The Judge Dredd Drinking Game

I’m taking a break from my usual topic to take a little trip down memory lane.  I’m 28 years old which puts me at about the perfect age to love the amazing run of 90′s action movies that graced the box office.  It was a time period that allowed the 80′s stars to age not so gracefully (looking at you Stallone) and make way for new action stars such as Keanu Reeves and Nicolas Cage.  If you’re my age I’m betting you have a hard time not sitting down to enjoy The Rock or Speed if you come across it flipping channels.

For the purpose of this post I’d like to focus on one of my personal favorites, Judge Dredd.  Judge Dredd extends itself beyond the realm of just 90′s nostalgia though.  Judge Dredd has been given new life in the form of one of the more challenging 90 minute drinking games around.  I can’t take credit for this game in any way, shape, or form.  I’m only here to share it with the masses.  The credit goes to this gentleman along with a few other contributors.

Let’s take a walk down memory lane, shall we?

Cool, comic book opening sequencetitle shot

I really like the comic book intro.  I think it is a nice nod to the comic heritage of the character.  Unfortunately things go downhill from here.

Stars Wars style backgroundThe Star Wars style back story works in this case and sets the mood.  I’m pretty sure the East Coast viewers assumed this whole “Cursed Earth” thing was just a metaphor for the Midwest.  Surprisingly, that’s not far from the truth.  Also please note, you should have had at least four drinks during the reading of the back story.

Our hero, costume designed by VersaceThe movie doesn’t take long to get to the action.  Fun fact: the Judge Dredd costume was designed by Versace.  Yes, codpieces make a comeback sometime in the future.

Hey, James Remar!Hey, it’s James Remar taking a break from Sex and the City to play the film’s first villian.  Sadly he was uncredited.  I wonder if that was at his request.

Court's adjournedI think the line was “Court’s adjourned”.  If the Judge is truly the judge, jury, and executioner all in one then would people in the future really get this reference?  Does court even exist?  It’s best not to think about these topics during the film.  The drinking helps supress these thoughts.

Diane Lane as the token hot judgeJudge Dredd had a pretty decent cast for the time period.  Diane Lane plays the smart, sexy Judge that Dredd relies on.  Rob Schneider plays the ne’er-do-well hacker that provides comic relief.  You can knock Rob Schneider all you want but try to name one movie that was made worse by his presence.  It’s not possible.  I wonder if Diane Lane wishes she’d taken the James Remar strategy of taking the money and going uncredited?

I won’t spoil the whole movie for you but I wanted to give you a little taste, you know, to whet the appetite.  Now it’s time to pick up your copy and get to drinking.  Without further ado, here are the rules:

Take a drink when any of the following are said:

  • Law, laws
  • Judge, judged, judging, judges
  • Justice

Take one shot when someone says:

  • I knew you’d say that

Simple right?  A word of warning, best to do this in the safety of your home with an average to below average booze content beverage.  Be careful with your shot selection too.  Light beer and bourbon makes for a nice evening.