All Movies Are The Same

Boy meets girl. Boy loses girl. Boy wins girl back again. Movies can seem so formulaic sometimes. Puzzle guru Will Hines would agree, as contestants race to figure out the common trope among a set of four films. Years of reading IMDB is about to pay off.

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Moving on, here are our next two contestants: Luke Green and Jordan Shavarebi.

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EISENBERG: Luke, what is your favorite movie?

LUKE GREEN: Oh god, that's such a hard question. Probably "Die Hard."

EISENBERG: "Die Hard." Oh, I like your style.

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GREEN: Or "Die Harder."

EISENBERG: Or "Die Harder." Oh, I don't like your style. Stick with "Die Hard."

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EISENBERG: Okay, good. Jordan, what's your favorite movie?

JORDAN SHAVAREBI: "Something's Got to Give."

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EISENBERG: Interesting.

SHAVAREBI: All-time, all-time favorite.

EISENBERG: Yeah, right. Yeah, because you related to it.

SHAVAREBI: I do, somehow. Yeah, Diane Keaton's my girl.

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EISENBERG: Well, we're happy to have you. Will, what's our next game?

WILL HINES: This game is called All Movies are the Same. We're going to give you a list of movies. You have to tell us what they have in common. It could be a certain plot point, a character, a setting. Ring in when you think you know the answer. Here we go. "Adaptation", "The Social Network", "The Parent Trap," and "Stuck on You."

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HINES: Luke?

GREEN: Twins.

HINES: That is right; they all prominently feature twins.

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EISENBERG: Well done.

HINES: "A Beautiful Mind", "Fight Club", "Harvey," and "Drop Dead Fred."

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HINES: Jordan?

SHAVAREBI: Your imagination.

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SHAVAREBI: That's all movies, right.

HINES: I know you're right, but just put it in a longer phrase.

SHAVAREBI: Really, you're asking me to?

HINES: Yeah.

SHAVAREBI: Okay.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

SHAVAREBI: Using your, you know, kind of subconscious imagination...

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SHAVAREBI: ...to create things and really win and succeed at what you're doing.

HINES: That's right, imaginary friends.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

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EISENBERG: I like that Jordan you were like, really, do I have to? We're like, yeah, you're on our show; you have to.

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HINES: The last people had to say "sir" a hundred times. You're getting off easy.

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HINES: "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure", "E.T. The Extraterrestrial", "Breaking Away," and "The Triplets of Belleville."

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HINES: Jordan.

SHAVAREBI: Bicycles.

HINES: That's right.

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HINES: "10 Things I Hate About You", "West Side Story", "Forbidden Planet," and Akira Kurosawa's "Ran."

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HINES: Luke?

GREEN: They are Shakespeare.

HINES: That is right, adapted from Shakespeare.

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EISENBERG: They are Shakespeare.

HINES: "Dial M for Murder", "The Royal Tenenbaums", "Strangers on a Train," and "Match Point."

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HINES: Luke?

GREEN: Tennis.

HINES: That's right; they all feature someone who was a tennis professional.

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EISENBERG: Yeah, that was fast.

HINES: Right on that. "The Philadelphia Story", "8 1/2", "The Producers," and "The Little Shop of Horrors."

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HINES: Jordan?

SHAVAREBI: They were all musicals or plays.

HINES: Yes, they all got made into musicals. So, yes, we'll take that.

EISENBERG: Very good. Very good.

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HINES: "The Wizard of Oz", "Pleasantville", "Natural Born Killers," and "Memento."

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HINES: Luke?

GREEN: They were all black and white at the beginning and then turned into color.

HINES: They mixed both black and white and color footage, so we'll take that.

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EISENBERG: That seemed like a pretty even match right there.

HINES: Well, we had somebody...

EISENBERG: Oh, just by an edge. Luke, you did it. You won this round.

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EISENBERG: So close. What a great, great little quiz right there. You'll be moving on to our Ask Me One More final round. That was a hard one. I think those guys are brainiacs. Give them another round of applause.

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