This game is great because it allows everyone to participate to whatever degree they want to while providing tons of laughs in the process. Here’s what you do.
Divide your group up into teams (say, 5 kids per team) if your group is about 25 big all together. Give each team the title of a movie to work with, or let them choose their own. (If they choose their own, make sure you are comfortable with it.)
The gist of the game is to have each team “tell” or “show” the movie in 5 minutes or less. They must work together to write up a script (with or without action scenes) that captures the plot of the movie. After they have written their script, several members of the team (or all, if necessary) go up front to act out their short version of the movie.
Have a panel of judges, made up of adult leaders, to pick the best movie rendition. They can base their points off of “most accurate portrayal,” “funniest portrayal,” “most creative portrayal,” etc.
Here are a couple of titles to get you going:
Pirates of the Caribbean
The Lion King
Batman Begins (or The Dark Knight)
High School Musical (1, 2, or 3)
Spiderman (1,2, or 3)
NOTE: You definitely want to stay away from flicks like American Pie, SuperBad, Pineapple Express, etc.
Have fun with this one!
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