Can A Movie Trailer Be Accused Of False Advertising?

David Pogue has an interesting rant in today’s Circuits column about the movie “National Treasure: Book of Secrets”—or more specifically about its trailer, which is chock-full of scenes, dialogue, locations, and plot references that are nowhere to be found in the actual movie. He asks, “Just how different can a trailer be without becoming false advertising?” We immediately thought about last year’s kids flick “Bridge to Terabithia,” which was advertised like a whimsical Narnia spin-off but in reality was about the death of a major character.

In that case, reviewers got the word out to unwary parents fairly well—pretty much every review hinted that viewers should make sure they understood the content before seeing the movie. But shouldn’t studios be more honest in representing the content of their films?

In this case, those lines from Riley made the movie seem funnier than it was, the president’s line made the dramatic stakes seem higher than they were, and the scenes at the Lincoln Memorial made the historical conspiracy seem more ingenious than it was (historical clues hidden right under our noses!). I can say with confidence that some of those elements played a part in my wanting to see the movie.
Rearranging scenes in the trailer is one thing. But what about this business of putting stuff in the trailer — a *lot* of stuff — that isn’t in the movie at all? If they can get away with “National Treasure”-style misrepresentation, what’s to stop other moviemakers from putting special effects, witty lines, exotic locales and hot-looking actors into *their* trailers, just to get us to go to a movie that doesn’t have any of those things?

“When Movies Don’t Live Up to the Trailer” [New York Times]


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  1. UpsetPanda says:

    But the problem is, a lot of the things that were said in the trailer and weren’t directly quoted by people in the movie were still said! The mythology of the book? It was thoroughly communicated – you don’t need a vaguely generic expository line to tell you that people think it’s a myth. Is he so married to the direct line that he feels cheated if the same general idea isn’t communicated in the exact same way as the trailer?

    To me, he’s picking really small items to nitpick at. One of his arguments against the scene atop Mount Rushmore is that the camera angle is different? Last I checked, movie productions usually use more than one camera.

  2. HykCraft says:

    OMG, this David guy is an idiot. For decades, movie companies use old and cut out footage for their trailers on their movies. Go back to any trailer you’ve seen to one of your favorite movies.. in-fact, view all of them and you’ll notice that MOST of the content in the trailer is from footage that didn’t make the final cut.

  3. Nelsormensch says:

    Conversely, I hate it when some of the best moments in a movie are spoil by the trailer. Knowing the punchline really takes a out of the setup. If a trailer consisted, say, half out of material that didn’t make the theatrical cut (but might be on a DVD or something), I wouldn’t be particularly bothered. But then again, it takes a lot more than a trailer to sell me on something like “National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets.”

  4. B says:

    The trailer looked to me like it was represented pretty accurately what kind of movie National Treasure is.

  5. warf0x0r says:

    Nice, could the NYT also get my 8 dollars back for the following films:

    The Fifth Element
    Talladega Nights
    Live Free or Die Hard


  6. warf0x0r says:

    Oh and I am Legend, man that was crap.

  7. jamesdenver says:

    OT Having seen National Treasure 2 I can say this is the most hilarious review I’ve ever read and made me laugh out loud.


  8. I think Pogue anticipates and addresses “you are an idiot” attacks in his full column–he knows this won’t be a popular statement. But I think he has a point. We all know enough about the business of movies to know that they’re specially constructed to generate a desire to see the movie, not to recap it, and we all know that extra footage might be used, or that the movie might be re-cut before it opens. Pogue is talking about something a little more manipulative, I think. For me, showing locations in a trailer that don’t exist in the movie is crossing a line for example — it’s like when I was a kid and would rent a horror movie on VHS for the kick-ass cover and then realize I totally got scammed by a fourth-rate movie distributor.

  9. Myotheralt says:

    The Spiderman 3 trailer had Spidey hanging in his black suit and reflecting back from a window was him in his red suit, but that was not in the movie. It made me sad. :(

  10. chili_dog says:

    If the trailer is a lie, what would he say about the presidential race?

  11. Buran says:

    Trailers are made quite awhile before the movie is complete, so it’s hardly surprising that sometimes scenes in trailers get cut.

  12. scoosdad says:

    One problem is that most times, the trailers are created by a separate group long before the final edit of the film is complete, so it’s bound to contain footage that for some reason was dropped from the final cut.

    Same with the music– how many times have you heard the music from the Notre Dame football game sequence from “Rudy” in another movie’s trailer? I heard it on TV just last week, can’t recall which movie trailer was using it.

  13. Oh look, I rambled.

  14. warf0x0r says:

    Oh and please sue the creators of the Neverending Story. It only ran for 96 minutes and was, in-fact, not Neverending.

  15. CSR says:

    @Nelsormensch: I totally agree. I couldn’t begin to tell you how many movie trailers I’ve seen and thought, “Well, it looked interesting but there’s no point in spending money to see the movie now that I know the whole plotline.”

    But on the topic of trailers that misrepresent what the movie is about: does anyone remember all the fuss “Gremlins” caused? The previews showed the critters in their cute stage and made it seem like a holiday movie for kids. Which is was for about half the movie. Then the gremlins transform, and we also have a character telling a rather horrifying tale of how she found out there was no Santa Claus (her dad dressed up as Santa and tried to go down the chimney, and managed to kill himself). I was fairly young when the movie came out, but I still remember how angry parents were about that one.

  16. ju_ju_eyeball says:

    Movie trailers are horrible! They usually give us the funniest lines and best scenes before the movie even comes out! And when they give away the end? HORRIBLE! I have been to some movies and have actually said as I walked out: “The trailer was better!”

  17. scoosdad says:

    @scoosdad: Sorry, wasn’t a trailer that I heard the “Rudy” music, it was a 30 second TV ad. Might have been for National Treasure 2, actually.

  18. Buran says:

    @Chris Walters: I still see those in stores, so you’re not the only one.

  19. freshyill says:

    @Chris Walters: Troll 2?

  20. B says:

    I think criticism of the way “the Bridge to Terabithia” was marketed is a better example.

  21. spinachdip says:

    I guess this falls under the Brige to Terabithia category, but the trailer for Pieces of April sells the movie as a middling cutesy comedy about a city girl trying to make Thanksgiving dinner for her hopelessly Midwestern family. The film itself is a middling drama about a dying mother preparing for her last Thanksgiving with an estranged daughter.

    Now, I can see why a trailer would oversell a movie’s appeal, but I’m not sure if anyone benefits by selling the movie as something in a completely different category. The audience is misled, while the people who might otherwise enjoy the film miss it.

  22. @CSR: I was a small child when that movie was released, and was subsequently forced to watch it by my older siblings. However, if a parent wasn’t able to read the title and then figure out that the movie wasn’t a cute Christmas movie then they should have had their parenting license revoked.

    What? There isn’t such a thing as a parenting license? Well, it seems we have a lot of work to do…

  23. CyGuy says:

    “We immediately thought about last year’s kids flick “Bridge to Terabithia,” which was advertised like a whimsical Narnia spin-off but in reality was about the death of a major character.”

    1) Any concerned parent could have found out that the plot of the movie followed that of the book.

    2) The death of major character is also part of the plot of the first Narnia movie.

    3) A movie trailer should not give away the ending of a movie. Or would you have preferred that the trailer for Sixth Sense gave away the ending of that movie?

  24. smitty1123 says:

    Lie. Cake. Obligatory.

  25. m4ximusprim3 says:

    @B: I agree. Taking into account the craptastic first movie and the lack of any sort of novel devices in the second trailer, I would say it very accurately described the movie as something I have no interest in. Except maybe to stream to my 360 :)

  26. Hanke says:

    @Cy Guy:
    I read the book in sixth grade, I never saw the movie, but I wondered how they would handle it.

    And I want to see the CBS Saturday Morning version of ‘How to eat Fried Worms’ I haven’t seen it in 20 years, but I still like it better than the last movie they made.

  27. godawgs7 says:

    Had the death of the main character in Bridge to Terabithia been marketed in the movie, it would have ruined the entire thing. She dies in the last 8 minutes of the film and her death comes quite sudden.

    I read the book when i was younger (what?! there was a book?!) and it was advertised to me as a fantasy novel, not a coming of age novel involving death. Had i known the girl was going to die from page 1, i prob wouldnt have cried my eyes out on pg 250 (or whatever it was).

  28. 92BuickLeSabre says:

    @warf0x0r: You lost me with Fifth Element and I Am Legend (both of which I unapologetically liked), but totally brought me back with Neverending Story.


    Personally, I think the most shocking thing about the article is that David Pogue went to see National Treasure 2 at all. He tends to be a little brighter than that.

  29. jezziestalker says:

    Sometimes they make trailers that don’t even have the same actors as in the movie!! Like in Apocalypto.

  30. Skeptic says:

    Movie trailers are made well before the movie is finished, and they are made by studio marketing specialists not the movie’s editors.

    The job of the trailer producers is to make you want to see the movie. Not all movies are good so in many cases that means deceiving you by constructing the best trailer possible from the available bits, often creating a better seeming movie than will actually be made. It is marketing, honesty just doesn’t play into it.

    Perhaps the trailer producers should make the movies instead of just making the ads?

  31. man_in_plaid says:

    I remember when the movie Congo came out, and Bruce Campbell was displayed as though he would be a major character in the trailer, but alas he was on screen for about 3 seconds before getting killed. I was really looking forward to seeing Bruce Campbell in Congo…

  32. invaderzim says:

    “We immediately thought about last year’s kids flick “Bridge to Terabithia,” which was advertised like a whimsical Narnia spin-off but in reality was about the death of a major character.”

    No kidding… that was the first movie I thought of when I read the title. Terabithia showed everything it had to offer in the advert.

  33. doctor_cos wants you to remain calm says:

    I had always thought the ultimate trailer scene not in the movie was the flying tractor tire in the “Twister” trailer. It was a big thing at the time.

    Conversely, my favorite scenes in the ‘Superman Returns’ trailer were, in fact, in the film.

    We should know by now that the trailers are typically not representative of the final film, as they are to entice us to pay to see them. Too often, the trailer is better than the movie (The Day After Tomorrow springs to mind, but I’m sure everyone has one or two they think back on).

  34. hostsfile says:

    Similar thing happened to me with A Beautiful Mind. I wasn’t familiar with the book, and thought it would be action movie about a mathematician. Nothing not cool about that. Saw it with a bunch of friends for my birthday. The dinner afterward was more sober than I had hoped.

  35. Notsewfast says:

    Yeah… the trailer for Medellin was great… I wish the movie didn’t suck…

  36. dohtem says:

    Chris, you should consider taking the spoiler for “Bridge to Terabithia” out of the story.

  37. Brian Gee says:

    Ooh! Ooh! Arachnophobia!

    All the previews and trailers for weeks leading up to the opening heavily (heh, no offense) featured John Goodman, and made it looks like some sort of comedic bug-movie spoof. The day it opened in theaters, all of the TV spots were changed to horror movie trailers, with no sign of Mr. Goodman.

    As I remember it, John Goodman had more screen time in the trailer than in the entire movie.

  38. Doug Nelson says:

    Roger Ebert says that trailers show us the movie that producers wish the director had made.

  39. Zimorodok says:

    My favorite example of this has to be Highlander: Endgame, for which the trailer was overflowing with ridiculous special effects depicting magic, supernatural bad guys, levitating swords – none of which made it into the theatrical cut. It’s like they gave 5 minutes of movie footage to the trailer team, said “Put $100,000 of CGI in here,” and then released a completely different movie.

  40. nardo218 says:

    @B: I *thought* all the fantasy stuff was odd. All I remember about that book from 4th grade is that Leslie died. What was the movie about?

  41. mathew says:

    It works both ways. I didn’t bother to go see “Fight Club” because based on the trailer, it looked like the kind of movie you couldn’t drag me in to watch. I only eventually watched it because Netflix predicted I would give it 4/5 stars, and I was convinced they had to be wrong. Then I bought the DVD…

  42. muddgirl says:

    Did anyone notice that “Good Luck Chuck” was marketed as a quirky slapstick romantic comedy in some markets (like on Style Network, Bravo TV, etc… “female” markets). That’s like, the ultimate misrepresentation.

    I don’t mind if scenes from the trailer don’t make the final cut, but could the trailer producers at least ask the director what the THEME of the movie is? Cause that’s the biggest problem with 95% of trailers, IMO. (Citation: No Country for Old Men, which was marketed as an action/thriller, but wasn’t really either of those in the end).

  43. coren says:

    I think the real problem is he went to go see National Treasure 2, period.

  44. 92BuickLeSabre says:

    @Secret Agent Man: Oh, aren’t you special with your Cannes-going-ways.

    From what I hear, the rest of us “regular” movie-goers are going to get a much better film – you know, once some real editors get their hands on it.

  45. r4__ says:

    @mathew: Yeah, Fight Club was a total “WTF” trailer.

  46. GenXCub says:


    True, I’d say it’s not false advertising since the idea was in the movie, but as was in the original post, the trailer COULD have had Pamela Anderson in next-to-nothing talking about “unlocking my secrets” and then in the actual movie, it’s Ed Asner saying the same line… Is that false advertising to many? (personally I’d rather see Ed, but that’s just me).

  47. Martha_Jones says:

    @B: agreed. I was upset when I saw the trailers, having read the book as a child.

  48. MrEvil says:

    David Pogue needs to stick to what he does best, articles on technology and gadget reviews. A film critic he is not.

    I like the first National Treasure movie, and the sequel was just as good. I didn’t feel cheated and the movie was 4 minutes shy of 2 hours (not counting credits).

    I actually like it where the trailer uses different material than the finished movie. That way you’re not like “Oh, they used up all the best material in the stinking trailer”

  49. faust1200 says:

    It sounds like one of those movies that are so bad that it’s good yet bad enough to get bad again. Has Cage done anything good since “Leaving Las Vegas??”

  50. sleepydumbdude says:

    I almost fell for Primeval. I thought it was about an African serial killer or something. I went online a few days before and read that it was about a huge killer crocodile and a little side bit about an African warlord.. I still have no plans of ever viewing the movie since they tried to trick me to get me in.

  51. bombaxstar says:

    Were my friend and I the only people to think that the trailer for Man of the Year made it sound like the movie was gonna be hilarious but it actually ended up being REALLY serious?

  52. kimsama says:

    Saddest trailer moment missing from a movie ever:

    Spice World‘s trailer, when Baby Spice asks, “Is my skirt too short?” and one of the other Spices says yes. Then she hitches it up shorter and they high-five. NOT IN THE MOVIE.

    Ugh, did I just admit to watching Spice World? Well, it was at a Drive-in double feature…

  53. guroth says:

    I too thought Man of The Year was going to be a comedy, I was rather disappointed with it since it was not the kind of movie I was expecting.

    A lot of people complained Pan’s Labyrinth was sort of misleading since it was not in English but the trailer did nothing to hint that.

    Recently in theaters I saw previews for Sweeney Todd, which I eventually saw, and it accurately represented the film as a musical. Now on television the commercials I am seeing for it seem to try to hide the fact it is a musical to mislead people into thinking it is just a regular dark Tim Burton movie.

    Just because a trailer features footage not shown in the actual movie does not necessarily mean deception though. Think of the commercials for Kill Bill where Uma Thurman is driving a car talking about how she goes on a rampage etc.

    It could be argued that most trailers inaccurately represent the movie in an effort to trick viewers into thinking the movie will be better than it actually is but clearly some movie trailers blatantly deceive people about what the movie actually contains.

  54. forgottenpassword says:

    One thing I hate is when I see a trailer & what I saw on it isnt in the movie…. i feel somehow cheated afterwards.

    I first noticed this when the Wayne’s world movies came out (forgive me … I was young & stupid)…. there was a particular scene in the trailer where wayne (or Garth or both… I cant remember) was in his car with the cop-friend he knew & the cop was driving it recklessly & wayne (or garth) said “I’m gonna hurl!” ….. this scene was nowhere in the film when I saw it…. and I felt cheated.

    I think it could be considered false advertising on a extremely minor level.

    also… yeah, I hate when they misleadingly rearrange the scenes in trailers as well…. its misleading.

  55. Thorny says:

    This is going to make me seem like a totally limp-wristed goon, but remember that movie, “Georgia Rule” with Lindsay Lohan and Jane Fonda. It was totally advertised as a feel-good comedy and turned out to be a story about the daughter getting molested by her step-father. Great date movie.

    In any case, I think this is the same as if a vitamin supplement is sold without its advertised contents. Sure the movie might be an inconsequential thing to bitch about, but it’s the principle of the thing.

  56. SacraBos says:

    My wife and I got caught by the Bridge to Terabithia movie. Our 8-year-old wanted to watch it, so we rented the DVD. The Disney trailers, DVD box, etc hinted at nothing. The Disney web site STILL states “As their imaginations soar and their friendship deepens, they discover how to rule their own kingdom, fight the forces of darkness and change their lives forever.” No forewarning there. Had we read book reviews and such, they give you a hint, but not Disney.

    I noticed the foreshadowing of the creek, but didn’t think it was going something traumatic. We spent 30 minutes consoling our 8-year-old as we all realized what tragedy struck.

    We should have known about trusting a Disney movie – a parent or something always dies or is dead/missing. Bambi’s Mother dies, Simba’s Father dies, Toy Story’s Andy had no Father (and Sid’s was worthless), and Nemo’s Mom dies. Goofy’s son Max has no Mom, Ariel had no Mom, just like Jasmine. Even Toy Story, Andy has no Dad. Sid had both mother and father, but look how he turned out.

    Not that I’m getting jaded or anything, just saying….

    I liked National Treasure 2, though, but the bad guy’s kindof let me down.

  57. UpsetPanda says:

    @Thorny: seriously? i’m so not going to watch that.

    In this day and age, I feel like anyone who is interested in seeing the movies might catch a synopsis online which might explain more about the movie, including details, i.e. Sweeney Todd is a musical, Pan’s Labyrinth is foreign language. Of course, I’m a) assuming most people have the internet and the people who don’t know are in the minority and b) most people take the time to look up more information before spending their hard-earned $10 on a ticket.

  58. SacraBos says:

    @SacraBos: Okay, I screwed up editting the part about Toy Story…

  59. UpsetPanda says:

    @SacraBos: yay, other people who liked National Treasure 2! It might be simple, but it’s fun, and I can always appreciate a movie involving treasure and adventure.

  60. MercuryPDX says:

    My friend brought home “Life is Beautiful” thinking it was a comedy. Still don’t let her live that down to this day.

    @warf0x0r: COMPLETE AGREEMENT. I expected a lot more action (28 Days later), and more than the “Hey, check out this ending that Bob wrote in 5 minutes!” ending.

  61. SacraBos says:

    @man_in_plaid: Bruce Campbell rocks! He’s usually too over the top to be taken seriously as a actor, but such a riot to watch.

  62. SacraBos says:

    @JD: For me, I really felt that Nic (and his character) had a deep appreciation and love of history. If he had failed that, the movies would have bombed.

  63. Egakino says:

    Hold on hold on hold on ………what parent doesn’t freaking know what the Bridge to Terabithia is about?!? That would be like expecting the dog to live in Old Yeller or Where the Red Fern Grows. Seriously I read that book in elementary school.


    lol had to do that. Oh and the corn porn in that movie is the best, along with the REALLY random things they have playing on TV sets.

  64. umuser says:

    I didn’t mind National Treasure 2, but I am sure they had to cut a lot out to get it under two hours. Wait for the Directors Cut on the DVD and I am sure all those extra scenes will be reinserted into a new, 3 hour epic.

  65. verazula says:

    @warf0x0r: dude, do you have no taste in movies? How could you not enjoy Talladega Nights? If you don’t like Will Ferrell just don’t go see a movie with him in it!

  66. Firstborn Dragon says:

    @Egakino: Bridge to Terabithia

    Seriously, THREE adults who wanted to see it. None of us had read the book.

    Then again, in Elemetry school I was always above my level in reading. Still I never remember having to read it.

    I went by what I heard, and what I saw. Which made it look like a Narnia story. I never had a chance to look it up before we got it. So I was NOT expecting what happened.

    Seriously wondering if we had the right movie when it started.

  67. HrPingui says:

    Though I do like Pixar’s method of making trailöers out of original footage, but then again, is there truly a bad pixar movie?

  68. peteyale says:

    They should have crews come up with trailers, and write movies based on those

  69. RagingTowers says:

    Cloverfield is in fact NOT about a giant monster terrorizing New York.

    It’s about a bank robbery in Colorado…

  70. elislider says:

    i remember thinking this same thing when the Tim Allen movie Galaxy Quest was coming out. I still explicitly remember a clip from the trailer that was played up as a very funny moment when the alien grabs tim allen’s face and he mumbles something from behind the giant hand. I was expecting to see that part of the movie but it never came. disappointing!

  71. coren says:

    @Mercurypdx: Expecting Hollywood to do any justice to I Am Legend is like trusting Joel Schumacker (sp) to make another Batman movie.

  72. doctor_cos wants you to remain calm says:

    @GenXCub: Ed Asner?

  73. Regarding false advertising in film trailers, Tom Cruise’s Collateral premiered in Australia on my birthday a few years back. I hate Cruise, and the only reason that I took my wife and best friend to the movies to see it on my birthday was because the trailer soundtrack was Man in the Box by Alice in Chains.

    Yes, I’m one of those freaks who watches movies based on what the soundtrack is (sometimes).

    The song never turned up in the movie and I was incredibly pissed. To this day we all remember the movie that falsely advertised the best soundtrack imaginable.

    Wasn’t a bad film though.

  74. Deusfaux says:

    to the above: except that particular practice is very very common.

    Garden State was promoted with TPS’s Such Great Heights, but you’ll only find the Iron & Wine version on the soundtrack.

  75. Murph1908 says:

    Ooh. If this starts a trend, I am definitely getting on board and filing suit against Hudson Hawk and The Truman Show.

    Hudson Hawk, ‘trailered’ as a Bruce Willis action, was dumb, off-beat comedy.

    Truman Show, trailered as a Jim Carrey comedy, was a long, drawn-out drama.

  76. rbb says:

    I just hope the Ironman movie is as good as the trailer ;)

  77. econobiker says:

    Please, please return my money for The Mosquito Coast: trailered as an adventure movie in the jungle, was a crappy film about a loser and his family.

  78. smitty1123 says:

    I was totally lied to by Naked Lunch.

  79. bostonguy says:

    How about the trailer for the Steve Martin/Michael Caine movie “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”?

    The entire trailer was footage not shot for/included in the movie. (I seem to recall it being a long shot of them walking along the Riviera, with some voice-over gushing about their characters. At the last moment, one of them pushes an old woman into the water. Or something like that!)

  80. MameDennis says:

    I didn’t want to see the “Bridge to Terabithia” movie because the trailer made it look like a CGI fest… which would totally defeat the point of kids bonding over imagination.

    I know several people who were just *livid* that the girl dies in the end. (And anyone who wants a spoiler alert for a thirty year old book… um, no.)

    So… they actually adapted the book well, then made a trailer that turned off people who read the book. Everyone else was led to think that it was a special- effects-heavy fantasy movie. A triumph of egalitarianism, it ticked everyone off.

  81. bonzombiekitty says:

    @forgottenpassword: Don’t be ashamed. Waynes World was a great movie.

  82. emax4 says:

    This isn’t actually “old” news because this topic has been brought up years before. I remember when the movie “Twister” came out. The last part of the trailer before they displayed the movie title and partial credits showed a cow floating in the air towards the front window of the truck. Being that it was the last scene from the trailer, a lot of people were expecting it in the movie, but it was never in there.

    Perhaps the trailers are distributed before the final cut is completed, but I don’t know. I do know something similar happened with Star Wars Episode II. The normal theater version had all trailer clips in the movie, but in the IMAX 3D version, certain clips were missing. I didn’t feel gyped, but after seeing the original in the regular theater, it was definitely noticeable.

    Funny comment on the “Neverending Story” movie as well. I’ve been thinking about that for years.

  83. Balisong says:

    @CSR: Really? My whole family loves Gremlins! And I was a tiny tiny kid when it first came out. But I have an awesome mother. The microwave part kinda scarred me though.

    I read the book Bridge to Ter. when I was a kid, and as a result would never have seen the movie based on the trailors. I wasn’t going to see a movie that ripped apart a book I loved by inserting silly CG fantasy elements that don’t belong. So I didn’t see it until someone else rented it and lent it to me and told me it wasn’t retarded. Had they marketed it as it actually was, I probably would have paid extra to see it in the theater. Instead I saw it for free. So what’s the point of making these ridiculous trailors when they just drive away part of the audience?

    But the worst of it is when they take a regular movie and try to market it as a horror movie, like Pan’s Labyrinth. I’m not a horror movie fan, but I can imagine the disappointment.

  84. bunnymen says:

    @kimsama: Sadder than that is the fact that that trailer was the first thing I thought of when reading this post.

  85. JayXJ says:

    @faust1200: Yes, Lord of War. Great movie.

  86. zaky says:

    How about ‘The Family Stone’, or whatever that god-awful movie was last Christmas season? Sarah Jessica Parker in a funny, family-feel-good-holiday-movie? No. Really about Diane Keaton playing a dying mommy. No dying mommy movies, please.

  87. Teapotfox says:

    @Deusfaux: Also very common–use of another film’s score in a trailer. I’ve heard Wojciech Kilar’s famous music from Bram Stoker’s Dracula used in more than one goth/horror film trailer since, and of course none of that music is used in the actual film. I would imagine few film scores are finished by the time a trailer (especially a teaser) is slapped together.

  88. Teapotfox says:

    Another movie people were up in arms over when it turned out to be not at all what the trailer implied–Shyamalan’s “The Village.”

    Personally, I liked it, but a lot of people weren’t satisfied that it wasn’t a monster movie. (I still argue that the parents in that enclave were plenty monstrous enough for me, but that’s not the prevailing opinion I’ve encountered.)

  89. Edinboron says:

    Back in 1984 the trailer for “Razor’s Edge” starring Bill Murray made it seem to be a comedy! People who weren’t familiar with the Somerset Maugham novel went expecting to see another “Stripes”. Boy were they disappointed! The movie was pretty good if you didn’t have your heart set on a comedy.

  90. galactus5000 says:


    Hudson Hawk – dumb?
    Truman Show – drawn out?

    That’s it, you aren’t allowed to rent here anymore.