It can be tricky to effectively summarize the entire plot of a movie in a short sentence or two, but I came across this gem today while browsing The Atlantic web site:
In the 1992 comedy Encino Man, two California teenagers unearth a frozen caveman while digging a pool in their back yard. With the aid of some space heaters in the garage, he comes back to life, and fish-out-of-water hijinks ensue.
Perhaps a movie like Encino Man is easier to summarize, given that it’s not what we might call a thought-provoking treatise on life or the human condition. Whatever.
In these two sentences, I appreciate the reliance on the compound adjective and the idiomatic phrase (fish-out-of-water) as a way of concisely, but also humorously, conveying the gist of the movie. It’s writing like this (which appears in the first paragraph of the linked essay) that grabs a reader.