You're in the Movies

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Flawed camera-based game puts players into short movies.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Players occasionally have to pretend they're hitting onscreen objects and are told to make various goofy expressions. The game has a generally humorous vibe.

Violence & scariness

Mildly aggressive movements are required. Videos of players punching and swatting are superimposed on ready-made movies that occasionally feature explosions and chases.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Some of the movies are riffs on famous Hollywood films, but no titles are ever mentioned.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game lets players appear in their own short movies. Captured video is superimposed on various scenes to make it look as though players are, say, running away from an alien or thinking up maniacal schemes. The action is G-rated; scenes typically involve nothing more offensive than goofy foot chases and the occasional explosion. While you can play alone, it's meant to be a party game, with up to four people taking on different roles in each movie.

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What's it about?

YOU'RE IN THE MOVIES does almost exactly what its title suggests: It uses the bundled Xbox Live Vision camera to take video of up to four players and then superimposes it on short films, making it seem as though you and your friends are the stars of the picture. Each of the 30 movies in the game is preceded by a small selection of mini-games that has players, say, pretending to toss logs or steer bikes—movements that approximate what the movie's characters do on screen. Scores are awarded based on how closely each player manages to mimic the action required. Afterwards, players have to do a series of pick-up shots by assuming various facial expressions for the camera, such as an evil grin or a look of intense concentration. The movie is assembled once enough shots have been captured, at which point players sit back and (hopefully) laugh as they watch their recorded antics placed within the context of various sci-fi, thriller, and adventure stories.

Is it any good?

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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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about physical activity in games. Is a game that makes you get up off the couch to pretend you are running , dodging, or punching more appealing than one in which you simply sit and hold a controller? Do you think that you are getting exercise while you play? Does the fact that you need to take turns in this particular game reduce its potential physical benefits?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360
Price:$69.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Microsoft
Release date:November 17, 2008
Genre:Party
ESRB rating:E for Comic Mischief, Mild Language, Mild Violence (Xbox 360)

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Kid, 10 years old February 23, 2014
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Good family fun

Its positive to everyone
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
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Kid, 11 years old December 26, 2008
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christmas gift to remember

i love this game u can act out differ charecters and smile when u watch it.

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