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Do Movie Posters Ever Change Your Mind?

You've probably read by now that Dane Cook has decried the poster for his upcoming rom-com, My Best Friend's Girl, crafting a detailed list on his MySpace page of everything wrong with it. Cook is mostly offended by what he believes to be a poor Photoshop job that results in him looking like a schmuck.

Yet, he also expresses concern that "the wrong poster sends the wrong audience into the theater," a lesson he has purportedly learned the hard way. Which, of course, makes one wonder what kind of audience Cook originally thought would view this movie, and in what drastic ways the audience has now changed based on this poster.

Sidenote: I am seriously enjoying BestWeekEver's version of a poster for the movie that Cook might be prouder to display.

Have you ever been swayed by a movie poster — for better or worse?


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verily verily 9 years
Dane Cook is a schmuck. Movie posters don't really impact my opinions of movies; it's the movie trailer that does.
Swen Swen 9 years
Posters don't influence at me at all. I usually end up looking up online the synopsis or a trailer. I can't even tell what a movie is about half the time from the commercials on TV.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
No, a poster doesn't influence me that much. If I don't want to see a movie, a poster isn't going to change my mind and vice versa. I think Dane Cook is just upset that he was badly photoshopped (while I think Kate Hudson looks good) and that the tagline might make tween girls think this is just another sweet romantic comedy. I watched the red band trailer (I think that is what it is called) and it's definitely too raunchy for younger audiences.
ShannonSoCrazy ShannonSoCrazy 9 years
Not really. I'm more interested in trailers... When the trailer for this movie came on before Pineapple Express, nobody in the theater laughed.
CoralAmber CoralAmber 9 years
I appreciate a cool movie poster, but a lot so similar (three quarter headshots of actors in line). It's really trailers that help me make up my mind.
misshouston misshouston 9 years
Only if a preening Hollywood prat makes a stink about it :-)
DecemberBaby DecemberBaby 9 years
Not really. But when I saw the poster for that movie Twilight it made me want to read the books if that counts.
TidalWave TidalWave 9 years
i never ever see movie posters!! ((where are they?!)) and i never see trailers either so maybe i'm weird. i only hear about movies from either this site, or
fashion4ward fashion4ward 9 years
Yes, of course it can, it's like judging a book by it's cover. What's Cook's problem? I'm confused, but it's not like I'd ever see that romcom, anyway.
frogandprince frogandprince 9 years
Usually it's the trailer that does it for me.
emalove emalove 9 years
Not's a combination of the actors starring in the particular movie and the trailer that make or break it for me. On a side note, I can't stand Dane Cook and thinks he's being ridiculous about the poster thing. I would have wanted to see this movie too, if he wasn't in it. I love Jason Biggs.
stone_soup stone_soup 9 years
Movies nowadays are packaged so exquisitely, with all the trailers, publicity and photoshopped posters. Posters are no more convincing than a fantastic review or a thrashing of the movie by a critic.
SomethingWicked SomethingWicked 9 years
Sometimes...I mean for Harold and Kumar Movie...seeing Doogie Houser on that Unicorn just made me wanna see it WAY more!
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
nope - i think that it's the trailer that makes me want to see a movie or not - not the poster. with posters - the only time they influence me is if i'm at the theater and they have posters for movies that i've never heard of - then i get interested to see a movie if it's a great visual.
princess_eab princess_eab 9 years
No, but I wouldn't run to see a Dane Cook movie anyway! LOL.
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