A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Fosters a friendly, competitive atmosphere in groups of up to eight players.
Violence & Scariness
Movies in which violence takes place are referenced, but the game doesn't show anything, save the odd picture of a character holding a weapon.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Movies that contain themes of love and sex are the basis for some trivia questions, but the game doesn't show racy clips or stills from these films. The physical attributes of some of the female contestants have been…emphasized.
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Mildly offensive words, like "wanker," are heard infrequently.
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Products & Purchases
This game is part of Sony's Buzz! franchise of games. It also relies heavily on players' knowledge of popular films, and could be viewed as an endorsement for certain studios and movies.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The game references movies in which controlled substances appear, but shows nothing on screen.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a movie trivia game that shows stills and clips from a wide variety of films and that a healthy interest in movies on behalf of the player is assumed. Also be aware that included among the films referenced in the game are some that are unsuitable for younger audiences, such as Manhunter, The Fisher King, and Robocop. However, while some films mentioned in the game contain sex, violence, and illicit substance use, the clips shown are quite innocuous. Note, too, that while the game is available with and without Sony's Buzzer controllers, they are required in order to play, and that two sets are necessary in order for eight people to play at once.
Is It Any Good?
If you're a movie buff, this is the PlayStation 2 game for you. Aside from showing clips and stills from some of the last half-century's greatest movies, the game also serves up plenty of fun and obscure trivia into which film fans can sink their teeth. Did you know, for example, that as a youth Jim Carrey wore his tap dancing shoes to bed in case his parents were ever in need of some spontaneous, late-night cheering up? Or that Casino Royale holds the record for most flips of a single crashed car? (007's Aston Marton flipped seven times, in case you were wondering.) And it's all been put together in a deep, highly customizable package that offers a variety of single- and multi-player game types.
Of course, the risk in making a trivia game dedicated to a single subject is that anyone not interested in that subject will likely perform poorly in the game. And while The Hollywood Quiz does offer several levels of difficulty -- the easiest of which even people who aren't fans of film should do reasonably well at -- it doesn't really level the playing field, since any respectable movie buff will ace every one of the easier questions. Still, the game's name ought to tell potential players all they need to know about its content, so any non-film fans who still elect to play will have only themselves to blame if they have a bad time.
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