Scene It? Bright Lights, Big Screen
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this fun, engaging party quiz game uses video clips from real Hollywood films. These scenes are often from R-rated movies and, while they don't show R-rated material, they still feature language, humor, violence, and themes that many parents would deem inappropriate for young children. Parents should also know that children without a decent knowledge of Hollywood and celebrity culture are likely to get quickly lost and frustrated. Plus, a majority of the questions will be about movies that young children won't have seen. This version is more edgy than its predessors and thus its targeted age is for older teens.
What's it about?
SCENE IT? BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG SCREEN is a movie trivia game with a quiz show style set-up. An animated host leads the players through several rounds of questions, which are presented in several different formats. The most common format involves showing a clip from a movie, and then asking multiple choice questions about that movie (although not necessarily about the clip just shown). Other formats include anagrams, rebuses, and picture puzzles that disguise the name of a movie or an actor. Players will also hear sound clips from films or see still photos from movies that have an element missing from them.
Is it any good?
Just like its predecessors, Scene It? Bright Lights, Big Screen is a very fun party game -- as long as the guests at the party are really into movies. People who are not big moviegoers often scoff at the level of minutiae involved in some of the questions ("How would I know what year Ghostbusters 2 was released?"). But for people who take pride in knowing whether or not Shia LaBoeuf was in I, Robot, the Scene It? games are a blast. Bright Lights, Big Screen doesn't bring much new to the table (other than new questions and new clips), but this edition marks the series' first appearance on both Wii and PS3, which makes it definitely worth noting for owners of those two consoles.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about which of these movies they'd like to see. Which clips appeal to them and why? Do any of the clips make them not want to see the film in question?
How can watching movies together be a good family activity? Can they be a springboard for discussions about the issues presented in the movie?