No need to explain what it is – that is encapsulated perfectly in the (four word – neat) title.
There’s a website which contains (as I write) 28,726 films and 283,727 reviews, which I guess is a tribute to a brilliantly simple, accessible and fun idea. And indicates that I’ve come to it rather late.
The top-voted “review” for Casablanca is the clever “Nazis bogart Rick’s joint” (only clever if you’re familiar with the verb “to bogart”, of course. If not, Urban Dictionary will enlighten you). I actually prefer the less popular, but inspired “Yellow Lorre, dead Lorre”.
And for The Matrix? “Finding Neo”. Nice that it references another film, I think.
You don’t have to send your reviews to the site, of course, although I hope you will. You can play it as a game with friends, guessing the film from the review.
I haven’t tried this with the family yet, but I suspect it could lead to a lot of screams of “it’s obvious” from the setter, viewing their clue from the vantage point of the answer, while everyone else tears their hair out, trying to match it up to the hundreds or thousands of films they know. A good one for car journeys, maybe.
Here’s a few of mine to kick you off:
- Dude, wears mascara?
- Takings in the balance
- Sent he mental, Johnny
- Women over the edge
- In the white Gere
- The Italian Job
- The Shining
- Thelma and Louise
- An Officer and a Gentleman
I’d love to hear your suggestions.