Parents' Guide to

You're in the Movies

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Flawed camera-based game puts players into short movies.

Game Xbox 360 2008
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You're in the Movies has plenty of potential, but it's plagued by problems that suck most of the fun out of the game. For starters, the software does a terrible job of cutting players out from the backgrounds of their homes. We tested the game with plain white walls and under excellent lighting conditions, and not once did we manage to acquire an image with crisply defined edges. We looked like partially invisible actors in most scenes, with bits of our bodies, arms, and heads occasionally disappearing. What's worse, without a clean image, many of the mini-games -- which often rely on players' hands striking various onscreen objects -- became impossible to play properly.

Complicating matters, the game's pacing is incredibly slow. The more players you have, the longer you'll have to wait before your turn in front of the camera. And if you want to save a movie to your hard disk you'll have to wait at least a minute for a progress bar to fill. It's a serious momentum killer. You're in the Movies can be fun while watching the films you make (assuming the camera problem isn't too noticeable), but expect a lot of frustration and tedium along the way.

Game Details

  • Platform: Xbox 360
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Microsoft
  • Release date: November 17, 2008
  • Genre: Party
  • ESRB rating: E for Comic Mischief, Mild Language, Mild Violence
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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