeur irreverence aristocrat duct tape sexual humor bet sexy woman black eye butler nipple millionaire impostor cynicism drug overdose parking garage scam new year's eve wristwatch blockbuster drug abuse santa claus experiment machismo class differences business businessman limousine racial slur gunshot looking at the camera man with glasses suicide attempt topless bra f word manhattan new york city criminal alcohol jail prostitution marijuana bikini urination mirror pistol panties party nipples cigarette smoking two word title bare breasts nudity  (See All)

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)
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The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)

Jordan Belfort is a Long Island penny stockbroker who served 22 months in prison for defrauding investors in a massive 1990s securities scam that involved widespread corruption on Wall Street and in the corporate banking world, including shoe designer Steve Madden.

Themes:
wealth drinking money friendship 
Mood:
breaking the fourth wall satire 
Locations:
ship bar new york city 
Characters:
prostitute brother brother relationship 
Story:
white bra topless female nudity white panties wall street manhattan new york city bail stock market mugshot rags to riches yuppie butler millionaire scam wristwatch machismo business β€¦businessman limousine f word manhattan new york city criminal jail prostitution marijuana bikini urination mirror panties party cigarette smoking bare breasts nudity  (See All)

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Bad Santa (2003)
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Bad Santa (2003)

Willie T. Stokes is a convicted con man who's led a miserable life. He drinks heavily and constantly embarrasses himself publicly. He only works once a year dressed as Santa. But then come Christmas Eve, he and his pint-sized helper dwarf Marcus stage elaborate robberies and take their department st…ores for everything they got. This year, they hit a mall in suburban Phoenix, Arizona. This time around, Willie gets distracted by having sex with large women, a bartender who is attracted to Santas, and a kid who's convinced he's the real deal. However, this time around Marcus must once again put up with Willie's heavy drinking and a series of incidents that constantly shoot themselves in the foot. Not to mention a nosy department store security guard who's onto them and wants his cut of the loot. Will Willie and Marcus make it to next Christmas? Or will this be the year the dynamic duo finally face justice? (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
drinking money christmas 
Locations:
bar 
Characters:
prostitute brother brother relationship 
Story:
christmas eve christmas tree drunken santa con man irreverence sexual humor black eye cynicism scam gunshot suicide attempt bra f word urination cigarette smoking β€¦two word title  (See All)

Focus (2015)
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Focus (2015)

Nicky Spurgeon is an extremely accomplished con man who takes an amateur con artist, Jess, under his wing. Nicky and Jess become romantically involved, and with Nicky's profession of being a liar and a cheater for a living, he realizes that deception and love are things that don't go together. They …split, only to see each other three years later... And things get messy. (Read More)

Themes:
money revenge friendship 
Locations:
bar new york city 
Characters:
interracial relationship 
Story:
woman in bra and panties topless female nudity con man bet black eye parking garage wristwatch racial slur f word bikini pistol party 

Alfie (2004) is one of the best movies like Trading Places (1983)
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Alfie (2004)

In Manhattan, the British limousine driver Alfie is surrounded by beautiful women, most of them clients, and he lives as a Don Juan, having one night stands with all of them and without any sort of commitment. His girl-friend and single-mother Julie is quite upset with the situation and his best fri…ends are his colleague Marlon and his girl-friend Lonette. Alfie has a brief affair with Lonette, and the consequences of his act forces Alfie to reflect and wonder about his life style. (Read More)

Themes:
drinking christmas friendship 
Mood:
breaking the fourth wall 
Locations:
bar new york city 
Characters:
interracial relationship prostitute 
Period:
winter 
Story:
christmas eve chauffeur drug abuse machismo limousine manhattan new york city alcohol marijuana urination panties party cigarette smoking 

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Half Baked (1998)
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Half Baked (1998)

After Kenny accidentaly kills a cop's diabetic horse by feeding it the food he purchased from a munchie run, he is put in jail and is given a 1 million dollar bail. The rest of the group must bail Kenny out before Nasty Nate gets to him. The group decides to sell marijuana that Thurgood gets through… his job as a janitor at a pharmaceutical lab. They become pals with rap star Sir Smoke-A-Lot and the rivals of dealer Samson Simpson. On the side, Thurgood seeks the love of Mary Jane, an anti-pot daughter of a dealer. What follows is typical pothead behaviour with a ton of cameos. Look carefully. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
money friendship 
Mood:
breaking the fourth wall 
Locations:
new york city 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
dollar bail mugshot beggar world trade center manhattan new york city racial slur manhattan new york city jail marijuana urination mirror pistol 

Hair (1979)
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Hair (1979)

This movie, based on the cult Broadway musical of the 60s, tells a story about Claude, a young man from Oklahoma who comes to New York City. There he strikes up a friendship with a group of hippies, led by Berger, and falls in love with Sheila, a girl from a rich family. However, their happiness is …short because Claude must go to the Vietnam war. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
drinking money friendship 
Locations:
bus bar new york city 
Characters:
interracial relationship 
Story:
white bra and panties jail cell white panties bail class differences manhattan new york city jail marijuana urination panties party cigarette smoking bare breasts nudity 

Bad Teacher (2011)
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Bad Teacher (2011)

When her wealthy fiance breaks it off, gold digger Elizabeth Halsey returns to middle school: she's an awful teacher but wants to save for breast-implant surgery. She brightens when Scott, a new teacher, turns out to be rich, and she stops showing films and sleeping in class when told there's a bonu…s for the teacher whose class scores highest on the state exam. Her competition for Scott and the bonus is cheery and tightly wound Amy. Amy digs for dirt on Elizabeth who cheats her way toward Scott's bed and the money. Honesty with students seems to be her only skill. She ignores Russell, a droll gym teacher, who looks on. Will she succeed with Scott and get those new breasts? (Read More)

Themes:
drinking money christmas revenge 
Locations:
bus bar 
Period:
christmas party 
Story:
topless woman christmas eve christmas tree topless female nudity fiance wrongful arrest sexual humor racial slur man with glasses bra f word marijuana party cigarette smoking two word title β€¦bare breasts nudity  (See All)

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The Polar Express (2004) is one of the best movies like Trading Places (1983)
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The Polar Express (2004)

When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
christmas friendship 
Locations:
train 
Period:
winter 
Story:
train ride christmas eve christmas tree blockbuster santa claus 

The Rules Of Attraction (2002)
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The Rules Of Attraction (2002)

Camden College. Sean Bateman is the younger brother of depraved Wall Street broker Patrick Bateman. He's also a drug dealer who owes a lot of money to "fellow" dealer Rupert Guest, as well as a well-known womanizer, for he sleeps with nearly half of the female population on campus. Lauren Hynde is, …technically, a virgin. She's saving herself for her shallow boyfriend, Victor Johnson, who's left the States to backpack across Europe. Her slutty roommate, Lara, has the hots for Victor as well. Paul Denton, who used to date Lauren, is openly bisexual and attracted to Mitchell Allen, who's dating Candice to prove to Paul that he's not gay. Sean loves Lauren. Paul loves Sean. And Lauren may love Sean. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
drinking money 
Mood:
satire 
Locations:
bus 
Story:
topless female nudity broker nipple drug overdose drug abuse suicide attempt topless bra marijuana urination mirror panties party nipples cigarette smoking β€¦bare breasts nudity  (See All)

Scrooged (1988)
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Scrooged (1988)

Frank Cross runs a US TV station which is planning a live adaptation of Dickens' Christmas Carol. Frank's childhood wasn't a particularly pleasant one, and so he doesn't really appreciate the Christmas spirit. With the help of the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, Frank realises he must …change. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
homelessness christmas friendship 
Mood:
breaking the fourth wall satire 
Period:
christmas party 1980s 
Story:
christmas eve irreverence sexy woman cynicism santa claus 

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Risky Business (1983)
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Risky Business (1983)

A suburban Chicago teenager's parents leave on vacation, and he cuts loose. An unauthorised trip in his father's Porsche means a sudden need for lots of money, which he raises in a creative way.

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
money friendship 
Characters:
prostitute 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
white panties sexual humor blockbuster class differences business prostitution marijuana panties party two word title 

Charlie Bartlett (2007) is one of the best movies like Trading Places (1983)
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Charlie Bartlett (2007)

Although cheerful, friendly, intelligent, well-dressed, authentic and wealthy, Charlie Bartlett has problems. With his father gone and his mother loopy and clueless, he's been expelled from every private school for his victimless crimes. Now he's in a public school getting punched out daily by the s…chool thug. He ever longs to be popular - the go-to guy - and the true crux of his troubles is that he invariably finds the means to this end, whatever that might be. At Western Summit High, he makes peace with his tormentor by going into business with him - listening to kids' problems and selling them prescription drugs. Charlie's a hit, but attraction to Susan (daughter of the school's laissez-faire principal), new security cameras on campus, a student's overdose, and Charlie's open world view all converge to get him in serious trouble. Can this self-made physician possibly heal himself and just be a kid? (Read More)

Themes:
wealth drinking money friendship 
Locations:
bar 
Story:
jail cell chauffeur black eye drug overdose class differences business limousine man with glasses suicide attempt jail marijuana mirror pistol party cigarette smoking 

The Apartment (1960)
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The Apartment (1960)

As of November 1, 1959, mild mannered C.C. Baxter has been working at Consolidated Life, an insurance company, for close to four years, and is one of close to thirty-two thousand employees located in their Manhattan head office. To distinguish himself from all the other lowly cogs in the company in …the hopes of moving up the corporate ladder, he often works late, but only because he can't get into his apartment, located off of Central Park West, since he has provided it to a handful of company executives - Mssrs. Dobisch, Kirkeby, Vanderhoff and Eichelberger - on a rotating basis for their extramarital liaisons in return for a good word to the personnel director, Jeff D. Sheldrake. When Baxter is called into Sheldrake's office for the first time, he learns that it isn't just to be promoted as he expects, but also to add married Sheldrake to the list to who he will lend his apartment. What Baxter is unaware of is that Sheldrake's mistress is Fran Kubelik, an elevator girl in the building who Baxter himself fancies. In turn, Sheldrake has no idea of Baxter's own interest in Fran. And Fran, who is in love with Sheldrake, has no idea that she is only the latest in a long line of Sheldrake's mistresses, that Sheldrake has no intention of leaving his wife for her, and that the apartment belongs to Baxter, who she likes as a friend. As some of these facts come to light on Christmas Eve, one of the three makes a unilateral decision. That decision sets off a series of events over the … (Read More)

Themes:
drinking money christmas revenge 
Mood:
satire 
Locations:
bar new york city 
Period:
christmas party 
Story:
christmas eve christmas tree drunken santa santa claus suit black eye cynicism new year's eve business suicide attempt manhattan new york city mirror cigarette smoking two word title 

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The Night Before (2015)
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The Night Before (2015)

Ethan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Isaac (Seth Rogen) and Chris (Anthony Mackie) have been friends since childhood, and for a decade, their yearly Christmas Eve reunion has been an annual night of debauchery and hilarity. Now that they're entering adulthood, the tradition is coming to an end, and to make… it as memorable as possible, they set out to find the Nutcracka Ball - the Holy Grail of Christmas parties. (Read More)

Themes:
christmas friendship 
Locations:
new york city 
Period:
christmas party 
Story:
christmas eve santa claus suit santa claus limousine manhattan new york city marijuana nipples nudity 

The Wackness (2008)
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The Wackness (2008)

Friendship, love, and coming of age in New York City, summer of 1994. Luke Shapiro has just graduated from high school, sells marijuana, and trades pot for therapy from a psychologist, Dr. Jeffrey Squires. Luke is attracted to a classmate, Stephanie, who's out of his league and Squires' step-daughte…r. By July, he's hanging out with Stephanie, taking her on his rounds selling pot out of an ice-cream pushcart. Then things take a turn. In the background, Squires and his wife as well as Luke's parents are having their troubles. (Read More)

Themes:
drinking money friendship 
Locations:
train bar new york city 
Story:
jail cell bail world trade center manhattan new york city drug abuse suicide attempt manhattan new york city jail marijuana urination mirror pistol party cigarette smoking 

Home Alone 2: Lost In New York (1992) is one of the best movies like Trading Places (1983)
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Home Alone 2: Lost In New York (1992)

Kevin McCallister is back. But this time he's in New York City with enough cash and credit cards to turn the Big Apple into his very own playground. But Kevin won't be alone for long. The notorious Wet Bandits, Harry and Marv, still smarting from their last encounter with Kevin, are bound for New Yo…rk too, plotting a huge holiday heist! Kevin's ready to welcome them with more battery of booby traps the bumbling bandits will never forget! (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
homelessness christmas friendship revenge 
Mood:
breaking the fourth wall 
Locations:
urban setting new york city 
Characters:
brother brother relationship 
Period:
winter 
Story:
christmas eve christmas tree world trade center manhattan new york city blockbuster limousine manhattan new york city criminal 

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Middle Men (2009)
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Middle Men (2009)

Wayne Beering and Buck Dolby are drugged out geniuses with lots of ideas but they can never seem to get their act together. But when they come up with the idea to create a porn site - and charge for it (the first ever site to do so), their idea may be too lucrative for them to handle. Straight-laced… business man, Jack Harris, is brought in to team up with them and turn their profitable idea into a legit business. Making money in the pornography industry is pretty easy, but staying true to yourself when surrounded by that much wealth, luxury, sex, crime and temptations, is much harder. (Read More)

Themes:
wealth money 
Period:
winter 1980s 
Story:
topless female nudity millionaire business limousine man with glasses f word alcohol pistol party cigarette smoking two word title bare breasts nudity 

Striptease (1996)
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Striptease (1996)

Erin Grant loses care and custody of her daughter when she's divorced from her husband Darrell, a small-time thief. Struggling for money, she is a dancer at a nightclub, where one night Congressman Dilbeck (in disguise) attacks another member of the audience. A spectator, who recognizes Dilbeck and …is fond of Erin, offers to get back her daughter by blackmailing Dilbeck. Things do not work out as planned, though. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
money 
Mood:
satire 
Story:
topless woman topless female nudity loss of job chauffeur nipple limousine topless f word criminal pistol nipples cigarette smoking bare breasts nudity 

Working Girl (1988)
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Working Girl (1988)

Tess McGill is a frustrated secretary, struggling to forge ahead in the world of big business in New York. She gets her chance when her boss breaks her leg on a skiing holiday. McGill takes advantage of her absence to push ahead with her career. She teams up with investment broker Jack Trainer to wo…rk on a big deal. The situation is complicated after the return of her boss. (Read More)

Locations:
new york city 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
broker wall street manhattan new york city rags to riches yuppie gorilla world trade center manhattan new york city business manhattan new york city panties two word title 

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Varsity Blues (1999) is one of the best movies like Trading Places (1983)
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Varsity Blues (1999)

In small-town Texas, high school football is a religion. The head coach is deified, as long as the team is winning and 17-year-old schoolboys carry the hopes of an entire community onto the gridiron every Friday night. In his 35th year as head coach, Bud Kilmer (Jon Voight) is trying to lead his Wes…t Canaan Coyotes to their 23rd division title. When star quarterback Lance Harbor (Paul Walker) suffers an injury, the Coyotes are forced to regroup under the questionable leadership of John Moxon (James Van Der Beek), a second-string quarterback with a slightly irreverent approach to the game. "Varsity Blues" explores our obsession with sports and how teenage athletes respond to the extraordinary pressures places on them. (Read More)

Themes:
drinking friendship 
Locations:
bus bar 
Story:
topless woman topless female nudity white panties sexual humor nipple drug abuse man with glasses topless bra panties party nipples cigarette smoking bare breasts nudity 

Crocodile Dundee (1986)
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Crocodile Dundee (1986)

Michael J. "Crocodile" Dundee is an Australian crocodile hunter who lives in the Australian outback and runs a safari business with his trusted friend and mentor Walter Reilly. After surviving a crocodile attack, a New York journalist named Sue arrives to interview Mick about how he survived and lea…rns more about the crocodile hunter. After saving Sue from a crocodile, Sue invites Mick to visit New York City, since Mick has never been to a city. Mick finds the culture and life in New York City a lot different than his home and he finds himself falling in love with Sue. (Read More)

Subgenre:
fish out of water 
Locations:
bar new york city 
Characters:
prostitute 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
fiance world trade center manhattan new york city blockbuster business limousine suicide attempt manhattan new york city party two word title 

Go (1999)
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Go (1999)

Told from three perspectives, a story of a bunch of young Californians trying to get some cash, do and deal some drugs, score money and sex in Las Vegas, and generally experience the rush of life.

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
money christmas revenge 
Story:
santa hat sexual humor scam drug abuse machismo class differences racial slur marijuana pistol cigarette smoking 

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The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
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The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)

When Waring Hudsucker, head of hugely successful Hudsucker Industries, commits suicide, his board of directors, led by Sidney Mussberger, comes up with a brilliant plan to make a lot of money: appoint a moron to run the company. When the stock falls low enough, Sidney and friends can buy it up for p…ennies on the dollar, take over the company, and restore its fortunes. They choose idealistic Norville Barnes, who just started in the mail room. Norville is whacky enough to drive any company to ruin, but soon, tough reporter Amy Archer smells a rat and begins an undercover investigation of Hudsucker Industries. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
drinking money christmas 
Mood:
satire 
Locations:
bus bar new york city 
Period:
christmas party 
Story:
magical negro stereotype dollar rags to riches black eye new year's eve business suicide attempt manhattan new york city cigarette smoking 

The Big Lebowski (1998) is one of the best movies like Trading Places (1983)
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The Big Lebowski (1998)

When "The Dude" Lebowski is mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, two thugs urinate on his rug to coerce him into paying a debt he knows nothing about. While attempting to gain recompense for the ruined rug from his wealthy counterpart, he accepts a one-time job with high pay-off. He enlists the help… of his bowling buddy, Walter, a gun-toting Jewish-convert with anger issues. Deception leads to more trouble, and it soon seems that everyone from porn empire tycoons to nihilists want something from The Dude. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
money friendship 
Mood:
breaking the fourth wall satire 
Locations:
bar 
Story:
white panties millionaire limousine racial slur man with glasses f word alcohol marijuana bikini urination pistol panties cigarette smoking 

Coming To America (1988)
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Coming To America (1988)

It is the 21st birthday of Prince Akeem of Zamunda and he is to marry a woman he never saw before. Now the prince breaks with tradition and travels to America to look for the love of his life.

Subgenre:
fish out of water 
Themes:
wealth homelessness money friendship 
Mood:
satire 
Locations:
new york city 
Period:
winter 1980s 
Story:
role reversal irreverence blockbuster manhattan new york city 

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Some Like It Hot (1959)
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Some Like It Hot (1959)

When two Chicago musicians, Joe and Jerry, witness the the St. Valentine's Day massacre, they want to get out of town and get away from the gangster responsible, Spats Colombo. They're desperate to get a gig out of town but the only job they know of is in an all-girl band heading to Florida. They sh…ow up at the train station as Josephine and Daphne, the replacement saxophone and bass players. They certainly enjoy being around the girls, especially Sugar Kane Kowalczyk who sings and plays the ukulele. Joe in particular sets out to woo her while Jerry/Daphne is wooed by a millionaire, Osgood Fielding III. Mayhem ensues as the two men try to keep their true identities hidden and Spats Colombo and his crew show up for a meeting with several other crime lords. (Read More)

Subgenre:
fish out of water cult film 
Themes:
wealth drinking 
Locations:
urban setting bus train 
Story:
stock market role reversal irreverence millionaire parking garage blockbuster man with glasses bra panties party 

A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (2011)
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A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (2011)

Six years have elapsed since Guantanemo Bay, leaving Harold and Kumar estranged from one another with very different families, friends and lives. But when Kumar arrives on Harold's doorstep during the holiday season with a mysterious package in hand, he inadvertently burns down Harold's father-in-la…w's beloved Christmas tree. To fix the problem, Harold and Kumar embark on a mission through New York City to find the perfect Christmas tree, once again stumbling into trouble at every single turn. (Read More)

Themes:
christmas 
Locations:
new york city 
Period:
christmas party 
Story:
christmas eve christmas tree parking garage santa claus marijuana pistol 

Money Train (1995) is one of the best movies like Trading Places (1983)
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Money Train (1995)

Two foster brothers work as transit cops. While one's life is as good as it gets, the other's is a pit. After losing his job, getting dumped by his brother, and getting the crap kicked out of him by a loan shark for the umpteenth time, He implements his plan to steal the "money train," a train carry…ing the New York Subway's weekly revenue. But when things go awry, will his brother be able to save him in time? (Read More)

Themes:
money christmas 
Locations:
train bar new york city 
Characters:
interracial relationship brother brother relationship 
Story:
new year's eve racial slur f word manhattan new york city pistol 

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Three Colors: White (1994)
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Three Colors: White (1994)

Karol (Polish) marries Domininque (French) and moves to Paris. The marriage breaks down and Dominique divorces Karol, forcing him into the life of a metro beggar and eventually back to Poland. However, he never forgets Dominique and while building a new life for himself in Warsaw he begins to plot..…. (Read More)

Themes:
wealth drinking money revenge friendship 
Characters:
brother brother relationship 
Period:
winter 
Story:
christmas tree rags to riches beggar scam business businessman suicide attempt f word pistol cigarette smoking 

The Producers (1967)
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The Producers (1967)

Down-on-his-luck theatrical producer Max Bialystock is forced to romance rich old ladies to finance his efforts. When timid accountant Leo Bloom reviews Max's accounting books, the two hit upon a way to make a fortune by producing a sure-fire flop. The play which is to be their gold mine? "Springtim…e for Hitler." (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
revenge 
Mood:
breaking the fourth wall 
Locations:
bar new york city 
Story:
fortune chauffeur scam gunshot suicide attempt manhattan new york city bikini pistol two word title 

The King Of Comedy (1982)
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The King Of Comedy (1982)

Rupert Pupkin is obsessed with becoming a comedy great. However, when he confronts his idol, talk show host Jerry Langford, with a plea to perform on the Jerry's show, he is only given the run-around. He does not give up, however, but persists in stalking Jerry until he gets what he wants. Eventuall…y he must team up with his psychotic Langford-obsessed friend Masha to kidnap the talk show host in hopes of finally getting to perform his stand-up routine. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Locations:
bar new york city 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
bra and panties duct tape butler cynicism business limousine manhattan new york city 

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The Brand New Testament (2015) is one of the best movies like Trading Places (1983)
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The Brand New Testament (2015)

God lives in human form as a cynical writer with his young opinionated daughter in present-day Brussels, Belgium. She concludes that her dad is doing a terrible job and decides to rewrite the world, descending to earth in search of her own 6 messengers to write a brand new testament and change the s…tatus quo. (Read More)

Themes:
homelessness money friendship 
Mood:
satire 
Characters:
prostitute 
Story:
bra and panties topless female nudity gorilla irreverence cynicism looking at the camera suicide attempt f word bikini mirror cigarette smoking bare breasts nudity 

The Family Man (2000)
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The Family Man (2000)

A modern-day Frank Capra story. Jack Campbell, a successful and talented businessman, is happily living his single life. He has everything, or so he thinks. One day he wakes up in a new life where he didn't leave his college girlfriend for a London trip. He's married to Kate, lives in Jersey and has… two kids. He, of course, desperately wants his life back for which he has worked 13 years for. He's president of P. K. Lassiter Investment House and not a tire salesman at Big Ed's. He drives a Ferrari and not a mini-van that never starts. And most importantly he doesn't wake up in the morning with kids jumping on the bed. After a bad start, day by day he's more confident in his new life and starts to see what he's been missing. Turns out money's good to have but that's not everything. (Read More)

Subgenre:
fish out of water 
Themes:
christmas 
Locations:
new york city 
Period:
christmas party 
Story:
christmas eve magical negro stereotype wall street manhattan new york city world trade center manhattan new york city businessman manhattan new york city urination 

National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985)
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National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985)

The Griswolds win a vacation to Europe on a game show, and thus pack their bags for the continent. They do their best to catch the flavor of Europe, but they just don't know how to be be good tourists. Besides, they have trouble taking holidays in countries where they CAN speak the language...

Mood:
satire 
Characters:
prostitute 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
train ride topless female nudity white panties irreverence nipple topless panties nipples bare breasts nudity 

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Zack And Miri Make A Porno (2008)
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Zack And Miri Make A Porno (2008)

Zack and Miri are two lifelong platonic friends who make an adult film to pay the rent of their apartment. With their friend Delaney, the couple set out for auditionees for their porn film, but in the process of filming, they realize they feel more for each other than they had before.

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
friendship 
Locations:
pennsylvania bar 
Story:
woman in bra and panties topless female nudity sexual humor racial slur man with glasses topless alcohol panties party bare breasts 

Rumble In The Bronx (1995) is one of the best movies like Trading Places (1983)
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Rumble In The Bronx (1995)

Keong comes from Hong Kong to visit New York for his uncle's wedding. His uncle runs a market in the Bronx and Keong offers to help out while Uncle is on his honeymoon. During his stay in the Bronx, Keong befriends a neighbor kid and beats up some neighborhood thugs who cause problems at the market.… Meanwhile, one of those petty thugs in the local gang stumbles into a criminal situation way over his head. Blinded by greed, his involvement draws his gang, the kid, Keong, and the whole neighborhood into a deadly crossfire. When the lazy cops fail to successfully resolve matters, Keong takes things into his own hands. Needless to say, much spectacular kung-fu and outrageous action sequences follow.... (Read More)

Subgenre:
fish out of water 
Themes:
revenge 
Locations:
urban setting bus bar new york city 
Characters:
interracial relationship 
Story:
woman in bra and panties street gang world trade center manhattan new york city parking garage limousine manhattan new york city criminal pistol panties 

Caddyshack (1980)
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Caddyshack (1980)

Comical goings on at an exclusive golf club. All the members are wealthy and eccentric, and all the staff are poor and slightly less eccentric. The main character is 'Danny'; he's a caddy who will do almost anything to raise money to go to college. There are many subplots, including the assistant gr…een keeper's pursuit of a cute (obviously stuffed) gopher. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
money 
Locations:
bar 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
wager bet class differences gunshot bra alcohol marijuana bikini urination panties nipples cigarette smoking bare breasts nudity 

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Elf (2003)
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Elf (2003)

Buddy was a baby in an orphanage who stowed away in Santa's sack and ended up at the North Pole. Later, as an adult human who happened to be raised by elves, Santa allows him to go to New York City to find his birth father, Walter Hobbs. Hobbs, on Santa's naughty list for being a heartless jerk, had… no idea that Buddy was even born. Buddy, meanwhile, experiences the delights of New York City (and human culture) as only an elf can. When Walter's relationship with Buddy interferes with his job, he is forced to reevaluate his priorities. (Read More)

Subgenre:
fish out of water 
Themes:
drinking money christmas 
Mood:
breaking the fourth wall 
Locations:
new york city 
Characters:
brother brother relationship 
Period:
winter 
Story:
christmas eve christmas tree blockbuster santa claus manhattan new york city jail nudity 

Private Parts (1997)
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Private Parts (1997)

Having always wanted to be a disc-jockey, Howard Stern works his way painfully from radio at his 1970's college to a Detroit station. It is with a move to Washington that he hits on an outrageous off-the-wall style that catches audience attention. Despite his on-air blue talk, at home he is a loving… husband. He needs all the support he can get when he joins NBC in New York and comes up against a very different vision of radio. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Mood:
breaking the fourth wall 
Locations:
new york city 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
white panties white male pretending to be black rags to riches loss of job drug abuse racial slur marijuana urination panties two word title 

The Spectacular Now (2013) is one of the best movies like Trading Places (1983)
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The Spectacular Now (2013)

Sutter Keely lives in the now. It's a good place for him. A high school senior, charming and self-possessed, he's the life of the party, loves his job at a men's clothing store, and has no plans for the future. A budding alcoholic, he's never far from his supersized, whiskey-fortified thirst-master …cup. But after being dumped by his girlfriend, Sutter gets drunk and wakes up on a lawn with Aimee Finecky hovering over him. She's different: the "nice girl" who reads science fiction and doesn't have a boyfriend. While Aimee has dreams of a future, Sutter lives in the impressive delusion of a spectacular now, yet somehow, they're drawn together. (Read More)

Themes:
drinking money friendship 
Locations:
bar 
Story:
woman in bra and panties philadelphia pennsylvania white bra loss of job bra f word alcohol party cigarette smoking 

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Animal House (1978)
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Animal House (1978)

Faber College has one frat house so disreputable it will take anyone. It has a second one full of white, anglo-saxon, rich young men who are so sanctimonious no one can stand them except Dean Wormer. The dean enlists the help of the second frat to get the boys of Delta House off campus. The dean's p…lan comes into play just before the homecoming parade to end all parades for all time. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
drinking revenge 
Mood:
social satire breaking the fourth wall 
Locations:
pennsylvania bar 
Story:
white panties black eye blockbuster racial slur marijuana panties party 

The Other Guys (2010)
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The Other Guys (2010)

Terry Hoitz's past mistakes in the line of duty and Allen Gamble's reluctance to take risks have landed them the roles of the "Other Guys", disgraced New York City police detectives relegated to filling out paperwork for cocky hero cops Danson and Highsmith. The mismatched duo must look past their d…ifferences when they take on a high-profile investigation of shady capitalist David Ershon and attempt to fill the shoes of the notoriously reckless officers they idolize. (Read More)

Locations:
bus train bar new york city 
Story:
wall street manhattan new york city investor wrongful arrest business businessman limousine manhattan new york city pistol 

Pain & Gain (2013)
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Pain & Gain (2013)

Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo ('Mark Wahlberg (I)' (qv)) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal ('Anthony Mackie' (qv)) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilde…r Paul Doyle ('Dwayne Johnson (I)' (qv)). Their kidnapping and extortion scheme goes terribly wrong since they have muscles for brains and they're left to haphazardly try to hold onto the elusive American dream. (Read More)

Themes:
money friendship revenge 
Mood:
satire 
Characters:
interracial relationship 
Story:
sexy woman millionaire drug overdose machismo limousine racial slur f word criminal alcohol urination pistol panties 

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National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989) is one of the best movies like Trading Places (1983)
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National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)

It's Christmas time and the Griswolds are preparing for a family seasonal celebration, but things never run smoothly for Clark, his wife Ellen and their two kids. Clark's continual bad luck is worsened by his obnoxious family guests, but he manages to keep going knowing that his Christmas bonus is d…ue soon. (Read More)

Themes:
christmas 
Period:
winter 1980s 
Story:
christmas eve christmas tree santa claus suit yuppie irreverence sexy woman 

Ghostbusters (1984)
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Ghostbusters (1984)

Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz and Egon work at the University where they delve into the paranormal and fiddle with many unethical experiments on the students. As they are kicked out of the University do they really understand their knowledge of the paranormal and go into business for themselves. Under t…he new snazzy business name of 'Ghostbusters', and living in the old firehouse building they work out of, they are called to rid New York City of paranormal phenomenon at everyone's whim.... for a price. They make national press as the media thinks and pressures everybody the Ghostbusters are the cause of it all. Thrown in jail by the EPA, the mayor takes a chance and calls on them to help save the city. Unbeknownst to all, a long dead Gozer worshiper (Evo Shandor) erected downtown apartment building is the cause of all the paranormal activity. They find out the building could resurrect the ancient Hittite god, Gozer, and bring an end to all of humanity. Who are you gonna call to stop this terrible world-ending menace? (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
friendship 
Locations:
urban setting new york city 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
jail cell irreverence sexy woman blockbuster experiment business man with glasses manhattan new york city jail two word title 

The Jerk (1979)
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The Jerk (1979)

Navin is an idiot. He grew up in Mississippi as adopted son of a black family but on his 18th birthday he feels he wants to discover the rest of the world and sets out to St. Louis. There everyone exploits his naivety, but then a simple invention brings him a fortune.

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
homelessness 
Story:
train ride white male pretending to be black fortune rags to riches butler blockbuster racial slur marijuana 

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Dope (2015)
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Dope (2015)

A coming of age comedy/drama for the post hip hop generation. Malcolm is a geek, carefully surviving life in The Bottoms, a tough neighborhood in Inglewood, CA filled with gangsters and drug dealers, while juggling his senior year of college applications, interviews and the SAT. His dream is to atte…nd Harvard. A chance invitation to a big underground party leads Malcolm and his friends into an "only in Los Angeles" gritty adventure filled with offbeat characters and bad choices. If Malcolm can persevere, he'll go from being a geek, to being dope, to ultimately being himself. (Read More)

Mood:
breaking the fourth wall 
Locations:
bus 
Story:
topless female nudity nipple topless marijuana urination mirror pistol panties party bare breasts 

Charlie Wilson's War (2007) is one of the best movies like Trading Places (1983)
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Charlie Wilson's War (2007)

In the early 1980s, Charlie Wilson is a womanizing US congressional representative from Texas who seemed to be in the minor leagues, except for the fact that he is a member of two major foreign policy and covert-ops committees. However, prodded by his major conservative supporter, Houston Socialite …Joanne Herring, Wilson learns about the plight the people are suffering in the brutal Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. With the help of the maverick CIA agent, Gustav "Gust" Avrakotos, Wilson dedicates his canny political efforts to supply the Afghan mujahideen with the weapons and support to defeat the Soviet Union. However, Charlie Wilson eventually learns that while military victory can be had, there are other consequences and prices to that fight that are ignored to everyone's sorrow. (Read More)

Mood:
satire 
Period:
christmas party 1980s 
Story:
white panties santa claus suit millionaire limousine bra bikini mirror panties party cigarette smoking 

The Blues Brothers (1980)
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The Blues Brothers (1980)

After the release of Jake Blues from prison, he and brother Elwood go to visit "The Penguin", the last of the nuns who raised them in a boarding school. They learn the Archdiocese will stop supporting the school and will sell the place to the Education Authority. The only way to keep the place open …is if the $5000 tax on the property is paid within 11 days. The Blues Brothers want to help, and decide to put their blues band back together and raise the money by staging a big gig. As they set off on their "mission from God" they seem to make more enemies along the way. Will they manage to come up with the money in time? (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
money friendship revenge 
Locations:
bar 
Characters:
brother brother relationship 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
fiancee wristwatch blockbuster racial slur looking at the camera man with glasses f word alcohol bikini pistol cigarette smoking 

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