AT&T Says “Just OK Is Not OK” In An Elevator

AT&T’s yearlong “Just OK Is Not OK” campaign continues with this new set of ads. In one, an elevator doesn’t quite get out where it’s supposed to and a chatty guy talking about people getting stuck in elevators in the movies doesn’t help matters. Just OK doesn’t work when you’re skydiving. A sketchy tax “professional” who’s getting audited, takes a lot of trips to the Cayman Islands on his yacht “Offshore Accounts” and changed his name to Dennis Celery (he was Phil, but Phil is now legally dead after falling off a boat)? Not OK. By the way, Dennis Celery is played by Bob Stephenson (not Jim O’Heir as previously written). And finally, a wedding with a cringe-inducing pause before “I do” is not OK. I’ll add some more actor/actress info to this post when I find it.

1/13 update: The Cayman Islands objected to this commercial, and subsequent edits just referred to “islands” instead of The Caymans.

 

 

Milk-Bone Says Life’s More Fun With A Dog…Especially At A Wedding

If you’re a cat lover like me, you might object to the “dogs are better than cats” message of this Milk-Bone ad. But if you’re going to use a furry friend as the ring bearer at your wedding, it’s likely that an obedient dog is a better choice than an independent-minded, tree-climbing cat. They’re both very cute though. Anyone know who play the bride and groom in this one?

Geico: Motorcycle Fantasies And “Here I Go Again” Interrupt This Groom’s Wedding

This guy is cruising along in his motorcycle through a beautiful landscape (it looks like the Big Sur stretch of the California coast). He’s singing along to Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again” . The motorcyclist looks like he’s having an amazing time on the lonely street of dreams. Cut to reality…and he’s still singing. Only now he’s saying his vows on the altar during his wedding. Whoops. Turns out he does know that his vows were a Whitesnake song. Haha. This one has been quite popular on YouTube, raking up more than 9 million views to date. Ted Jonas plays the Whitesnake-loving groom, and Sarati plays his annoyed bride.

Verizon’s Wedding Commercial

Verizon’s Joy (played by Britt Lower) returns for a new ad, this time at a wedding. The bride and her fellow bridesmaids are looking for something old. Maybe they could use some of their old phones. Thomas Middleditch appears out of nowhere, since that’s what he does in these spots, and talks about them getting the new iPhone on Verizon. Joy comments that the camera is amazing, but unfortunately for Thomas Middleditch, he can’t be the ring bearer in this wedding. I’ll add the identities of the bride and other bridesmaids when I get that information.

Renault Reveals Saucy Secrets In These Ads From Italy

One advantage European ads have over their United States counterparts is that since European society is much less prude, their commercials tend to push the envelope more than the ones we have in America. Sure, our ads are often suggestive, but something as blatant as this hilarious Italian campaign for car company Renault would never fly. In them, sexy surprises are progressively revealed as different pairs are driving in crucial situations. A different safety feature of the Renault Scenic is featured with each reveal, as they’re the types that would take your attention off the road. The featured song is “Stuck in the Middle with You” by Stealers Wheel, which fits but is pretty overused in pop culture. They’re quite amusing ads, created by Publicis Italy in Milan.

Opti-Free Prevents Irritating Lens Face

These Opti-Free commercials aren’t new (they’ve been out since April) or particularly high profile, but I’ve seen them recently and they gave me a chuckle. I’m a glasses man, so I can’t relate…but maybe you contact people will. I think the best spot is the one at a wedding (with the requisite Canon in D playing), where the groom accidentally winks after “I do.” Whoops. In another, a woman inadvertently rolls her eyes on a first date…though as it turns out the guy might not want to get to know her better. And there’s the young man whose eyes do weird things when he tries a burger grilled by his new girlfriend’s dad.

Seth Rogen And Amy Schumer Enjoy Bud Light At A Gay Wedding

June is Pride Month. Later on this month, it’ll also be the one year anniversary of same-sex marriage becoming legal nationwide. So while it’s still called same-sex or gay marriage, it’s really just marriage now. And Bud Light is getting in on the spirit. On the heels of their Super Bowl commercial (which was terrible), Seth Rogen and Amy Schumer report to us from Steve and Greg’s wedding. It’s a pretty corny ad, but at least it has a good message. This is also the type of commercial that will offend and outrage bigoted types, but whatever.

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