Movie trivia. How simple could it possibly get? I don't mean to be facetious, but there's more to Scene It? Bright Lights! Big Screen!
than that. Not much
more, mind you, but more all the same. You and up to three other players compete in a game show of sorts; one in which movie buffs have the upper hand. You'll answer several questions, most of which are presented in starkly different ways. These questions have to do with movie clips, titles, posters, stars, and much more. As far as the questions go, most of them are not all that bad, but it starts to get a little pointless when the game starts asking "What was the first line in this scene?" That's less of a content-based question than it is a test to see who was paying the most attention. Is that really what a movie trivia game should be all about?
There are some fascinating questions in this game, but you'll need to dig around for a while before any of them come up. Of course, Scene It? isn't a series that just lobs question after question of general multiple choice trivia at you. Unfortunately, this is where it suffers.
The game I enjoy the most is the one that revolves around self-assembling movie posters. It's really interesting to see all the people, places, and things that are normally upstaged by the often heavily-edited pictures of the main characters.
I wish I could say I enjoyed the other games as much as the aforementioned poster game, but if I had, the score would not be as low as it is. For each of these games, there are a few sketch-based games. The central concept behind these games isn't bad at all, but the execution is simply terrible.
Another huge flaw with most of the games is that many of the questions have little to do with the films themselves. Instead, they go off on an initially subtle tangent that eventually progresses into a "Six Degrees of ::insert any random Hollywood culture staple::" game. That's not movie trivia. That's tabloid trivia, and let's face it: who really wants to be the winner of a game that can be conquered only by someone who watches Entertainment Tonight religiously? Not I.