The Dangers Of Lying To Your Audience

The Dangers Of Lying To Your Audience

Honesty is the best policy.

Recently, the movie mother! was released in theaters. The biggest discussions around this film, aside from it being a rare box office bomb for an actress as well known as Jennifer Lawrence, are about how different the project was from what people were expecting. Even though not much was known about the plot beforehand, the advertising suggested that it would be a suspenseful horror film with a Rosemary's Baby feel. What audiences got, instead, was an art house film about protecting the environment told through characters serving as biblical allegories.


The fact that this film was so different from what was advertised has probably played into the "love it or hate it" status it's gotten. This got me thinking about the danger of film advertising lying to film-goers about the movie they're selling. When you see a trailer for a movie, you can get a feeling for what it is based on the content. If you see something with a lot of action, you would expect that the trailer is advertising an action movie. You would probably be upset if you saw the film only to find out that it was actually a slow drama.

One of the biggest examples of trailers lying to their audiences is the movie Snow Dogs. The trailer for the movie sold the image of a wacky comedy with Cuba Gooding Jr. hanging out with talking dogs. Not only did the tone of the film completely contradict what was shown in the trailers, but the movie's selling point (the talking dogs) was only a dream sequence. The misleading advertising of the film morphed it from a bad movie for adults to an even worse movie for kids.

Just last year, Suicide Squad came under some scrutiny for misleading advertising. All of the film's advertising heavily featured Jared Leto's portrayal of The Joker. As such, many film-goers went into the theaters expecting The Joker to play a big role. Instead, the character only appeared for a couple minutes total, with it being obvious that most of his scenes were taken out in editing (given his performance, I wished they'd cut him out completely). Fans were so angered by the misleading advertising that one of them actually sued Warner Bros. Studios. This debacle could have been avoided if they took the route of Captain America: Civil War, where the studio would acknowledge through advertising that The Joker (much like Spider-Man in Civil War) would only serve as a extended cameo.

The backlash mother! has received serves a reminder of the dangers of a film's advertising lying to the audience. Film-goers put a lot of trust in trailers, both in terms of affirming the quality of the movie and the type of movie they are going to get. It's bad enough if a film isn't good, but it becomes exponentially worse if it is nothing like the movie the audience thinks its going to get. When you are advertising a film, make sure you are at least honest what kind of movie it is.

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I promise that not every one of these movies is a Nicholas Sparks classic, and I also promise that not every movie has Rachel McAdams in it!

1. "The Time Traveler's Wife"

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2. "About Time"

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3. "Like Crazy"

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4. "The Notebook"

Every girl wants this kind of love.

5. "The Last Song"

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are literally married now so if that isn't good luck, I don't know what is.

6. "Safe Haven"

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7. "Inside Out"

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8. "The Choice"

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10. "The Age Of Adaline"

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12. "Titanic"

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13. "Yours, Mine, & Ours"

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You're welcome!

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This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.


Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.


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4. Silly bands.

You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.

The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers

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7. iPod shuffle.

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8. "Education Connection"

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9. " The Naked Brothers Band"

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10. Dance Dance Revolution

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13. Scholastic book fairs

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15. Slap Bracelets

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