This game involves one person reading the description of a movie from the
TV Guide and the other person trying to guess which movie is being
described. The TV Guide magazine (and its equivalent on a cable or satellite
television channel) uses very concise single-sentence descriptions to
summarize each movie that it lists. Some of these descriptions make it very
easy to guess the name of the movie, while other more obscure
descriptions make the guessing very difficult.
The worst of these descriptions, in my opinion, are the ones which tell the reader absolutely nothing about the storyline of the movie. An example of this would be something like: "Director John Smith's award-winning sequel to his 1986 classic film." What the heck is that movie about?? Who knows? Not only are these type of descriptions virtually useless for the purposes of this game but they also tell the TV Guide reader very little, if anything, that may help him decide if the movie is something he would like to watch. If I was in charge of the TV Guide, these uninformative movie decriptions would be forbidden.
When playing this game you have to try and use movies that you are fairly certain the other person has seen or is at least familiar with. If the other player cannot guess the name of the movie based on its description, then you can offer other hints such as the year of the film's release or the names of one or two of the actors in the film.
Below are ten examples actually taken from the TV Guide channel on cable TV. I have tried to list the easier ones (in my opinion) first. The answers are at the bottom of the page. Can you guess all ten? Good luck!
1. "A Reno lounge singer poses as a nun to elude mob assassins."
2. "An elderly widow becomes friends with her black chauffeur."
3. "A cyborg assassin from the future comes to present-day Los Angeles."
4. "A funeral reunites college friends from the 1960's."
5. "An oil rig crew is involved in a search for a nuclear submarine."
6. "A lineman's obsession with UFO's leads him to Wyoming."
7. "A son's engagement throws a kink into a gay couple's life."
8. "An American woman crosses paths with a smarmy French thief."
9. "An executive plays Pygmalion to a young streetwalker."
10. "An aristocrat falls in love with her father's stableboy."
Answers are below...
1. "Sister Act" (1992).
2. "Driving Miss Daisy" (1989).
3. "Terminator" (1984).
4. "The Big Chill" (1983).
5. "The Abyss" (1989).
6. "Close Encounters Of The Third Kind" (1977).
7. "The Birdcage" (1996).
8. "French Kiss" (1995).
9. "Pretty Woman" (1990).
10. "Wuthering Heights" (1939).