Charlize Theron Excels In Bar Games During Budweiser’s Oscars Commercial

The lovely Charlize Theron is at a dive bar, about to sip on a Budweiser Reserve Copper Lager like any regular Jane. Suddenly, Charlize spots some drunken bros causing a ruckus at the pool table and decides it’s time to regulate, lest they ruin her classy drankin’. She walks to the juke box with her beer, passes the curious bartender (is that Bubbles from The Wire?) and puts on Run-DMC’s “It’s Tricky.” Then Charlize releases her own bag of tricks, complete with some skillful pool shots, a darts bullseye, a record high score in a boxing game, and an arm wrestling victory. She’s so talented…and all without spilling a drop of her delicious, delicious Budweiser Reserve Copper Lager. In the last few seconds, we pan back to Charlize at the bar. Was it all a fantasy? Is she getting up to do all these things? Are we really to believe that Charlize Theron could sit alone at a dive bar without getting hit on? Will we ever know? According to Ad Age, Budweiser was planning to air a 30-second version of this spot during the Super Bowl, but decided to expand it to 60 seconds and hold off on airing it until the Oscars.

 

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T-Mobile’s Poolside Commercial With Regrettable Tattoos

This T-Mobile ad came out almost three months ago, but I just saw it recently. The ladies opining about their bad decisions (those matching Spring Break ’99 tattoos) are Danielle Weeks and Jessica Makinson (who also played Jane in Geico’s Tarzan ad). The catchy and evocative song in the spot is “Always Something There To Remind Me” by Naked Eyes.

This Geico Ad Has Marco Polo In A Pool

In Geico’s new “It’s Not Surprising” campaign, we see a group of kids playing Marco Polo in an above-ground pool. Also in the pool is Marco Polo, fully dressed in period clothing and confusedly wondering in Italian why these whippersnappers are calling his name. Alas, the children are too busy with their game to notice (or care) that a 13th century Venetian explorer and his llama are right there. Marco Polo is played by Michael Mazzeo.

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