You're in the Movies Review
You're in the Movies box art
System: X360 Review Rating Legend
Dev: Zöe Mode 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Codemasters 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Nov. 17, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-4 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

It's imperative not to change the lighting conditions or the background within the room. Even still, things will inexplicably go wrong when you least expect it and without having changed a thing. This is my biggest complaint with the game. At least half of the movies we made got spoiled because of an inexplicable error with the camera and the people cutouts.

You're in the Movies screenshot

Of course, the game is not all that bad. It has appropriate sound effects, the game design is appealing, and the mini-games are funny. Since players are separated from the background and transported into the game's zany visuals, everyone will laugh out loud seeing how ridiculous the "actors" look waving their arms, gesticulating like a foolish person. The director's voice can get annoying though. It starts really funny, but you'll get tired of his repetitive and defiant comments. Who does he think he is? Well…if we're the actors, I guess that makes him the boss…but still!

All in all, You're in the Movies is more of a novelty than a fully fleshed out game. It includes 30 different movies of various genres, which are funny spoofs of Hollywood-style movies. There's also a section you unlock where you can edit and create your own movies, but there should be a higher amount of movies and mini-games, and the gameplay should be more fast-paced. The Director's Mode will let you combine clips from different movies, add your own voice or sound effects with the mic, and that's about it. It's a nice extra, but it won't do much for the average player. Also, there isn't online play, so you can't play with your online friends or share the videos with them unless you use a computer to download the movies and then upload it to a video website.

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Playing mini-games and watching a movie featuring yourself and your friends is fun the first few times, but it wears off fast. The game does a good job of including everyone and providing a fun time, and the Director's Mode extends its value, but if you already own the camera and get tired of party games easily, perhaps there isn't a good enough reason to jump into this purchase. However, if you're ready for a crazy night of fun, renting it wouldn't hurt. In fact, it will be highly entertaining the first time around!

By Maria Montoro
CCC Site Director

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.2
Graphics
The game design is funny and engaging for party gameplay, but the movie clips leave something to be desired. The video quality is also pretty bad.
3.0
Control
You're in the Movies needed more polish. The Cutout Studio technology doesn't work well, especially in an average living room with pictures and furniture in the background.
3.2
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Background music and sound effects are appropriate for the game, but the director's voice gets downright annoying.
3.3
Play Value
This game is very fun the first time around, but the fun doesn't last long due to the small amount of mini-games and movies available.
3.3
Overall Rating - Fair
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Casting call. Up to four friends can bask in the spotlight and play starring roles. But rest assured, even watching from the sidelines is fun! A top-notch director guides actors through their roles with simple instructions and immediate feedback; in fact, the director even rates actors on their physical performance in minigames. This exciting scoring system will stop you A-listers from getting too lazy.
  • Share your masterpiece with the world. What budding talent doesn't yearn to be discovered? You can share your cinematic creations - your performances and user-created movies - by downloading your masterpieces to your computer and sharing them with friends, family, and the entire world. Just think, that best actor award could be only a click away.
  • Take the director's chair. Jump into Director Mode and produce your very own blockbuster. Lock yourself in the edit room and get to work filming the next big hit. Choose your music, add your own voice-over and re-edit to your heart's content.
  • The miracle of technology. The Xbox LIVE Vision camera captures player movements using the revolutionary Cutout Studio technology. "You're in the Movies" allows players' best and most hilarious performances to be filmed, saved, shared, and relived.


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