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"a flop" = a bad movie

"Don't see that movie. It was a real flop. The acting and the special effects were terrible."


"catch a movie" = watch a movie

"I plan on catching a movie if I get bored over the weekend."

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[ Quiz Script | Text Completion Quiz ]

Movie Reviews:
DVDs and Videos
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening
5. Online Investigations

Level:Topic:Type:Speakers:Length:
difficult entertainmentconversationman - girl01:14

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

What movie rating systems or guidelines are used in different countries to determine to appropriateness for different audiences? In the United States, the classifications of "G," "PG," "PG-13," "R," and "NR-17" (See Motion Picture Association of America for more details). What rating systems are used to rank the quality of movies?

HELPFUL TIP: Before watching a movie, you might want to consider reading some reviews to see if there is objectionable material in it. This is particularly important if you are planning to watch it with younger children.

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2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play Audio" button and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

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1. What is one word to describe the father's opinion about the movie's storyline?
A. absurd
B. fantastic
C. exciting

2. Whose performance do father and daughter agree upon in the movie?
A. the captain
B. the communications officer
C. the doctor

3. What part of the movie does the father strongly disagree about with his daughter?
A. the photography
B. the soundtrack
C. the acting

4. What kind of movie is this?
A. comedy
B. science fiction
C. western

5. Where does this conversation take place?
A. at a neighbor's house
B. at a movie theater
C. at the speakers' home


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3. Vocabulary Activities [Top]
Review the key vocabulary from the conversation: [ Why do these? ]

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]

What do you consider are the most important elements of a movie: the plot, special effects, the leading actors, the moral message, the genre? Share your thoughts with a partner.

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
Read a review of a popular movie at an online review site. Do you agree with the reviews for those movies you have seen? What makes a good movie? Consider the acting, special effects, plot, supporting cast, and music score. Discuss your opinions on the topic.

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