Total Recall: Fake (And Often Fatal) Movie Sports

Summary

Jennifer Lawrence hits the ground running this weekend with The Hunger Games, carrying a teen-friendly franchise-in-waiting that Hollywood's hoping will pick up where Harry Potter (and, later this year, Twilight) left off. And as a contestant in the titular games, she also joins a long film tradition of protagonists playing fictional sports -- one we decided would be perfect to discuss in this week's list. From action to fantasy, comedy to drama, it's time to play some fake games... Total Recall style! We've got BASEketball, Death Race, Quidditch, Rollerball, and plenty more cinematic athletic competitions that you should definitely not try at home! Back to Article

Comments

King  S.

King Simba

You could fill an entire list with Harry Potter games. Wizarding Chess, The Triwizard Tournament, Wizarding duels, Quiditch, the list just goes on.

On a side note, would Shaolin Soccer count? Granted, the sport itself is normal, it's just the people who are playing it that are special, but hey, kicking the ball so hard it errupts into flames? That's gotta count for something.

Mar 22 - 01:18 PM

Nick P.

Nick Porter

Ah, Shaolin Soccer, the sport of kings. Love that film, provided you skip virtually everything between the matches...

Also love BASEketball on every level (perhaps not the classiest move to open the main part of the film with an OAP dildo gag, admittedly), and it makes me very sad that everyone hates it so much, including Trey and Matt.

Mar 22 - 04:04 PM

lukeoberholtzer

Luke Oberholtzer

wait...trey and matt hate baseketball??

Mar 22 - 05:13 PM

Nick P.

Nick Porter

Yup. I don't know if they've mellowed with age, but a few years ago, mentioning BASEketball (worse still, saying you liked it) was one of the quickest ways to piss them off.

Mar 22 - 05:33 PM

Dan Padolsky

Dan Padolsky

BASEketball is a classic. Sad to hear they're embarrassed by it. I watch it over and over and it never gets old.

Mar 24 - 01:36 PM

Glenn Stein

Glenn Stein

No, lacrosse is actually interesting and has rules that make sense.

Mar 22 - 02:21 PM

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Meh McMehson

Once I saw Podracing on the list, I stopped reading it.

Mar 22 - 02:46 PM

Victoria Macdonald

Victoria Macdonald

They forgot the Areana games where john carter fought aginst the great white apes

Mar 22 - 03:05 PM

Sam Minot

Sam Minot

Well, it's not that ridiculous considering the Romans used to force criminals to fight for there lives against animals... so if ou think about itit's somewhat realistic

Mar 24 - 08:08 PM

Nick P.

Nick Porter

Ah, Shaolin Soccer, the sport of kings. Love that film, provided you skip virtually everything between the matches...

Also love BASEketball on every level (perhaps not the classiest move to open the main part of the film with an OAP dildo gag, admittedly), and it makes me very sad that everyone hates it so much, including Trey and Matt.

Mar 22 - 04:04 PM

lukeoberholtzer

Luke Oberholtzer

wait...trey and matt hate baseketball??

Mar 22 - 05:13 PM

Nick P.

Nick Porter

Yup. I don't know if they've mellowed with age, but a few years ago, mentioning BASEketball (worse still, saying you liked it) was one of the quickest ways to piss them off.

Mar 22 - 05:33 PM

Dan Padolsky

Dan Padolsky

BASEketball is a classic. Sad to hear they're embarrassed by it. I watch it over and over and it never gets old.

Mar 24 - 01:36 PM

Mark Muelhaupt

Mark Muelhaupt

Where is Tron Legacy on the list? The whole movie was a game - they were trying to get out of Tron by staying (alive) AKA from being derezzed!

Mar 22 - 04:09 PM

lukeoberholtzer

Luke Oberholtzer

wait...trey and matt hate baseketball??

Mar 22 - 05:13 PM

Nick P.

Nick Porter

Yup. I don't know if they've mellowed with age, but a few years ago, mentioning BASEketball (worse still, saying you liked it) was one of the quickest ways to piss them off.

Mar 22 - 05:33 PM

Derek Dailey

Derek Dailey

What about the pod-racer on Tron. I mean come on its got to be the most fake game out there, it was played in a virtual would. That pretty fucking fake.

Mar 22 - 05:44 PM

Movie  F.

Movie Fanatic

As it has been said multiple times Quidditch is kind of a stupid sport. There are goals worth 10 points and then the snitch counts for 150 points. Pretty much all of the time the team that catches the snitch wins. Not one of the stronger points of the book IMHO.

Mar 22 - 05:52 PM

Evan Massapacklenash

Evan Massapacklenash

YES!

Mar 22 - 06:24 PM

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