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Wordplay (2006)

PG  |   |  Documentary  |  21 July 2006 (USA)
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An in-depth look at The New York Times' long-time crossword puzzle editor Will Shortz and his loyal fan base.


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Mike Mussina ...
Himself (as William Jefferson Clinton)


A documentary that focuses on the world of crossword puzzles: those that construct them, those that love to solve them, those that compete in the annual Crossword competition in Stamford and also on Will Shortz, the editor of the New York Times crossword since the early 1990s. Shortz actually has a university degree in games and organized the first crossword championship in 1978. Some of the contributors to the Times puzzle explain how they go about building them while some aficionados, including former President Bill Clinton and comedian Jon Stewart talk about their love of solving them. The film also introduces several past champions and near champions competing in the 2006 tournament and it takes you from the preliminary rounds to the final where the top three contestants compete in front of a room full of admiring contestants. Written by garykmcd

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Rated PG for some language and mild thematic elements | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

21 July 2006 (USA)  »

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Word Play  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$32,847 (USA) (16 June 2006)


$3,117,666 (USA) (20 October 2006)

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1.66 : 1
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Jon Stewart: [solving a puzzle] Come on, Shortz! Bring it!
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24 June 2006 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

This is the best movie I have seen this year. It has everything that makes a movie great, fun, memorable. It's funny, it's sad, there's angst, and tension, anticipation, there's "ohhhhhhh" and smiles, laughter and tears. It's interesting--and I learned something too (actually a lot). You'll cheer and applaud DURING the movie, you'll feel their pain and marvel at how SMART these people are.

The editing is the tightest I can remember. The movie flows like a roller coaster: never off track, always going somewhere, the highs fall into the lows, and it rises back to an even keel. It never leaves you bored wondering okay when will this over. It leads you to the edge, pulls back, and then climaxes. Superbly done.

Wordplay is a small independent that is more worthy of an Academy Award than many of the "big ticket" movies out there. Go see and tell your friends—you won't be disappointed, you'll leave the theater with a smile on your face.

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