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Even if you aren’t Hollywood’s next big star, you’ve got this hilarious Twitter challenge to thank the Academy for. On Tuesday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences challenged people to describe the plots of their favorite movies in five words or fewer.
Movie buffs and cinephiles on Twitter put forward their best CliffsNotes-style plots, resulting in five-worders ranging from scary accurate to those that didn’t follow the conditions of the challenge at all.
Some results described classic blockbusters that even the most novice of movie connoisseurs could guess.
DINOSAURS— Colton Butcher (@cltnbutcher) July 31, 2018
Michael Jordan saves the world https://t.co/VUFld8MUOp— Eurohoops.net (@Eurohoopsnet) July 31, 2018
a war in the stars https://t.co/6KbLztSWaf— darth™ (@darth) July 31, 2018
Ferris and friends skip school. pic.twitter.com/AlNi3d3WjA— Kevin Gnome Alone (@BigManOut) July 31, 2018
Others took things up a notch, relying on famous movie quotes to clue others in on the movie.
“The ring must be destroyed.”— Mark (@redshirtusa) July 31, 2018
Madness. Madness?? This is Sparta!! pic.twitter.com/QxRYP426eU— Ferrari Forbes (@ferrariforbes) July 31, 2018
I don’t fel so good pic.twitter.com/0gGVWQX80w— Erik Anderberg (@ErikAnderberg1) July 31, 2018
There were also many jabs at describing the Shrek series.
Shrek shrek shrek shrek shrek— Rob Jenkins (@robej68) July 31, 2018
Shrek and donkey wreck shit— Maurice Edmont (@SecretAgent_W) July 31, 2018
The biggest fairytale crossover ever! pic.twitter.com/VMXRkUAni0— Julian Ramirez (@cooljulian5) July 31, 2018
Why does this movie exist? pic.twitter.com/j9OyA1JoPQ— Julian Ramirez (@cooljulian5) July 31, 2018
The best replies of them all struck the perfect balance between comedic value and simplicity.
Dorothy ignored National Weather Service— Connie Cooner Rowe (@reprowe13) July 31, 2018
Evil empire; plucky rebels; pewpew— Peter Gleick (@PeterGleick) July 31, 2018
Hungry fish ruin summer vacation. pic.twitter.com/FmBscgMAkK— Kevin Gnome Alone (@BigManOut) July 31, 2018
Anyone can cook, rats too.— Shoshana Schwebel (@soK1canmsgme) July 31, 2018
Leave Liam Neeson's family alone— Daria Rumi (@daria_rumi) July 31, 2018
We’d like to thank the Academy for the entertainment.
Onaje McDowelle is an editorial intern for the Daily Dot. He is studying journalism and African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. His work has appeared in Austin Monthly magazine, GoodMusicAllDay, and Orange magazine.