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Movie Posters: The Best And Worst

by Sophia Savage
November 19, 2010 5:49 AM
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Ten films, ten posters. Vulture selected the best and worst of the year, and while movie poster quality doesn't necessarily line up with box office success or critical acclaim, you've got to question the thought process that went into making these would-be audience-building promotional tools, and those responsible for signing off on them.

The best (which speak for themselves): For Colored Girls, The Expendables, The Social Network, I’m Still Here and Devil. The worst, and Vulture's explanations for them, are below:

Worst: The King’s Speech
The awards prospects of For Colored Girls may have peaked with its poster, whereas The King's Speech is widely expected to be an Oscar front-runner yet debuted a one-sheet so hideous that it looks like it was ripped from a hastily put-together DVD cover for a 1982 BBC TV-movie. "I hate it," admitted director Tom Hooper. "I hate it. And it is not going to ever be on any cinema walls. It will be replaced. It’s a train smash."
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Worst: Knight and Day
Compare that to the "hide the stars" game employed by Fox when selling Knight and Day. Sure, both Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz had their names prominently displayed on the one-sheet, but leaving Cruise's face off the poster — a move that's practically unprecedented over his 30-year career — is like an admission that the studio has no confidence in its star's drawing power anymore. (And when a studio doesn't believe in a movie, trust us, the audience can feel it.)

Worst: Extraordinary Measures
Actors often get photo approval for movie stills and posters, so how Brendan Fraser signed off on this look — where he appears to be employing Joey Tribbiani's trick of "smell the fart" acting — is a total mystery.

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Worst: The Switch
The Switch was always going to be hamstrung by its off-putting, slightly rapey concept — Jason Bateman secretly impregnates Jennifer Aniston with his own sperm, really? — but the movie's poster didn't do a single thing to help its cause. You guys, this is a one-sheet where a dude is sniffing a cup full of cum. (He doesn't seem to mind, but we're guessing audiences did.)

Worst: Yogi Bear
Good things may "come in bears," but the way these two are positioned with that double entendre of a tagline, one almost expects a sniffing Jason Bateman to come between them.


  • Anne Thompson | March 20, 2011 6:22 AMReply

    The first line of the story--with working link--reads: Ten films, ten posters. Vulture selected the best and worst of the year...we clearly blockquote the story. It couldn't be more clear or promotional.

  • Dean Treadway | March 20, 2011 5:53 AMReply

    How can you, in good conscience, take the ENTIRE Vulture article and reprint it here, without even linking to the original source? Jesus! And you get paid for this!

  • carrie | November 20, 2010 11:32 AMReply

    and the french poster of "les petits mouchoirs" by Guillaume Canet for the worst!

  • Av | November 20, 2010 4:03 AMReply

    Go back and look at poster for The Tempest
    There has rarely been such an across community response

  • r. | November 20, 2010 12:55 AMReply

    "black swan" teaser posters should be on "best" list...

  • Keil Shults | November 19, 2010 7:20 AMReply

    How did I miss that Yogi Bear fiasco until now? Hilarious and horrible all at once. How the hell do these people get these jobs?

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