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Do you want to play a game? I do! Have you ever spent some time reading your television’s guide channel blurbs? You know, you’re scrolling through the 952 channels to see what’s on and you see a familiar film name, highlight it and then stare at the blurb agog?

For example, the film I am thinking of right now read:

Asteroid heads for Earth as a man’s daughter finds love with his employee.

Now, if you saw that blurb anywhere, would you really be that interested?

Or:

Women play baseball while men fight war. Tom Hanks stars. Penny Marshall directed.

These blurbs make me crazy. I don’t know if they are limited by space, creativity or just generally caring. But in that note, I have a little game for you to play. Your mission, should you choose to accept it is to name all ten of the following books/movies/shows based on these one-line blurbs. Let’s keep people honest too – you have to email them to me. I’ll draw a name from those who submit for a gift certificate to somewhere fun.

Name That…

  • A New York cop spends his Christmas trapped in a L.A. high rise
  • This detective uses magic to find lost items, solve crimes and fight a magical war
  • The fate of the universe rests in the hands of a young farm boy.
  • A chauvinistic morning commentator practices romantic experiments on his producer
  • Convicts hijack a plane and an army ranger in this high-octane action film
  • A man seeks revenge on the best friend who sent him to prison and stole his fiancé
  • After he trips through time, this man finds unexpected love with an advertising executive
  • When this astronaut falls through a wormhole, he discovers new allies and enemies
  • When the world is in trouble, this Doctor is the only one who can save it
  • This young hero battles monsters, curses and destiny to save the Princess

Bonus: This experience veteran cop uses everything at her disposal to bring justice for the dead.

Can you name all of these? I can’t wait to see what you come up with. Feel free to play along with your own one-line blurbs in the comments. I’d love to guess what you come up with too!

3 Comments

  1. BreiaB says:

    A New York cop spends his Christmas trapped in a L.A. high rise- Die Hard

    A chauvinistic morning commentator practices romantic experiments on his producer- The Ugly Truth

    Convicts hijack a plane and an army ranger in this high-octane action film- Con Air

    A man seeks revenge on the best friend who sent him to prison and stole his fiancé- Count of Monte Cristo

    After he trips through time, this man finds unexpected love with an advertising executive- The Time Traveler's wife

    When this astronaut falls through a wormhole, he discovers new allies and enemies- Farscape

    When the world is in trouble, this Doctor is the only one who can save it- Doctor Who

    This young hero battles monsters, curses and destiny to save the Princess

    This detective uses magic to find lost items, solve crimes and fight a magical war

    The fate of the universe rests in the hands of a young farm boy.

    I couldn't figure out these last 3 .

    Breiab

  2. Heather Long says:

    Breiab, don't forget that not all of these are movies — some might be a book or two as well.

    Heather

  3. Ack! I hope you post the answers

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