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Old 09-01-10, 11:18 AM
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Re: Mismarketed Movies

from all reviews thus far i would say...
is being mismarketed as more action thriller than actual.
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I recall being very confused by the ads for Disney's "The Three Musketeers" back when that came out. There seemed to be three different sets of ads, one marketing it as a comedy, one as a romance, and one as an action movie.
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Re: Mismarketed Movies

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Brokeback Mountain , I thought i was in store for a good old fashion western. Then one rainy night....
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Re: Mismarketed Movies

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My mother and grandmother will never forgive me for suggesting this movie after seeing the trailer:


Thank you for sharing this. It made me

... and about this thread: I love the discussion. I completely agree about Adventureland, Funny People, The Village, and Lady in the Water.

I'd also add to that list Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. While it captures some of the charm of the film if you've seen it, the trailers don't establish the characters enough to make you as interested.
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Observe and Report. Looked like it was supposed to be funny according to the marketing, but totally was not.
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Re: Mismarketed Movies

Any Judd Apatow movie advertised as a comedy...none are.
Old 09-01-10, 01:00 PM
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Re: Mismarketed Movies

At least this trailer was completely honest about what to expect:

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Re: Mismarketed Movies

Innerspace. Great movie but the marketing killed it.


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Re: Mismarketed Movies

Originally Posted by scott1598
from all reviews thus far i would say...
is being mismarketed as more action thriller than actual.
That movie is being marketed as an introspective hitman thriller, a really slow and boring one. Seems accurate by the reviews I've read
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Re: Mismarketed Movies

Originally Posted by RichC2
That movie is being marketed as an introspective hitman thriller, a really slow and boring one. Seems accurate by the reviews I've read
The TV spots beg to differ. They make it look like a shoot-em-up spy thriller.
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Re: Mismarketed Movies

Originally Posted by RocShemp
The TV spots beg to differ. They make it look like a shoot-em-up spy thriller.
I have to say, I've only seen TV spots for it during shows like Burn Notice and Covert Affairs. Methinks someone was trying to lure the spy viewing demographic by promising a big screen version of the elements they were already watching on TV.
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Re: Mismarketed Movies

Machete to a degree. I'm sure there will be people that will be surprised that the movie is tounge and cheek and over the top.
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I always thought Beautiful Girls was mismarketed. Came over as a chick flick when advertised, but it's really about a movie about guys.
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Re: Mismarketed Movies

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Machete to a degree. I'm sure there will be people that will be surprised that the movie is tounge and cheek and over the top.
People who haven't seen any of the marketing and wander into the theater by mistake, maybe?
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Most recently, I thought Defendor was mismarketed too much to be like a similar version of Kick-Ass.
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Originally Posted by seamusmclean
I recall being very confused by the ads for Disney's "The Three Musketeers" back when that came out. There seemed to be three different sets of ads, one marketing it as a comedy, one as a romance, and one as an action movie.
They often make different trailers depending on which movie the trailer appears before. Check out the Braveheart dvd. One action trailer to show before action movies. Another trailer justs shows the love story stuff to show before chick flicks.
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Re: Mismarketed Movies

Originally Posted by RichC2
That movie is being marketed as an introspective hitman thriller, a really slow and boring one. Seems accurate by the reviews I've read
what tv ads have you seen that remotely resembles what you described?
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Every trailer I've seen for Despicable Me is completely different. In one, a little boy is the main character. In another, it's some weird looking Eastern European guy. In another, it's a bunch of yellow Oompa Loompa things. I have no idea what the movie is actually about.
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Re: Mismarketed Movies

The absolute worst I can recall is Cold Creek Manor.

<object width="560" height="315"><param name="movie" value="//www.youtube.com/v/Hg0EWsjuXDk?hl=en_US&version=3"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="//www.youtube.com/v/Hg0EWsjuXDk?hl=en_US&version=3" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="560" height="315" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>

The trailer is edited to infer the movie is a haunted house/supernatural type movie, when in fact it's just a standard 'realistic' thriller.

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I remember Georgia Rule being marketed at the feel-good comedy that moms and daughters could see together on Mother's Day.

It was an over the top drama focusing on the torment of Lindsay Lohan being raped in the past. Beyond fucked up -- especially on Mother's Day. No wonder it bombed.
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Josie and the Pussycats -- what genius decided to market a movie about how stupid teenagers are as a teen comedy?
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Home Fries was marketed as a feel good rom-com. Turns out it was a black comedy.
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Bandslam. Marketed as another high school musical type movie (as whats her face was in this too) apparently it was nothing like that
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Re: Mismarketed Movies

Originally Posted by inri222


Great movie, but it is not horror. More of a psychological drama/thriller.
I managed a Blockbuster when this movie hit DVD, and I can't even begin to imagine how many customers wanted a refund or complained to my staff over the movie.

From the description on the back, it sounds like a couple trapped in a motel and being attacked by shit load of bugs. In reality, it's just like what you described.

I will say Dead Presidents. I bought the DVD many years ago because the cover, pictures on the back, and description make you think the entire movie is about a robbery. Instead, that robbery is maybe the last 20 minutes of the film. Nowhere does it mention the movie being about black people trying to fit back into society after the Vitenam War.
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Originally Posted by Dean Kousoulas
I managed a Blockbuster when this movie hit DVD, and I can't even begin to imagine how many customers wanted a refund or complained to my staff over the movie.

From the description on the back, it sounds like a couple trapped in a motel and being attacked by shit load of bugs. In reality, it's just like what you described.
i saw Bug in theaters, boy that movie nearly put me to sleep. It almost felt like a stage play. I also didn't care for the over the top final 15 minutes eityher

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