10+ Hilarious Movie Tagline Fails

Think of the best movie taglines of all time. Jaws has “You’ll never go in the water again.” Alien got “In space, no one can hear you scream.” Ferris Bueller went with “One man’s struggle to take it easy.” What do they all have in common? They’re succinct, they evoke their films’ tones, and they’re just vague enough to be intriguing. We still remember them decades later.

Now think about how thousands of movies get made every year. It should be no surprise that not all taglines are created equal. Today, thanks to our pals at Flashbak, we’re taking a look at some of the worst movie taglines of all time. Some are way too on-the-nose. Some are just done in bad taste. And none of them will make you want to watch the movies.

They also raise a philosophical question: does a bad tagline doom a movie, or is a bad movie doomed to have a bad tagline?

1. Uh, I’ll get off the pot, thanks.

2. Who hasn’t been in this situation? Also, this is starring George C. Scott and directed by Mike Nichols?! What happened to their careers that they had to agree to do this?!

3. I’ve read “She became the ravaged victim of a century of revenge” about a dozen times and still have no idea what it means.

4. If you can’t nail the tagline on the first try, then try another one, and another one, and another one, until you have four bad taglines and no career left to speak of.

5. “Hot leather” sounds very uncomfortable, and not a good selling point for a movie 🙁