The Super Bowl is an unofficial holiday, bringing an eclectic mix of people under the guise of watching a football game that determines who is a champion. Advertisers aim to bring out their best ideas to keep the interest of those that just come for the party, as they recheck their betting sheets in hopes that by the end of each quarter they hit a payday.
The majority of people do pay attention to the commercials, halftime show, and snack spreads that allow us to eat, drink, and be merry for a few hours. This year's crop was quite the mixture of hits, misses, and absurd (puppy monkey baby). So in case you missed out, we decided to pass judgement and include them so you could judge for yourself. These are merely the opinion of the writer, not a reflection of our entire website, as most people have variances in their brand of humor. With that out of the way, here goes.
Tier 1: Funniest Ads.
It did spark some Twitter outrage with claims that the spot was sexist, because two girls are driving through a street in which every person was Ryan Reynolds, they become distracted almost running into Ryan Reynolds walking 5 dogs. The point of the ad was to highlight Hyundai's new brake assist. Personally, I think anyone would be distracted if every person you saw on the same street was the same person, let alone Ryan Reynolds. A good spot, Reynolds does those little things that we love him for and thank goodness for Mr. Reynolds and those dogs for the brake assist.
Avacados: Alien Zoo
In this hilarious spot, we are aboard a spaceship with some odd looking Aliens. Their guide takes them past various glass enclosures that contain the dress that sparked a civil war, Scott Baeo, but ultimately leads us to a bowl of guacamole courtesy of those "always in season" avocados. The guide quips,"Anyone want to feed Scott Baeo some?" It is funny and effective. Even aliens love avocados!
Budweiser: Helen Mirren
In all her British glory, Dame Mirren gives us a public service announcement before she partakes in her dinner and drink, a Budweiser of course. She chides the audience, banging home the point that drinking and driving is unacceptable. Her glorious British accent eloquently and effectively endears and educates. Finishing her talk, she grabs the beer, happily exclaiming, "Ohh. Nice and cold." Thank you Dame Helen Mirren, you truly are a delight.
Doritos: Doritos Dogs and Delivery Room
The Doritos dogs show three dogs attempting various methods of getting into a supermarket to get those delicious cheesy, tortilla chips, which all end up with them getting chased out. That is until they all combine underneath an overcoat, hat, and sunglasses which always fools people. They get their Doritos.
The Delivery room has pretty much everyone either thinking it was hilarious or completely outrageous. The group I watched with, an even mix of men and women, found it to be very funny. Basically as a doctor has an ultrasound wand on the frustrated, pregnant woman's stomach he tells her the baby could come at any moment. The husband is eating Doritos as this goes on and the woman is not pleased. As the man waves the chips, the baby begins responding, reaching and moving in an attempt to get them. The woman finally grabs a chip out of the man's hand and throws it. The baby sees this and excuses himself from her womb to dart after the chip.
Heinz: Wiener's Looking for Condiments
Wiener dogs dressed as hot dogs running through a field toward humans dressed as an assortment of Heinz condiments. We all win!
Tier 2: Weirdest (read: WTF?!?!?) Ads
Aside from the plethora of car companies, a fabric cleaner that apparently is the number one brand in the world, and Jeff Goldblum and Lil Wayne hawking apartments, there weren't too many outright horrible ads- with one glaring exception.
Kickstart: Puppy Monkey Baby
Apparently Mountain Dew tracked down the Human Centipede doctor, asked him if he could combine a pug, Capuchin monkey, and the bottom torso of a baby. Then put on a beat, gave this monstrosity a rattle, and had everyone who witnessed asking: "WTF"?
Want to see the rest of the SB50 commercials? Check them out here and tell us what you thought!
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