That McDonald’s Summertime Commercial

In my opinion, summer is an overrated season. I’m not in school anymore, so there’s no summer break. It’s hot and sweaty, which also makes where I live (NYC) smell just awful. And then there’s also a weird societal pressure to have unrealistic amounts of fun and adventure. So yes…overrated. McDonald’s collects the downsides of the season into this new spot, which is basically just a montage of summer suckiness. Saying that eating a McDonald’s Fresh Beef Quarter Pounder is an “easier way to enjoy summer” is a bit of tenuous connection, but I do appreciate the commercial’s ironic imagery. The song is “Summertime, Summertime” by The Jamies.

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Tuesday Throwback: This Young Couple Wants No Onions In Their McDonald’s Drive-Thru Order

In this McDonald’s commercial from 2000, a teenage girl is on the phone with her friend. She says her boyfriend hasn’t kissed her yet since he’s really shy, but thinks tonight is the night. Later, we see the couple hit up the McDonald’s drive-thru. They get two Quarter Pounders with cheese, and she’s insistent on no onions. You know, because of the kissing thing. He has a sheepish look when he realizes. I guess McDonald’s is also advertising the electronic board here, so you can see that they actually got your order down right. It’s a cute and innocent ad that’s also pretty corny and dated.

This Couple Has McDonald’s Quarter Pounders After Their Wedding

Apparently at weddings, there isn’t a whole lot of time for the newlyweds to eat dinner. They’ll spend their time schmoozing with friends, dancing, and having awkward conversations with those distant family members that they don’t really know but got invited anyway. The meal often takes a backseat. In fact, the whole wedding experience is so stressful (and also intoxicated) that a majority of couples don’t even have wedding night sex. Anyway, in this new McDonald’s commercial, we follow a newly married couple at their wedding. At the end when they are getting into the limo to depart, they open the door and find couple Quarter Pounders, fries, and a note from the bride’s dad. “There’s never time to eat at your own wedding. Love- Dad.” Aww. Pretty sweet actually, but hard not to be a little snarky. It’s nice that he didn’t get stuff off the Dollar Menu, but McDonald’s? Maybe they just like Quarter Pounders? Or maybe he’s just a little broke from paying for the wedding and feeding everyone else? I guess we’ll never know. The song playing is “Lean On Me” by Telekinesis. Jaclyn Hennell plays the bride, while Josh Salt is the groom.

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