The Movie Metaphor game

[If, despite the fact that it’s about movies, a mod wants to move this to the GM, they may]

The way it works is that someone posts a name of a movie, and the next person posts a metaphor about said movie which basically sums up the main theme of the work.


Wizard of Oz
The Wizard of Oz is a metaphor about there being no place like home.

I’ll start, natch:

The Shawshank Redemption.

Shawshank Redemption is a metaphor about hope being a requirement for a livable life.

In Bruges

I know we have an international audience, but could we pick a different film?

*In Bruges *is a metaphor about looking before you shoot.

A metaphor for the inability of overintelligent males to grow up and act like adults.


Or how about looking before you leap? Ouch!

Fantasia is a metaphor about cartoon animators getting stoned and then listening to classical music.

High Noon

Will Kane in “High Noon” is a metaphor for the communists in Hollywood who fancied themselves heroes for “standing up” to HUAC.
Interview With the Vampire

Interview With the Vampire is a metaphor about being careful what you wish for.

Dr. Strangelove

Dr. Strangelove is a metaphor for Mutually Assured Destruction only works if there is mutual assurance. Or, a metaphor for the cliche “the chain is only as strong as the weakest link”
A Man for All Seasons

A metaphor that if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all. (Just kidding.)

A metaphor about being true to yourself though it costs you everything.

A metaphor for how people judge you by the way you speak and dress.


Titanic is a metaphor for how going down can make love last a lifetime.

The Long Kiss Goodnight

A metaphor for how a person’s identity can change completely and sincerely.


Lion in the Winter is a metaphor about how all families are terribly screwed up, but love each other anyway.
Kill Bill Vol. 2

A metaphor indicating that if you are going to gamble with your life, it’s a good idea to hide some aces up your sleeve.

American History X

American History X: Do as I say, not as I do (did).

Monty Python and the Meaning of Life

American History X - We must be careful what we sew into our children’s heads and minds.

A metaphor for the ultimate absurdity of the quest for meaning.

The Harry Potter Films

Children are better equipped to deal with dangerous situations than adults.

The Big Red One