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Another Top 10 Fake Commercials in Movies and TV

VO: Rebecca Brayton
Script Written by Nick Spake. After these messages, we’ll be right back! Join WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for another top 10 fake commercials in movies and TV. For this list, we’re taking a look at more parody commercials from movies and TV shows that make fun of real ads, products, services, or consumerism in general. Special thanks to our users Delark, Enrique Nieves, MisterAZS and Scott Perri for submitting the idea on our Suggestion Tool at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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After these messages, we’ll be right back! Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for another top 10 fake commercials in movies and TV.


For this list, we’re taking a look at more parody commercials from movies and TV shows that make fun of real ads, products, services, or consumerism in general. We’ve once again excluded commercials from sketch comedy shows like “Saturday Night Live” because they deserve a list of their own someday. If you’re wondering where Mr. Plow and Booty Sweat are, be sure to check out our original list of the top 10 fake commercials.

#10: Anaconda Malt Liquor
“Black Dynamite” (2009)

This 2009 instant cult classic both satirizes and pays homage to the blaxploitation pictures that were highly prevalent in the 1970s. One of the film’s funniest bits is a commercial for Anaconda brand Malt Liquor, which features a Shaft wannabe spokesperson. This beverage is guaranteed to give you confidence, sex appeal, and Ooooooo! The catch: It will also give you Little Richard. Genuinely recreating the groovy vibes of ‘70s television, this shoddy, stereotypically hysterical commercial forces us to think about how white people depict black people and how black people depict themselves.

#9: Seduce and Destroy
“Magnolia” (1999)

It’s Tom Cruise and no, he’s not here to promote the Church of Scientology. Through this infomercial from “Magnolia,” Cruise’s Frank T. J. Mackey instead endorses Seduce and Destroy. This sexist, self-proclaimed pick-up artist guarantees his system will provide viewers satisfaction in their pursuit to tame ladies. Never cracking a smile, Cruise embodies every overly confident motivational speaker who claims to have all the answers in six easy steps. The fact that his infomercial is made with the same quality of a real paid program only makes the satire funnier.

#8: Smilex
“Batman” (1989)

The Joker might have a sick sense of humor, but at least he has a sense of humor. The clown prince of crime brings his demented comedic stylings to this commercial from “Batman.” Taking over the airwaves, Joker introduces Gotham to Smilex, a concoction guaranteed to put a smile on your face. The gag: Joker’s slipped the toxin in various products. The ad is as funny as it is disturbing, hooking the audience in with gothic imagery and creepy women with Syncro-Vox mouth cutouts. We’ll take Brand X, thank you.

#7: Globo Gym
“DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story” (2004)

Tired of the same old you? White Goodman and his personal alteration specialists at Globo Gym will help you turn into a thinner, more attractive better you - IF you decide you want to do something about your genetic disorders like ugliness and fatness. With this Ben Stiller-led gym ad, “DodgeBall” brings us right into the competitive world of fitness by telling us like it is and setting the stage for the hilarious antics to come in the sports comedy.

#6: Monsters, Incorporated
“Monsters, Inc.” (2001)

Monsters, Incorporated is just like any other energy company, except the energy in question is derived from the screams of children. Although frightening kids might sound like fun and games for monsters, it’s actually a crucial profession that fuels their whole world. While there might be something more sinister going on behind closed doors, this old-fashioned commercial tricks the viewer into believing CEO Henry J. Waternoose III is running a legitimate business that cares. Monsters, Inc. even gives their smallest worker, Mike Wazowski, a moment in the spotlight…kind of.

#5: Stratton Oakmont, Inc.
“The Wolf of Wall Street” (2013)

So charismatic that he could sell a pen, Jordan Belfort easily sucks suckers in with his Straight Line Persuasion system. In “The Wolf of Wall Street,” Belfort uses his manipulation tactics to start up Stratton Oakmont, Inc. This commercial from the film’s opening makes the brokerage house out to look like a professional business with the strength and pride of a lion. In reality, however, the firm’s employees are a pack of wild animals that use their investors’ hard-earned money to place bets on dwarf tossing. Talk about false advertising.

#4: Fruity Oaty Bars
“Serenity” (2005)

This commercial for Fruity Oaty Bars is from the cult hit, “Serenity.” With trippy imagery and confusing lyrics, though, it could easily pass as a real Japanese advertisement. The jingle never answers how the product is supposed to make a man out of a mouse or make a woman bust out of her blouse. It doesn’t even say whether the bars are made from fruits or oats. Underneath the inexplicable surface is a subliminal signal that sends River on a rampage. Fruity Oaty Bars: The treat everyone’s going crazy for.

#3: S’wallow Valley Mall
“Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie” (2012)

“Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!” has provided an outlet for numerous bizarre parody commercials like the Cinco Napple. In their feature film debut, the duo attempts to pay back their billion-dollar debt by renovating the S’wallow Valley Mall. Having zero people skills, their grand reopening ad is as socially inept as you’d expect. Casually dropping f-bombs and threating to commit suicide, no sane consumer could go near their mall. But as long as you get the joke, Tim and Eric will undoubtedly have you coming on down.

#2: Buzz Lightyear
“Toy Story” (1995)

If you didn’t want a Buzz Lightyear action figure halfway through “Toy Story,” you definitely did after this advertisement within the movie. With big letters, extreme close-ups, and an over-the-top announcer, what child wouldn’t be chanting, “I want it!” Even if you’re an adult and too old for toys, it still really takes you back to being a kid when commercials made playtime look like an epic adventure. The ad further plays a pivotal part in the film’s narrative as Buzz makes the heartbreaking discovery that he’s a non-flying toy.
Before we change the channel to our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:
Enormé
“30 Rock” (2006-13)

Life Extension
“Vanilla Sky” (2001)

I’d Buy That For a Dollar
“RoboCop” (1987)

Morrie’s Wigs
“GoodFellas” (1990)

Tent of Telepathy
“Gravity Falls” (2012-)

#1: Kitten Mittens
“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” (2005)

From a marketing standpoint, this ad for Kitten Mittens gets every conceivable thing wrong. Charlie’s high-pitched presentation is awful, his selling point is ludicrous, his production values are poor even by home movie standards, and he doesn’t even spell mittens correctly. To add insult to injury, the mittens make it virtually impossible for a cat to move. Hell, the cat would actually create less noise if it walked barefoot. Oh, and animal carnage footage is thrown in there! From a comedic standpoint, however, this ad is simply the cat’s meow.
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