Have you seen the "Elf" billboards?

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  1. Gary->dee

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    Holy cow they're bad. I mean embarrassingly bad. They make Will Ferrell look like a putz. And then there's the small writing below the title "with James Caan". Wow. I guess they're trying to make the movie look cute but... maybe it's just me but I cringe when I see these billboards around town.
     
  2. Adam_S

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    I cring everytime I see a billboard or poster up for Elf. The movie looks appallingly bad (though I suppose it could be good, just the way it's being sold is an instant turn off for me [the trailer is almost as bad as the Cat in the Hat one]). Right now it looks like they took a mishmash of all the major christmas movies and just stuck them in a blender and out popped this Will Farrell film. :p
     
  3. Gary->dee

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    Maybe they should have just called the movie "Cringe". [​IMG]
     
  4. Scott Weinberg

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    Impressive that you guys can tell how bad it is without seeing the film! [​IMG]

    But brace yourselves: Elf is a damn good movie, and one I expect to become an annual favorite for Xmas-time viewing.

    Yes, seriously.
     
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    I want to see Elf, I thought the trailer was hilarious.
     
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    The trailer looks good, I'll check it out in theaters, which I rarely do. Haven't seen the billboards, though. Gary, could you describe them?
     
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    I have not seen the billboards either.
     
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    The trailer stinks, IMO. I've seen it twice.

    Then again, a film starring Will Ferrell...expectations have to be very low anyway.
     
  10. Adam_S

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    I'm not saying it can't be good, but just the way it's being sold makes me shy away in horror (and usually family oriented trailers don't have that affect, but this one and Cat in the Hat both did). Something just makes me go ugghh at the advertising for this movie. But both you and Dave Poland have said Elf is really good, so now I'm starting to wonder...
     
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    Thanks for the vote of confidence, Adam!

    Incidentally I was just driving home and I saw one of those big, bright "bus stop" ads of Ferrell's huge form wedged in all silly-like.

    Based on that wacky-looking thing, I'd agree that it's not the finest advertising campaign.

    The first trailer is rather weak, too. Hey, it's the old "small feral rodent/housepet attacking someone's face/groin" schpiel. Not funny.
     
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    I thought the trailer was in the so utterly dumb that it's good category. The person I saw it with wanted to vomit, though, so I guess opinions could differ. [​IMG]
     
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    Meh. It's a Will Ferrell movie.
     
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    Actually, the trailer before "Intolerable Cruelty" looked remarkably funnier than the one I saw months ago. So who knows...

    -Christian
     

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