Film Quiz Friday: Barbie Vs Oppenheimer

Barbie vs Oppenheimer at the UK box office
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We come to it at last, the great box-office battle of our time! This week’s film quiz is themed around new releases Barbie and Oppenheimer.

It’s not every week you get two massive movies opening on the same day, but the year-long hype around Greta Gerwig’s Barbie and Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer is even rarer. Whether you’re going for “Barbenheimer” (Barbie then Oppenheimer) or “Atomic Blonde” (Oppenheimer then Barbie), the double-bill treatment almost seems mandatory.

Here on the site, you can read Lauren’s Barbie review and Ryan’s Oppenheimer review, and now, Film Quiz Friday is breaking with its usual format with rounds loosely themed on both movies. And afterwards, it’s going on a summer break, but don’t panic, quizness will resume on Friday 1st September, when the shocking pink mushroom cloud has cleared.

Once you’ve completed all three rounds, you’ll find a link to a separate post with the correct answers at the bottom of this post. As always, this is just for fun, but please let us know how you did in the comments (scores out of 30 this week!) and give us any other lovely feedback. Have a great summer, and remember – Barbie is everything, Oppenheimer is just Ken… but which Ken?

ROUND ONE – Life In Plastic, It’s Fantastic

Both of this week’s new releases have massive casts, but let’s start with a pot-luck round about actors currently appearing in Barbie.

  1. In which 2019 film does movie star Margot Robbie play movie star Sharon Tate?
  2. Which headline character does Simu Liu play in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
  3. Barbie stars Emma Mackey, Ncuti Gatwa, and Connor Swindells all came to fame in which Netflix TV series?
  4. “An epic of epic epicness” is the tagline for which 2010 action-comedy starring Michael Cera?
  5. Which Arthurian character does Helen Mirren play in 1981’s Excalibur?
  6. Other than Ryan Gosling, who connects the 2010s films Crazy Stupid Love, Gangster Squad, and La La Land?
  7. Writer, director, and actor Emerald Fennell won a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for which 2020 film?
  8. What is the title of the US TV spin-off from The Suicide Squad, starring John Cena as the character of the same name?
  9. In a 1996 fantasy comedy, Rhea Perlman plays Zinnia Wormwood, the mother of which title character?
  10. In which other toy-based movie did Will Ferrell also play a villainous CEO, called President Business?


ROUND TWO – Destroyers Of Worlds

Barbie has quite a cast, but there’s an even more stacked ensemble in town. Here’s 10 questions related to actors currently appearing in Oppenheimer.

  1. In which 2004 comedy does the character Matt Damon only say “Matt Damon”?
  2. Complete the title of the 2019 sports biopic starring Florence Pugh – Fighting With My
  3. Gary Oldman plays President Harry S. Truman, but which other wartime leader does he play in 2017’s Darkest Hour?
  4. In which James Bond film does Rami Malek play the villainous Lyutsifer Safin?
  5. In what year of the 2010s did Emily Blunt’s credits include A Quiet Place, Sherlock Gnomes, and Mary Poppins Returns?
  6. At the 1993 Oscars, movie star Robert Downey Jr was nominated for Best Actor for playing which silent-movie star?
  7. In which 1987 war movie does Matthew Modine play Private “Joker” Davis?
  8. Who directed Cillian Murphy’s breakthrough role as bicycle courier Jim in 28 Days Later?
  9. Tony Goldwyn voiced the title character of which 1990s Disney animated film?
  10. Born this week in 1978, which Oppenheimer star made his film debut as Laurie Strode’s son John in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later?


ROUND THREE – Choose! Choose! Choose!

Let’s end with a round of themed multiple-choice questions, seeing as we’re all making some choices at the cinema this weekend. Barbie or Oppenheimer? Or both? Or neither? Anyway, enjoy!

  1. As well as being a physicist, J. Robert Oppenheimer qualified as a veterinarian and a lawyer – true or false?
  2. Which Batman actor voices Ken in the Toy Story movies – Michael Keaton or Christian Bale?
  3. In which film does Saoirse Ronan play Jo March – Lady Bird or Little Women?
  4. Which Ken, a regular Nolan collaborator, also features in Oppenheimer – Kenneth Branagh or Ken Watanabe?
  5. Which movie studio was founded first – Warner Bros or Universal?
  6. Following is the feature directorial debut by which filmmaker – Christopher Nolan or Greta Gerwig?
  7. “Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here, this is the War Room” is a quote from which 1964 nuclear-crisis film – Dr Strangelove or Fail Safe?
  8. Which singer makes her acting debut as a Barbie in Barbie – Dua Lipa or Nicki Minaj?
  9. In 2008, The Dark Knight was released in US cinemas the same day as which movie musical – Mamma Mia! or High School Musical 3?
  10. And finally, the 2002 comedy Rat Race features a memorable scene at a museum dedicated to what – Barbie or Oppenheimer?

Ready for the answers?

That’s the end of this week’s quiz – when you’re ready to check your answers, click here to get them (it’ll take you to another page) and let us know your scores in the comments below.

We’ll be back next Friday with another film quiz, but until then, why not catch up with Season 1 of our suitably named film quiz podcast, The Film Quiz Podcast, which features Nick Helm asking movie questions and occasionally berating contestants for getting them wrong.

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