When bingo shows up in movies

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As the online bingo industry continues to boom, sometimes it’s easy to forget that bingo originally started off as a game which takes place in real life, both in bingo halls and sometimes just as a fun way for people to relax and enjoy themselves. Luckily there are plenty of films out there which remind us that bingo is a real game as well as a game which you play online. Here are a few examples of films which either feature bingo games in some of their scenes, or which feature bingo as a part of their theme.

To begin with, there are plenty of films which feature characters playing bingo purely as a way to have fun and get to know one another. This can be seen Hotel Transylvania, an animated film which features a scene in which 5 monsters vacationing in the hotel take some time out to enjoy a short game of bingo together.


Another famous bingo scene can be found in the famous laugh-out-loud comedy Big Momma’s House 2. In a scene where Big Momma offers to give the family she’s looking after an insight into how and where she likes to spend her leisure time. In this scene, one of the children who has not said a word so far in the film begins screaming the word “Bingo”, and, as you might expect, hilarity ensues. Of course, whilst playing bingo in real life is a great way to pass the time, you also want to be able to play bingo games online. In order to find the best deals and promotions, you should look up a pgbingo review for the best bingo sites.

Travelling back in time now, some readers might have heard of the 1960’s comedy Beach Blanket Bingo, which features such famous Hollywood stars as Linda Evans, Anette Funicello and Frankie Avalon. This classic film includes a love triangle and plenty of interesting and funny sub plots which take place in the background. This probably accounts for the name, beach blanket bingo, as it sounds like the kind of film which could involve lots of place – and blanket – swapping!


But it’s not just feature length films, there’s also plenty of film shorts which also feature bingo. In fact, the 2003 short film “Bingo” by Garland L. Lee and Ray Arthur Wang is actually set in an elderly people’s home, during a game of bingo. Whilst the other films can be identified as comedies, this is definitely a slightly darker movie told from the point of view of one of the workers in the home. The film takes a look into the emotional states of the home’s residents, whilst also documenting the frustration and confusion which exists both for them and for the member of staff. If you like films with a more existential edge, then “Bingo” is definitely worth a watch if you can find it online, and it’s only 12 minutes long so it shouldn’t take long for you to watch.

If you do decide to track down “Bingo”, make sure you don’t get it mixed up with a different film of the same name, made in 1998. This computer animated film is even more obscure and surreal, as the protagonist is mentally brutalised by various bizarre circus characters into believing that he must be a clown. At 5 minutes, the film looks interesting to watch, but might be a little bit upsetting for some viewers.

These are a few examples of films which feature bingo games. Can you name any more? Let us know in the comments!



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