Yet Again, Hollywood Labels Advertising Sleaze-Infested


We mentioned this back in December but as the release date approaches and the real world ad industry continues to dish up hearty helpings of gossip, rumor, innuendo and foul play, we can't help but bring this up again. With all the juicy Sorrell/Roehm/Siefert dirt floating about our far from fine, upstanding industry, we can't really blame Hollywood for churning out movies that portray advertising executives as slimy, immoral scumbags with nothing better to do that take advantage of their power to belittle (and worse) others. No. And that's why we have movies like the upcoming Bruce Willis/Halle Berry flick Perfect Strangers.

In the movie, Bruce Willis is a high-powered ad exec who apparently kills (or not) a girl with whom he was having an online affair. Now Halle Berry, an investigative reporter, poses as an intern at Willis' agency to dig into Willis' wrong doings. Maybe Shannon Siefert should go to work for Martin Sorrell and pick up some client work headed by Julie Roehm. Now that would make a good movie.

by Steve Hall    Mar-20-07   Click to Comment   
Topic: Agencies, Good   

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I saw a screening of this a few months ago, and it's ... awesome. I mean, like "Catwoman" awesome. You got to love the poor portrayal of advertising in film throughout the years think "How to Lose Chestboy in Ten Days."

While Willis' portrayal of a Donny Douche type is spot on, the "campaigns" that are created for the purpose of pure product placement could've used some creative. I'll save the agency vs. agency battle for those of don't mind burning money and time.

Posted by: Edward on March 20, 2007 2:33 PM

Do you mean Shona Seifert who did technically work for Martin Sorrell?

Posted by: Anonymous on March 20, 2007 2:40 PM

We'll always have Angela from "Who's the boss"

Posted by: kate on March 20, 2007 11:40 PM