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Board Games Make Great Movies?

Many of us can agree the game of Clue lends itself rather well to film — it is a character-driven murder mystery, after all. Yet now there's a rumor circulating that Monopoly may be made into a movie, which just confuses me. I was pretty bored by that game as a kid, so there would have to be a compelling plot line included for a movie based on a game about real estate.

It got me thinking about just how ridiculous this board game-turned-movie thing could become. What other board games could be brought to the big screen?

Well, I had a few ideas for Hollywood to mull over:

Chutes and Ladders
A harrowing tale of firefighters in peril.

A drama following a tortured artist who loses the power of speech. (Side note: The Pictionary variation with clay ensures a sequel.)

Girl Talk
Like Heathers meets The Craft: Witchy, cliquey teenage girls who can give each other pimples and moral dilemmas, etc.

A sobering documentary tracking childhood obesity in the United States. Kiefer Sutherland narrates.

More genius ideas, so

A thriller set in seemingly idyllic suburbia.

A big-budget action-war movie. Tommy Lee Jones stars.

A story of bitter betrayal and revenge, in the style of Merchant-Ivory films.

A gentle tale of a geriatric friendship based on two characters' abnormally advanced vocabulary. Olympia Dukakis and James Cromwell play the leads.

A medical drama set in a world where one surgical slip-up has "grave" results.

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smarler smarler 10 years
Hey, I'd totally go see Candy Land. But, I see everything that Kiefer is in, so I guess I don't count. Hilarious list, thanks for making this!!!
bygracealone247 bygracealone247 10 years
*laughing* i like the comment about candyland!!! i used to play that game when i was real young! yes, that would be so NEAT if they make a movie out of it. monopoly??? eh. idk. i am speechless.
Pinkgirl88 Pinkgirl88 10 years
Mainly-Obsessed Mainly-Obsessed 10 years
Haha! Trouble -- The story of two people of different races trying to live together in the same apartment
chancleta chancleta 10 years
omg buzz! hysterical! AND brilliant!
partysugar partysugar 10 years
Buzz your ideas are hysterical. Very fun.
MrsSchmitt MrsSchmitt 10 years
Those were very creative! And they all sound like good movies!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
Very funny...a great way to start my day with a smile. Thanks, Buzz!
Lorelei-Spirit Lorelei-Spirit 10 years
I think Candyland could be a visually stunning film! LOL - I like your synopsis'
ALSW ALSW 10 years
Hilarious! I'm trying to come up with another, but drawing a complete blank...
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