10 Times Product Placements In Movies Went Just A Little Too Far

Making a movie is expensive, and even though Hollywood studios seem to have all the money in the world, they still look for any chance they can get to save a couple of bucks. A big way this happens is with product placement in movies, where advertisers pay movie studios to advertise their products. Sometimes this is done in a subtle way, but in the case of these 10 movies, they were anything but.

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I, Robot (2004)

Future Will Smith suuuuuure is excited to get his “vintage 2004” converse sneakers. Convenient, given the movie happened to come out in 2004…

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Little Nicky (2000)

The son of the Devil just loves him some fried chicken, what can we say?

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E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982)

Seriously, Reese’s Pieces are actually a major plot device throughout the movie. Anyone else want some now?

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Cast Away (2000)

The opening literally zooms in on a Fed Ex truck, and then follows a Fed Ex packaged during its path to being delivered. Subtle.

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Seriously, these next few are just awful…

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You’ve Got Mail (1998)

It was bad enough that the title was basically an ad for AOL services, but the scene that takes place entirely in a very obvious Starbucks is pretty awful.

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Die Another Day (2004)

Aston Martin have been synonymous with James Bond for years, but in Die Another Day they really went over the top with it.

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Happy Gilmore (1996)

This one almost gets a pass because it’s part of a joke, but it doesn’t change the fact that Subway basically saves the day at one point in the movie.

The Wizard (1989)

The entire movie was one giant advertisement for Nintendo games (the final climax is the reveal of Super Mario Bros. 3), but who could forget Lucas and his PowerGlove.

Home Alone (1990)

Seriously, just look at this.

Mac and Me (1988)

This awful attempt at an E.T. ripoff was entirely an advertising vehicle for McDonald’s, and the results are pretty obvious.

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Emma C
Freelance Writer