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 🙁
6. Careful. With a tagline like that, you risking Burt Reynolds’ and Dom DeLuise’s credibility.
7. See, that’s a secret to great writing: the more words you add to something, the more the quality goes up.
8. Land drowning! Scary! Also, they ripped off Jaws 2 tagline at the bottom, or as they would say, “Improved it.”
9. What is she supposed to be sitting on?
10. You can’t see the Hollywood sign from the valley, you dummies.
11. Maybe the tagline is supposed to be meta? Like, the ineptness of the tagline is supposed to mirror the ineptness of the detectives?
You know what, I quit.