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.

Pictionary
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.

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

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Life
A thriller set in seemingly idyllic suburbia.

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

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

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

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

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