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Top 10 Fake Commercials in Movies and TV

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Script written by Nick Spake. The following items are sold nowhere and batteries aren’t included. For this list, we’re taking a look at parody commercials from movies and TV shows that make fun of real ads, products, services, or consumerism in general. We’ve excluded commercials from sketch comedy shows like “Saturday Night Live” because they deserve a list of their own. Be sure to also check out our list of the Top 10 Funny Banned Commercials. In this video, WatchMojo.com counts down our picks for the top 10 fake commercials in movies and TV. Special thanks to our users Delark and Enrique Nieves for submitting the idea on our Suggest Page at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Script written by Nick Spake.

Top 10 Fake Commercials in Movies and TV


The following items are sold nowhere and batteries aren’t included. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 fake commercials in movies and TV.

For this list, we’re taking a look at parody commercials from movies and TV shows that make fun of real ads, products, services, or consumerism in general. We’ve excluded commercials from sketch comedy shows like “Saturday Night Live” because they deserve a list of their own.

#10: Unified Fund
“Kingpin” (1996)

Professional athletes have a way of scoring beautiful women. Since bowling technically isn’t a real sport, however, Ernie McCracken needs to get creative in order to get his babes. This sleazy bowler exploits his fame to get involved with the Unified Fund to sponsor several fatherless families. Of course Big Ern has no interest whatsoever in the kids; it’s the MILFs he really wants to tuck in at night. Bill Murray kills it in this scene from “Kingpin” as a grade-A scumbag who hides his perverted tendencies behind good old fashioned family wholesomeness.

#9: Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm-Flailing Tubeman
“Family Guy” (1999-2003; 2005-)

Unless you’re Seth MacFarlane, you probably can’t say a tongue twister like “Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm-Flailing Tubeman” three times in a row. One wouldn’t think that these tubemen would serve much purpose outside of attracting customers, but Al Harrington shows us that they actually possess multiple functions in our everyday lives. Like “Family Guy’s Ball in a Cup, this commercial comes out of nowhere, zooms by in a flash, and leaves you both scratching your head and laughing your ass off.

#8: Who Ya Gonna Call?
“Ghostbusters II” (1989)

The Ghostbusters’ initial low budget commercial produced instant comedic gold. However they took their advertising to new levels of hilarity and cheesiness in “Ghostbusters II.” Now that the boys are established heroes, they should be able to afford a commercial with more convincing production values and actors, where someone actually dials the phone. But their follow-up ad manages to be even cheaper, casting Louis Tully and Janine Melnitz as a married couple being tormented by a Halloween decoration. If the triumphantly stilted acting doesn’t sell you, the promise of a Ghostbusters thermal mug and free balloons will.

#7: MagnaVolt
“RoboCop 2” (1990)

Even if the sequels weren’t great, every “RoboCop” film provided some inspired commentary concerning corporations, consumerism, and public safety. “RoboCop 2” includes one of the franchises most darkly hysterical bits in the form of the MagnaVolt ad. As a thug attempts to commit grand theft auto, he’s suddenly bolted in and shocked to a crisp. A smiling spokesperson then appears out of thin air and endorses this efficient technology, completely ignoring the fact that it’s essentially a portable electric chair. We sincerely hope this thing never malfunctions.

#6: Better Call Saul
“Breaking Bad” (2008-13)

Saul Goodman can pretty much be summed up as a character through his commercial. This tacky lawyer makes it abundantly clear upfront that it doesn’t matter how guilty you are; he’ll represent anyone, sue anyone, and say anything to uphold the constitutional rights of his clients. The obvious green screen effects, fast-moving letters at the bottom of the screen, amateur acting, and stock music only add to the commercial’s crudity. Saul is such a charismatic presence, however, you actually consider calling him regardless.

#5: Aveda
“Zoolander” (2001)

This commercial raises numerous questions: for example, what exactly is this ad selling? How is wetness the essence of beauty? And above all, why is Derek Zoolander a mermaid? Oh sorry, “merman.” This commercial might seem too ridiculous to exist in real life. However, it’s not far off from the unintentionally hilarious ads beauty companies traditionally put out – and since Aveda is a real company, we’re glad to see they have a sense of humor. Ben Stiller perfectly satirizes the ambiguous, artsy, overly serious nature of such commercials that ultimately leave us asking, “What the hell was that?”

#4: Porn for Women
“30 Rock” (2006-13)

Although pornography is often viewed as entertainment solely for men, the truth is that sometimes women require mindless relief too. However, a woman’s idea of porn doesn’t include stripteases or 3-ways. They achieve satisfaction by having a single, handsome man patiently listen to them complain about their day. Complete with the clever wit for which “30 Rock” is known, this commercial says a lot about men, women, and the human need for escapism. Whether you’re a female or male, it’s still a bigger turn-on than Liz Lemon’s sex hotline commercial.

#3: Ichiban - Lipstick for Men
“Friends” (1994-2004)

Joey Tribbiani is the nicest friend a guy could ask for. Given his less than stellar résumé, though, his career choice in the field of acting has been questionable. But in this scene, Joey proves to his friends just how talented he truly is. Sending up almost every Japanese commercial in existence, Joey sells the audience a blue lipstick for men. It takes a special kind of actor to make lipstick seem masculine, but Joey overcomes his gender and sexuality to make Ichiban look like a must-have for all dudes.

#2: Mr. Plow
“The Simpsons” (1989-)

Like the Ghostbusters commercials, this fake ad from “The Simpsons” demonstrates how the cheaper you make something look, the bigger the laugh you’ll get. After starting his own plow business, Homer decides to throw together the most inexpensive commercial imaginable. With the lovingly poor quality of a home movie, Homer casts family in the roles, uses his house as a shooting location, and scores a night owl timeslot. The commercial might be as lazy as Homer, but it does stick with you via the catchiest jingle since the Canyonero.

Before we promote our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:
- Spatula City
“UHF” (1989)
- Morning Wood
“Robot Chicken” (2005-)
- Betelgeuse
“Beetlejuice” (1988)
- Tampax
“Movie 43” (2013)
- Dunkaccino
“Jack and Jill” (2011)

#1: Coming Attractions
“Tropic Thunder” (2008)

Before the real movie even begins, “Tropic Thunder” sums up everything that’s wrong with American cinema in a series of coming attractions. Y’know how Hollywood relentlessly dishes out countless repetitive action sequels, lowbrow fart comedies, and shameless art house Oscar porn? Oh, and let’s not forget rappers who are always plugging their bootylicious soft drinks. Ben Stiller gets every last detail of these all-too-familiar trailers right, from their titles, to their soundtracks, to their taglines. It not only acts as great parody, but a tremendously funny method to introduce us to the film’s main characters.

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